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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Luke Bryan, Maggie Rose and More

Bryan’s chart-topping “Most People Are Good,” Rose’s smoldering “It’s You,” Trixie Mattel’s heartwarming “The Well” and more songs to hear now

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Maggie Rose and Luke Bryan

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The latest chart-topper from the format’s biggest star, a welcome comeback by an underrated vocalist and a poignant anti-violence statement by new artist Bill Eberle make up this week’s country and Americana songs you need to hear right now.

Maggie Rose, Luke Bryan

Tami Neilson, “Stay Outta My Business”

Tami Neilson may have gotten her start with her family band, the Neilsons, but make no mistake, the Canadian who resides in New Zealand is a fire-breathing R&B belter on her own terms. She says so in roughly so many words on her rollicking new track “Stay Outta My Business,” a crackling, hand-clapping soul vamp that would do Amy Winehouse proud for its swagger and defiant self-reliance. J.G.

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Erin Rae, “Can’t Cut Loose”

Nashville can be a competitive place, but it can also be a collaborative one. Erin Rae, a gifted singer-songwriter, has never seemed to shy away from lending her vocals – which evoke the effortlessness of Nick Drake with the velvet coo of Mary Travers – to the projects of her friends, like Margo Price and Andrew Combs. But her solo work, particularly her new track “Can’t Cut Loose,” feels equally generous – just in emotion, this time. From her forthcoming LP Putting on Airs (on Single Lock Records), it’s a hauntingly honest folksong for the frank, modern mind. M.M.