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Church tops Billboard chart

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – Eric Church leads the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 27 with "Desperate Man." Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" was first for the 47th week on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Luke Combs was second on the albums chart with "This One's For You." Carrie Underwood was third with "Cry Pretty." Jason Alden was fourth, up three, with "Rearview Town." Dan + Shay were fifth with their self-titled release. Morgan Evans debuted in ninth with "Things That We Drink To." Jimmie Allen debuted at 11 with "Mercury Lane."

Canadian singer Colter Wall debuted at 17 with "Songs of the Plains." Florida Georgia Line jumped 7 to 20 with "Dig Your Roots." Morgan Wallen was at 30 with "If I Know Me," up 4. "The Greatest: The Number Ones" from Johnny Cash moved from 39 to 33. Russell Dickerson was 35th with "Yours," up 3. Jordan Davis also moved up 3 - to 45 - with "Home State."

On the songs chart, Combs' "She Got the Best of Me" was second, Dan + Shay third with "Tequila," Cole Swindell fourth with "Break Up in the End," up three and FGL's "Simple" fifth. Dan + Shay also were sixth with "Speechless," up three. Allen's "Best Shot" was ninth, up three. Maren Morris was up 3 to 16 with "Rich." Blake Shelton jumped 6 to 19 with "Turnin' Me On."

Jake Owen's "Down to the Honkytonk" was up 4 to 26. Old Dominion jumped 15 to 28 with "Make It Sweet." Aldean's "Girl Like You" was at 30, up 3. Thomas Rhett's "Sixteen" was 33rd, up 4. Cody Johnson held the 36th spot with "On My Way to You," up 3. Kenny Chesney was 38th with "Better Boat," featuring Mindy Smith.

"The Difference" from Tyler Rich was up 5 to 39. Lee Brice's "Rumor" jumped from 49 to 40. Michael Ray was up 6 to 42 with "One that Got Away." Chase Rice stood at 44 with "Eyes on You," up 3. Evans debuted at 46 with "Things that We Drink To." Morgan Wallen was one behind with "Whiskey Glasses."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent debuted in first with "The Sounds of Christmas." The Wooks debuted in second with "Glory Bound." Punch Brothers held third with "All Ashore." The Earls of Leicester were fourth with "Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame." We Banjo 3 were third with "Haven."

Elvis Costello & The Imposters led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Look Now." Chris Stapleton held second with "Traveller," while Kurt Vile debuted in third with "Bottle It In." Stapleton also was fourth with "From A Room: Volume 1" and John Hiatt debuted in fifth with "The Eclipse Sessions."

On the Top 200 chart, Church was 16th, Combs 21st, Underwood 34th, Aldean 42nd and Dan + Shay 53rd.

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Desperate Man CD review - Desperate Man
While Eric Church has set the bar high with his previous studio albums, "Desperate Man" is right up there with his best and may just be his most accomplished effort to date. Church continues to write memorable songs in a wide variety of styles, and even when he's not singing over country musical elements, his lyrical voice is always undeniably a country one. He also knows how to have a little fun, especially with "Hanging Around," a soulful, funky tune mixing together »»»
Mr. Misunderstood CD review - Mr. Misunderstood
When listeners were introduced to Eric Church on his debut, they heard an artist who could balance strong song writing with a bit of a rebellious edge to the music. The surprise release of his latest continues that tradition, being quietly released to his fan club before even being officially announced. The music, written and recorded over a short period of time with an unheard of fast turnaround, has a raw edge that bridges the gap between radio friendly country music with the more rugged sound »»»
The Outsiders CD review - The Outsiders
Eric Church looks to take no prisoners on his big and bold - sometimes very dark - sounding fourth studio release. He makes that crystal clear on the cover where he stands flanked by his backing quintet, looking tough, menacing, ready for a rumble with arms hanging down, hiding behind sunglasses. These guys are ready to roll. As in rock and roll, which Church et al cook up with the lead-off title track, an out-and-out rocker with Church laying down his outside the lines credentials. »»»
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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