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Nashville Sessions: Brent Cobb

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02The Bird & The Rifle

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03Surrender Under Protest

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Nashville Sessions: Tomi Lunsford

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Nashville Sessions: Thelma and the Sleaze

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The Martyr

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Nashville Sessions: Kelsey Waldon

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02No River

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