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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Wild Feathers, Cassadee Pope and More

Wild Feathers’ “Big Sky,” Pope’s “Take You Home,” Tyler Rich’s “The Difference” and more songs you need to hear now

Taylor Burns of The Wild Feathers, Cassadee Pope

Song from the Wild Feathers and Cassadee Pope make up the 10 best country and Americana songs you need to hear this week.

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A harmony-rich song about the expanse of nature, a Voice champ’s reinvention and a track that cheekily name-checks hit songwriter Dallas Davidson make up the 10 country and Americana songs you need to hear right now.

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Cassadee Pope, “Take You Home”

“This ain’t the same old story about two hearts hooking up, one and done on a Friday,” Pope warns a potential lover, singing not about the temporary pleasures of a one-night stand, but the lasting effects of something long-term. A pop-rock power ballad that owes just as much to Pope’s first major gig – the frontwoman of Hey Monday, a favorite among the Warped Tour crowd – as her country makeover, “Take You Home” was coincidentally co-written by former Boys Like Girls member Paul DiGiovanni, whose band shared a string of shows with Hey Monday nearly a decade earlier. R.C.

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The Wild Feathers, “Big Sky”

Proudly wearing their country-rock influences on their flannel sleeves, the Wild Feathers sing the praises of rolling blacktop and unbroken horizons on “Big Sky,” the first single from the band’s forthcoming LP. The group’s triple-layered harmonies nod to the past, calling to mind everything from the Eagles’ pre-Joe Walsh work to Alabama’s Mountain Music. The presentation, though, is more modernized, with producer Jay Joyce drawing a line between the sounds that inspire the Wild Feathers and the community that nurtures them. R.C. 

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Ry Cooder, “The Prodigal Son”

Roots-music hero Ry Cooder tells his own version of the Prodigal Son parable, changing the Bible’s original plot to involve a Bakersfield bar, a waitress and the worship-worthy work of steel guitarist Ralph Mooney. “Dim lights, thick smoke and loud, loud music is the only kind of truth I’ll ever understand,” the son declares at the song’s conclusion, while a hotshot band – including his son and co-producer, drummer Joachim Cooder – whips up a storm of raw, roadhouse rock & roll in the background. R.C.

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