10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Corey Smith, Lilly Hiatt and More

Smith's defiant "Empty Rooms," Hiatt's homage to vinyl, Paul Cauthen's Cash-like exhortation and other songs to hear now

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Randall King, "Tuggin' on My Heartstrings"

Randall King just released his debut LP last week, but already the west Texas native comes with a big-name endorsement from Garth Brooks. "This kid is what country music is all about to me," Brooks said this week on his Inside Studio G video series, and it's not hard to see what he likes about King. "Tuggin' at My Heartstrings" is a boot-scootin' neo-traditionalist nod to Brooks' Nineties heyday, when Brooks ruled the airwaves with Alan Jackson and George Strait. Garth pointed out that King remains unsigned, but it only appears to be a matter of time. J.G.

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