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Rhett, Hunt stay atop charts

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Thomas Rhett stayed first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Life Changes" for the week ending Oct. 14. Sam Hunt once again led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

On the songs chart, Kane Brown was second with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina. Dustin Lynch remained second with "Small Town Boy" and Luke Combs third with "When It Rains It Pours." Rhett was fifth with "Unforgettable."

Chris Janson jumped from 17 to 11 with "Fix a Drink." Walker Hayes moved up 3 to 22 with "You Broke Up With Me." Kelsea Ballerini debuted at 28 with "High School." Lee Brice went from 36 to 33 with "Boy." Old Dominion was at 34, up 4, with "Written in Sand." Jordan Davis' "Singles You Up" was up 3 to 38. Darius Rucker debuted at 39 with "Don't," 1 ahead of Granger Smith's "Happens Like That," which moved up 3.

"She's With Me" from High Valley" stood in 41st, up 4. Brett Eldredge's "The Long Way" went from 47 to 44, a spot ahead of Brantley Gilbert's "Ones That Like Me," also up 3. Michael Ray debuted at 49 with "Get to You" and Dylan Scott 50th with "Hooked."

Midland debuted in second on the albums chart with "On the Rocks" with a cappella group Home Free entering in third with "Timeless." Combs was fourth with "This One's For You" and Stapleton's "Traveller" fifth.

Janson debuted in seventh with "Everybody." Eric Church went from 22 to 18 with "Mr. Misunderstood." "The Legend of Johnny Cash" went from 39 to 2. LANCO's "Extended Play" EP was 34th, up 3. Alan Jackson went from 47 to 36 with "Precious Memories Collection." Chris Hillman debuted at 37 with "Bidin' My Time." Shania Twain went from 49 to 41 with "Greatest Hits. " Church was at 45 with "Chief," up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers were first with "The Long-Awaited Album." Hillman was second, one ahead of the debut of "Turmoil & Tinfoil" by Billy Strings. Alison Krauss fell from first to fourth with "Windy City." Old Crow Medicine Show was fifth with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Van Morrison debuted in first with "Roll With the Punches." "Traveller" was second and "From a Room..." third. Josh Ritter debuted in fourth with "Gathering" and Gregg Allman's "Southern Blood" was fifth.

On the Top 200 chart, Rhett was 13th, Midland 20th, Home Free 28th, Combs 40th and Stapleton's "Traveller" 50th.

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Center Point Road CD review - Center Point Road
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Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
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: 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).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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