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Rhett, Underwood are happy

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 – Thomas Rhett is atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man" for the week ending Dec. 19, while Carrie Underwood is first on the albums chart with "Storyteller."

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton is second, switching places with Underwood, with "Traveller." Blake Shelton is third with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits." Eric Church's "Mr. Misunderstood" was fourth, one ahead of Sam Hunt's "Montevallo."

"Elvis: Ultimate Christmas" went from 17 to 14. LeAnn Rimes went from 23 to 17 with "Today is Christmas." Kenny Rogers was at 18 with "Once Again It's Christmas," up 4. A compilation, "Country Faith Christmas," climbed 5 to 24 with Brett Eldredge closing out the top 25 with "Illinois," up 3.

On the songs chart, the top five remained the same. Sam Hunt was second with "Break Up in a Small Town," Chris Young third with "I'm Comin' Over," Cam fourth with "Burning House" and Dan + Shay fifth with "Nothin' Like You."

Barrett Baber debuted at 16 with "I'd Just Love to Lay You Down." Granger Smith jumped from 24 to 18 with "Backroad Song." Emily Ann Roberts debuted at 20 with "She's Got You." Baber and Roberts both are contestants on "The Voice."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell were first with "So Familiar." Last week's chart topper, Punch Brothers' "The Wireless" EP fell to second. Rhonda Vincent was third with "Christmas Time." Punch Brothers also were fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues," up three. Dailey & Vincent moved up five to fifth with "Alive! In Concert."

On the overall top 200, Underwood was 7th, Stapleton 11th, Shelton 13th, Hunt 19th and Bryan 25th.

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Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
It Goes Like This CD review - It Goes Like This
Thomas Rhett has enjoyed a strong pedigree as a hit songwriter at the tender age of 23. After all, he has helped pen Jason Aldean's 1994,Parking Lot Party by Lee Brice and Round Here by Florida Georgia Line. Not to mention having a father, Rhett Atkins, who has enjoyed both a career as a recording artist and a hit songwriter himself (he also helped write five of the dozen songs). So, it should come as no surprise that Rhett shares a lot of the same clichés as those he has written hits for. »»»
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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