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Canaan Smith
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Canaan Smith, ‘Bronco’

Canaan Smith’s debut album may be the most surprising release of 2015. He shows more confidence and diversity on Bronco than he has on anything released to radio. It’s an album that takes a moment to find a lane, but when it does, he drives it hard.

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Kacey Musgraves
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Album Spotlight: Kacey Musgraves, ‘Pageant Material’

Fans searching for sharp, stabbing statements from Kacey Musgraves on Pageant Material will miss the sweet, sweet tones and sentiments that are at the heart of her second studio album. With exceptions, gone is the small-town malaise, replaced by the kind of songs a girl in love writes and records.

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A Thousand Horses
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Album Spotlight: A Thousand Horses, ‘Southernality’

A Thousand Horses' Southernaity comes as advertised. It's a hairy, rock-driven, country-blues project that will recall bands like the Black Crowes.

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Gloriana
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Album Spotlight: Gloriana, ‘Three’

Gloriana's third album Three adds 12 songs to a sound the trio has spent the better part of a decade fine-tuning. The production is a little edgier, but any of the tracks from the project could easily have come from Gloriana or A Thousand Miles Left Behind sessions.

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Album Spotlight: Granger Smith ‘4X4’ EP

Granger Smith’s first project with well-known producer Frank Rogers results in four tracks reminiscent of one of Rogers' most well-known clients. It’s not fair to say Smith sounds like Brad Paisley on 4X4, but he brings many of the same qualities.

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Tyler Farr
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Album Spotlight: Tyler Farr, ‘Suffer in Peace’

Tyler Farr is as at his best when his heart is broken. Four songs on Suffer in Peace cover heartbreak like Ken Burns covers baseball. "A Guy Walks Into a Bar" is just an appetizer for the type of sorrow found on the singer's second studio album.

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Zac Brown band
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Album Spotlight: Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde

After listening to Zac Brown Band's Jekyll + Hyde it's fair to wonder if the singer and his band are country artists, or artists who make country songs. There's a difference, one that's underlined with several, very non-country songs on their fourth studio album.

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Reba McEntire
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Reba McEntire, ‘Love Somebody’: Everything You Need to Know

Reba McEntire is returning with a brand new studio album in 2015, and fans have been eagerly scouring for details about the project.

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Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker, ‘Southern Style’: Everything You Need to Know

Darius Rucker's fourth country solo album drops on March 31. Southern Style is the follow-up to the gold-certified True Believers album, and includes "Homegrown Honey," his fast-climbing lead single that was released in August. Here's everything you need to know about Rucker's Southern Style.

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Striking Matches
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Album Spotlight: Striking Matches, ‘Nothing But the Silence’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

On the debut album from Striking Matches, one is forced to reconcile the guitar-slinging skills of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman with the duo's softer, coffee-shop tendencies. Nothing But the Silence swings wildly between highs and lows. It’s an album with no patience for pedestrian.

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