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Krauss and Union Station lead chart

Saturday, April 23, 2011 – Alison Krauss & Union Station have the number 1 country album with "Paper Airplane" on the Billboard country album chart for the week ending April 30. On the song chart, Darius Rucker secured the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart with This. Rucker assumed the number one slot from Zac Brown Band's Colder Weather.

Kenny Chesney was second on the song chart with Live a Little, up two. Miranda Lambert also was up two to third with Heart Like Mine. Sara Evans' A Little Bit Stronger moved up three to seventh. Colder Weather fell to fifth.

Keith Urban broke into the top 10 with Without You' up two to ninth. Brad Paisley's Old Alabama, featuring Alabama, stood at number 10, up 4. Taylor Swift's Mean jumped 5 to 12. Easton Corbin was at 15, up 3, with I Can't Love You Back, while Chris Young was at 16, also moving up 3, with Tomorrow. Justin Moore's single, If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away, moved up 3 to 17, as did Somewhere Else by Toby Keith, which was at 18. Luke Bryan jumped 4 to 19 with Country Girls (Shake It For Me)."

Blake Shelton's roll continued with Honey Bee skyrocketing 10 to 21. Martina McBride was at 22 with Teenager Daughters, up 3. Brett Eldedge's Raymond was up 4 to 23. Dierks Bentley's new single Am I The Only One was up 7 to 26.

Krauss assumed the top spot on the album chart from Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party," which slipped to second. The "Country Strong" soundtrack had a huge uptick moving from 36 to 3. The movie just came out on DVD. Zac Brown Band was down two to fourth with "You Get What You Give." Taylor Swift was at five with "Speak Now."

"Country Strong: More Music From the Motion Picture" re-entered the chart at 16. Shelton's "All About Tonight" EP was up 3 to 25.

On the bluegrass chart, Krauss and band were first with "Rare Bird Alert" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at number two. Bentley's "Up on the Ridge" was third, followed by "Palomino" by Trampled By Turtles. "American Legacies" from Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band debuted in fifth.

On the overall top 200 chart, Krauss and Union Station were 3rd, Aldean 15th, "Country Strong" 26th, Zac Brown Band 27th and Swift 30th.

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The liner notes for the new collection of songs by Alison Krauss gives notice that, unlike the last collection ("Now that I've Found You" in 1995), this one showcases Krauss alone, far from Union Station, the band that first brought her into the spotlight. She's been a recognized solo artist for a while now. There's no doubt that Krauss has traveled far from her bluegrass/traditional roots. But for anyone who needs proof of that, this collection is a good argument - she »»»
Lonely Runs Both Ways CD review - Lonely Runs Both Ways
Over the past decade, Alison Krauss + Union Station have created and fine-tuned an approach that can deliver restrained, moody ballads and mid-tempo songs, hard-edged bluegrass and traditional material and lithe instrumentals with equal helpings of skill and conviction. The result is one of the most distinctive and compelling sounds in popular music, a verdict ratified by a slew of awards - Krauss herself owns more Grammies than any other female artist - and invitations to join all kinds of »»»
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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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