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EDITORS’ NOTES

Country music is a vital space where familiar sounds are continually evolving into fresh, new forms and songs tell stories that feel relevant and relatable. This playlist tracks what’s happening from the heart of the country scene to its outer edges. Find tunes you already love alongside those you need to know, fan favorites next to breakout stars and emerging voices. Topping the list this week is Luke Combs’ “Even Though I’m Leaving,” an emotive portrait that, like the rest of his sophomore album What You See Is What You Get, heartily revives modes that date back a musical generation or two. Pairing pristine acoustic picking with big drums and Combs' brawny singing, the track tells the story of an abiding parent-child bond, each verse a poignant scene from a different season of life. “Whether you’re a son, a daughter, a father, a mother, or you lost someone that meant a lot to you,” says Combs, “this song really can have the power to mean something to anyone who listens. I’m lucky to have both of my parents around, but I know that isn’t the case for all of my fans, so I’m hoping this can help them in a way.” Check back here early and often for updates, and if you hear something you like, add it to your library.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Country music is a vital space where familiar sounds are continually evolving into fresh, new forms and songs tell stories that feel relevant and relatable. This playlist tracks what’s happening from the heart of the country scene to its outer edges. Find tunes you already love alongside those you need to know, fan favorites next to breakout stars and emerging voices. Topping the list this week is Luke Combs’ “Even Though I’m Leaving,” an emotive portrait that, like the rest of his sophomore album What You See Is What You Get, heartily revives modes that date back a musical generation or two. Pairing pristine acoustic picking with big drums and Combs' brawny singing, the track tells the story of an abiding parent-child bond, each verse a poignant scene from a different season of life. “Whether you’re a son, a daughter, a father, a mother, or you lost someone that meant a lot to you,” says Combs, “this song really can have the power to mean something to anyone who listens. I’m lucky to have both of my parents around, but I know that isn’t the case for all of my fans, so I’m hoping this can help them in a way.” Check back here early and often for updates, and if you hear something you like, add it to your library.

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