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ZBB, LBT top charts

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – Zac Brown Band once again led the Billboard Top Country albums chart with "Jekyll + Hyde" for the week ending May 23. Little Big Town turned in the same trick on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush."

Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time." Florida Georgia Line was third with "Sippin' On Fire." Billy Currington's "Don't It" was fourth. Blake Shelton was fifth with "Sangria."

A Thousand Horses went from ninth to sixth with "Smoke," its first hit single. Thomas Rhett broke into the top 25 with "Crash and Burn," which was up 3 to 24th.

Chris Stapleton debuted in second on the albums chart with "Traveler," the first CD for the singer and songwriter. Reba McEntire was third with "Love Somebody," one ahead of "Montevallo" by Hunt. Tyler Farr was fifth with "Suffer in Peace." Texas artist Granger Smith debuted in sixth with his "4x4" EP.

Luke Bryan was at seven with "Spring Break...Checkin' Out," up three. Garth Brooks went from 19 to 13 with "Man Against Machine."

Dailey and Vincent led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Alive! In concert." Lizzy Long debuted in second with "Blueberry Pie." Robert Earl Keen was third with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions." Ralph Stanley's "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" was fourth. Punch Brothers were fifth with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Della Mae debuted in 10th with their self-titled second release.

On the overall Top 200, Zac Brown Band was fifth after being first last week. Stapleton was 14th, Hunt 16th, McEntire 21st and Little Big Town 22nd. The criteria for the country and Top 200 charts are different.

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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: 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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