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Joey + Rory, Swindell lead charts again

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – Joey + Rory sit atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Hymns," while Cole Swindell's "You Should Be Here" leads the Hot Country Songs chart for the second straight week on the charts for the week ending April 2l

Blake Shelton held second on the songs chart with "Came Here to Forget," up four. Thomas Rhett was third with "Die a Happy Man," one ahead of Brett Eldredge's "Drunk On Your Love." Zac Brown band was fifth with "Beautiful Drug."

Rhett also was at 14 with "T-Shirt," up 5. Dustin Lynch was 17th with "Mind Reader," up 4. Brantley Gilbert closed out the top 25 with "Stone Cold Sober," up 2.

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Randy Houser debuted in third with "Fired Up." Loretta Lynn remained fourth with "Full Circle" as did Sam Hunt in fifth with "Montevallo."

Eldredge was 18th with "Illinois," up 6.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell took back the top of the Bluegrass Albums chart with "So Familiar." Sierra Hull was second with "Weighted Mind," up four. The SteelDrivers were third with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Frank Solivan debuted in fourth with "Family, Friends & Heroes." The Infamous Stringdusters were fifth with "Ladies & Gentlemen."

On the overall top 200, Joey + Rory were 4th, Stapleton 7th, Houser 15th, Hunt 26th and Rhett 31st. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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You Should Be Here CD review - You Should Be Here
Good ole Georgia boy Cole Swindell, whose debut yielded three chart toppers, doesn't suffer from the soph slump here, but that's mainly because Swindell doesn't stray all that far from the formula that yielded "Hey Y'all" and "Chillin' It" and "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight." If looking for Swindell to go deep, don't. Not with songs like "Party Wasn't Over" or the opener with Dierks Bentley aboard on "Flatliner" »»»
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There have been many artists throughout the year who've tried their hand at offering up songs for the faithful, mining their past for the hymns of old. Yet. it's the rare few who've delivered the emotional punch that Joey + Rory manage. With Joey Feek battling the final stages of cancer and choosing to forego treatment, the couple took advantage of Joey's good days to head into the studio to craft this collection of time-honored hymns that resonates with deep emotion. »»»
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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