10 Best Country Albums of 2013

The ladies took the lead in Nashville

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Jason Isbell, 'Southeastern'
Courtesy of Southeastern Records7/10

7. Jason Isbell, 'Southeastern'

After rehab, the former Drive By Trucker comes back stronger than ever, singing about romantic love, liquor love, and on the quiet, platitude-free heartbreaker "Elephant," about a friend dying from cancer. "We burn these joints in effigy and cry about what we used to be," he sings. You may cry a little, too.

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