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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Tyler Farr, Tenille Townes and More

Townes’ empathetic “Somebody’s Daughter,” Farr’s “Love by the Moon,” Walker Hayes’ tribute to “Craig” and more to hear now

Tenille Townes, Tyler Farr

Songs by Tenille Townes and Tyler Farr make up the 10 best country songs you need to hear this week.

Matthew Berinato, Amy Richmond

An infectious new radio anthem from Tyler Farr, a slice of compassion from Tenille Townes and Walker Hayes’ half-rapped thank you to a guardian angel make up the 10 country and Americana songs you need to hear this week. 

Tenille Townes, “Somebody’s Daughter”

Last week, new Sony Nashville signee Tenille Townes released the EP Living Room Work Tapes. One of the EP’s tracks is “Somebody’s Daughter,” an acoustic ballad that, based on its title alone, could venture into patriarchal territory, but mercifully doesn’t. Instead, the song turns a compassionate eye to the plight of a presumably homeless woman begging for money at an intersection, imagining what her earlier life was like and imploring listeners to take a closer look at folks in similar situations in their own towns. B.M.

JohnnySwim with Drew Holcomb, “Ring the Bells”

Written in response to the racially charged attacks in Charlottesville, this acoustic anthem mixes pop, gospel and folk into the same lively package. It’s a bright song for darker times, with three singers — Drew Holcomb, Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez — all taking a turn at the mic. Those vocalists share songwriting credit, too, turning “Ring the Bells” — the lead single from the musicians’ Goodbye Road EP — into a collective call to action. R.C.

Sons of Bill, “Believer / Pretender”

Trading their Americana roots for the skyward sweep of Reagan-era college rock, Sons of Bill introduce their upcoming release, Oh God Ma’am, with this Eighties-leaning anthem. The electric guitars, whose reverb-heavy chimes and chorus-pedaled punch nod to everyone from Echo and the Bunnymen to the War on Drugs, will draw you in. But the double-tracked vocals, which swoon one minute and sweep the next, will hook you. R.C.

Walker Hayes, “Craig”

The closing track on his new Boom LP and now his latest single, Walker Hayes’ “Craig” was inspired by a real-life guardian angel that he met at church while he and his family were on hard times. The song’s titular character goes above and beyond, gifting the Hayes clan a minivan when they need more room for their six kids. It’s a simple, spare tune, given a half-sung, half-rapped delivery by Hayes over a stuttering beat and appropriately stained-glass organ, just the kind of a story to make a believer of a man like Hayes. J.G.

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