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Zac Brown Band, Hunt lead charts

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – Zac Brown Band debuted in first with "Jekyll + Hyde" on the Top Country Albums chart and was the top selling CD in the country, making it first on the Billboard top 200 chart. Little Big Town again is first on the Billboard Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush" for the week ending May 16.

Tyler Farr debuted in second on the albums chart with "Suffer in Peace." Last week's chart topper, "Love Somebody" by Reba McEntire, fell to third. Sam Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo," one ahead of Little Big Town's "Pain Killer."

Jason Aldean held seventh with "Old Boots, New Dirt," up 4. Carrie Underwood was 17th with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," up 3. Zac Brown Band also was 20th with "Greatest Hits So Far...," up 7. Brantley Gilbert was 22nd, up 3, with "Just As I Am."

Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time." Zac Brown Band held third with "Homegrown." Blake Shelton's "Sangria" was a huge mover, up seven to fourth. Florida Georgia Line is fifth with "Sippin' On Fire."

Canaan Smith was at 14 with "Love You Like That," up 4. Eric Church also climbed 4, to 15, with "Like a Wrecking Ball." Easton Corbin stood at 17 with "Baby Be My Love Song," up 3. Aldean was 19th with "Tonight Looks Good On You," up 3. Gilbert moved up 5 spots to 20 with "One Hell of An Amen."

Brad Paisley is "Crushin' It" at 21, up 3. Luke Bryan's new single, "Games" was 22nd, up 4. Newcomer Michael Ray broke into the top 25 with "Kiss You in the Morning" at 24, up 5. Frankie Ballard closed out the top 25 with "Young & Crazy," up 4.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent debuted in first with "Alive! In Concert." Robert Earl Keen fell from first to second with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions." Punch Brothers were third with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Keith and Kristyn Getty debuted in fourth with "The Greengas Session." Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were fifth with their self-titled debut.

On the top 200, Farr was 4th, Hunt 13th, Little Big Town 16th and McEntire 22nd. The country and top 200 chart use different criteria.

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Welcome Home CD review - Welcome Home
With "Welcome Home," the Zac Brown Band continues to do what it does best, which is making quality roots music. In fact, one of the album's songs is even titled "Roots." Brown may not be the most religious guy, but his latest songs focus on many truly spiritual cornerstones of life: family and friends. Both "Family Table" and "My Old Man" find Brown reflecting on his family life, with the latter also looking at 'the here and now' of being a father himself. »»»
Jekyll + Hyde CD review - Jekyll + Hyde
Fans looking for the Zac Brown Band of 2005 won't find it in "Jekyll + Hyde" - there's nothing but an aftertaste of the Georgia group's chicken-fried origins. That might be why the album's name is so appropriate. Fans have gotten to know the country-folk band, but a deviant creeps in on all 16 tracks of its fourth album. And, like the classic story, Hyde stands out as more interesting. It hits hard, too. The opener, "Beautiful Drug," has an electric-pop »»»
Uncaged CD review - Uncaged
Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" album opens with Jump Right In, which finds singer/bandleader Brown admonishing, "Let the music pull you in," which might just be Brown's motto. He's all about forgetting the cares of the day and giving in wholeheartedly to the magnetic attraction of good music. Although Brown writes, sings and plays well throughout, there are nevertheless few truly standout tracks or unexpected surprises on "Uncaged." With that said, »»»
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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