10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week: Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson

Musgraves' sterling "Space Cowboy," Cole Swindell's delicate "Break Up in the End" and more songs to hear now

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Kacey Musgraves, "Space Cowboy"

If Kacey Musgraves' "Butterflies" feels like an amorous blindside for fans of the tough-talking Texan, "Space Cowboy" lands like a more familiar kiss-off. Not to be confused with a song by "The Joker" himself, Steve Miller, "Space Cowboy" is a matter-of-fact relationship post-op with Musgraves' trademark turns of phrase ("You can have your space, cowboy, I ain't gonna fence you in"). Spare and wistfully arranged, Musgraves' narrator isn't afraid to let her hurt show, even as she makes the tough call that she knows to be correct. J.G.

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