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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: 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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