Nail, Lady A lead charts
Thursday, January 12, 2012
– David Nail scored his first number one with Let It Rain
on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 21. The song, featuring Sarah Buxton, took over for Zac Brown Band's Keep Me in Mind,
which fell to second. Lady Antebellum held onto the top of the Country Albums chart with "Own the Night."
Toby Keith jumped from five to two on the albums chart with "Clancy's Tavern." Luke Bryan was up one to third with "tailgates & tanlines," while Jason Aldean was down two to fourth with "My Kinda Party." Scotty McCreery was fifth, down two, with "Clear As Day."
Eric Church stood at seventh with "Chief," up three. Tim McGraw was a big mover as "Number One Hits" jumped from 19 to 11. "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" was up even more, 11 spots, to 13th. "Icon: George Strait' moved up 11 to 18. He also was at 21, up 4, with "Here For a Good Time." Eli Young Band was at 23, up 9, with "Life At Best." The "Country Strong" soundtrack was up 6 to 29 63 weeks after its release.
Nail's new disc, "The Sound of a Million Dreams," moved up 3 to 34. "Icon: Patsy Cline" was up 4 to 38. "Country Strong: More Music From the Motion Picture" was up 14 to 39.
Church's Drink in My Hand stayed third on the song chart. Bryan was up two to fourth with I Don't Want This Night to End. Chris Young also was up two, to fifth, with You. Keith Urban made into the top 10 as You Gonna Fly inched up one spot to 10th.
Strait moved up 3 to 14 with Love's Gonna Make It Alright. Justin Moore's Bait a Hook was up 3 to 17 as was Alone With You by Jake Owen at 18. Lady Antebellum was up 3 to 27 with Dancin' Away With My Heart. Also up 3 was Better Than I Used to Be, the new Tim McGraw single, which was 28th. Kip Moore broke into the top 30 with Somethin' 'Bout a Truck up 2 to 30.
The four top spots on the bluegrass album chart remained the same: "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile first; "Paper Airplane" by Alison Krauss & Union Station second; Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers' "Rare Bird Alert" fourth and "Why Can't We" by The Isaacs fifth.
On the overall top 200, Lady A was 12th, Keith 14th, Bryan 19th, Aldean 21st and McCreery 25th.
Lady Antebellum probably needed a change in direction after "Own the Night" dropped in 2011. The material was overly geared towards taking dead aim at the radio jugular and not the best material. That isn't the case this time out on the trio's fifth release because most of the songs veer away from being obviously radio fodder (except for the current singleDowntown with its soulful beginning and strong vocals from Hillary Scott), but that also doesn't man that this was the right change. »»»
On This Winter's Night
With a Lady Antebellum Christmas CD, as with any Lady A music, you know you're going to get some quality, if unspectacular recordings. Therefore, "On This Winter's Night" presents just what you'd expect from this trio, although six of the songs were out two years ago on the EP "A Merry Little Christmas."
The best cut on the CD is a cover of Donny Hathaway's This Christmas, which brings out a soulful side you never knew Lady Antebellum had. »»»
The Sound Of A Million Dreams
David Nail is a rare mainstream country artist who actually stands out from the rest of Music Row's regulars. Instead of leaning towards one of the two dominant styles of Nashville country, pop or rock, Nail blends country with soul and R&B.
When he builds upon his strengths, the songs shine. The single misstep, Grandpa's Farm, sounds like a blend of recent Kid Rock and Dusty Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man; which is as awkward as the comparison sounds. »»»
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: Steve Earle doesn't rest (on laurels)
If you didn't realize Steve Earle had a new disc out, "The Low Highway," it would have been no problem realizing that quite and quickly.
That was because Earle started the two-hour show with three straight tracks from "The Low Highway," and he would not be done for the night. The title track of was a midtempo effort... »»»
Concert Review: The Howlin' Brothers leave the radar behind
The Howlin' Brothers - this trio, in reality, contains no brothers - are about eight years into their career and on their fifth album. To say they've been under the radar screen may be an understatement. You couldn't even say they've been flying under that screen because they have stuck very close to their Nashville environs.... »»»
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Lady Antebellum probably needed a change in direction after "Own the Night" dropped in 2011. The material was overly geared towards taking dead aim at the radio jugular. That isn't the case this time out on the trio's fifth release because most of the songs veer away from being obviously radio fodder (except for the current singleDowntown
with its soulful beginning and strong vocals from Hillary Scott), but that also doesn't man that this was the right change. »»»