10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Brent Cobb, Sarah Shook and More

Cobb's royal "King of Alabama," Shook's kiss-off "Good as Gold" and more songs to hear now

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Brent Cobb, "King of Alabama"

A tribute to country singer Wayne Mills, who was shot and killed in 2013, "King of Alabama" dishes up greasy slabs of country-funk and Southern soul. Cobb sings the song as though he's three beers into a night of heavy drinking, which lends a laidback, loose-lipped strut to the proceedings. Produced by cousin Dave Cobb and recorded between breaks from the road, "King of Alabama" doubles as an appetizer for Providence Canyon, Cobb's second major-label release. Come for the raw twang and countrified croon; stay for the Thin Lizzy guitarmonies that punctuate the bridge, proving that Cobb still isn't unafraid to push beyond his genre's borders. R.C.

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