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Hear Emerson Drive's Fave Country Song of the Year

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The Canadian Country Music Association Awards made five picks for the best tune of the last 12 months. This year's Single of the Year nominees include Dean Brody ("It's Friday"), Dallas Smith ("Jumped Right In"), Deric Ruttan ("Main Street, 1979"), Bobby Wills ("Show Some Respect") and top contender Gord Bamford ("Leaning on a Lonesome Song").

The winner will be revealed September 8 on CBC, but if Emerson Drive got to hand out the trophies they'd definitely go off script. That's not because they don't enjoy the honourees. (The double-nominees and CCMA Awards performers have nothing but praise for everyone in the race, you understand.) But their No. 1 pick for country song of the year wasn't even nominated in that category.

So, what's their favourite country song?

"Best country song of the year? Besides one of ours, I don't think there is one to be honest with you," the band's Brad Mates told CBC Live.

Just kidding. He's got a pick, a song that did manage to make it into the CMT Video of the Year race -- and could be the "Last One Standing" come show night.

"How about this: 'Hope and Gasoline.'"

The song, released this spring by Beverley Mahood, was the country star's first new single in four years. "It talks about finding the faith and energy to try something new, something different," she's said previously. And, it happens to be co-written by one of the Emerson Drive guys: Danick Dupelle.

Conflict of interest?

Yeah, probably. But check out the video below to see if Emerson Drive's pick for country song of the year stands on its own.



Watch the CCMA Awards Sept. 8 on CBC, and visit CBC Live for further coverage of this year's show including more Song of the Year picks from 2013 nominees. And if you're after more country music suggestions, visit CBC Music. As part of their CCMA Award coverage, nominees like Lindi Ortega have been sharing their country music playlists.

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