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Chris Stapleton Either Way Single
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Chris Stapleton, ‘Either Way’ [Listen]

Chris Stapleton's new song "Either Way" isn't so much a single as it is a dare. The ballad is more sparse than anything sent to radio in recent years, but the song's power is undeniable.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: The Swon Brothers, ‘Don’t Call Me’ [Listen]

The Swon Brothers leave you reminiscing about an ex with "Don't Call Me," the first single from their Pretty Cool Scars EP. If you can get past that bad memory you'll find a sharp country-rocker the relate to.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Miranda Lambert, ‘Tin Man’ [Listen]

Miranda Lambert's "Tin Man" is her new album's "The House That Built Me." The aching ballad resonates with anyone who has loved, lost and felt crippled by the prospect of loving again.

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Russell Dickerson Yours Single
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Russell Dickerson, ‘Yours’ [Listen]

Russell Dickerson's debut single "Yours" is a humble love song that grows into a powerful wedding anthem. The country newcomer is able to showcase the power of his vocals as well as his songwriting skills with this new ballad.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, ‘Speak to a Girl’ [Listen]

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's new duet "Speak to a Girl" is a powerful reminder before it's a great country song. Their new single — the first from an upcoming collaborative album — is important.

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Little Big Town Cover Art
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Little Big Town, ‘Happy People’ [Listen]

Little Big Town's "Happy People" is the signature song on the group's new The Breaker album. The perky, feel-good, pop-country melody makes more smiles than the dentist.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Jacob Davis, ‘What I Wanna Be’ [Listen]

Jacob Davis steps back from a pop-friendly sound that drives traditionalists crazy on his debut single, "What I Wanna Be."

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Aubrie Sellers, ‘Liar, Liar’ [Listen]

Aubrie Sellers' "Liar Liar" is the stormiest country song since Garth Brooks sang about thunder.

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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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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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