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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

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

Brent Cobb and Sarah Shook are among the artists whose songs make our list of the 10 best of the week.

Brent Cobb serves up greasy funk, Sarah Shook delivers a punky kiss-off and up-and-comer Dillon Carmichael arrives with a must-hear voice. Here are the country and Americana tracks you need to listen to this week.

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J.D. Wilkes, “Down in the Hidey Hole”

The Legendary Shack Shakers’ frontman goes solo, putting a Kentuckian spin on Tom Waits’ gypsy-voodoo roots music. Members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers get a piece of the action too, adding horns to this song’s groove-heavy bounce. Released on Wilkes’ Fire Dream, “Down in the Hidey Hole” tells the story of a survivalist who digs his way to safety, hiding out from some apocalypse on ground level. The only problem? “Our protagonist realizes he brought everything he needed except a girlfriend to share it with!” the singer explains. (Wilkes, a master harmonica player, was recently in the studio adding harp to Sturgill Simpson’s upcoming album.) R.C.

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I’m With Her, “Game to Lose”

Acoustic-music supergroup I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz) weigh risk and reward in “Game to Lose,” from their newly released debut LP See You Around, advising an evasive lover or a detractor to never rule them out. “I’m on the ropes, but I got something you can’t see,” they sing, between urgent verse sections of mandolin and fiddle that morph into taut, jagged choruses of power chords and the central question: “How much longer is it gonna be before I get where I’m going, get what I need?” There’s no way to know for sure, but it doesn’t sound like they’re tapping out anytime soon. J.F.

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Danielle Bradbery, “Worth It”

Danielle Bradbery’s soulful empowerment anthem “Worth It” has been floating around for a few months now, originally released as an instant-download track for fans who pre-ordered her latest album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met. Now, Bradbery is releasing “Worth It” as an official single. The smoldering tune takes stock of a lame lover, with soaring vocals from Bradbery that recall early Martina McBride. “Worth It” follows first album single “Sway,” which peaked at Number 47 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. B.M.

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