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Blackberry Smoke, Hunt lead Billboard

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Blackberry Smoke scored its first number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums with "Holding All the Roses" for the week ending Feb. 28. Blackberry Smoke knocked out Sam Hunt, who fell to second with "Montevallo." But it was not all bad for Hunt as he was first on the Hot Country Songs chart again with "Take Your Time."

On the albums chart, Jason Aldean was third with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Anything Goes." Miranda Lambert was fifth with "Platinum." Robert Earl Keen debuted in 10th with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," his first ever bluegrass album.

Tim McGraw was up 4 to 17 with "Sundown Heaven Town." Brandy Clark was at 24 with "12 Stories," up 5. She performed at the Grammys, usually a boost for sales.

Thomas Rhett was second on the songs chart, up two, with "Make Me Wanna." Luke Bryan was third with "I See You." Florida Georgia Line's "Sun Daze" was fourth, and Blake Shelton stayed fifth with "Lonely Tonight" where he gets a little help from Ashley Monroe.

Brett Eldredge moved four spots to sixth with "Mean To Me." Randy Houser broke into the top 10 with "Like a Cowboy" in ninth, up two. Cole Swindell rounded out the top 10 with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey," up 2.

Miranda Lambert jumped 10 to 14 with "Little Red Wagon," the song she sang at the Grammys.

A Thousand Horses scored its first top 25 with "Smoke" at 22, up 4. Eric Paslay made it into the top 25 - at 25 - with "She Don't Love You," up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Keen debuted in first. "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" was second. Punch Brothers was third with " The Phosphorescent Blues." A compilation disc, "Bluegrass Gospel," was fourth with The Earls of Leicester self-titled debut fifth.

On the overall top 200, Hunt was 18th, Blackberry Smoke 29th, Aldean 30th, Carrie Underwood 35th with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" and Bryan 37th with "Crash My Party." The top 200 order is different than the Top Country Albums chart because of differing methodology.

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Like An Arrow CD review - Like An Arrow
Blackberry Smoke may never fit into any country music traditionalist's definition of true country music. The guitars are too loud and the there's far more boogie than twang in the act's sound. Nevertheless, this act fits squarely into the description of fine Southern rock. "Like an Arrow" hits all the right stylistic marks. "The Good Life," for instance, doesn't align itself with many of the usual sonic elements of a country song, but its lyric - all about »»»
Holding All the Roses CD review - Holding All the Roses
With a new label backing them, Blackberry Smoke have distilled their sound to produce an album of songs that reflect the image that they have so carefully cultivated. When they were on Zac Brown's Southern Ground label, they released an exciting album full of country rock anthems that explored the depths of Southern Rock, mainstream rock, folk and even hints of soul music, much like the music of Brown himself. After a gap filler live release, they have returned with a collection of original tracks. »»»
The Whippoorwill CD review - The Whippoorwill
From their southern rock sound to the long hair and beards in the sepia liner photo, Blackberry Smoke appear to be the perfect new discovery for hardcore Lynyrd Skynyrd fans. While that may be true, a closer listen to the Georgia band's new album (their debut on Zac Brown's SG label) shows a surprising depth and variety that proves that they shouldn't be pigeonholed. The 13-track album showcases a band adept at '70s style rock and roll, the blues, Americana and Red Dirt country »»»
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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