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Blackberry Smoke debuts at the top

Thursday, October 27, 2016 – Blackberry Smoke debuts in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Nov. 5 with "Like An Arrow." Kenny Chesney sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink.

On the songs chart, Keith Urban is second with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Cole Swindell was third with "Middle of a Memory." Florida Georgia Line's "May We All" was up three to fourth with Tim McGraw helping out. Luke Bryan's "Move" was fifth.

Brett Young notched his first top 10 with "Sleep Without You" at 9, up 2. Carrie Underwood stood at 13 with "Dirty Laundry," up 5. Thomas Rhett's "Star of the Show" was at 19, up 3. Jon Pardi broke into the top 25 with "Dirt On My Boots" at 25, up 3.

Chris Stapleton remained second on the albums chart with "Traveller." Jason Aldean, first last week with "They Don't Know," slipped to third. Chris Young debuted in fourth with "It Must Be Christmas." Florida Georgia Line was fifth with "Dig Your Roots."

Bradley Walker was 13th, up 18, with "Call Me Old-fashioned." The Mavericks "All Night Live, Volume 1," debuted at 14. Sturgill Simpson was 18th, up 12, with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." Pardi was at 21 with "California Sunrise," up 5.

Blackberry Smoke led the Americana/Folk Albums chart. Johnnyswim was second with "Georgica Pond." Stapleton was third, Conor Oberst fourth with "Ruminations" and Bon Iver fifth with "22, a Million."

Walker topped the Bluegrass Albums chart. Dwight Yoakam was second with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." after being first last week. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was third with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." Mandolin Orange's "Blindfaller" was fourth and The Devil Makes Three fifth with "Redemption & Ruin."

On the overall top 200, Blackberry Smoke was 12th, Florida Georgia Line 17th, Stapleton 19th, Aldean 25th and Urban 32nd. The top 200 and Country Albums chart use different criteria.

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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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