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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 Eldredge New Single
Warner Music Nashville
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Brett Eldredge, ‘Somethin’ I’m Good At’ [Listen]

Brett Eldredge's new single "Somethin' I'm Good At" is a flat out, all-caps, country music JAM. The lead single from his third studio album fits the singer like a tailored suit.

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Adam Craig Just a Phase Single
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Adam Craig, ‘Just a Phase’ [Listen]

Adam Craig's "Just a Phase" is a patient country ballad with lots of soul. His aching lyric is poignant, forgiving and original. The newcomer should break through with this song.

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Brett Young Album
Big Machine Label Group
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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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Easton Corbin New Song
Mercury Nashville
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Easton Corbin, ‘A Girl Like You’ [Listen]

It takes a fraction of a second to know Easton Corbin is on to something different with "A Girl Like You." Those drums ... an old-timer may be heard uttering "Boy, they ain't right."

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Lady Antebellum You Look Good Song
Capitol Nashville
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Lady Antebellum, ‘You Look Good’ [Listen]

Lady Antebellum's funky new single "You Look Good" isn't too much of a deviation from songs the trio put out before their hiatus, they just sound like they're having more fun.

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Kristian Bush Sing Along Single
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Kristian Bush, ‘Sing Along’ [Listen]

During "Sing Along," Kristian Bush documents a relationship gone bad with the biggest bittersweet smile imaginable. The upbeat, nostalgic country song stings if you let it, and you should.

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Michael Tyler
Reviver Records
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Michael Tyler, ‘They Can’t See’ [Listen]

Michael Tyler's "They Can't See" has an unfair advantage. The newcomer's debut song begins with what will be one of the best opening lines of 2017.

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Midland
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Midland, ‘Drinkin’ Problem’ [Listen]

If traditional country music is truly going to cover the radio in 2017, it's going to be by bands like Midland. The trio's "Drinkin' Problem" keeps the pretty of old-school country swing but dives dark into sorrow with no shame.

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Brothers Osborne Single It Ain't My Fault
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Brothers Osborne, ‘It Ain’t My Fault’ [Listen]

Brothers Osborne bring a countrified brand of bluesy garage rock to their new single "It Ain't My Fault." The foot-stomping bookend cut from Pawn Shop puts a spotlight on their live show. It's a guitar-drenched, unapologetic jam that's not likely to please the pop-country crowd.

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