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Isbell leads country chart

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending July 8 with "The Nashville Sound." Sam Hunt held onto first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

Isbell took over the country chart top spot from Lady Antebellum's "Heart Break," which slipped to third. Chris Stapleton was second with "From a Room: Volume 1." Stapleton also was fourth with "Traveller," up four. Zac Brown Band was fifth with "Welcome Home."

Steve Earle and the Dukes debuted at 15 with "So You Wanna Be An Outlaw." Eli Young Band debuted at 17 with "Fingerprints." Shania Twain was back on the chart with "Greatest Hits" at 25. "The Legend of Johnny Cash" was at 27, up 5. Eric Church was 33rd with "Mr. Misunderstood," up 3. Russell Dickerson debuted at 42 with "Yours, EP." Willie Nelson held 46th with "God's Problem Child," up 3.

On the songs chart, Brett Young and Luke Combs stayed second and third with "In Case You Didn't Know" and "Hurricane." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "God, Your Mama, And Me" in fourth. Keith Urban's "The Fighter," featuring Carrie Underwood, was fifth.

Zac Brown Band rose from 20 to 16 with "My Old Man." Russell Dickerson skyrocketed from 47 to 21 with "Yours." Shania Twain debuted at 33 with "Life's About to Get Good." Chris Janson was at 34, up 3, with "Fix a Drink." Combs' "When It Raise It Pours" moved 7 spots to 36. Kenny Chesney stood at 41 with "All the Pretty Girls," up 4. Adam Craig debuted at 50 with "Just a Phase."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alison Krauss was first with "Windy City," Old Crow Medicine Show second with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde," Bradley Walker third with "Cal Me Old-fashioned," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fourth with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN," fourth and Dailey & Vincent fifth with "Patriots And Poets."

"The Nashville Sound" also topped the Folk/Americana chart. Fleet Foxes debuted in second with "Crack-Up." Stapleton was third and fourth with "From a Room..." and "Traveller." Steve Earle and the Dukes debuted in fifth.

On the overall top 200, Isbell's CD was 4th, "From a Room" 17th, Lady Antebellum 24th, "Traveller" 39th and Zac Brown Band 41st.

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The Nashville Sound CD review - The Nashville Sound
Jason Isbell's "The Nashville Sound" doesn't cause the immediate buzz of the singer/songwriter's previous efforts, so you may need to give it a little time to grow on you. But because Isbell simply doesn't make bad records, this one's just good in different ways, with a longer release cycle. The best one may well be the last track, "Something to Love." It's serves as a kind of folkish benediction where Isbell wishes whomever has ears to hear to »»»
Southeastern CD review - Southeastern
Given the fact that Jason Isbell opts for solo billing this time around, it might be assumed that last year's "Live From Alabama," recorded with the 400 Unit, was the band's swan song of sorts. That is, unless one considers the fact that drummer Chad Gamble and keyboardist Derry deBorja are still along for the ride, albeit sans the band billing. Likewise, the cast and crew also includes some notable names in the credits, including fiddle player/vocalist Amanda Shires (who is »»»
Here We Rest CD review - Here We Rest
The Drive-By Truckers' long shadow continues to fade away on Jason Isbell's third album since his departure from the band. Rest assured, "Here We Rest" retains a strong sense of the South, particularly Alabama, that is a trademark of his old band; however, Isbell has developed his own special sound, which adds healthy doses of twang and soul into the country rock template. He fills this disc with vivid portraits of folks struggling and frequently failing, at life. »»»
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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