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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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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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jason aldean they don't know album review
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Album Spotlight: Jason Aldean, ‘They Don’t Know’

Jason Aldean has included something for just about every kind of fan on his seventh studio album, They Don't Know.

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FGL Dig Your Roots Album
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Album Spotlight: Florida Georgia Line, ‘Dig Your Roots’

Crickets chirp and frogs croak before either member of Florida Georgia Line is heard on their new Dig Your Roots album. It’s a sign that the 15 songs are unlike anything you’ve heard from them before.

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Drake White Spark Album Review
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Drake White, ‘Spark’

If Drake White's Spark album could walk and talk it'd be the most popular kid in school. Twelve feel-good tracks make up the Alabama-raised singer's debut. There's room for smiles and hurt, depth and frivolity. You'll laugh, love and feel better about yourself after an hour spent.

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Justin Moore Kinda Don't Care Album Review
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Album Spotlight: Justin Moore, ‘Kinda Don’t Care’

Justin Moore is starting to realize he can get away with being more progressive than many of his peers because his Southern twang will forever keep him rooted in country.

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The Cadillac Three Album Review
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ToC Critic’s Pick: The Cadillac Three, ‘Bury Me in My Boots’

It’s the little surprises that make the Cadillac Three’s Bury Me in My Boots album special. Songs like “Slide” and “Hot Damn” are new but expected. Both come raw and without apology. These are the songs that make this trio a much more popular live act than radio act. It’s why the their fans are more loyal than Yankee fans.

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