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McGraw rides "Shotgun" to the top

Thursday, December 4, 2014 – Tim McGraw shot to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 13 with "Shotgun Rider." McGraw displaced Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water," which fell to second. Garth Brooks was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Man Against Machine."

Keith Urban stayed third with "Somewhere in My Car." Maddie & Tea were in fourth with "Girl in a Country Song," one ahead of Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On." Florida Georgia Line made it to eighth with "Sun Daze," up four. Eric Church made it into the top 10 with "Talladega" at 9, up 2.

Lee Brice's "Drinking Class" was 12th, up 4. Kenny Chesney stood at 14, up 3, with "Til It's Gone." Newcomer Craig Wayne Boyd debuted at 15 with "I Walk the Line." Luke Bryan jumped from 27 to 19 with "I See You." Randy Houser broke into the top 25 with "Like a Cowboy," at 24, up 2.

Jason Aldean was second on the albums chart with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Darius Rucker was third with "Home for the Holidays," Hunt fourth with "Montevallo" and Miranda Lambert fifth with "Platinum." Lady Antebellum jumped from 14 to 6 with "747."

Brantley Gilbert jumped from 20 to 7 with "Just As I Am." Cole Swindell's self-titled debut also was up 13, to 13. Brad Paisley was up 12 to 18 with "Moonshine in the Trunk." "Nashville Christmas" from the TV show "Nashville" debuted at 21. Dierks Bentley went from 28 to 23 with "Riser." Rascal Flatts stood at 25 with "Rewind," up 14.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn were first again with their self-titled disc. "When I'm Free" from Hot Rize stayed second. Alan Jackson was third with "The Bluegrass Album." "Bluegrass Gospel," a compilation album, was fourth with Nickel Creek fifth with "A Dotted Line."

On the overall top 200, Brooks was 11th, Aldean 23rd, Hunt 26th, Rucker 30th and Florida Georgia Line 31st. The country chart is based on sales, while the Billboard 200 is "ranked by album sales, audio on-demand streaming activity and digital sales of tracks from albums." That presumably accounts for why the charts are different.

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Sundown Heaven Town CD review - Sundown Heaven Town
The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. »»»
Two Lanes of Freedom CD review - Two Lanes of Freedom
Tim McGraw's debut on Big Machine, "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is his first record since the announcement that he gave up alcohol five years ago and the first since his acrimonious, litigious split from the only label he had ever known, Curb. The new CD literally and symbolically represents a fresh start. If only the material better reflected his new take on life. What is presented here is about as boiler plate as contemporary country gets. The album is a safe play and takes almost no chances. »»»
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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