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Social Distortion makes top 5

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – Not even Taylor Swift will be the leading country disc when the Billboard top 200 of the best selling CDs comes out Thursday. The country/punk music of Social Distortion's "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" will be number 4, selling a best ever 46,000 units. The disc will not be listed on the country charts. The disc is the first for Epitaph and its first studio release in six years. Swift's "Speak Now" was the eighth best selling CD in the U.S. this past week.

The Decemberists' softer sounding "The King Is Dead" CD topped the list with its first number 1 and sales of 94,000 units. The disc also contains a country song or two.

CD reviews for Social Distortion

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, CD review - Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,
Listening to Social Distortion's 1990 self-titled breakthrough recently, the sheer quality of the songs and the exciting feel emanating from each track was exciting. A cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire blows the listener away. Ball and Chain was a bona fide classic. And who can forget Story of My Life? This is where Social Distortion made their mark. Hard to believe that was 20 years ago. Sadly, on Social D's latest release, "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes," we get none »»»
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: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow – Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well. Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
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