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Rodney Atkins debuts first on country chart

Thursday, July 27, 2006 – Rodney Atkins debuts in first on the Billboard country album chart and third on the overall sales chart for the week ending Aug. 5, while Brad Paisley continues atop the song chart with "The World" for the third straight week.

This is the best start for Atkins, whose album is entitled "If You're Going Through Hell." He took over from Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways," which fell to fourth. Atkins also received good news on the song chart because his hit single, "If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)," is now third, up two.

On the song chart, Carrie Underwood was second, up one, with "Don't Forget to Remember Me." Toby Keith remained fourth with "A Little Too Late," while Kenny Chesney was down three to fifth with "Summertime." The biggest mover was Dierks Bentley, whose "Every Mile a Memory" was up 10 to 24th. The song is from his forthcoming third album.

On the album chart, Rascal Flatts stayed second with "Me And My Gang," while the Dixie Chicks remained third with "Taking the Long Way." Underwood was down one to fifth with "Some Hearts." Alan Jackson jumped five spots to sixth with "Precious Memories." Newcomer Eric Church debuted in seventh with "Sinners Like Me," selling about 25,000 units. Billy Ray Cyrus debuted in 24th with "Wanna Be Your Man."

On the overall top 200 album chart, Rascal Flatts was 6th, Dixie Chicks 9th, Cash 12th and Underwood 22nd.

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Take a Back Road CD review - Take a Back Road
Rodney Atkins' breakthrough album, "If You're Going Through Hell," produced the top singles of both 2006 and 2007. His moment in the spotlight was brief, with his follow-up album,"It's America," being largely ignored except for the title track. From the get go on "Take a Back Road," Atkins comes across as a regular guy, not a detached superstar. There are songs about hanging out on back roads away from the hustle of daily life, getting fatherly »»»
It's America CD review - It's America
When you've recorded Billboard's number 1 country song of 2006 (If You're Going Through Hell) and 2007 (Watching You), what do you do for an encore? Rodney Atkins is here to tell us: you don't mess with the recipe. As usual, the hook-seeking guitar licks lead the pop country charge, with the occasional appearance of fiddles and banjos for seasoning. Atkins tapped into the services of an army of writers for the 11 songs, including 3 he helped write. »»»
If You're Going Through Hell CD review - If You're Going Through Hell
You know, kids, believe it or not, back in the day, country singers didn't have to sing about how country they were. When they opened their mouths and sang - even if they were singing about being chairman of General Motors and living in the big city - you knew it was a country song. But nowadays when country and pop rock are all but indistinguishable, artists have to waste a lot of valuable time establishing their country credibility. Take Rodney Atkins for instance. »»»
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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