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Pardi scorches first chart topper

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Jon Pardi notched his first number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "California Sunrise," his second full-length release. Florida Georgia Line again tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." for the week ending July 9.

Pardi was followed by Chris Stapleton's "Traveller." Keith Urban was third with "Ripcord." Blake Shelton, who had last week's chart topper with "If I'm Honest," fell to fourth. "NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 9" was fifth.

Thomas Rhett jumped from 12 to 6 with "Tangled Up." Sam Hunt was ninth with "Montevallo," moving up six. Luke Bryan was at 12 with "Kill the Lights," up 4. Sturgill Simpson held 13th with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," up 10. LoCash debuted at 14 with "Fighters."

Eric Church was at 17 with "Mr. Misunderstood," up 3. Kane Brown was at 21 with "Chapter 1," up 3. Elizabeth Cook debuted at 23 with "Exodus of Venus." Zac Brown Band closed out the top 25 with "Jekyll + Hyde," up 3.

On the songs chart, Bryan remained second with "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day." Carrie Underwood was third with Church Bells," one ahead of Jason Aldean's "Lights Come On." Tim McGraw was fifth with "Humble And Kind." Pardi's Head Over Boots" climbed three spots to sixth.

Brown was at 19 in his debut week with "Ain't No Stopping Us Now."

On the Americana/Folk Albums Chart, Mumford & Sons debuted in first with "Johannesburg," its EP with Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg. Mumford & Sons pushed Stapleton's "Traveller" to second. "Case/Lang/Veirs" debuted in third. Paul Simon remained fourth with "Stranger to Stranger." The Lumineers were fifth with "Cleopatra."

Sara Jarosz debuted in first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Undercurrent." "Bright Star: A New Musical" from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell fell to second. Irene Kelley debuted in third with "These Hills." Sister Sadie entered in fourth with its self-titled debut. Martin and Brickell were fifth with "So Familiar."

On the overall top 200, Pardi was 11th, Stapleton 13th, Urban 15th, Shelton 17th and Rhett 18th. The top 200 and Country Albums chart use different criteria.

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California Sunrise CD review - California Sunrise
Jon Pardi apparently isn't worried about chasing something new. He makes that clear on the opening "Out of Style" where he sings "The common way we work and play/Are still alive and well today/Don't' need to find a new way to say/We don't get out of style." He may not have penned the song, but Pardi continues mining a more traditional sound on his recordings (his live shows tend to rock far too much as if he's trying to figure just who he is musically). »»»
Write You a Song CD review - Write You a Song
Jon Pardi is an anomaly these days - you're not going to hear any rap or hip hop in the debut from this California native. Nor proclamations about how great farm life is. Yes, you'll hear rocking vocals and instrumentation at times, but the 11 songs are far more steeped in country than most anyone out there today. That means there's twang in the forceful vocals - a healthy dose of it - plus pedal steel and fiddle (both are prominent on the title track, which has a sort of Jerry Lee Lewis feel). »»»
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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