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Hunt, Combs top off charts

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Not much changes for Sam Hunt on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. That means "Body Like a Back Road" is first again for the week ending Sept. 23. Luke Combs was back atop the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You."

On the albums chart, Combs displaced "Happy Endings" from Old Dominion, which fell to second. Chris Stapleton was third again with "Traveller," one ahead of Kane Brown's self-titled disc. Sam Hunt was fifth with "Montevallo."

Brett Eldredge's self-titled release was at 12, up 3. Eric Church jumped 8 to 15 with "Mr. Misunderstood." Cole Swindell went from 24 to 20 with "You Should Be Here." Florida Georgia Line moved up 6 to 21 with "Here's to the Good Times." "NOW That's What I Call Country Volume 10" was up 3 to 26. Dierks Bentley held the 29th spot with "Black" with Carrie Underwood at 30, also up 3, with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." "The Legend of Johnny Cash" was 32nd, up 9. Tim McGraw's "Number One Hits" was up 4 to 33. Brantley Gilbert held the 34th spot, up 6, with "The Devil Don't Sleep." Elvis Presley's "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" was 35th, up 5. Church also was at 39 with "Chief," up 4.

Dixie Chicks debuted at 32 with a live CD/DVD "DCX: MMXVI."

Brown was second on the songs chart with "What If," the song featuring Lauren Alaina. Dustin Lynch was third with "Small Town Boy" with Combs fifth with "When It Rains It Pours." Jon Pardi was fifth with "Heartache on the Dance Floor."

Jason Aldean moved up 3 to 10th with "They Don't Know." Carly Pearce's first single, "Every Little Thing" was one behind and also up three. Chris Young stood at 20 with "Losing Sleep," up 4. Florida Georgia Line was at 21, up 6, with "Smooth." Thomas Rhett debuted at 25 with "Life Changes." Stapleton stood at 33 with "Broken Halos," up 3. Adam Craig also was up 3, to 38, with "Just a Phase." Blake Shelton debuted at 40 with "I'll Name the Dogs." Granger Smith debuted at 43 with "Happens Like That." Gilbert's "Ones That Like Me" climbed from 49 to 46.

Stapleton was first and second on the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Traveller" and "From a Room: Volume 1." The Lumineers were third with "Cleopatra,"Hozier fourth with his self-titled disc and Ed Sheeran fifth with "(Division)."

Alison Krauss again led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Windy City." The Grascals debuted in first with "Before Breakfast." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde." Bradley Walker's "Call Me Old-fashioned" was fourth with Sarah Jarosz' "Undercurrent' fifth.

On the overall Top 200 chart, Combs was 23rd, Old Dominion 35th, Stapleton's "Traveller" 36th, Taylor Swift's "1989" 40th and Brown 56th. The top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.

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This One's For You Too CD review - This One's For You Too
Luke Combs has gotten a lot of life out of his album "This One's for You," which includes his breakthrough hit "Hurricane," as well as the popular single "When It Rains It Pours." This deluxe edition includes five new tracks, many of which are just as strong as the original 12. "Houston, We Got a Problem" includes a smart lyric highlighting specific details about that big Texas city. Even though it has all these famous landmarks, it doesn't have »»»
This One's For You CD review - This One's For You
Five years ago, when beer-drinking, truck-driving-in-the-country country songs were en vogue, Luke Combs' full-length debut would have fit right in. In 2017, when pop music rules the country market and male singers are more likely to wear a stylish jacket instead of a flannel shirt, Combs is positively refreshing. "Hurricane," the first single and first top five hit of Combs' career, sounds like a typical Jason Aldean ballad at the onset, but then builds into something more »»»
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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