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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Sugarland, Dan + Shay

Sugarland’s collaboration with Taylor Swift, Dan + Shay’s wistful “Tequila,” Muscadine Bloodline’s hopeful “Movin’ On” and more songs to hear now

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Sugarland's "Babe" and Dan + Shay's "Tequila" are among the best country songs to hear this week.

Sugarland’s new Taylor-assisted ballad, Dan + Shay’s harmony-rich hit and Jimmy Buffett protégée Caroline Jones’ fittingly summery sing-along are among the 10 country and Americana songs you must hear this week. 

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Muscadine Bloodline, “Movin’ On”

Driven forward by vocal harmonies, pedal steel and galloping kickdrum, “Movin’ On” tells the story of a formerly heartbroken female who’s learned to make peace with her past. “The memories all over that town finally ain’t tearing you down,” goes a line in the first verse, sung in tandem by co-frontmen Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton. A tribute to healing hearts, “Movin’ On” is every bit as kinetic as its title. R.C. 

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Sugarland, “Babe”

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush pick the lock on Taylor Swift’s vault of unused songs for the second single of their comeback, “Babe,” which even features a guest vocal from the pop superstar. The track was co-written by Swift with Train’s Pat Monahan back in her Nashville days, intended for Swift’s 2012 album Red. It didn’t make the cut, but her loss is the duo’s gain. The heartbroken track is built on vivid, lived-in lyrics in classic Swiftian fashion, but contrasted by a relaxed, roots-pop feel that is 100 percent Sugarland. The result is one heck of a chorus: a mix of warm, welcoming melodies and a processed beat paired with Swift’s pulsating vocal. C.P.

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Andrew Duhon, “Comin’ Around”

Duhon’s soulful croon takes centerstage on this slow-burning tribute to perseverance and self-reckoning. Backed by a cyclical guitar riff that never overwhelms the melody, Duhon takes a hard look at his own path, knowing he’s too far into the journey – wherever it may be leading him – to turn back. Instead, he continues moving forward with renewed purpose, chasing down a new horizon while soft drums and a cyclical guitar riff echo in the background. R.C. 

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