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Brett Eldredge
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Brett Eldredge, ‘Bring You Back’ – Album Review

Buying a full album from a new artist is something like a trust fall. Typically you've heard one or two songs, leaving nine or 10 question marks. Breathe easy putting down cash for 'Bring You Back,' the debut from Brett Eldredge. The Paris, Ill.-born singer will catch you.

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Jennifer Nettles
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Jennifer Nettles, ‘That Girl’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

It would have been foolish to expect anything less than an original from Jennifer Nettles' debut solo effort. 'That Girl' rides in that funky furrow Sugarland cut deep for so many years without sounding like the duo at all.

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Granger Smith
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Granger Smith, ‘Silverado Bench Seat’ – Song Review

They don't come much easier to enjoy than Granger Smith. The Texas country singer's understated delivery is something of a trademark, and his latest single 'Silverado Bench Seat' doesn't stray from what fans know and love.

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Kellie Pickler
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Kellie Pickler, ‘Little Bit Gypsy’ – Song Review

Kellie Pickler's new single 'Little Bit Gypsy' is a step back vocally, but not a step backward. There's no flaws in her performance, but her power is stifled when compared to her previous single. 

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Blackjack Billy
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Blackjack Billy, ‘The Booze Cruise’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

The summer's biggest party is on board 'The Booze Cruise,' an infectious new track from Blackjack Billy. From the first hit of electric guitar, one finds himself inspired to stand up and shake it, even if -- or especially if -- office etiquette discourages such behavior.

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Randy Travis
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Randy Travis, ‘Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

It's possible the context in which Randy Travis releases his new single 'Tonight I'm Playin' Possum' could cause fans and critics to overstate its impact. Then again, maybe not. There are, after all, only so many words available to heap effusive praise on this brilliantly composed and performed traditional ballad.

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan, ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ – Song Review

Luke Bryan's new single 'That's My Kind of Night' promises to be his most controversial release to date. The singer goes all-in on the country-rap style that -- despite loud objections from traditionalists -- is covering the radio like kudzu. He sounds both horribly out of place and right at home.

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Kristy Lee Cook
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Kristy Lee Cook (Feat. Randy Houser), ‘Wherever Love Goes’ – Song Review

Kristy Lee Cook's new single is a chance for the one-time 'American Idol' contestant to prove herself as a great country vocalist, and she doesn't miss. 'Wherever Love Goes' puts her next to Randy Houser, and the two trade lines like champion prizefighters trading haymakers.

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Will Hoge
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Will Hoge, ‘Strong’ – Song Review

Will Hoge is a new name to most mainstream country fans, but the singer-songwriter has been at it as long as any star on the radio. There's gritty experience in his voice as he patiently gets through his new song 'Strong.' One quickly finds himself remembering a father, grandfather or uncle who spoke through his actions.

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Chuck Wicks
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Chuck Wicks, ‘Salt Life’ – Song Review

Chuck Wicks' new single 'Salt Life' buries the singer's uniquely talented voice in favor of a more spoken-word style that he introduced on 'Old School.' He's a decent storyteller, but not strong enough in that arena to not rely on his impressive high end and gift for pouring through a melody.

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