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Gilbert, EYB lead charts

Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Eli Young Band topped the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending March 22 with "10,000 Towns." Brantley Gilbert topped the Hot Country Songs chart for the second straight week with "Bottoms Up."

"Wow," said Mike Eli of EYB. "This is exciting news. This is another one of those career milestones you dream about. We couldn't be happier."

Eric Church was second on the albums chart with "The Outsiders." David Nail debuted in third with "I'm a Fire." Last week's chart topper, Dierks Bentley, was fourth with "Riser." Luke Bryan was fifth with "Crash My Part." Kevin Fowler debuted at nine with "How Country Are Ya?" Kentucky duo Sundy Best was 11th with "Bring Up the Sun." Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" jumped 11 to 14. George Strait jumped 13 to 24 with "Love is Everything."

On the songs chart, Florida Georgia Line skyrocketed from 13 to 2 with "This is How We Roll," a song featuring Luke Bryan. Blake Shelton was up three to third with "Doin' What She Likes." Jason Aldean placed fourth with "When She Says Baby," one ahead of Dierks Bentley's "I Hold On." Jerrod Niemann made it into the top 10 - at nine - with "Drink To That All Night."

Thomas Rhett climbed three to 13 with "Get Me Some of That." Hunter Hayes' "Invisible" was 22nd, up three. Sara Evans' new single "Slow Me Down" moved up five to 23. Brad Paisley's new single "The Mona Lisa" was up three to 24. Bryan was at 25, up nine, with "Play It Again," up nine.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alan Jackson was first with "The Bluegrass Album." Steven Martin and Edie Brickell were second with "Loves Has Come For You," up four. Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II were third, up five, with "Side By Side." "The Broken Circle Breakdown" soundtrack was fourth and Rhonda Vincent's "Only Me" fifth.

On the top 200 chart, EYB was fifth, Church ninth, Nail 13th and Bentley 18th.

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Fire & Brimstone CD review - Fire & Brimstone
It would be easy (and lazy journalism) to write about how much Brantley Gilbert's music is un-country. You need only isolate the drum parts for most of these latest songs to confirm this is primarily a rock recording (masked as country). However, there are some quality - if not exactly country - songs on this effort, which cry out for a different sort of evaluation. Gilbert saves his best for last with "Man That Hung The Moon," a song about fatherhood that will likely bring many dads to tears. »»»
The Devil Don't Sleep CD review - The Devil Don't Sleep
For those fans worrying over the potential demise of bro country, rest easy; Brantley Gilbert is here to keep that flag flying high. Comprised of a solid set of radio ready rockers alongside a few tamer numbers, Gilbert sets out to prove the establishment wrong, rolling his way through 16 tales of hard living and partying. Yet, while Gilbert holds strong to the "bro country" stance, he's also very much his own man, allowing his faith and values to pull front and center as well. »»»
Just As I Am: Platinum Edition CD review - Just As I Am: Platinum Edition
With the third version of Brantley Gilbert's "Just as I Am," he has almost doubled the average country album track listing. The definitive Platinum Edition contains 19 tracks that feature his trademark rock inflected country sound. The original 11 tracks are still intact, with the addition of the 3 songs from the original deluxe edition. Added on at the end are five new songs that largely fit well with the tone of the album. Those who originally purchased the regular edition »»»
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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