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Album Spotlight: Trace Adkins, ‘Something’s Going On’

After four long years, Trace Adkins finally made his return to the studio for his 12th album, Something’s Going On.

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Album Spotlight: RaeLynn, ‘Wildhorse’

RaeLynn's album, and in large part, her story, is finally out. Wildhorse is five years in the making, with the singer drawing from her many ups and downs to craft an album aimed at a younger audience.

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Album Spotlight: Josh Turner’s ‘Deep South’

Within the first few chords of Deep South, it becomes immediately evident that Josh Turner has breathed new life into his career. While still incorporating the traditional Turner sound, there's a fresh air to the record that will sound familiar to fans while also taking them in a new direction.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Kalie Shorr, ‘Slingshot’ EP

Kalie Shorr's strength is an arrow-straight recognition of who she is as a singer and songwriter.

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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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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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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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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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