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How do you listen to your country music? Online? Terrestrial radio? Satellite radio? Good ol’ CDs or vinyl? No matter how, you probably have your favorites, your go-to albums to lift you from a funk, get the party started or ease you through your day-to-day grind.

We all have those records, but at Rare Country, we also have our country music essentials, our gold standards for our respective collections, and one of those is Tim McGraw’s second album, “Not a Moment Too Soon,” released in 1994.

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Although Tim had released his self-titled debut a year before, it didn’t really produce any singles that made it into the top 40. But at the beginning of the year, preceding the April release of “Not a Moment Too Soon,” Tim hit pay dirt with the somewhat controversial single “Indian Outlaw.” Remember it? Remember that fiddle? And remember his mullet?

“Indian Outlaw” just nicked the Top 10, but the follow-up single, “Don’t Take The Girl,” blew everybody out of the water, possibly even a young Faith Hill who had released her debut album, “Take Me As I Am,” the same year that Tim released his. Of course, we’re just speculating, but three years and a handful of albums between them later, they tied the knot, and we just love when they make beautiful music together.

If you call yourself a country music fan, you likely have a George Strait album in your collection. Let’s be honest, they’re all good, but “Blue Clear Sky” is a classic that came out well after George was established as a megastar and really proved he was the King of Country. “Blue Clear Sky” was George’s 16th studio album, and produced massive hits like the title track, “Carried Away” and fan favorite “I Can Still Make Cheyenne.”

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We’re guessing that our readers already have these, but check out Erin Holt and the Rare Country’s 5 video to see the remaining three Rare Country essential country albums. If you don’t own these albums, we aren’t judging, but we do want to know what your essentials are so we can make sure we have them in our collection.

Be sure to check back in this weekend when we have more of the news in and around country music in Rare Country’s 5.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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