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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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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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