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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves and More

Combs’ superlative “She Got the Best of Me,” Musgraves’ woozy “Slow Burn” and the bright country-soul of Morgan Myles’ “Acapella”

10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves and More

Songs by Kacey Musgraves and Luke Combs are among the 10 best tracks of the week.

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A contender for “Song of the Summer,” a pumped-up power ballad and a welcome new release from a rising songwriter all figure in to this week’s list of the best country and Americana songs you need to hear right now.


John Calvin Abney, “Always Enough”

With its double-tracked vocals and kaleidoscopic pop twists, “Always Enough” channels the hushed, lo-fi symphonies of Elliot Smith’s Figure 8. Far from a mere nod to his influences, though, the song finds John Calvin Abney making peace with his biggest champion and simultaneous critic: himself. “Can’t you see that we were always enough?” he asks, turning the song into an ode to self-actualization.


Ross Cooper, “I Rode the Wild Horses”

A haunting, slow-burning blast of country-western bravado, “I Rode the Wild Horses” might’ve found its way onto the soundtrack for a Cormac McCarthy film if it weren’t already telling the true story of Ross Cooper’s days as a bareback rodeo king. “I’m a spitfire son of the road,” he says, rattling off the details of his cowboy past with the proud weariness of a bronc rider who broke bones and split skin. The best moment? When Cooper delivers the final line of the chorus in a voice that’s thick with vibrato and swagger, like John Wayne gone country. 


St. Paul and the Broken Bones, “Apollo”

Trading their blue-eyed, blustery soul for disco-ball dance beats and Prince-worthy funk, St. Paul and the Broken Bones enter a new orbit with “Apollo.” The song marks the band’s first release from Young Sick Camellia, an upcoming album produced by the same R&B heavyweight, Jack Splash, who helmed songs from CeeLo Green’s The Lady Killer and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. The Broken Bones weather their paradigm shift quite well, with frontman Paul Janeway howling toward the cosmos with all the ferocity of a man who’s lost his religion and found the good drugs.