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The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, Sept. 27, 2019

Jay Som
Gabriel C. Pérez
Jay Som poses for a photo after performing at KUTX on Friday.

The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Most Fridays, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.

"Tenderness" by Jay Som

Let’s start with Melina Mae Duterte, better known by her stage name, Jay Som. She’s quite the child prodigy, recording her own songs at the age of 12 in her hometown of LA. Now she’s all of 25 and writing and producing some seriously mature music. This song, called “Tenderness,” is the realization that nothing is ever good enough and tenderness is all she’s got. She’ll be at the Barracuda tonight.

"Don't Call Me" by Highwomen

Music Nerd Alert: We have a new supergroup among us. Longtime singer-songwriters Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires have teamed up as the Highwomen. Their songs lean toward humor – some of it obvious and some much darker. "Don't Call Me" falls into the former category. The protagonist is so sick of her ex that no matter what happens to him – his truck catches fire, he has an existential crisis – it doesn’t matter, “whatever you do, don’t call me.”

"New Sunday Driver" by Marshall Terry

Finally, we have some old-fashioned fuzz rock from Austin’s Marshall Terry. He’s stepping out from his former band, Living Beings, and making a go at playing most of the instruments himself on "New Sunday Driver." It’s the kind of music you crank up to 11 – and it’s all analog!

Produced by Art Levy.

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