10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Wild Feathers, Cassadee Pope and More

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American Aquarium, "Tough Folks"

Backed by a reshuffled version of his long-running band, American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham barks out an anthem about keeping your chin up, your chest out and your best foot forward. It's a uniquely Southern take on the "roll with the punches" motif, with Barham using his family's agricultural roots as the storyline's main ingredient. Shot through with barroom wisdom and Springsteen-worthy spirit, "Tough Folks" is as hard-nosed as its titular characters. R.C.

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