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Bentley, Zac Brown Band lead charts

Thursday, July 26, 2012 – Dierks Bentley ascended to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 4 with 5-1-5-0. Bentley took over for Eli Young Band's Even If It Breaks Your Heart, which slipped to fourth. "Uncaged' from Zac Brown Band remained first for the second week in a row on the Billboard Country Albums chart and fell to second as the best selling disc in the U.S.

On the Country Albums chart, Kenny Chesney was second with "Welcome to the Fishbowl." Luke Bryan was third with "tailgates & tanlines," while Old Crow Medicine Show" debuted in fourth with "Carry Me Back." Carrie Underwood was fifth with "Blown Away." Jason Aldean was seventh, up four, with "My Kinda Party."

Lionel Richie stood in 10th, with "Tuskegee," up 4. Lady Antebellum was at 18, up 3 with "Own the Night." Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels" moved up 3 to 25, while Miranda Lambert of Pistol Annies saw "Four the Record" go from 32 to 27. Bentley was at 28, up 5, with "Home." THE FARM debuted at 35 with a self-titled disc.

Chesney was second on the song chart with Come Over, while Gloriana was third with (Kissed You) Good Night. Love And Theft were fifth with Angel Eyes, up two. Blake Shelton was at six with Over, up three. So was The Band Perry's Postcard From Paris, which sat at seventh. Josh Turner was 10th, up 1, with Time Is Love.

Jason Aldean debuted in 19th with his new single Take a Little Ride.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow Medicine Show jumped from 11 to the top with "Carry Me Back." Rhonda Vincent stayed second with "Sunday Mornin' Singin': Live" second. Trampled By Turtles were third with "Stars And Satellites," after having been at the top of the chart. Jerry Douglas was fourth with "Traveler," while "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" was fifth.

On the overall top 200, Chesney was 16th, Bryan 18th, Old Crow 22nd and Underwood 26th.

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Black CD review - Black
Dierks Bentley seems intent on expanding his musical boundaries, but he may have overreached too much in eschewing where he came from. That most evident by the dominating textured beats. Producer Ross Copperman and Bentley seem hell bent on injecting odd meters and sounds, sharp detours from past efforts. Unfortunately, the atmospheric beats muddy up the vocal delivery on "Freedom," a song that stretches far too long at almost four minutes. Bentley also channels U2 with its »»»
Riser CD review - Riser
Change was in store for Dierks Bentley when it came to recording his seventh album, "Riser." On the personal front, he lost his father and added to his family, clearly affecting the subject matter of his latest. On the musical front, he traded long-time producer Brett Beavers, producer of every disc except "Up on the Ridge," for Ross Copperman, who has enjoyed more success as a writer, including several previous tracks for Bentley. Bentley embraces current trends in country »»»
Up on the Ridge CD review - Up on the Ridge
Dierks Bentley takes a left, turn, sort of, on his fifth studio disc. Bentley has built a solid reputation as a country artist with a slew of hits and catchy songs with edge. But here, Bentley goes bluegrass or at least 12 songs steeped in that sound. This is nothing new for Bentley, who previously has recorded bluegrass songs. Much to his credit, Bentley does not come off as a dilettante, but, instead, someone who feels comfortable with the music from the lead-off title track to the closing sad »»»
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: Turner pleases the traditionalists – Josh Turner is a hard-working citizen, a man of faith and a loyal father and husband. He also happens to be one of the youngest members inducted to the Grand Ole Opry. In short, he is the embodiment of country music's champion of the everyman. This night was special for him. He was celebrating an anniversary with his wife and his 18th with his label MCA.... »»»
Concert Review: Not much really changes for LaFarge – Just one look at the stage made it clear that this was not going to be a typical night with Pokey LaFarge. There were only a few guitars to be seen, which meant that LaFarge was going it alone. "I've been touring for years with a band," LaFarge told perhaps a few hundred people before he had even played a note.... »»»
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