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Atkins, Lady A lead charts

Thursday, September 29, 2011 – Rodney Atkins was first on the Billboard Country Songs chart again with Take a Back Road, and Lady Antebellum did the same on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 8 with "Own the Night."

George Strait was second on the albums chart with "Here For a Good Time." Jason Aldean was third with "My Kinda Party," one ahead of Brantley Gilbert's "Halfway to Heaven." Luke Bryan was fifth with "tailgates & tanlines."

Taylor Swift was up six to ninth with "Speak Now." The Oak Ridge Boys debuted at 16 with "It's Only Natural." Zac Brown Band was 21, up 3, with "The Foundation." The "Country Strong" soundtrack also was up 3, to 24. Billy Currington moved 3 to 26 with "Enjoy Yourself." "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" was at 28, up 3.

Sara Evans was 31st with "Stronger," up 4. "Charleston, SC 1966" from Darius Rucker jumped from 40 to 35. "Icon" Josh Turner" moved from 41 to 37.

On the songs chart, Toby Keith was second again with Made in America. Keith Urban was up two to third with Long Hot Summer. Kenny Chesney's hit with Grace Potter, You And Tequila, was down one to fourth. Jake Owen slipped one to fifth with Barefoot Blue Jean Night. Taylor Swift jumped from 13 to 10 with Sparks Fly.

A bunch of songs moved up two spots, including Gilbert's Country Must Be Country Wide at 12, Thompson Square's I Got You at 13, Lady Antebellum's We Owned the Night at 14; Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield on Easy at 15, Jerrod Niemann's One More Drinkin' Song at 16. David Nail was up 3 to 17 with Let It Rain. Aldean jumped 5 to 18 with Tattoos on This Town.

The Band Perry stood at 22, up 3, with All You Life. Zac Brown Band jumped 6 to 25 with Keep Me in Mind. Kellie Pickler made it into the top 30 - at 30 - with Tough.

On the bluegrass chart Alison Krauss & Union Station stayed first with "Paper Airplane." Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "Rare Bird Alert." Dierks Bentley was third with "Up on the Ridge," Sarah Jarosz fourth with "Follow Me Down" and Trampled By Turtles fifth with "Palomino."

On the overall top 200, Lady A slipped to second with "Duets II" from Tony Bennett topping the chart. Strait was 11th, Aldean 13th, Gilbert 16th and Bryan 22nd.

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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. »»»
If You're Going Through Hell CD review - If You're Going Through Hell
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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: No lead singer? No problem for The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester have been in a bind that could have caused other bands to cancel the show. The bluegrass band's lead singer Shawn Camp has suffered from laryngitis for 11 days. What to do? Put the vocals on the cords mainly of acoustic guitarist Jeff White and to a lesser extent Dobro player supreme Jerry Douglas.... »»»
Concert Review: At Newport Folk Festival, discovery rules – One of the enduring highlights of the Newport Folk Festival is the chance of discovery. This is not a festival filled with superstars. Far from it. Yes, there are veterans, who already have made a name for themselves (Brandi Carlile would fill the bill), and there are others who don't even know themselves how they landed in Newport.... »»»
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