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Little Big Town Album
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Album Spotlight: Little Big Town, ‘The Breaker’

Little Big Town's new album The Breaker is, with one or two exceptions, a polished folk-country album that leans hard into subtle statements and feel good messages.

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Aaron Watson Vaquero Album
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Aaron Watson, ‘Vaquero’

Aaron Watson's Vaquero album is a rich collection of cowboy poetry. Every verse touches two or more senses. The best songs clip the soul.

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Brett Young Album
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Brett Young, ‘Brett Young’

Brett Young's debut album is filled with songs of love and love lost. The pop-friendly collection of musings from the California native's heart and songbook is at its best when he leans into these highs and lows.

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Brantley Gilbert New Album
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Album Spotlight: Brantley Gilbert, ‘The Devil Don’t Sleep’

Brantley Gilbert is singing to two different girls on many of the best songs on The Devil Don’t Sleep. The country-rocker clearly has wife Amber on his mind during tender moments like “Outlaw In Me.” But his dirtiest memories are very un-matrimonial.

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Album Spotlight: Lauren Alaina, ‘Road Less Traveled’

When Lauren Alaina said her new album Road Less Traveled was going to be empowering, yet brutally honest, she meant it.

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Kane Brown Interview
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Album Spotlight: Kane Brown, ‘Kane Brown’

If nothing else, fans are going to learn all about Kane Brown by listening to his self-titled debut album. It's a project as vulnerable as any in 2016, and Brown shines when he's telling his own stories.

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Miranda Lambert ACM Awards Red Carpet FP
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Miranda Lambert, ‘The Weight of These Wings’

Miranda Lambert’s gypsy heart beats strong on The Weight of These Wings, even if it is scarred. Themes of heartache and untethered rambling dominate the 24 songs on her two-disc release. There are few loose ends but plenty of surprises.

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Tucker Beathard EP
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Album Spotlight: Tucker Beathard, ‘Fight Like Hell’ EP

Tucker Beathard is at his best when he plays tough guy with a vulnerable heart, and he does that often on Fight Like Hell, his new EP. You believe every word he says in the six self-written songs. A one-word review would be "Candid."

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Mo Pitney
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Album Spotlight: Mo Pitney, ‘Behind This Guitar’

Mo Pitney takes his rightful place among country's music's staunchest traditionalists with the release of his debut album, Behind This Guitar.

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Album Spotlight: Luke Bryan, ‘Farm Tour … Here’s to the Farmer’

Luke Bryan's Farm Tour ... Here's to the Farmer EP is similar to his many Spring Break EPs in that it's a thematic collection of songs best appreciated by those who live the lifestyle. In some cases, a city boy just isn't going to get it.

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