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The Showdown: Martina McBride vs. Lanco

Martina McBride, Lanco Showdown
Terry Wyatt, Getty Images / Lanco

With three straight Showdown wins Martina McBride‘s first single in years is proving it has hit potential. Fans have come from every city and state to vote for “Reckless,” the title-track from a new album set for release later this year. The biographical song topped Jake Owen‘s latest over the weekend, setting up a battle with a hot new country group.

Lanco brings a fresh sound to country radio. Their debut single is “Long Live Tonight,” a country-rocker with sharp guitars and harmonies and a big infectious hook. Lanco’s first single may become your favorite song of right now after just one listen, but will enough people find it to give the group a chance against an all-time country great?

Listen to clips of both McBride’s and Lanco’s songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour until this Showdown ends on Wednesday 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 Wednesday.

Listen to Martina McBride, “Reckless”

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Listen to Lanco, “Long Live Tonight”

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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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