10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Amanda Shires, Jackie Lee and More

Shires' dreamy "Leave It Alone," Lee's personal "Long Year," Israel Nash's lush "Rolling On" and more songs to hear right now

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Paul Cauthen, "Resignation"

A creepy, choking laugh, an extended whistling solo (not just whistling, a whistling solo), and as many internal rhymes that'll fit into three minutes – that's Paul Cauthen's madcap "Resignation" in a nutshell, and it doesn't even cover half the weirdness. Sounding telephoned in from an alternate universe, Cauthen tends his resignation from the "space station," as though to address the age-old question, "Whatever happened to Major Tom?" (Answer: He's drinkin' in his Lincoln.) "Resignation" scuttles across East Texas to a cha-cha-ing beat that sounds like a Schoolhouse Rock! outtake. Eccentricity has never sounded so catchy. J.G.

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