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McEntire debuts in first

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Reba McEntire debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope." Sam Hunt sits atop the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 25 with "Body Like a Back Road." He took over from Little Big Town's "Better Man," which fell to second.

Jon Pardi is third on the songs chart with "Dirt On My Boots," switching spots with Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color." Dustin Lynch was fifth with "Seein' Red." Zac Brown Band skyrocketed from 49 to 10 with "My Old Man." Jason Aldean stood at 14 with "Any Ol' Barstool," up 4. Brett Young was at 17, up 3, with "In Case You Didn't Know."

Kenny Chesney was 25th with "Bar at the End of the World," up 5. Dan + Shay also were up 5, to 27, with "How Not To." "We Should Be Friends" from Miranda Lambert placed 32nd, up 5. Florida Georgia Line's new single, "God, Your Mama, And Me" featuring Backstreet Boys, was up 4 to 36. Kane Brown's new single, "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, also moved up 4, to 42nd. Keith Urban's new single with Carrie Underwood, "The Fighter," came in at 46. Little Big Town's "Happy People" debuted at 48.

On the albums chart, Brantley Gilbert fell to second with "The Devil Don't Sleep." Chris Stapleton was third with "Traveller," Urban fourth with "Ripcord" and Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Collection" up four to fifth.

Maren Morris was up 5 to 11 with "Hero." Kelsea Ballerini's "The First Time" moved from 18 to 14. Zac Brown Band was at 18 with "Greatest Hits So Far...," up 3. Luke Bryan was at 21 with "Crash My Party," up 5. "The Legend of Johnny Cash" went from 32 to 28. Sturgill Simpson went up 6 to 34 with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." Cash also was at 35 with "The Essential Johnny Cash." Zac Brown Band was 38th with "Jekyll + Hyde," up 7.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker was first with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau were second with their self-titled disc. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held third with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." Dwight Yoakam was fourth with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." and Sarah Jarosz fifth with "Undercurrent."

Stapleton's "Traveller" topped the Folk/Americana chart. The Lumineers were second with "Cleopatra," Kaleo third with "A/B," Beth Hart debuting in fourth with "Fire on the Floor" and Hozier fifth with his self-titled disc.

On the overall top 200, McEntire was 4th, Gilbert 12th, Stapleton 29th and Urban 39th. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope CD review - Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope
So, you say you don't have enough Reba McEntire spiritual music in your collection, eh? With "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope," you can fill that catalogue hole right quick. At two discs full, this ambitious set will scratch that itch, assuming you have such an itch in need of scratching. This double album is broken down into two distinct sets. The first 10 songs are traditional ones. You almost cannot have a country gospel CD without "I'll Fly Away, " therefore, »»»
My Kind of Christmas CD review - My Kind of Christmas
Upon initial listens, Reba's new Christmas album comes off a little overwhelming. Upon closer inspection, though, it's revealed to be much better. This is because the album is so darn simple. These songs feature only Reba (listed in the credits as the 'girl singer') and a piano accompaniment. Such stripped-down arrangements offer a stark contrast to many of Reba's usual ornately produced non-holiday albums. First and foremost, these basic recordings highlight »»»
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: Turnpike Troubadours are winners – The Turnpike Troubadours had a lot of competition when playing Beantown - the Red Sox playoff game first and foremost. No matter though because the country band put on their own winning show. That was no surprise given the individual abilities of the band, not to mention a plethora of worthy songs to choose from. It all starts with lead singer Evan Felker.... »»»
Concert Review: The Killer lives on with Low Cut Connie – Jerry Lee Lewis isn't exactly out and about hitting the clubs these days. But if he was searching for someone who was carrying on his torch, he would do well to check out Adam Weiner, the force behind Low Cut Connie. The Philly band was highly entertaining with Weiner a true force of nature. Think Lewis merged with Springsteen (although The Boss is The Boss).... »»»
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