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Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

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Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power

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Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy

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Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades

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Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

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Lake Street Dive: 'Portraits' Of Heartache

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Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders'

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Don't Pigeonhole Me, Bro: New Country Albums On The Borderline

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On 'Hard Working Americans,' Songs For The Ordinary Joe

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Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

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Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

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Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

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A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

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Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe

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Brandy Clark Tells The 'Stories' That Are Tough To Hear

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