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Album Spotlight: Kane Brown, ‘Chapter 1’ EP

“Used to Love You Sober” is a fine representative for Kane Brown’s new Chapter 1 EP. With one exception, the newcomer relies on a throaty delivery of spoken word-to-crooning lyrics to tell stories of love or love lost. He’s as advertised.

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Album Spotlight: Various Artists, ‘Southern Family’

Producer Dave Cobb's commitment to crafting an album full of stories about life in the rural South is absolute. With Southern Family, 12 artists turned in songs about Southern culture, traditions and grandparents ... lots and lots of grandparents.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Steve Moakler, ‘Steve Moakler’ EP

Steve Moakler makes being an independent artist look good. His self-titled EP features five dynamic and diverse songs that rely on strong songwriting and effortless storytelling. It's a reminder that you don't need major label support to make great music.

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Album Spotlight: Randy Houser, ‘Fired Up’

Comparisons between Luke Bryan and Randy Houser will become more convincing after one listens to the 17 songs on Fired Up, Houser's fifth studio album.

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Album Spotlight: Granger Smith, ‘Remington’

Granger Smith is comfortable in his own boots through each of the 15 songs on Remington, his debut album on Wheelhouse Records.

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Album Spotlight: Vince Gill, ‘Down to My Last Bad Habit’

With Down to My Last Bad Habit, Vince Gill introduces himself to a younger generation of country music fans without sacrificing the lyricism, integrity and compelling blend of styles he's been known for for decades.

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Album Spotlight: Charles Kelley, ‘The Driver’

Charles Kelley's The Driver album is a project that rewards commitment. There’s nothing as immediately infectious as many of his full-time band’s greatest hits. Instead, he’s hoping fans will dig deep into his lyrics.

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Album Spotlight: Brothers Osborne, ‘Pawn Shop’

Brothers Osborne present a grungy mix of traditional country and country-rock songs on their debut album Pawn Shop. The 11-song project has Jay Joyce’s fingerprints all over it, but what stands out most is singer TJ Osborne’s coarse, sandpaper vocals.

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Morgan Myles
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Morgan Myles, ‘Miss Morgan Myles’ EP

Heartbreak sounds like something you’d like to try during the darkest moments of Morgan Myles’ Miss Morgan Myles EP. This dramatic collection of six songs relies on the singer’s dynamic voice, vivid lyrics, and about 20 minutes of raw emotion to impress you.

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Cam Ochs
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Cam, ‘Untamed’

The vulnerable flutter Cam fans hear on "Burning House" still wavers when the singer gets dirty.

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