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Bentley, FGL stand at the top

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – Dierks Bentley debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Black" and second on the overall chart for the week ending June 18. Florida Georgia Line continues atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y."

On the songs chart, Bentley was second, up three, with "Somewhere on a Beach." Thomas Rhett held third with "T-Shirt," one ahead of Blake Shelton's "Came Here to Forget." Tim McGraw was fifth with "Humble And Kind." Jason Aldean closed out the top 10 with "Lights Come On," up 6.

Eric Church was at 12 with "Record Year," up 3. Kenny Chesney also moved up 3, to 15, with "Noise." Jake Owen stood at 17 with "American Country Love Song," up 3. Kelsea Ballerini was 18th with "Peter Pan," up 4. Bentley debuted at 21 with "Different for Girls," his song with Elle King. Frankie Ballard jumped 5 to 24 with "It All Started With a Beer." Justin Moore closed out the top 25 with "You Look Like I Need a Drink," up 5.

On the albums chart, Shelton fell to second with "If I'm Honest." Chris Stapleton was third with "Traveller," Keith Urban fourth with "Ripcord" and Cole Swindell fifth with "You Should Be Here."

"The Very Best of The Highwaymen" was at 22, up 4. Zach Seabaugh debuted at 25 with his self-titled EP. Seabaugh was a contestant on The Voice.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, "Bright Stars" A New Musical" by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell again was first. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice debuted in second with "Poor Boy's Pleasure." Flatt Lonesome was third with "Runaway Train," up eight. The Willis Clan debuted in fourth with "Chapter Two - Boots." Martin and Edie Brickell were fifth with "So Familiar."

Stapleton topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart, pushing Bob Dylan's "Fallen Angels" to second. The Lumineers were third with "Cleopatra," Mudcrutch fourth with "2" and "Bright Star: A New Musical" fifth.

On the overall Top 200, Bentley was 2nd, Shelton 5th, Stapleton 13th, Urban 23rd and Rhett 27th. The 200 and Top Country Albums chart use different criteria.

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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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