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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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“At its core, Bringing Back the Sunshine is a middlebrow makeout record that can double as a fine morning tonic. Nothing here rocks (although the closing ‘Just Gettin’ Started’ tries to work up a full head of steam), nothing is gritty, even the ode to a ‘Good Country Song,’ which isn’t a slice of hardcore […]

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Trisha Yearwood: Prizefighter

“Yearwood has had more than ten hits — and she’s also had no fewer than five compilations — but the hits here are well chosen (‘She’s in Love with the Boy,’ ‘How Do I Live,’ ‘Wrong Side of Memphis,’ and ‘The Song Remembers When’ are all here), and the new songs are solid enough to […]

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Garth Brooks: Man Against Machine

“From its beefy arena rock arrangements to its preponderance of power ballads, this is an album constructed from remnants of the golden age of the diamond album, a cross-demographical blockbuster that’s now a bit of accidental narrowcasting. This is for audiences who wish they made country records like they used to — not when Hank, […]

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Eric Paslay: Eric Paslay

“Paslay isn’t trying to change the world with his songs, but he does want you to remember them without much strain, and if there’s a secret to success in Nashville, that just might be it — keep it simple and catchy. This self-titled debut release doesn’t change the landscape of contemporary country, but it sure […]

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Florida-Georgia Line: Anything Goes

” Despite the loosey-goosey title, there’s not much left to chance on Anything Goes: it’s designed to consolidate Florida Georgia Line’s success and maybe give them a little bit of cred they never amassed on their debut. Those serious moments, crystallized by the salt-of-the-earth dirgey lead single ‘Dirt,’ are where FGL stumble. Whenever the duo […]

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Jason Aldean: Old boots, new dirt

“It’s hard not to ascribe some meaning to the title of Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean’s sixth album. Edging into his second decade as a star, Aldean’s boots are getting a bit worn; he’s no longer an upstart, he’s a veteran who could almost be seen as an institution thanks to his long commercial […]

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Lady Antebellum: Golden

“Lady Antebellum rolls out their fourth studio album, ‘Golden.’ After striking a heavier tone on their last album, ‘Own The Night,’ the Capitol Nashville trio includes several more up tempo numbers on the new set…. However, any Lady A disc has to contain at least a couple of heartbreaking ballads, and they don’t disappoint here.” […]

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