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Sara Evans reaches top of chart

Thursday, May 5, 2011 – Sara Evans scored the number 1 song on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending May 14 with A Little Bit Stronger. Evans took over for Kenny Chesney's Live a Little, which slipped to third. Jason Aldean was first on the Country Albums chart with "My Kinda Party." He switched spots with Alison Krauss & Union Station's "Paper Airplane," which fell to second.

Emmylou Harris debuted in third on the Country Albums chart with "Hard Bargain." Steve Earle debuted in fourth with "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." Zac Brown Band was fifth with "You Get What You Give."

Whiskey Myers debuted in 26th with "Firewater."

Miranda Lambert was second on the songs chart with Heart Like Mine, up one. Jerrod Niemann remained fourth with What Do You Want. Brad Paisley was a big mover with Old Alabama, featuring Alabama. The song stood at fifth, up five. Taylor Swift made it into the top 10 with Mean, at 9, up 3. The Band Perry was at 10, up 1, with You Lie.

Justin Moore climbed 5 notches to 12 with If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away. Blake Shelton has a hit on his hands with Honey Bee, up 4 to 16. Martina McBride's Teenage Daughters was up 3 to 19. Jason Aldean was at 21, up 4, with Dirt Road Anthem. Trace Adkins also was up 4, to 26, with Just Fishin'. Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen moved up 5 slots to 29.

On the bluegrass album chart, Alison Krauss & Union Station stayed first. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were second again with "Rare Bird Alert." Dierks Bentley stayed third with "Up on the Ridge." "Palomino" by Trampled by Turtles was fourth and "Bright Morning Stars" from The Wailin' Jennys was fifth.

On the overall Billboard 200, Aldean was 11th, Krauss 12th, Harris 18th, Earle 24th and Zac Brown Band 27th.

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You gotta love country music, which still demonizes tobacco just like a Baptist Church Sunday sermon. "Marquee Sign," off Sara Evans' "Word" album begins with the country star announcing, "I wish you were a pack of cigarettes/'Cause you would have come with a warning." Cigarettes, like the tequila she sings about later, are clearly bad for you. Unfortunately, the man in this song didn't come labeled with a skull and cross bones. The album from whence »»»
At Christmas CD review - At Christmas
Sara Evans is straight-up one of the best singers in country music, and when she performs "Go Tell It On The Mountain" backed by a supportive choir on her new holiday offering, "At Christmas," the girl is squarely in her element. She has the kind of strong voice that gives this lyric the spiritual declarative quality it requires. And yet, she can switch to the acoustic guitar-backed "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and sing ever so prettily and quietly. »»»
Slow Me Down CD review - Slow Me Down
Once upon a time, circa 1997, Sara Evans was a dyed in the wool traditional country singer. "Three Chords and the Truth" was the most appropriate title of her debut. But times and styles have changed in the country music world. Seventeen years later, not only is Evans not traditional sounding, she also doesn't particularly heed her own advice from the title. And that means she pretty much maintains a fast, big sounding, pop approach to the 11 songs, three songs which she co-wrote. »»»
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: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts – Brandi Carlile, dressed festively with a Santa hat, began her mid-week concert set with Joni Mitchell's "River" and closed with the carol "O Holy Night." In between, she sang about an equal measure of old and new songs. And on this first night of a short acoustic tour, Carlile was both in fine spirits and voice.... »»»
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... »»»
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