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LBT's chart reign ends

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – The long rein of Little Big Town atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush" is over. Luke Bryan assumed the top spot with "Kick the Dust Up," switching spots with LBT. On the albums chart, Jason Isbell was first with "Something More Than Free," the first time he has led the chart.

Sam Hunt was third again on the songs chart with "Take Your Time." He also was fourth again with "House Party. Brantley Gilbert was in fifth, up three, with "One Hell of an Amen." Zac Brown Band held the eighth position with "Loving You Easy," up four.

Keith Urban was up 3 to 11 with "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." Bryan also debuted at 19 with "Strip It Down." Cam was at 20 with her first hit single "Burning House," up 3. Florida Georgia Line broke into the top 25 with "Anything Goes" at 24. Kenny Chesney's "Save It For a Rainy Day" closed out the top 25 with the song up 6 spots.

On the albums chart, Alan Jackson debuted in second with "Angels and Alcohol." Hunt was third, down from the top spot, with "Montevallo." ZBB's "Jekyll + Hyde" was fourth. Eric Church remained fifth with "The Outsiders."

Moonshine Bandits debuted at 13 with "Blacked Out." Lee Brice debuted at 18 with "Mixtape: 'Til Summer's Gone," an EP. Miranda Lambert was up 5 to 25 with "Platinum."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent remained first with "Alive! In Concert." The SteelDrivers were second with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn stayed third with their self-titled debut. Robert Earl Keen was fourth with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," while Punch Brothers were fifth with "The Phosphorescent Blues."

On the overall top 200, Jackson was 5th, Isbell 6th, Hunt 9th, ZBB 19th and Little Big Town 23rd with "Pain Killer." The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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The Breaker CD review - The Breaker
Anyone who missed Little Big Town's remarkable 2012 Unplugged performance on CMT should seek it out online. When they sing their monster hit "Pontoon," four hypnotic voices combine to harmonic perfection with no studio tricks - pick from any of the microphones, and it works as the song's lead vocal. But now that the group has ascended to the upper rung of stardom, different challenges arise. How do you compete with yourself fresh from a Grammy for Best Country Song »»»
Pain Killer CD review - Pain Killer
For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»
Tornado CD review - Tornado
When the chorus to Leavin' in Your Eyes kicks in with some lovely layered vocals, it's tempting to compare Little Big Town to Fleetwood Mac. After better sense kicks in, though, it's more reasonable to categorize LBT as Fleetwood Mac-lite, at best. All that '70s cocaine and infidelity made Fleetwood Mac so much darker than anything modern day Nashville could ever produce. To its credit, though, Fleetwood Mac could never produce anything nearly as catchy as Pontoon, easily the »»»
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: There's a lot to be said about The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers have soldiered on, occupying the fringes of the musical world with ups and downs. After not knowing whether the group would even continue following the departure of half of the band a few years ago, The Felice Brothers continued with a new rhythm section and a new album, "Undressed," that is heavily political.... »»»
Concert Review: Turner bring it on (to his second) home – Frank Turner opined during the first of four sold-out nights of the Lost Evenings Festival that Boston was his home away from his British home. The likable, accessible singer hit the sweet spot not only with his perspective, but his performance as well demonstrated why. Turner made a major change in this year's festival. For the first time, he... »»»
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