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10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week: Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson

Musgraves’ sterling “Space Cowboy,” Cole Swindell’s delicate “Break Up in the End” and more songs to hear now

Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson

Songs by Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson are among the 10 country and Americana songs you must hear this week.

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A country legend, some rising radio stars and burgeoning Americana singer-songwriters make up this week’s list of songs you need to hear right now.

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Don Gallardo, “A Boat Named Harmony”

Don Gallardo stakes his claim as a roots-rock lifer with his upcoming April release, Still Here. It’s an album rooted in persistence and purpose, with songs like “Kicking Up the Pavement” shining a light on the struggle of the modern-day road warrior. On the acoustic “A Boat Named Harmony,” though, Gallardo trades his band van for a sailboat, painting himself as the unlucky captain of a sinking ship. With open water all around him, he choses love over panic, finding peace in the presence of his duet partner, Erin Rae. Heartwarming and harmony-heavy. R.C.

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