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The Showdown: Steven Tyler vs. Billy Currington

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All country fans need is “Red, White & You.” At least, that’s the consensus of Showdown voters, who gave Steven Tyler‘s second solo country single a big win over Dierks Bentley in the Showdown. Tyler now moves on to face a challenge from Billy Currington.

“Red, White & You” is a big change of pace from the Aerosmith singer’s county debut, “Love Is Your Name.” While that track was premised in acoustic Americana influences, “Red, White & You” is an up-tempo slice of pure commercial radio country, and fans have responded to the easy-to-like track with overwhelming support so far.

Currington’s newest single from Summer Forever is “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” which marries a typically strong Currington vocal performance with a big melodic hook for a very contemporary take on a country breakup song. Both songs grab the listener instantly, but only one of them can move on to another Showdown round.

Listen to clips of both Tyler and Currington’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 Steven Tyler, “Red, White & You”

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Listen to Billy Currington, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”

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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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