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updated 06/17/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/17/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
DOWNLOAD: "THAT KIND OF HAPPY"
West, 27, describes her latest single as "about convincing myself that I no longer need to fall in love with a boy to be happy, because it hurts too much." But the song, from her upcoming sophomore CD, is no sweet ballad. "It's a bra-flying-from-your-car-antenna, passive-aggressive, uptempo party song," she says. "I am not a 'coy girl,' and I do have a mouth on me."
DOWNLOAD: "CRAZY TOWN"
THE SINGER FOLLOWS UP HIS "SHE'S COUNTRY" SMASH WITH A SONG HE CALLS A "LOVE/HATE LETTER TO NASHVILLE FROM ALL THE DREAMERS."
WHO THEY ARE
Everyone takes a turn at the mic, but Rachel Reinert, 20, sings lead, brothers Tom, 27, and Mike Gossin, 24, play guitar and Cheyenne Kimball, 18—the 2003 winner of the reality show America's Most Talented Kid—plays mandolin.
Time to Let Me Go" from the group's self-titled debut album, out in June. "It's a throwback tune that you can chill out to," says Kimball.
"We wanted to write a song that captured the struggle of leaving everything and everyone you know in order to grow up and spread your wings," says Reinert.
MORE TRACKS WE LOVE...
The Kentucky native has a little fun celebrating a guy's creative—and cheap!—approach to romance.
"LOVE I THINK WILL LAST"
Hank Jr.'s daughter pays tribute to "the humorous side of relationships" in this uptempo duet.
CAITLIN AND WILL
Can You Duet winners Caitlin Lynn and Will Snyder sing an ode to carving your own path.
"MY KIND OF COUNTRY"
The Mississippi-born Houser gives a musical shout-out to porches, home-cooked chicken and Willie Nelson.
Multiplatinum veteran Raye sings of the pleasures of middle age—clunker car included.