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Morris tops country chart; ditto for Combs

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – Maren Morris debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending March 23 with her sophomore disc, "GIRL." Morris was fourth on the overall top 200 chart. Luke Combs led the Hot Country Songs chart for the fourth time with "Beautiful Crazy."

On the album chart, Combs was second with "This One's For You," Florida Georgia Line third with "Can't Say I Ain't Country," Dan Shay fourth with their self-titled disc and Kacey Musgraves fifth with "Golden Hour."

Carrie Underwood's "Cry Pretty" was at 11, up 5. Tim McGraw was 21st with "Number One Hits," up 3. Morris' debut, "Hero," jumped 16 to 26.

On the songs chart, Dan + Shay were second with "Tequila" and fourth with "Speechless." Sandwiched in between was "Meant to Be" from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line. Chris Stapleton was fifth with "Millionaire," up three. Morris jumped from 27 to 9 with "GIRL." Chase Rice was u to 10th with "Eyes On You," up 4. Kane Brown moved up 6 to 11 with "Good As You." Riley Green held 12th with "There Was This Girl," up 3. Morgan Wallen was 15th with "Whiskey Glasses," up 5.

Michael Ray was up 4 to 18 with "One That Got Away." "Rumor" from Lee Brice climbed up 6 to 20. Eli Young Band was 25th with "Love Ain't," up 3. Dustin Lynch debuted at 26 with "Ridin' Roads." Rodney Atkins was at 27, up 4, with "Caught Up in the Country," a song featuring The Fisk Jubilee Singers. Morris also debuted at 37 with "A Song for Everything."

Cole Swindell jumped 9 to 40 with "Love You Too Late." HARDY's "Rednecker" was 41st, moving up 5 spots. Morris was 46th in her debut week with "All My Favorite People," featuring Brothers Osborne. Gabby Barrett debuted at 49 with "I Hope."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Chatham County Line debuted in first with "Sharing the Covers." Mandolin Orange was second with "Tides of a Teardrop," Della Mae third with "Butcher Shoppe EP," Gangstagrass fourth with "Pocket Full of Fire: Gangstagrass Live" and Steep Canyon Rangers fifth with "Out in the Open."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Hozier stayed first with "Wasteland, Baby!." Musgraves was second with "Golden Hour," Stapleton third with "Traveller," Mumford & Sons fourth with "Delta" and Hozier fifth with his self-titled debut.

On the overall top 200, Combs was 17th, Florida Georgia Line 43rd, Dan + Shay 47th and Musgraves 51st.

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GIRL CD review - GIRL
Maren Morris, who had a huge pop hit with "The Middle," is never going to be anybody's ideal traditional country singer. Although, thankfully, there isn't anything that mind-numbingly beat-driven on her "GIRL" album, this is a full-length that will likely appeal as much to Morris' pop fans, as her country followers. The first great song, "A Song For Everything," addresses that mysterious intersection between one's favorite songs and significant life events. »»»
Hero CD review - Hero
Maren Morris scored a hit out of the box with "My Church," the best of 11 songs on her major label full-length debut. The Texan infuses the song she wrote with uber producer busbee (he's worked with everyone from Keith Urban on "Ripcord" to 5 Seconds of Summer and Shakira and is one of three producers here including Morris) with mighty vocals powering a midtempo, soulful reading extolling the redemptive powers of playing music with the windows rolled down. »»»
Maren Morris CD review - Maren Morris
After going the indie route in her native Texas, Maren Morris releases a five-song EP to serve as an intro for the hoped for masses. Morris, who has penned songs for Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson, starts off with the edgier sounding "My Church." With an easy-going pace, Morris is elastic with her words, puts a bit of twang and gospel feel into her delivery and sings with authority when she asks "Can I get a hallelujah?/Can I get an amen?" But her salvation is FM radio - »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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