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Henley tops country chart

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – Don Henley sits atop the Billboard Top Country Albums charts with "Cass County" for the week ending Oct. 17, while Luke Bryan is first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down."

George Strait debuted in second on the albums chart with "Cold Beer Conversation," one ahead of Thomas Rhett's sophomore disc, "Tangled Up." Last week's chart topper, "Kill the Lights" from Bryan, fell to fourth. Sam Hunt was fifth with "Montevallo."

Clint Black debuted at 13 with "On Purpose," his first disc in 10 years. One of the few discs to increase its chart position was Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's "Django And Jimmie," now at 23, up from 27.

Brett Eldredge was second on the songs chart with "Lose My Mind," up two. Keith Urban held third with "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." Kenny Chesney was one back with "Save It For a Rainy Day" followed by Sam Hunt's "House Party."

Old Dominion went from ninth to sixth with "Break Up With Him." Cam also was up three, to seventh, with "Burning House." Hunt also was at 20 with "Break Up in a Small Town," up 5. Kelsea Ballerini has another top 25 on her hands as "Dibs" was at 23, up 3. Big & Rich closed out the top 25 with "Run Away With You," up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steep Canyon Rangers was first with "Radio." Ron Block debuted in second with "Hogan's House of Music." Punch Brothers were third with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Dailey & Vincent were fourth with "Alive! In Concert," and Keith and Kristyn Getty fifth with "The Greengass Session."

On the overall top 200, Henley was 3rd, Strait 4th, Rhett 6th, Bryan 13th and Hunt 23rd.

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In recent years, a parade of rockers - Steven Tyler and Bon Jovi among them-have turned out country songs, flouting their privilege and power, declaring to the record industry that they'll do whatever music they damn well please. Most are miserable efforts, of course, proof that just because you can soar effortlessly on a rock anthem, you can't even begin to bring nuance and style to the emotional intricacies and intimacies of many country songs. When Don Henley announced last year »»»
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: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
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