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Rascal Flatts, Bryan lead charts

Thursday, May 22, 2014 – Rascal Flatts debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums" chart for the week ending May 31 with "Rewind," while Luke Bryan was still first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Play It Again."

On the albums chart, Dolly Parton debuted in second with "Blue Smoke." Last week's number one, "Storyline" from Hunter Hayes, was third. Bryan was fourth with "Crash My Party" and Florida Georgia Line fifth with "Here's to the Good Times."

Indie artist Sturgill Simpson debuted at 11 with "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." Jake Owen stood at 16 with "Days of Gold," up 3, while Thomas Rhett was at 17, up 3, with "Goes Like This." Scotty McCreery was the biggest mover with "See You Tonight" jumping from 36 to 25. He may have been helped by an appearance on The Voice last week.

On the songs chart, Florida Georgia Line was second again with "This is How We Roll," which also features Bryan. Brantley Gilbert remained third with "Bottoms Up." Rascal Flatts' "Rewind" held fourth, one ahead of "Beachin'" from Jake Owen, which climbed three slots. Brett Eldredge was at eight with "Beat of the Music," up three.

Dustin Lynch's "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)" stood at 20, up 3. Dierks Bentley was the big mover with "Drunk on a Plane" at 21, up 6. Jake Worthington, who was a finalist on The Voice," debuted at 23 with "Heaven."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Nickel Creek held onto first with "A Dotted Line" with Alan Jackson second with "The Bluegrass Album" and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell third with "Live." The Devil Makes Three were fourth with "I'm a Stranger Here." Martin and Brickell were fifth with "Love Has Come for You."

On the overall top 200, Rascal Flatts was 5th, Parton 6th, Hayes 9th, Bryan 12th and Florida Georgia Line 15th.

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Back to Us CD review - Back to Us
As summer insistently steps forward and knocks at our doorstep with bright sunny rays and promises of sun-soaked hijinks, longtime pop country superstars Rascal Flatts aim to provide the perfect soundtrack with "Back To Us." Loaded with the band's signature tight harmonies and upbeat jams built around lyrics of love and loss, Rascal Flatts doesn't move far off the beaten path while carving out a high energy declaration of summer love. Fans looking for those beach cruising jams »»»
The Greatest Gift of All CD review - The Greatest Gift of All
It's the big things - and sometimes the little things - that make Rascal Flatts' Christmas album "The Greatest Gift of All" stand out. On the macro level, the country vocal trio put a little funk - well, as much funk as three Nashville guys can muster - into "Go Tell It on The Mountain." And then, the cool little bass line introducing "Let It Snow" helps differentiate this act's version from possibly millions of other versions. Much of "The »»»
Rewind CD review - Rewind
Don't worry. Just because Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox sings, "Try to talk to George Strait into givin' us an encore" on the hit single and title track doesn't mean that the traditional country giant is all of a sudden a cornerstone for the trio that has been front and center of the pop country sound. In fact, they make it quite clear from the second the play button is struck with the hard rocking "Payback" thanks to lots of electric guitar and rocking vocals from LeVox. »»»
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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