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Of late, several exciting releases have featured some of country music’s fast-rising new stars, plus a few timeless favorites expanding their creative reach in some unique directions.

Take a listen to CMT’s Roundup playlist of the following highlighted songs — and much more — by clicking here.

Foremost, insofar as new singles being coupled with longer-playing releases, 2021 CMT Next Women Of Country member Priscilla Block has her self-titled EP releasing, plus a new single, “Heels In Hand.” Moreover, Ashley Monroe expands her sound just past her familiar stylings on her new track, “I Mean It,” which is a part of her new, critically well-received album Rosegold.

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Miranda Lambert continues to tease the acoustic, ambient stylings forthcoming on her The Marfa Tapes project with frequent collaborators Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. “Geraldene” bears a strong similarity to Dolly Parton’s iconic “Jolene,” and continues to hype the eagerly anticipated May 7 album. Similarly, Carly Pearce promises a redux of her 29 EP. However, this week finds us being treated to a live version of her ACM Music Event of the Year-winning Lee Brice collaboration, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”

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Plus, keep an ear out for two artists that have had recent premieres via CMT. Tara Thompson’s emotional “Tennessee’s Wild” is a horseback trip through her beloved Sevier County. As well, the powerfully soulful voice of Maggie Rose is showcased on her latest, “Saint.”

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Moreover, rising vocalist Hannah May Allison’s “Safe” is an exploration of the various emotional obstacles connected to new relationships, while Lily Rose’s “Overnight Sensation” shows the country balladeer chops of a pop-aimed artist, as when she sings “Ain’t a map for this promised Land / There’s no blueprint, there’s no master plan / And no way of knowing if, or how, or when,” the profoundly personal meaning in her lyrics resonate deeply.