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Eric Church, ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ [Listen]

Eric Church’s new song ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ seems to fill in the answer to a question proposed last month through a short series of cryptic videos. The first video promised: “One will rise , one will fall," and then another indicated the first wasn't meant as an attack on Taylor Swift. It's not clear why footage of Swift was used at all, although this new song does explore themes the 24-year-old is famous for singing about. 

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Brantley Gilbert
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ToC Encore: Favorite Interviews of 2013

There's an art to giving a great interview, and not every country star has mastered it. In fact, most fall somewhere between guarded and nervous when they pick up the phone or agree to talk about their lives and music face-to-face. That holds a singer back, but it's an obstacle that can be overcome, as Brantley Gilbert has proven. 

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, ‘The Call’ [Listen]

The live version of 'The Call' from Garth Brooks' 'Live at the Wynn' performance is his first single since 2008. It's a duet with his wife Trisha Yearwood, but their happy marriage doesn't stand in the way of a heartbreaking performance.

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Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert, ‘Bottoms Up’ [Listen]

Country bad boy Brantley Gilbert finds that sweet spot between rowdy and romantic with his new single 'Bottoms Up,' the first from his upcoming sophomore album for Valory Music Co. Mid-tempo or 'rock-lite' is how one could describe this track, but the word "chill" best illustrates the mood the Georgian was going for.

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Charle Worsham
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Charlie Worsham, ‘Want Me Too’ [Listen]

Charlie Worsham comes across as a normal guy you want to root for. He’s polite, like someone you’d be happy to have your daughter bring home for dinner, and his deferential manner is reflected in the best songs on ‘Rubberband,’ including ‘Want Me Too,’ his new single.

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New Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan Videos to Challenge for Top Spot on ToC’s Top 10 Countdown

Scotty McCreery holds the top spot on the ToC Top 10 Video Countdown once again, but two new challengers are sure to give him a battle. 'Bottoms Up,' the just-released video from Brantley Gilbert, and Luke Bryan's 'Drink a Beer' are two videos added to the poll this week. They join over two dozen other hot videos chasing just 10 spots.

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Jamie Lynn Spears
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ToC Encore: Can Jamie Lynn Spears Become a Country Star? [Watch]

Jamie Lynn Spears has the song, but her biggest challenges are still in front of her. The singer admits convincing a skeptical country music audience she's sincere will take some diligence. She won't have to look far to find an artist who has faced similar obstacles and flourished ... and one that flopped. 

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Chris Young
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Chris Young, ‘Who I Am With You’ [Listen]

Chris Young's second single from the 'A.M.' album is similar to 'Aw Naw' in that it takes something he's done well across his first three studio albums and turns up the volume. 'Who I Am With You' is a big, soaring love ballad. It's a stark contrast to more intimate lovers from previous records.

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Win a Signed Jerrod Niemann Drumstick + More – 12 Days of Jerrod Giveaway

On the 9th day of Jerrod Niemann's Christmas giveaway, the 'Drink to That All Night' singer gave to you ... one signed drumstick, one Jerrod Niemann T-shirt and a Dehydration Nation membership. That's his fan club, and your opportunity to score all sorts of great freebies and exclusives. 

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Kellie Pickler
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Kellie Pickler, ‘(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With the Bag’ [Listen]

Kellie Pickler's 'Santa Baby' is one of the best country Christmas songs of all time, and she tries that style once again in '(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man With the Bag,' her latest holiday recording. The versatile singer seems as comfortable weaving around her jazzy horn ensemble as she does the mandolins and acoustics that make up her best country cuts.

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