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Bryan doubles up

Thursday, October 1, 2015 – Luke Bryan doubled up on the Billboard country charts, leading the Country Albums chart with "Kill the Lights" and topping the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down" for the week ending Oct. 10.

On the album chart, Alabama debuted in second with "Southern Drawl." Turnpike Troubadours debuted in third with its self-titled disc. A capella group Home Free were fourth with "Country Evolution." Brett Eldredge, last week's number one with "Illinois," fell to fifth.

Alabama closed out the top 25 with an old release, "Angels Among Us: Hymns Gospel Favorites."

Keith Urban was second on the songs chart with "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" again second. Sam Hunt was third with "House Party," Eldredge fourth with "Lose My Mind" and Kenny Chesney fifth with "Save It for a Rainy Day."

Carrie Underwood jumped from 12 to 8 with "Smoke Break." Thomas Rhett debuted at 17 with "Die a Happy Man," his new single. Jason Aldean broke into the top 25 - at 24 - with "Gonna Know We Were Here," up 3. Hunt also was third with "Break Up in a Small Town" at 25, up 5.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Della Mae topped the chart after being off of it last week with its self-titled disc. Steep Canyon Rangers fell to second with "Radio." Dailey & Vincent were third with "Alive! In Concert." The SteelDrivers were fourth with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings," one ahead of Punch Brothers' "The Phosphorescent Blues." Lizzy Long debuted in seventh with "Blueberry Pie." A compilation, "33 Pickin' Bluegrass Power Picks' Instrumentals" was eighth in its debut week.

On the overall top 200, Bryan was 9th, Alabama 14th, Turnpike Troubadours 17th, Hunt 21st and Eldredge 28th. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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What Makes You Country CD review - What Makes You Country
Luke Bryan aims to please often, and that rarely goes unpunished. The Georgia native has a strong voice, some songwriting skill and even legitimate farming cred. But Bryan still gets pegged as the face of corporate country - that pandering beast packaging artists for mass consumption. The label can be unfair, but not wholly undeserved - Bryan has a long track record, for instance, of records about chasing girls and Bud Lights. In truth, he married his college sweetheart and they share a quiet, »»»
Farm Tour...Here's to the Farmer CD review - Farm Tour...Here's to the Farmer
Luke Bryan has been in that "hardware" phase of his career for the last few years. There have been several armloads of awards, many on the strength of the high-caliber singles from 2013's "Crash My Party." It might present a challenge to stay grounded. But Bryan has kept himself busy with work for charities (he's embarking on a traditional tour of farms to benefit his scholarship fund), and the use of the EP - this marks his eighth. Many artists use the EP format »»»
Kill the Lights CD review - Kill the Lights
When Luke Bryan announces, "I've got that music for your ear" during the single "Kick the Dust Up," listeners should know right off this is not a collection of sounds for every ear. It's targeted toward the young and reckless set instead, where consequences don't seem to matter. There's no better example of this loose approach than the revenge sex expressed through a duet with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild on "Home Alone Tonight," where »»»
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: Kiah heats up – Amythyst Kiah's music career has seemingly been a slow burn, but that well could be changing. She was part of the quartet that put out the very fine "Songs of Our Native Daughters" earlier this year and is about to launch a tour with CD-mates Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell of Birds of Chicago and Leyla McCalla to bring out songs about... »»»
Concert Review: Sweeney maintains her musical integrity – Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening. When the East Texas native started her career, she was... »»»
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