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Lady A, Atkins lead charts

Thursday, September 22, 2011 – Lady Antebellum debuted in first with "Own the Night" on the Billboard Top 200 and Country Album charts, taking over from Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" on the 200 chart and George Strait's "Here For a Good Time," which slipped to third. Rodney Atkins took Take a Back Road to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart. He took over for Jake Owen's Barefoot Blue Jean Night, which slipped to second.

Toby Keith was up one to second with Made in America. Kenny Chesney's You And Tequila featuring Grace Potter was up one to third. Owen was fourth followed by Keith Urban's Long Hot Summer. The remainder of the top 30 had very little change. Edens Edge moved up 1 to 30 with Amen, the only new song in the top 30.

On the album chart, Brantley Gilbert was second, the debut of his "Halfway to Heaven" deluxe version. Jason Aldean was fourth with "My Kinda Party." Luke Bryan was fifth with "tailgates & tanlines." Lady A also was 10th on the chart with "Need You Now." Kristin Chenoweth debuted at 14 with "Some Lessons Learned." "Icon: George Strait" debuted at 17, while Reckless Kelly was at 20 with "Good Luck & True Love." Steve Holy debuted at 30 with "Love Don't Run."

On the bluegrass chart, Alison Krauss & Union Station was first again with "Paper Airplane." Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "Rare Bird Alert." Sarah Jarosz was third with "Follow Me Down," switching spots with Dierks Bentley's "Up on the Ridge." The deluxe version of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was fifth.

On the overall top 200, Gilbert was fourth, Strait 7th, Aldean 13th and Bryan 17th.

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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. »»»
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: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: Turner pleases the traditionalists – Josh Turner is a hard-working citizen, a man of faith and a loyal father and husband. He also happens to be one of the youngest members inducted to the Grand Ole Opry. In short, he is the embodiment of country music's champion of the everyman. This night was special for him. He was celebrating an anniversary with his wife and his 18th with his label MCA.... »»»
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