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Hunt, Combs lead charts

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – Sam Hunt's domination of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road" continued as the song stayed first for the week ending Sept. 2. Luke Combs was first on the Country Albums chart with "This One's For You."

Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with his debut, "Traveller." Last week's number one, Brett Eldredge's self-titled disc, fell to third. Lindsay Ell debuted at four with "The Project." Hunt was fifth with " Montevallo."

The late Glen Campbell went from 20 to 14 with "Adios." Brothers Osborne moved up 6 to 16 with "Pawn Shop." Eric Church jumped from 31 to 18 with "Mr. Misunderstood." Maren Morris' "Hero" jumped 9 to 19. Luke Bryan was at 22 with "Crash My Party," up 7. Elvis Presley's "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" was at 27, up 13. Old Dominion's debut, "Meat And Candy" was up 7 to 12. Kelsea Ballerini's "The First Time" was up 11 to 36. Taylor Swift was 38th with "Red," up 8. Church also was up 8 to 41 with "Chief." Midland's self-titled EP was at 45, up 5.

Dustin Lynch was second on the songs chart with "Small Town Boy," while Kane Brown's "What Ifs" featuring Lauren Alaina and Brett Young's "In Case You Didn't Know" stayed third and fourth. Old Dominion was fifth with "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart."

Justin Moore moved from 12 to 9 with "Somebody Else Will." Brothers Osborne also moved up 3, to 14, with "It Ain't My Fault." Kenny Chesney was at 15 with "All the Pretty Girls," up 3. So was Carly Pearce's "Every Little Thing" at 17 and Kip Moore's "More Girls Like You" at 18. Chris Janson was 21st with "Fix a Drink," up 6. Eric Church also moved up 6, to 22, with "Round Here Buzz." Thomas Rhett's "Sixteen" debuted at 24. Chris Young was 25th with "Losing Sleep," up 7. Brad Paisley was 26th with "Last Time for Everything," climbing 3. "Ring On Every Finger" from LOCASH went from 31 to 28. Walker Hayes stood at 30 with "You Broke Up With Me," up 3.

Lynch also debuted at 31 with "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone." Kelsea Ballerini "Unapologetically" debuted at 32. Florida Georgia Line held 35th with "Smooth," up 4. Ballerini also was at 38 with "Legends," up 4. Annie LeBlanc debuted at 42 with " Fly." Little Big Town debuted at 45 with "When Someone Stops Loving You." High Valley closed out the top 50 with "She's With Me," debuting there.

Alison Krauss reclaimed the top spot on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Windy City." Old Crow Medicine Show's "Best of Old Crow Medicine Show" jumped from 12 to 2. Old Crow also was third with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde." Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary were fourth with "American Grandstand." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was fifth with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN."

Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Traveller" first and "From a Room: Volume 1" second. Dodie debuted in third with her "You" EP. John Mayer was fourth with "The Search for Everything" and The Lumineers fifth with "Cleopatra."

On the overall top 200, Combs was 36, "Traveller" from Stapleton 38th, Eldredge 39, Ell 40th and Hunt 41st.

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Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»
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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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