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Top spot is "kind" to McGraw

Monday, April 11, 2016 – Tim McGraw has another number one single on his hands as "Humble and Kind" reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending April 23 after being fourth last week. Chris Stapleton held the top of the Country Albums chart with "Traveller," boosted by taking home six Academy of Country Music awards last week.

McGraw assumed the top from Cole Swindell's "You Should Be Here," which slipped to second. McGraw last hit number one in 2014 with "Shotgun Rider." Thomas Rhett was third with "Die a Happy Man," one ahead of "Somewhere on a Beach" by Dierks Bentley. Blake Shelton was fifth with "Came Here to Forget." Chris Young's duet with Cassadee Pope, "Think of You," was up three to sixth.

Jason Aldean was a huge mover with "Lights Come On" shooting up from 43 to 7. Luke Bryan was at 14, up 7, with "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day." Stapleton's "Nobody to Blame" was 15th, up 3. Keith Urban stood at 17 with "Wasted Time," up 3. Stapleton also was 25th with "Fire Away," up 12.

On the albums chart, Joey + Rory remained second with "Hymns." Carrie Underwood was sixth with "Storyteller," up three. Sam Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo" and Rhett fifth with "Tangled Up." Church's "Mr. Misunderstood" was up five to sixth. Chris Young was at eight, up seven, with "I'm Comin' Over." Joey + Rory were also 10th with "The Album Collection."

Kelsea Ballerini moved from 18 to 12 with "The First Time." Old Dominion's "Meat And Candy" was up 3 to 13, Cam's "Untamed" climbed 9 to 14. Little Big Town was at 18 with "Pain Killer," up 8. Maren Morris' EP was up 9 to 22. Underwood was at 23, up 4, with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Soul Circus Cowboys moved up 8 to 25 with "Tailgate Country."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, The SteelDrivers jumped from sixth to first with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Steve Martin & Edie Brickell were down a spot to second with "So Familiar." The Willis Clan was third with "Chapter Two - Boots." Town Mountain debuted in fourth with "Southern Crescent." Dori Freeman's self-titled disc was up three to five.

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 2nd, Joey + Rory 15th, Rhett 16th, Hunt 20th and Underwood's "Storyteller" 29th. The country albums and top 200 charts use different criteria.

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Tim McGraw said of his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," "It's is all about passion, (taking him back to 1989) "when I came to Nashville to chase my dreams." Country music has richly rewarded him over the past two decades, and he honors the genre's tradition here. The album gets off to a very traditional start with Celtic folk. The flute and skillful acoustic picking on the opener "Here Tonight" bring a Mark Knopfler tune immediately to mind. »»»
Sundown Heaven Town CD review - Sundown Heaven Town
The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. »»»
Two Lanes of Freedom CD review - Two Lanes of Freedom
Tim McGraw's debut on Big Machine, "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is his first record since the announcement that he gave up alcohol five years ago and the first since his acrimonious, litigious split from the only label he had ever known, Curb. The new CD literally and symbolically represents a fresh start. If only the material better reflected his new take on life. What is presented here is about as boiler plate as contemporary country gets. The album is a safe play and takes almost no chances. »»»
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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