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Nelson, Hunt lead Billboard

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – Willie Nelson debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "God's Problem Child" for the week ending May 20. Sam Hunt continued atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

Brett Young stayed second on the songs chart with "In Case You Didn't Know." Luke Combs held third with "Hurricane." "The Fighter" with Keith Urban and featuring Carrie Underwood was fourth, switching spots with Jon Pardi's "Dirt On My Boots."

Darius Rucker jumped from 15 to 8 with "If I Told You." Midland climbed from 24 to 19 with "Drinkin' Problem." Lauren Duski , who is a semi-finalist on "The Voice," debuted at 32 with "Somewhere In My Broken Heart." Chris Stapleton debuted at 37 with "Second One to Know" from his brand new disc. John Mayer made the country charts with "In the Blood" debuting at 39. Brennley Brown, also on "The Voice," debuted at 42 with "River," one ahead of Eric Church's "Round Here Buzz," which was at 43, up 5. Jon Langston debuted at 44 with "Right Girl Wrong Time."

On the albums chart, Keith Urban was second with "Ripcord" with Stapleton third with his "Traveller" debut. Last week's chart topper, Brad Paisley's "Love And War" fell to fourth. Young was fifth with his self-titled debut.

Little Big Town jumped from 22 to 9 with "The Breaker." Old Crow Medicine Show debuted at 14 with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde," a Bob Dylan tribute. Kelsea Ballerini was at 18 with "The First Time," up 3. Church moved up 3 to 23 with "Mr. Misunderstood." Underwood stood at 28 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," moving up 3. Kenny Chesney's "Cosmic Hallelujah" jumped 5 to 31. Garth Brooks held 37th with "The Ultimate Hits," up 7.

Old Crow also was first on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Long-time chart topper Alison Krauss slipped to second with "Windy City." Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives were third with "Way Out West." Bradley Walker remained fourth with "Call Me Old-fashioned" and Dailey & Vincent fifth with "Patriots & Poets." Jim Avett and Family (that would be the Avett Brothers, in part) debuted in sixth with "For His Children And Ours").

On the Folk/Americana Albums chart, John Mellencamp debuted in first with "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" with the disc featuring Carlene Carter. Stapleton was second, Mayer third with "The Search for Everything," Feist fourth in debuting with "Pleasure" and Old Crow fifth.

On the Billboard Top 200, Nelson was 10th, Mellencamp 11th, Urban 31st, Stapleton 35th, Paisley 43rd and Young 45th.

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My Way CD review - My Way
Not one to rest on his laurels, Willie Nelson's second studio release of the calendar year finds the artist dipping back into the Great American Songbook. Previous collections, including 1978's stellar Stardust, 2009's "American Classic" and 2016's "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin," established Nelson as one of the finest modern interpreters of American standards. So, it is only fitting that he now pays tribute to the man widely recognized as the »»»
Last Man Standing CD review - Last Man Standing
Willie Nelson is 123 years old and this is his 85th album. . No, that's not right, He's 85 and this is something like his 123rd album. At a certain point, the years and the numbers don't mean much any more. The bottom line is Willie Nelson has been around for a long time and made a lot of music. Willie will forever be remembered for the song "Whiskey River," but his voice has mellowed like a fine wine. Time has taken away much of the harshness and the off-flavors, if you will. »»»
Willie's Stash Volume 2 CD review - Willie's Stash Volume 2
The "boys" referenced in the title of Willie Nelson's "Willie's Stash Vol. 2," are his sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson. This second archival selection, following "December Day" (recorded with his sister/pianist Bobbie Nelson), was tracked in 2011 with producer Buddy Cannon at the helm. The album is mostly Hank Williams Sr. songs, along with a few other 'Hanks' (Cochran, Locklin and Snow), an Alyssa Miller number and one by the elder Nelson. »»»
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: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
Concert Review: Despite small crowd, Hood accomplishes mission – It would have been quite easy to think that Adam Hood would have mailed in this gig. It could not have been easy to make your debut in the Boston area after putting out seven albums, not to mention having songs picked by A list artists, and having maybe 25 people show up. If the Alabama native was dissuaded by the small crowd, he did not show it.... »»»
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