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The Bluegrass Charts- November 20, 2011 Edition
Donald Teplyske | November 20, 2011
It has been a busy month and as a result my discussion of the Bluegrass charts has been pushed to the side; I'll try to improve next month.
I always like to start with the chart that appears 'freshest' and that is the "Bluegrass Today" weekly airplay chart; this time out, there are not that many significant changes to the Top 20. Hitting #1 for the first time this week is Pretty Little Girl from Galax from Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. It is a fine song and I've heard it quite often recently on the 'puppy in the sky' radio. Personally what resonates with this song is that Pretty Little Girl from Galax is the first place I've actually heard the site of the famous bluegrass fest spoken aloud; I now know how to pronounce the Virginia community!
Blue Highway continues their strong airplay- but less so than the previous "Bluegrass Today" charts. Bluebird Days rebounds from #10 last week to #2 this week but that is the only sign of Blue Highway in the Top 20. Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice remains in the Top 3 with the very popular A Far Cry from Lester and Earl; with 805 cumulative spins the past three weeks, it is the senior member of the list.
Chris Jones continues to move up quickly: Final Farewell moves from #9 to #4 and Larry Sparks' Almost Home drops from its peak of #2 to #5 this week.
Last week's #1- Terry Baucom's Do You Wrong Kind of Girl- drops to #10 this time out while Shannon Slaughter slips from #3 to #13 with The Working Man. The rest of the chart, from #6 on down, is largely 'shuffling of the deck' a position or three with little dramatic action being apparent.
Debuting on the "Bluegrass Today" airplay chart this week are Carolina Road with A Light in the Window at #15 (a very nice little song that has a bit of Monroe touch within it) and Darrell Webb's Bloodline at #19. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver returns to the chart at #7 with Gone at Last.
Dropping off the Top 20 this week were a number of songs: Shannon Slaughter's I'll Ramble On, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers' spirited Me and Paul Revere, The Expedition Show's I Can't Keep You In Love With Me, Grasstowne's Blue Rocking Chair, and Noam Pikelny's .
I didn't get a chance before this morning to look at the monthly periodical's charts for November. "Bluegrass Music Profiles" has Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out at #1 with If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way while both "Bluegrass Music Profiles" and "Bluegrass Unlimited" have The Gibson Brothers at the top of their album listing with "Help My Brother." "BU" has Charlie Sizemore at the top of their song chart with No Lawyers in Heaven.
The latest Billboard Bluegrass chart, for the week of November 26- which isn't here yet!- has "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" at #1, Alison Krauss & Union Station's "Paper Airplane" at #2, and The Isaacs' "Why Can't We" at #3. Rounding out the Top 5 are Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas."
Over at eMusic, customers have been downloading items tagged as bluegrass and some of them even are. The eMusic Bluegrass Chart- which is ever changing- had this week's top downloads- recent releases- as Greensky Bluegrass ("Handguns") #2, AKUS ("Paper Airplanes") #4, Pert Near Sandstone ("Paradise Hop") #7, Rhonda Vincent ("Taken") #9, and Dale Ann Bradley ("Somewhere South of Crazy") #11. Catalogue titles on the chart were Noam Pikelny's "In the Maze" (#1), "Tone Poems" from David Grisman and Tony Rice (#3), Crooked Still's "When I First Came to this Country" (#6) and the Steep Canyon Rangers' "Lovin' Pretty Women" at #10.
Now, go listen to some bluegrass. Heck, buy some!
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