Second Place: Honkytonk Heroes
Third Place: Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys
They may not have coined the term "yacht rock," which refers to the easy listening hits of the '70s and '80s — but the leisure- and lady-loving characters in Three Sheets to the Wind are one of the country's best living yacht rock groups. From their swanky sailor's outfits to their oh-so-smooth vocal delivery, Three Sheets stokes the fires with such artists as Loggins and Messina, Hall and Oates and Steely Dan, making the women swoon and the men drink heavily. Honkytonk Heroes and their working man's country and western covers climb a notch this year over the heavy rock vibe of Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys.