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Single Review: Billy Currington, “Don’t It”

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“Don’t It”
Billy Currington

Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Jaren Johnston

We’ve reached a point where Billy Currington can release a “Hey girl, let’s get down tonight” anthem and sound like an elder statesman of country music.

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Single Review: Eli Young Band, “Turn it On”

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“Turn it On”
Eli Young Band

Written by Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Mike Eli, and James Young

“Turn it On” is the title track from Eli Young Band’s upcoming EP.   It has a lot of energy, if not a particularly good hook.

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Single Review: Maddie & Tae, “Fly”

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Maddie & Tae
“Fly”

Written by Taylor Dye, Maddie Marlow and Aaron Scherz

Maddie & Tae made a big, bold, attention grabbing statement with their breakthrough hit “Girl in a Country Song”, which rocked and twanged all the way to number one while laying bare the problems with country music’s treatment of women under the bro-country regime. Wisely, the two women show an entirely different creative side with their second single, showing that they are not one-trick ponies.

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Single Review: Eric Church, “Like a Wrecking Ball”

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“Like a Wrecking Ball”
Eric Church

Written by Casey Beathard and Eric Church

This is a bold single choice. “Like a Wrecking Ball” sounds like nothing on the radio today. Irregular rhythms, a vocal sung out of the corner of his mouth, and a lyric that makes every other love song out there sound like child’s play.

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Single Review: Keith Urban with Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up”

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“Raise ‘Em Up”
Keith Urban with Eric Church

Written by Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston and Jeffrey Steele

A collaboration between Keith Urban and Eric Church was bound to have personality and charm, but what the two gentlemen pull off the best is a sense of breezy confidence. None of the bombast that usually occurs when superstars collide is evident here, as it was on “We Were Us.”

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Single Review: Eric Church, “Talladega”

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“Talladega”
Eric Church

Written by Eric Church and Luke Laird

Nostalgia works a lot better when the one indulging in it has put some time and distance between them and the memories.

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Single Review: Chase Bryant, “Take it On Back”

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“Take it On Back”
Chase Bryant

Written by Dylan Altman, Chase Bryant, and Tommy Lee James

How many times can the title be repeated in a song? I thought Little Texas had answered that question definitely with “My Love”, but Chase Bryant is giving them a run for their money.

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Single Review: Dierks Bentley, “Say You Do”

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“Say You Do”
Dierks Bentley

Written by Shane McAnally, Matt Ramsey, and Trevor Rosen

Dierks Bentley’s at the top of his game right now. “Say You Do” demonstrates why.

It’s subtle, it’s smart, and it’s self-aware. It’s the type of record that only works with some real life experience to back it up.

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Single Review: Randy Houser, “Like a Cowboy”

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“Like a Cowboy”
Randy Houser

Written by Randy Houser and Brice Long

It’s hard not to be impressed by Randy Houser’s resilience.    His ability to build an audience with a reasonably country sound, all while switching from the majors to an independent label, is pretty amazing.

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Single Review: Tim McGraw with Catherine Dunn, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”

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“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
Tim McGraw with Catherine Dunn

Written by Barry Dean, Luke Laird, and Jonathan Singleton

Tim McGraw should be applauded for finally meeting the potential that many of us had hoped for after he left the oppressive Curb Records. His most recent album, particularly his last couple singles, have dialed back the loudness, embraced a more traditional and organic sound, reconnected him with the warm vocals with which he had all but lost, and the last two singles have even presented more thoughtful lyrics than he’d been singing in the last few years.

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