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Jake Owen: American Love

“Even so, this light weariness is a grace note to an album that ultimately is about sunlit good times, but it’s enough to give American Love some resonance.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Jason Aldean: They Don’t Know

“He seems settled in his skin, knowing he’s at his best in a maudlin minor key, and that shift is welcome even if it accidentally accentuates just how slowly They Don’t Know plods.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Kane Brown: Chapter 1

“Featuring five new songs (four co-written by the singer) and polished production, the EP finds Brown poised to join the new generation of 21st century country stars.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Dierks Bentley: Black

“It’s mood music, sometimes playing as smooth as a seduction but better suited for moments of introspection when you’re surrounded by a crowd and need to isolate.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Brothers Osborne: Pawn Shop

“Sanded and varnished though they may be, the pair feel fresh, their chemistry easy and natural, so they pull off their spiffy retro act with style.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“Thanks to some high-profile guest stars, The Critics Give It 5 Stars can take the form of pleasing country-pop…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Granger Smith: Remington

“…Smith is something of a throwback himself: he’s a reminder of how pop-country sounded in the years between Garth Brooks and bro-country.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Old Dominion: Meat and Candy

“Old Dominion is keenly aware of what constitutes contemporary country music in 2015, knowing that the pendulum is slowly swinging away from the swaggering confidence of bro country and toward a softer, sweeter pop that bears pronounced but understated hip-hop inflections.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Tim O’Brien: Pompadour

“The uptempo ‘The Water Is Wise’ closes out the album with some clapping beats and smiling lyrics.” –Washingtontimes.com/Eric Althoff Check our Catalog

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Tim McGraw: Damn Country Music

“… Damn Country Music, like so many other Tim McGraw albums, makes it seem as simple as breathing.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Carrie Underwood: Storyteller

“…Storyteller is no small album: it demands attention and it deserves it, too.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“Disc one offers a mix of Christmas carols and upbeat country-rockers from the likes of Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, and Little Big Town while disc two leans more heavily on older holiday fare from country icons like Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, and Alabama.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Blake Shelton : Re-loaded: 20 #1 hits

“…not only will this collection appeal to 2010s converts, it is true to who Shelton is in 2015.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Toby Keith: 35 MPH Town

“All of this winds up as mere flair on another reliable record, one where the ballads “What She Left Behind’ and ‘Haggard, Hank & Her’ just edge out the livelier ‘Good Gets Here’ and ‘Every Time I Drink I Fall in Love,’ songs that serve as welcome showcases for his sly humor. Moments like these […]

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Thomas Rhett: Tangled Up

“…Rhett may be a bit of an opportunist, but as his hit ‘Crash and Burn’ indicates, there’s a sly charm to his eager-to-please modern country: he’s a true pop artist, harnessing the trends of his time and turning them into music that’s hard to resist.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Clint Black: On Purpose

“The opening song ‘Time For That’ might be the album’s best, and seems to be Clint’s explanation for his extended hiatus through song. A spirited mandolin and good melody draw you in, but almost immediately you get the sense this album is going to be safe and straightforward in the production.” -Savingcountrymusic.com Check our Catalog

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Maddie & Tae: Start Here

“The reason Start Here feels fresh lies entirely with Maddie & Tae, how they’re tomboys who wish their boyfriend would just ‘Shut Up and Fish,’ how they feel as genuine when they’re settling into sentiment on ‘Fly’ as they do on ‘Sierra’ when they pray for the downfall of a mean girl.” -Allmusic.com Check our […]

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Lee Brice: I Don’t Dance

“I Don’t Dance may sink its teeth in slightly slowly, but that’s Brice’s style: he lets the listener come to him and, once they’re there, he offers a warm seduction that lasts not just for a night but for a relationship.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Luke Bryan: Kill the Lights

“…Kill the Lights winds up feeling happy and generous, an inclusive record that plays to teenage desires as effectively as memories of an adolescence left behind.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart

“Dwight Yoakam recalibrated his career with 2012’s 3 Pears, returning to his former home of Warner and reconnecting to the nerviness of his first albums. With Second Hand Heart, Yoakam continues this unfussy revival, sharpening his attack so the record breezes by at a crisp, crackling clip. Once again, he’s reviving himself through reconnecting the […]

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