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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury

McBryde’s epic “American Scandal,” bluegrass great’s honky-tonker, Band of Heathens’ Stonesy rocker and more songs to hear now

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Songs by Del McCoury and Ashley McBryde are among the 10 country and Americana tracks you must hear this week.

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A bluegrass great, an alum from The Voice with a Stapleton vibe and a powerhouse vocalist with a fresh slant on a love song make up the 10 country and Americana songs you must hear this week.

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Courtney Marie Andrews, “I’ve Hurt Worse”

Courtney Marie Andrews first got our attention with her 2016 album Honest Life, which drew the young songwriter comparisons to greats like Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. On her forthcoming follow-up May Your Kindness Remain, the songwriting and vocal chops that earned such praise are present, but Andrews and producer Mark Howard incorporate elements of soul, roots and rock, providing Andrews with a bigger sonic palette worthy of her huge, versatile voice. On album cut “I’ve Hurt Worse,” Andrews channels her inner Bob Dylan, triumphantly stretching out her vowels while singing of a fickle lover likely unworthy of such jubilation. B.M.

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