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The Henningsens, ‘I Miss You’ – Song Review

'I Miss You,' the second single from country newcomers the Henningsens, starts off open for interpretation, before revealing itself as a longing-for-lost-love song. The ballad rests on Clara Henningsen's vocal performance.

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Aaron Lewis
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Aaron Lewis, ‘Granddaddy’s Gun’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Aaron Lewis's new single 'Granddaddy's Gun' should easily become the biggest country hit of his career. The third release from 'The Road' album speaks to an audience that's increasingly being told to quiet down. While the song has appeared on more than one album in recent years, it's Lewis who truly does it justice. 

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Kelly Clarkson
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Kelly Clarkson, ‘Tie It Up’ – Song Review

'Tie It Up' is the song purists who hate that Kelly Clarkson is releasing country music have been waiting for. It's unapologetically loud and pop-friendly. It doesn't pay tribute to any legend (male or female) or include vocals from any legend (male or female). It doesn't have much (if any) fiddle or steel guitar, and it's about as organic as a bag of Skittles.

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Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw, ‘Southern Girl’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Tim McGraw's latest album 'Two Lanes of Freedom' is full of songs that should live long after their run up the charts. The latest is 'Southern Girl,' a too-easy-to-fall-for tribute to American women born where the weather's hot nine months a year.

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Craig Morgan
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Craig Morgan, ‘Wake Up Loving You’ – Song Review

Craig Morgan says he thinks his new single 'Wake Up Lovin' You' is going to be the biggest of his career. The soaring ballad is the singer's first love song to be released as a single since George W. Bush was in office. His vocal performance will cause even his longtime fans to do a double take. 

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Dylan Scott
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Dylan Scott, ‘Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy’ – Song Review

Dylan Scott's sturdy southern drawl holds up his first single 'Makin' This Boy Go Crazy.' Like many young singers, Scott sounds as if he's still searching for a vocal identity, but any hesitation is quickly covered by a hooky chorus and colorful lyrics.

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LoCash Cowboys
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LoCash Cowboys, ‘LoCash Cowboys’ – Album Review

The LoCash Cowboys' career has been a series of stops and starts -- until now. With the release of their self-titled debut album, Chris Lucas and Preston Brust finally get to show fans all sides of their personality. Ballads like 'Best Seat in the House' and the previously released 'Keep in Mind' soften the image that songs like 'C-O-U-N-T-R-Y' and 'Here Comes Summer' helped build.

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Chris Stapleton
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Chris Stapleton, ‘What Are You Listening To?’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Chris Stapleton's debut single as a solo artist isn't timeless, but it's from a time that's poised to make a resurgence in the next few years. 'What Are You Listening To?' is what you'd get if Marvin Gaye came back to life and moved to Nashville. The singer's pedigree keeps it country, however.

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Toby Keith
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Toby Keith, ‘Drinks After Work’ – Song Review

Some believe the R&B-influenced country sound of the '70s and '80s is poised to make a big comeback, and recent releases from Trace Adkins and Joe Nichols are evidence of that. Toby Keith's new song 'Drinks After Work' jumps the flashback needle, however. He's a bit ahead of his time in being behind the times.

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Trace Adkins
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Trace Adkins (Feat. Colbie Caillat), ‘Watch the World End’ – Song Review

There's an intentional darkness that lingers over Trace Adkins' new single 'Watch the World End,' a duet with pop singer Colbie Caillat. It's an effective love song that also succeeds in painting a vivid picture of the apocalypse.

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