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The Showdown: Martina McBride vs. Jake Owen

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Martina McBride is back in a big way with her new single, “Reckless.” The country star just defeated one of the hottest acts in country music, Sam Hunt, in the Showdown, and now faces a challenge from Jake Owen today and over the weekend.

McBride is taking an interesting turn with “Reckless,” the lead single from her forthcoming album on Nash Icon, showing a previously hidden wild, spitfire side to her personality that fans really love.

Owen’s brand-new single is “American Country Love Song,” and true to his vision for his upcoming fifth studio album, it adheres to strong storytelling for a song that tells a classic story, but in a new way. Owen has plenty of fans — but will that be enough to get past McBride’s huge voting block?

Listen to clips of both McBride and Owen’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 Martina McBride, “Reckless”

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Listen to Jake Owen, “American Country Love Song”

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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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