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Gilbert, Bryan top Billboard charts

Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Brantley Gilbert debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Just As I Am," his third release. Luke Bryan stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending June 7 with "Play It Again.

Bryan once again also has a hand in the number two song on the songs chart as he is featured in Florida Georgia Line's "This is How We Roll." Jake Owen was third with "Beachin'," one ahead of former number one "Bottoms Up" from Gilbert. Miranda Lambert's duet with Carrie Underwood, "Somethin' Bad," debuted in fifth. That was one ahead of Lambert's latest single, "Automatic."

Justin Moore broke into the top 10 with "Letting' The Night Roll" in ninth, up 3.

Jerrod Niemann reentered the charts with "Drink To That All Night" at 17. The song had been as high as number four. Lady Antebellum's new single, "Bartender," debuted at 19.

On the albums chart, last week's number one, "Rewind" from Rascal Flatts, was second. Florida Georgia Line was third with "Here's to the Good Times," one ahead of Bryan's "Crash My Party." Hunter Hayes was fifth with "Storyline."

"Mud Digger: Volume 5" a compilation disc, debuted in eighth. Moore was at 17 with "Off the Beaten Path," up 4. Lady A closed out the top 25 with "Golden," up 7.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Nickel Creek again led with "A Dotted Line," with Alan Jackson again second with "The Bluegrass Album." Chatham County Line debuted in third with "Tightrope." "Timeless Treasures: Bluegrass Gospel," a compilation disc, was fourth in its debut. The Isaacs held fifth with "The Living Years."

On the overall top 200, Gilbert was 2nd, Rascal Flatts 10th, Florida Georgia Line13th, Bryan 14th and Hayes 23rd.

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Fire & Brimstone CD review - Fire & Brimstone
It would be easy (and lazy journalism) to write about how much Brantley Gilbert's music is un-country. You need only isolate the drum parts for most of these latest songs to confirm this is primarily a rock recording (masked as country). However, there are some quality - if not exactly country - songs on this effort, which cry out for a different sort of evaluation. Gilbert saves his best for last with "Man That Hung The Moon," a song about fatherhood that will likely bring many dads to tears. »»»
The Devil Don't Sleep CD review - The Devil Don't Sleep
For those fans worrying over the potential demise of bro country, rest easy; Brantley Gilbert is here to keep that flag flying high. Comprised of a solid set of radio ready rockers alongside a few tamer numbers, Gilbert sets out to prove the establishment wrong, rolling his way through 16 tales of hard living and partying. Yet, while Gilbert holds strong to the "bro country" stance, he's also very much his own man, allowing his faith and values to pull front and center as well. »»»
Just As I Am: Platinum Edition CD review - Just As I Am: Platinum Edition
With the third version of Brantley Gilbert's "Just as I Am," he has almost doubled the average country album track listing. The definitive Platinum Edition contains 19 tracks that feature his trademark rock inflected country sound. The original 11 tracks are still intact, with the addition of the 3 songs from the original deluxe edition. Added on at the end are five new songs that largely fit well with the tone of the album. Those who originally purchased the regular edition »»»
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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