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Hunt, Urban stay at the top

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Sam Hunt continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, for the week ending May 6, with "Body Like a Back Road." Keith Urban held first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Ripcord."

Brett Young remained second with "In Case You Didn't Know," one ahead of Luke Combs "Hurricane." Combs traded spots with Jon Pardi, fourth with "Dirt on My Boots." Josh Turner was fifth with "Hometown Girl."

Chris Stapleton debuted at 13 with "Broken Halos." Dylan Scott was up 3 to 17 with "My Girl." Midland also was up 3, to 26, with "Drinkin' Problem." Chris Lane's "For Her" went from 31 to 27. LANCO moved 4 to 37 with "Greatest Love Store." Newcomer Carly Pearce was at 44 with "Every Little Thing," up 3. Big & Rich debuted at 46 with "California." Aaron Watson's "Outta Style" went from 50 to 47. Walker Hayes debuted at 49 with "You Broke Up With Me." William Michael Morgan closed out the top 50 with "Missing," in its debut week.

Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Florida Georgia Line was third with "Dig Your Roots," one ahead of Brett Young's self-titled debut. Sam Hunt closed out the top five with "Montevallo."

Blake Shelton jumped from 17 to 8 with "If I'm Honest." Jason Aldean was at 11, up 3, with "They Don't Know." "The Legend of Johnny Cash" skyrocketed from 34 to 13. RaeLynn jumped from 40 to 30 with "Wildhorse," her debut. Time McGraw held 33rd, up 3, with "Number One Hits." Florida Georgia Line also was at 35 with "Anything Goes." Hosier's "Paving My Way" debuted at 37. "The Essential Johnny Cash" went from 46 to 42. Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde" was at 45, up 4. Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" went up from 50 to 47.

Alison Krauss again led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Windy City." Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives were second with "Way Out West." Bradley Walker's "Call Me Old-fashioned" was third with Tim O'Brien fourth with "Where the River Meets the Road." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held fifth with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN."

John Mayer topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "The Search for Everything." Stapleton was second with "Traveller," Lord Huron third with "Strange Trails," The Lumineers fourth with "Cleopatra" and Father John Misty fifth with "Pure Comedy."

On the overall top 200, Urban was 26th, Stapleton 33rd, Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" 36th, Young 42nd and Hunt 48th.

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Southside CD review - Southside
There are some interesting moments on Sam Hunt's "Southside" album, but interesting doesn't always equal good. The single "Hard To Forget" samples Webb Pierce's "There Stands The Glass," one of country music's best and most enduring drinking songs. It's ironic, though, how Hunt needed to sample an old country song in order to incorporate any hint of actual country music into his album. Interesting, yes, but it may make you reach back for a »»»
Montevallo CD review - Montevallo
It's no secret that the genre of country music has been growing and expanding in definition over the past several years, from the bombastic arena rocking fury of early Garth Brooks to more recent days and acts like Florida Georgia Line, further blurring the lines of country and other genres. Finding traditional country themes and vibes to merge along the rivers of hip-hop, R&B and pop, the picking is ripe for rising artists like Sam Hunt and his debut recording, "Montevallo. »»»
X2C CD review - X2C
Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»
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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