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The Showdown: Luke Bryan vs. Kelsea Ballerini

luke bryan huntin' fishin' and lovin' every day, kelsea ballerini peter pan
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Congratulations to Martina McBride, who has entered the Hall of Fame with her new single, “Reckless,” after five straight Showdown victories. We’re starting fresh with a face-off between Luke Bryan and Kelsea Ballerini today and over the weekend.

Bryan’s new single is “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” and the fourth single from Kill the Lights is a sonic throwback to the glory days of the ’80s, when Alabama reigned supreme at country radio. Bryan is one of the most beloved stars in contemporary country music, and his massive fan base is sure to turn out to vote.

Ballerini’s new single, “Peter Pan,” is one of the most interesting songs on her smash hit debut album, The First Time. It’s a turn in a more serious direction for the young singer-songwriter, comparing a lost love that was obviously life-changing to the perpetually irresponsible children’s character for a lyric that’s as clever as it is unexpected. Ballerini’s one of the hottest young faces in the genre — will her fans turn out enough to get her past Bryan?

Listen to clips of both Bryan’s and Ballerini’s songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour until this Showdown ends on Monday at 8AM ET, so come back and vote often to be sure your artist wins. The winner of this matchup will face a new challenger on Monday.

Listen to Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

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Listen to Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”

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Showdown Rules: The song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a new challenger in the next Showdown. Vote as much as once per hour online. If a song wins five Showdowns in a row, it will be retired into the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame to allow for new songs to compete. Some songs will be considered for a second Showdown if voter turnout is healthy in a losing effort.

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