USA Today: Playlist: The Mavericks, Chelle Rose, JJAMZ

By Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY

Pick of the week: The Mavericks’ Born to Be Blue. One of country music’s best live bands of the ’90s returns, and its members haven’t lost a step, if reports from recent Stagecoach and Nashville shows are to be believed.

10 intriguing tracks found during the week’s listening:

Pontoon, Little Big Town
As with Boondocks, the quartet keeps its summertime song refreshingly free of lyrical or musical country clichés.

Even the Losers, Pat Green
On Songs We Wish We’d Written II, this Texan finds a new approach to the Tom Petty song involving piano and strings.

I Need You, Chelle Rose
Rose revives a great Julie Miller rocker on her swampy, Ray Wylie Hubbard-produced Ghost of Browder Holler album.

Roll Me Up, Willie Nelson
Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson take turns at the microphone making a pothead’s last request.