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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Florida Georgia Line, Jason Eady

FGL’s new b-side “Colorado,” Eady’s “Calaveras County,” Little Big Town’s warm-weather anthem and more tracks to hear now

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Florida Georgia Line's song "Colorado" is one of the best country songs of the week.

An unexpected musical direction from Florida Georgia Line, the latest from troubadour Jason Eady and the reverberating new single from Michigan Rattlers help make up the 10 country and Americana songs you must hear this week.

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Clarence Bucaro, “Passionate Kind”

While other songs on his exceptional LP Passionate Kind mine social issues and a worldly view, the title track, a gentle folk ballad about a complicated woman – whose complications are worth dealing with – is as romantic and refreshing as it is barbed with cautionary wisdom. “She knows every line of Shakespeare by heart,” he sings. “Says ‘love and betrayal are only inches apart’ / You gotta watch what you say or she’ll send you away.” The mesmerizing video accompanying the tune features Bucaro’s visual muse, acclaimed ballerina Juliet Doherty, who also appeared in his recent clip for “Sleepwalker.” S.B.

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Ana Egge, “Girls, Girls, Girls”

Whistles, horns and a slew of New York City allusions highlight Ana Egge’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” the breezy opener of the Brooklyn folksinger’s new album White Tiger. Egge celebrates a New York that felt welcoming to all: singing with a Joni Mitchell croon and the wide-eyed optimism of an artist new to her city. But that was then. Now Egge has been around the block – and become a favorite of fellow songwriters Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin in the process – and she’s reflecting with some world-weariness on those heady early days, when her city was “the place to be.” J.H.

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