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Hardy, featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, “One Beer”

Hardy, the artistic guise of hit songwriter Michael Hardy, recruits Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson on “One Beer,” a story of an entire life in 12 ounces that appears on the guest-heavy album Hixtape: Vol. 1. “First comes lust, then the shotgun marriage/Six months later come a baby in a carriage,” he sings, flipping around the old nursery rhyme for a hook-filled little slice of life coming at you fast. J.F.