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Rhett, Hunt lead charts

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – Thomas Rhett stayed first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 7 with "Life Changes." Sam Hunt remained first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

On the albums chart, Big & Rich debuted in second with "Did It for the Party." Dustin Lynch was third with "Current Mood," Luke Combs fourth with "This One's For You" and Chris Stapleton fifth with "Traveller."

Stapleton also was 10th with his recent "From a Room: Volume 1," up 5. Zac Brown Band's "Greatest Hits So Far..." went from 19 to 16. Maren Morris was at 17 with "Hero," up 4. Jason Aldean's "They Don't Know" was up 3 to 19. Blake Shelton was 20th with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits." Luke Bryan was 21st with "Kill the Lights," up 4. Eric Church jumped 7 to 22 with "Mr. Misunderstood," while Florida Georgia Line was up 4 to 23 with "Here's to the Good Times." Bryan also was at 24, up 4, with "Crash My Party." Miranda Lambert's "The Weight of These Wings" went from 31 to 27.

Brantley Gilbert moved up 4 spots to 33 with "The Devil Don't Sleep." George Strait jumped 13 to 35 with "50 Number Ones." Toby Keith's "35 Biggest Hits" went from 43 to 36. LANCO's EP was at 37, up 12. "The Legend of Johnny Cash" stood at 39, up 5.

Kane Brown and Lynch stayed two-three on the songs chart with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, and "Small Town Boy" respectively. Combs was fourth with "When It Rains It Pours" and Jon Pardi fifth with "Heartache on the Dance Floor."

Aldean went from 11 to 8 with "They Don't Know." LANCO jumped five to nine with "Greatest Love Story." Carly Pearce scored her first top 10 with "Every Little Thing" at 10, up 2.

Kip Moore's "More Girls Like You" was up 3 to 12. So was Bryan's "Light It Up," which was 13th. Morris was at 15 with "I Could Use a Love Song," up 3. Chris Young was 18th with "Losing Sleep," up 3. Brett Young jumped 7 to 19 with "Like I Loved You." Russell Dickerson was at 23 with "Yours," up 4. Walker Hayes' "You Broke Up with Me" was at 25, up 3. Lambert climbed 4 to 26 with "Tin Man." Devin Dawson's "All On Me" was 27th, up 5.

Brad Paisley sits at 28 with "Last Time For Everything," up 3. Easton Corbin was at 30 with "A Girl Like You," up 4. Stapleton jumped 9 to 31 with "Broken Halos." "Legends" from Kelsea Ballerini went from 39 to 32. Scotty McCreery enjoyed a big jumped from 44 to 33 with "Five More Minutes." Lee Brice also skyrocketed 11, to 36, with "Boy."

"California From Big & Rich" was at 37, up 6. Old Dominion's second single from its new release, "Written in the Sand" moved 8 to 38. "Better Me" from Montgomery Gentry debuted at 40. Jordan Davis' "Singles You Up" was up 4 to 41. Granger Smith's new single "Happens Like That" was 43rd, up 7. Little Big Town debuted at 44 with "When Someone Stops Loving You." High Valley's "She's With Me" was at 45 in its first week. Brett Eldredge debuted at 47 with "The Long Way" and Gilbert 48 with "Ones That Like Me."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alison Krauss stayed first with "Windy City." Old Crow Medicine Show held second with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde." Jerry Douglas Band was third with "What If" and Bradley Walker fourth with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Dailey & Vincent's "Patriots and Poets" was fifth.

Gregg Allman topped the Folk/Americana Albums chart with "Southern Blood." Stapleton was second and third with "Traveller" and "From a Room..." Jack Jackson was fourth with "All the Light Above It Too" and Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) fifth with "The Laughing Album."

On the overall Top 200, Rhett fell from first to third. Big & Rich was 9th, Lynch 32nd, Combs 33rd and "Traveller" 41st.

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Center Point Road CD review - Center Point Road
Thomas Rhett represents a dilemma for traditional country music fans. Namely, that he doesn't create much country music that appeals to traditional tastes. Although "Center Point Road" doesn't entirely reverse that trend, even during its most overtly pop moments, this new collection of songs is still a pretty good one. The best song is also a love song - to a truck - titled "That Old Truck." It's the kind of song that only makes sense within country music circles. »»»
Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
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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