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Wynonna & The Big Noise's new self-titled album comes out Feb. 12. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Wynonna & The Big Noise, 'Wynonna & The Big Noise'

On her first album in 13 years, one of country's supreme redheads lays bare the joy that is her most potent gift as a vocalist.

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Vince Gill's new album, Down To My Last Bad Habit, comes out Feb. 12. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Vince Gill, 'Down To My Last Bad Habit'

Gill can't be surpassed at fully formed feeling, which is what makes him one of country music's greatest and most graceful romantics.

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The Suffers' self-titled debut album comes out Feb. 12. Daniel Jackson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: The Suffers, 'The Suffers'

The Houston band's sound is steeped in what it calls "Gulf Coast Soul," but it also channels ska, Southern hip-hop, classic soul, rock 'n' roll and especially reggae.

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Rokia Traore's new album, Ne So, comes out Feb. 12. Danny Willems/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Né So'

The Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns with a gorgeous album focused on the idea of home.

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