Brad Paisley ranks first among listeners’ favorite country artists in a newly-released survey undertaken by the Country Radio Broadcasters Inc. and Edison Research. More than 13,000 listeners, who cited a country station as their primary station, took part in the poll. Paisley earned a 4.5 on a scale of 1-5. He was trailed by Brooks & Dunn and George Strait (4.4), as well as Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw (4.3). The most popular emerging artists that survey participants “first learned about in the last year or two” were Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band. All-time favorites named by survey respondents were Strait, Chesney, Keith, Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts.