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Hunt doubles once again

Thursday, March 12, 2015 – Sam Hunt yet again doubled up on the Billboard charts. He leads the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time" for the week ending March 21 and the albums chart with "Montevallo."

On the songs chart, Zac Brown Band jumped from seven to two with "Homegrown." "Lonely Tonight" from Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe was third. Cold Swindell stayed fourth with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." Brett Eldredge was one back with "Mean to Me."

Darius Rucker stood at 10 with "Homegrown Honey," up 3. A Thousand Horse's first charting single, "Smoke," was up 4 to 15. Keith Urban moved 5 spots to 16 with "Raise 'Em Up," also featuring Eric Church. Kenny Chesney joined the top 25 with "Wild Child," at 24, up 2. The song features Grace Potter. Tim McGraw rounded out the top 25 with "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools," which features Catherine Dunn, up 3.

On the albums chart, Shania Twain was second with "Shania: Still The One: Live From Las Vegas," up from 31. The release is a CD/DVD. Jason Aldean was third again with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Florida Georgia Line remained fourth with "Anything Goes." Carrie Underwood also stayed fifth with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1."

Zac Brown Band's "Greatest Hits So Far..." was up 8 to 11. George Strait was 13th with "The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium." Asleep at the Wheel debuted at 14 with "Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys." Swindell's self-titled release was 15th, up 5. A compilation disc, "The Average Joes DJ's Present: Mud in the Club, Volume 1," debuted at 16.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Punch Brothers were again first with "Phosphorescent Blues." Robert Earl was second with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," Ralph Stanley third with "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow," Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn fourth with a self-titled disc and the "Bluegrass Gospel" compilation fifth.

On the overall top 200 chart, Hunt was 17th, Underwood 40th, Aldean 44th, Florida Georgia Line 48th and Luke Bryan 53rd with "Crash My Party."

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Southside CD review - Southside
There are some interesting moments on Sam Hunt's "Southside" album, but interesting doesn't always equal good. The single "Hard To Forget" samples Webb Pierce's "There Stands The Glass," one of country music's best and most enduring drinking songs. It's ironic, though, how Hunt needed to sample an old country song in order to incorporate any hint of actual country music into his album. Interesting, yes, but it may make you reach back for a »»»
Montevallo CD review - Montevallo
It's no secret that the genre of country music has been growing and expanding in definition over the past several years, from the bombastic arena rocking fury of early Garth Brooks to more recent days and acts like Florida Georgia Line, further blurring the lines of country and other genres. Finding traditional country themes and vibes to merge along the rivers of hip-hop, R&B and pop, the picking is ripe for rising artists like Sam Hunt and his debut recording, "Montevallo. »»»
X2C CD review - X2C
Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»