From Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather" caught my attention for the first time last year, when the group played the Ryman. Perfect timing for a song like that. Four months later, I saw the band's headlining set at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C., and Brown called it one of his favorite songs he's ever written. I'd agree. It's my top pick on the band's new album, You Get What You Give. The melody is just moody enough without being melodramatic while the lyrics leave me feeling a little bit lonely. And as a Nebraska native, I can picture that frozen truck stop just outside of Lincoln. Heck, I may have fueled up there a time or two. If you happen to have a winter road trip ahead, bundle up this playlist of new, mostly independent music, led by "Colder Weather." There's a lot of bluegrass on here, too. By the way, if you're a fan of the steel guitar, don't miss the last two tracks featuring the magnificent Lloyd Green.

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