The Showdown: Reba McEntire vs. Chris Stapleton
McEntire's latest, "Going Out Like That," is the lead single from Love Somebody, her upcoming first album under a new deal with Nash Icon. The label is a partnership between Big Machine and Cumulus designed to bring classic country stars back into the marketplace, and McEntire has delivered a pretty contemporary track that can compete at country radio.
Stapleton is one of the most respected singer-songwriters currently working in Nashville. He's written songs for George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and more and scored five No. 1 hits, including Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer." He's stepping out on his own with the release of his debut solo album, Traveller, in May, and he's released the title song as the lead single. "Traveller" is a slice of pure country goodness, based around simple chords, pedal steel and Stapleton's soulful country vocal delivery.
Listen to clips of both McEntire and Stapleton’s songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour until this Showdown ends on Friday 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 Friday.
Listen to Reba McEntire, “Going Out Like That”
Listen to Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"
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.