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Rhett, Hunt stay atop charts

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Thomas Rhett stayed first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Life Changes" for the week ending Oct. 14. Sam Hunt once again led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

On the songs chart, Kane Brown was second with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina. Dustin Lynch remained second with "Small Town Boy" and Luke Combs third with "When It Rains It Pours." Rhett was fifth with "Unforgettable."

Chris Janson jumped from 17 to 11 with "Fix a Drink." Walker Hayes moved up 3 to 22 with "You Broke Up With Me." Kelsea Ballerini debuted at 28 with "High School." Lee Brice went from 36 to 33 with "Boy." Old Dominion was at 34, up 4, with "Written in Sand." Jordan Davis' "Singles You Up" was up 3 to 38. Darius Rucker debuted at 39 with "Don't," 1 ahead of Granger Smith's "Happens Like That," which moved up 3.

"She's With Me" from High Valley" stood in 41st, up 4. Brett Eldredge's "The Long Way" went from 47 to 44, a spot ahead of Brantley Gilbert's "Ones That Like Me," also up 3. Michael Ray debuted at 49 with "Get to You" and Dylan Scott 50th with "Hooked."

Midland debuted in second on the albums chart with "On the Rocks" with a cappella group Home Free entering in third with "Timeless." Combs was fourth with "This One's For You" and Stapleton's "Traveller" fifth.

Janson debuted in seventh with "Everybody." Eric Church went from 22 to 18 with "Mr. Misunderstood." "The Legend of Johnny Cash" went from 39 to 2. LANCO's "Extended Play" EP was 34th, up 3. Alan Jackson went from 47 to 36 with "Precious Memories Collection." Chris Hillman debuted at 37 with "Bidin' My Time." Shania Twain went from 49 to 41 with "Greatest Hits. " Church was at 45 with "Chief," up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers were first with "The Long-Awaited Album." Hillman was second, one ahead of the debut of "Turmoil & Tinfoil" by Billy Strings. Alison Krauss fell from first to fourth with "Windy City." Old Crow Medicine Show was fifth with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Van Morrison debuted in first with "Roll With the Punches." "Traveller" was second and "From a Room..." third. Josh Ritter debuted in fourth with "Gathering" and Gregg Allman's "Southern Blood" was fifth.

On the Top 200 chart, Rhett was 13th, Midland 20th, Home Free 28th, Combs 40th and Stapleton's "Traveller" 50th.

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Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
It Goes Like This CD review - It Goes Like This
Thomas Rhett has enjoyed a strong pedigree as a hit songwriter at the tender age of 23. After all, he has helped pen Jason Aldean's 1994,Parking Lot Party by Lee Brice and Round Here by Florida Georgia Line. Not to mention having a father, Rhett Atkins, who has enjoyed both a career as a recording artist and a hit songwriter himself (he also helped write five of the dozen songs). So, it should come as no surprise that Rhett shares a lot of the same clichés as those he has written hits for. »»»
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: No lead singer? No problem for The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester have been in a bind that could have caused other bands to cancel the show. The bluegrass band's lead singer Shawn Camp has suffered from laryngitis for 11 days. What to do? Put the vocals on the cords mainly of acoustic guitarist Jeff White and to a lesser extent Dobro player supreme Jerry Douglas.... »»»
Concert Review: At Newport Folk Festival, discovery rules – One of the enduring highlights of the Newport Folk Festival is the chance of discovery. This is not a festival filled with superstars. Far from it. Yes, there are veterans, who already have made a name for themselves (Brandi Carlile would fill the bill), and there are others who don't even know themselves how they landed in Newport.... »»»
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