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Lambert, Urban stay first

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – Miranda Lambert continued atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 17 with "The Weight of These Wings." Keith Urban remained first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Florida Georgia Line stayed second on the songs chart with "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw. Brett Eldredge held third with "Wanna Be That Strong," switching spots with Brett Young's "Sleep Without You." Old Dominion was fifth with "Song For Another Time."

Thomas Rhett broke into the top 10 with "Star of the Show" at 10, up 2. Jon Pardi moved up 3 to 16 with "Dirt On My Boots." Granger Smith was at 20 with "If the Boot Fits," up 3. "Me And Jesus" from Sundance Head debuted at 21.

Chris Young was at 22, up 4, with "Sober Saturday Night," featuring Vince Gill. Laura Alaina was 23rd, up 4, with "Road Less Traveled." Billy Gilman debuted at 29 with "Anyway." Dierks Bentley jumped 6 to 34 with "Black." Pentatonix debuted at 40 with "Jolene," featuring Dolly Parton. Eldredge debuted at 42 with the holiday song "Baby, It's Cold Outside," featuring Meghan Trainor. Cody Johnson debuted at 46 with "With You I Am."

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were second on the albums chart with "Christmas Together." They were also third with "Christmas Together" and Brooks' new CD "Gunslinger" packaged together. The release had been 14th. On its own, "Gunslinger" debuted in fourth. Eldredge was fifth with "Glow," his holiday crooner's disc, up 3.

Chris Young held ninth with "It Must Be Christmas," up 4. Blake Shelton was at 15 with "If I'm Honest," up 4. Hillary Scott & the Scott Family jumped from 33 to 20 with "Love Remains." Cole Swindell climbed 6 to 22 with "You Should Be Here." Kelsea Ballerini was 24th, up 3, with "The First Time."

Joey + Rory were at 27 with "Hymns," up 4. Loretta Lynn's "Christmas Time Blue" went from 39 to 28. Dolly Parton was 29th with "Pure & Simple," up 5. Gillian welch debuted at 30 with "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg." McGraw was 39th with "Damn Country Music," up 3.

"NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 9" was up from 45 to 40. Young went from 50 to 44 with "I'm Comin' Over." Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" was at 45, up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker stayed first with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Dwight Yoakam was second with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held third with "Circlin' Back: 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." The Devil Makes Three was third with "Redemption & Ruin." Sarah Jarosz was fifth with "Undercurrent."

Chris Stapleton stayed first on the Folk/Americana Albums chart with "Traveller." Leonard Cohen was second with "You Want It Darker," The Lumineers third with "Cleopatra," Parton fourth with "Pure & Simple" and Welch fifth with "Bootlegs..."

On the overall top 200, Lambert was 9th, "Christmas Together" 14th, "Christmas Together/Gunslinger" 21st, Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" 23rd and Stapleton 24th.

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Every once in a while an album comes along that restores your faith in mainstream country music. Miranda Lambert's "Revolution" is just such a recording. It's not revolutionary, as the title might suggest. Instead, this CD is chock full of topnotch songs that are both memorable and sincere and never sound slick or overproduced. (Come to think of it, such old school values as these may in fact be revolutionary around Nashville). Lambert vocalizes a bit like a little girl at »»»
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Even though it sounds like a cliche from the big book of country songwriting, the truth is that, when the timing's right, a loser can end up being the biggest winner of all. Today's object lesson comes from Miranda Lambert and her sophomore album, the follow-up to her 2005 near-platinum debut, "Kerosene." Imagine for a moment if the then-19-year-old had actually taken the crown in 2003's Nashville Star and then been forced into the studio within weeks to be primped and »»»
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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