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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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New songs by Amanda Shires and Jackie Lee are among the 10 best country and Americana songs of the week.

Luke Bryan’s sunny and nostalgic new single, the latest from the wonderfully eccentric Paul Cauthen and Jackie Lee’s personal comeback track are among the best country and Americana songs you need to hear right now.

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Luke Bryan, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”

Bryan’s new single “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is the quintessential teenage summer love story, packed with imagery that rushes back nostalgic memories of sand, sunshine and the simplicity of summers long past. The mellow, mid-tempo track – off Bryan’s What Makes You Country – tells the tale of two young lovers brought together at a lake house and chronicles their transition from innocence to experience. Written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill, “Sunrise, Sunburn Sunset,” which the superstar performed on the season finale of American Idol, is what modern-day country does best: reminisce on the glory days of youth. S.S. 

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Tyler Dial, “Truth in the Way”

Tyler Dial may look the part of a fresh-faced college grad (in fact, he is), but there’s hidden depth in his lyrics and vocal style. The Texas singer arrives with this thumping jam about the ambiguous end of a relationship – and the inevitable hookups that come after it. He’s just fine with that though, as he begs his lover to come hither and not let “the truth get in the way.” It’s a cavalier request, but Dial, the latest artist under Jay Joyce’s Neon Cross roster, proves persuasive enough to be irresistible. J.H.

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Chris Hennessee with Jamey Johnson, “Wrong End of the Rainbow”

If you’re one of those folks always itching for something new from Jamey Johnson, you’re in luck. The elusive singer joined up with bandmate Chris Hennessee for the latter’s new song “Wrong End of the Rainbow,” off Hennessee’s forthcoming album Ramble. The tune’s a honky-tonk ode to “brokenhearted dreamers” and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, with Hennessee and Johnson sharing lead vocal duties. Johnson’s low country croon sounds as fine as it ever has, serving as the perfect complement to Hennessee’s twangy grit. B.M.

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