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ToC Critic’s Pick: Brett Eldredge, ‘The Long Way’ [Listen]

Brett Eldredge's new single "The Long Way" is sure to become a popular wedding song.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Zac Brown Band, ‘Roots’ [Listen]

Like a train whistle or wolf's howl on a clear, quiet night, Zac Brown shouts "Roots" again and again throughout Zac Brown Band's new single.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Mickey Guyton, ‘Nice Things’ [Listen]

Mickey Guyton shows gospel and bluegrass sensibilities during "Nice Things," a softer heartbreak song that is no less powerful than her debut.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Thomas Rhett, ‘Unforgettable’ [Listen]

Thomas Rhett's new single "Unforgettable" is another remarkably contagious love song from a singer skilled in the art of the understatement.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Brandon Lay, ‘Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers’ [Listen]

Brandon Lay's awareness in that describing his raising, he's mirroring what most country fans have lived is what makes his debut single "Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers" extraordinary.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Todd O’Neill, ‘Love Again’ [Listen]

Country newcomer Todd O'Neill brings it bold with his debut single "Love Again." It's a funky love song that showcases the singer's raspy vocals.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Florida Georgia Line, ‘Smooth’ [Listen]

Florida Georgia Line's swampy "Smooth" shows an unseen side of the duo's artistry. They return to their party roots, but bring more colorful lyrics and maturity than ever before.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Levon, ‘Ms. Marianne’ [Listen]

If you're not smiling while you're listening to Levon's "Ms. Marianne," you're probably sleeping. The charming country debut from a talented trio is infectious and sharp.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Joe Nichols, ‘Never Gets Old’ [Listen]

Joe Nichols' "Never Gets Old" is a sunrise cup of coffee. A smooth, robust delivery calms the nerves. A heartfelt message leaves you on a high that will power your day.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Kelsea Ballerini, ‘Legends’ [Listen]

Kelsea Ballerini's new single "Legends" is a bittersweet love song that marries her pop-friendly sound to a hook that has more bite. The song hurts, even as you're smiling.

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