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Blackberry Smoke debuts at the top

Thursday, October 27, 2016 – Blackberry Smoke debuts in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Nov. 5 with "Like An Arrow." Kenny Chesney sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink.

On the songs chart, Keith Urban is second with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Cole Swindell was third with "Middle of a Memory." Florida Georgia Line's "May We All" was up three to fourth with Tim McGraw helping out. Luke Bryan's "Move" was fifth.

Brett Young notched his first top 10 with "Sleep Without You" at 9, up 2. Carrie Underwood stood at 13 with "Dirty Laundry," up 5. Thomas Rhett's "Star of the Show" was at 19, up 3. Jon Pardi broke into the top 25 with "Dirt On My Boots" at 25, up 3.

Chris Stapleton remained second on the albums chart with "Traveller." Jason Aldean, first last week with "They Don't Know," slipped to third. Chris Young debuted in fourth with "It Must Be Christmas." Florida Georgia Line was fifth with "Dig Your Roots."

Bradley Walker was 13th, up 18, with "Call Me Old-fashioned." The Mavericks "All Night Live, Volume 1," debuted at 14. Sturgill Simpson was 18th, up 12, with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." Pardi was at 21 with "California Sunrise," up 5.

Blackberry Smoke led the Americana/Folk Albums chart. Johnnyswim was second with "Georgica Pond." Stapleton was third, Conor Oberst fourth with "Ruminations" and Bon Iver fifth with "22, a Million."

Walker topped the Bluegrass Albums chart. Dwight Yoakam was second with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." after being first last week. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was third with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." Mandolin Orange's "Blindfaller" was fourth and The Devil Makes Three fifth with "Redemption & Ruin."

On the overall top 200, Blackberry Smoke was 12th, Florida Georgia Line 17th, Stapleton 19th, Aldean 25th and Urban 32nd. The top 200 and Country Albums chart use different criteria.

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The Southern Ground Sessions CD review - The Southern Ground Sessions
Blackberry Smoke's "The Southern Ground Sessions" EP is five versions of songs from the band's recent "Find a Light" album, along with a cover of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky," which also features vocalist/violinist Amanda Shires. The project takes its name from the Southern Ground studio in Nashville, and this band, which can ramp up its music to Southern rock power - especially in concert - takes a few moments to quiet things down. »»»
Find a Light CD review - Find a Light
Blackberry Smoke will never fit the mold of a mainstream country act the way, say, Midland has done. They love to rock way too much to ever tamp it down permanently. And the aptly named "The Crooked Kind" follows a rollicking, rock & roll path that feels like just the right road. With that said, though, there are moments during "Find A Light" where Blackberry Smoke softens the sonic nicely and naturally. "Medicate My Mind," for instance, rocks to a likeable, gentle groove. »»»
Like An Arrow CD review - Like An Arrow
Blackberry Smoke may never fit into any country music traditionalist's definition of true country music. The guitars are too loud and the there's far more boogie than twang in the act's sound. Nevertheless, this act fits squarely into the description of fine Southern rock. "Like an Arrow" hits all the right stylistic marks. "The Good Life," for instance, doesn't align itself with many of the usual sonic elements of a country song, but its lyric - all about »»»
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: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable – If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
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