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Rascal Flatts, Richie lead charts

Thursday, May 3, 2012 – Rascal Flatts claimed the top Billboard Country Songs chart single with Banjo for the week ending May 12. Rascal Flatts took over for Blake Shelton's Drink On It, which fell to fifth. On the album chart, Lionel Richie stayed first with "Tuskegee."

Lee Brice debuted in second on the album chart with "Hard 2 Love," one ahead of newcomer Kip Moore's "Up All Night." "tailgates & tanlines" from Luke Bryan was fourth, while Texas artist Josh Abbott Band debuted in fifth with "Small Town Family Dream."

Most albums in the top 40 declined on the chart with the compilation "NOW That's What I Call Country Ballads" braking that by going up 4 to 39.

On the song chart, Lady Antebellum was second again with Dancin' Away With My Heart, one ahead of Miranda Lambert's <>Over You. Jason Aldean was fourth with Fly Over States, up two. The remainder of the top 30 showed extremely little movement with most songs only up or down one spot. Dierks Bentley jumped 5 to 25 with 5-1-5-0, and Kelly Clarkson's Mr. Know It All was up 3 to 30.

On the bluegrass chart, Trampled by Turtles remained first with "Stars And Satellites." "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent' jumped four to second. Punch Brothers were third with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" Carolina Chocolate Drops were fourth with "Leaving Eden. Alison Krauss & Union Station were fifth with "Paper Airplane."

On the overall top 200, Richie was 3rd, Brice 5th, Moore 6th, Bryan 12th and Abbott 15th.

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Rewind CD review - Rewind
Don't worry. Just because Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox sings, "Try to talk to George Strait into givin' us an encore" on the hit single and title track doesn't mean that the traditional country giant is all of a sudden a cornerstone for the trio that has been front and center of the pop country sound. In fact, they make it quite clear from the second the play button is struck with the hard rocking "Payback" thanks to lots of electric guitar and rocking vocals from LeVox. »»»
Changed CD review - Changed
To some, Rascal Flatts is little more than a trio of pretty boys, existing just on the periphery of traditional country music. And to some degree, these haters are correct. This ain't no honky tonk music. But there is still a lot of goodness wrapped inside all the overly ornate sonic packaging. This new album's title track, for example, has all the power of a camp meeting revival ballad. Heck, the single Banjo sports some mighty fine picking from the inappropriately named Ilya »»»
Nothing Like This CD review - Nothing Like This
Rascal Flatts have become one of country's most bankable bands by turning out albums that are consistently strong and provide the listener with a nice mix of fast and slow. Which is why it's so surprising that their latest offering, "Nothing Like This," is so bad. While the sound is signature RF, the song lineup lacks anything to distinguish it - the material is boring and nondescript, each song blending into the next without any sort of demarcation. The low point is probably »»»
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: Trampled by Turtles leads stellar night – The animals ruled, for the most part, led by Trampled by Turtles, in a superb trifecta of music long on musicianship and quality songs. Trampled by Turtles, who headlined the sterling bill that also included Elephant Revival and Hurray for the Riff Raff (not animalistic unless the "riff raff" act that way), are going through some major sonic changes.... »»»
Concert Review: Goodnight, Texas gets on the map – Goodnight, Texas is a town with a small population - 28 according to the band's web site. So, if anything is going to put the unincorporated dot on the map, it may be the bi-coastal country band that stole the name. Avi Vinocur, who dwells in San Francisco, and Patrick Dyer Wolf, of North Carolina, are the mainstays of the band with them... »»»
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