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FGL, Bryan lead charts

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Florida Georgia Line is back atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "This is How We Roll," the song featuring Luke Bryan. Luke Bryan led the country albums chart for the week ending March 29 with "Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever," an annual rite of spring EP for the Georgian.

On the songs chart, FGL took over for Brantley Gilbert, whose "Bottoms Up," slipped to second. Blake Shelton remained third with "Doin' What She Likes." Keith Urban was fourth with "Cop Car" and Dierks Bentley fifth with "I Hold On." Jerrod Niemann was up three to sixth with "Drink To That All Night." Frankie Ballard moved from 12 to eight with "Helluva Life." Thomas Rhett climbed from 13 to 10 with "Give Me Some of That."

Rascal Flatts was up three to 11 with "Rewind." Randy Houser's "Goodnight Kiss" stood at 12, up four. Bryan jumped seven to 18th with "Play It Again." Jake Owen's "Beachin" was at 24, up four. Tim McGraw closed out the top 25 with "Lookin' For That Girl" at 25, up four.

On the albums chart, Sara Evans debuted at number two with "Slow Me Down." Eric Church was third with "The Outsiders." Bryan was also fourth with "Crash My Party" and FGL fifth with "Here's to the Good Times." Last week's chart topper, "10,000 Towns" by Eli Young Band fell all the way to eighth.

Don Williams debuted at 19 with " Reflections." Owen moved from 30 to 23 with "Days of Gold." Bryan closed out the top 25 with "Spring Break...Here to Party," up 25, meaning he had three albums in the top 25.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell debuted at number one with "Live." Long-time chart topper "The Bluegrass Album" by Alan Jackson fell to second. Martin & Brickell's "Love Has Come For You" was third. Rhonda Vincent was fourth with "Only Me" and "The Broken Circle Soundtrack" fifth.

On the overall top 200, Bryan was 2nd, Evans 9th, Church 10th, Bryan again 18th and FGL 19th.

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What Makes You Country CD review - What Makes You Country
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When Luke Bryan announces, "I've got that music for your ear" during the single "Kick the Dust Up," listeners should know right off this is not a collection of sounds for every ear. It's targeted toward the young and reckless set instead, where consequences don't seem to matter. There's no better example of this loose approach than the revenge sex expressed through a duet with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild on "Home Alone Tonight," where »»»
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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