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Bryan, Hunt once again are number one

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" remains the top selling country disc on the Billboard charts for the week ending Sept. 19. Sam Hunt leads the Hot Country Songs chart again with "House Party."

Maddie & Tae debuted in second on the Top Country Albums chart with "Start Here," their full-length debut. Sam Hunt held third with "Montevallo," one ahead of Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde." Eric Church was fifth with "The Outsiders."

Darius Rucker jumped from 29 to 13 with "Southern Style." "Mud Digger, Volume 6," a compilation disc, was at 15. Chris Stapleton was at 20 with "Traveller," up 5.

Keith Urban is up to second on the songs chart with "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," up two. Chris Janson remains third with "Buy Me a Boot," one ahead of Thomas Rhett's "Crash And Burn." Bryan placed fifth with "Strip It Down."

Kenny Chesney broke into the top 10 with "Save It For a Rainy Day" at 9, up 2. Maddie & Tae have another hit on their hands with "Fly " at 12, up 4. Carrie Underwood's new single "Smoke Broke" fell all the way from 5 to 15, but it is likely she will be moving back up the charts. Blake Shelton was at 24 with "Gonna," up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steep Canyon Rangers debuted in first with "Radio." Dailey & Vincent fell to second with "Alive! In Concert." Found Wandering debuted in third with its self-titled disc. The SteelDrivers were fourth with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings" and Punch Brothers were fifth with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road debuted in10th with "Country Grass."

On the overall top 200, Bryan was 3rd, Maddie & Tae 7th, Hunt 11th, Church 25th and Zac Brown Band 27th. The top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.

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X2C CD review - X2C
Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»
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: For Knight, it all comes to the song, and they're not pretty – Going seven years without a release will do wonders of the negative type to your audience. Chris Knight finally put out new music - "Almost Daylight" - last month and is back out on the road. But somehow the Kentucky native, who didn't release his first album until he was 37 (he's now 59), managed to maintain an audience.... »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
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