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Full CD Listening Parties: Darius Rucker, Eric Durrance + More

“The countrier, the better.” That was Darius Rucker‘s motto when making his new album, ‘Learn to Live.’ The former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman has already made a smooth transition into the country world, with the CD’s first single, ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,’ currently at No. 3 on the song charts. Other focus tracks on the album include ‘All I Want,’ with Brad Paisley on guitar, and the touching ‘It Won’t Be Like This for Long’ — a ballad inspired by Rucker’s young daughters. Alison Krauss and Vince Gill lend their heavenly voices to ‘If I Had Wings.’

Eric Durrance blends traditionalist country with a little taste of acoustic rock on his new album, ‘Angels Fly Away.’ The Florida-bred singer-songwriter delivers music from the heart with tearjerkers like the title track, but he also makes toes tap with upbeat tunes like ‘Turn it Off’ and ‘Someone I Can’t Live Without.’ And regardless of the tempo, Durrance shows an impressive vocal range on each and every song. Look for him on the upcoming CMT Tour alongside Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean.

Also of note this week is Juliana Cole‘s debut album, ‘A Little More of Me.’ Though this CD is more pop than country, you may recognize Cole for some of her country credits. She co-wrote Phil Vassar‘s ‘That’s When I Love You’ and Jessica Andrews‘ ‘To Love You Once,’ just to name a few.

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