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Shelton, FGL lead charts

Thursday, April 25, 2013 – Blake Shelton was back atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending May 4 with "Based on a True Story," while Florida Georgia Line remained first on the Country Songs chart with Cruise.

On the albums chart, Shelton took over the top from Brad Paisley's "Wheelhouse," which fell to third. The Band Perry was second with "Pioneer." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Here's to the Good Times." "Caught in the Act: Live" by Eric Church was fifth.

Texas act Casey Donahew Band debuted at seven with "Standoff," one ahead of Taylor Swift's "Red," which jumped six notches. Jason Aldean was at nine with "Night Train," up three.

Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) debuted at 12 with "Low Highway." Granger Smith debuted at 15 with "Dirt Road Driveway," one ahead of "Willie Nelson And Family: Let's Face the Music And Dance."

Darius Rucker was second on the song chart with Wagon Wheel, up two. Miranda Lambert stood in third again with Mama's Broken Heart. Lady Antebellum was fourth with Downtown, one ahead of Florida Georgia Line with Get Your Shine On, up four. Thompson Square was ninth with If I Didn't Have You, up three. Aldean's 1994 was 10th, up 3.

Kenny Chesney was up to 11th with Pirate Flag, up three. Brad Paisley's new single, Beat This Summer, stood at 16, up 3. Jake Owen was 20th with Anywhere With You, up 4. Brantley Gilbert's More Than Miles was up 3 to 22.

Steven Curtis Chapman again led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Deep Roots." Judah & The Lion debuted in second with the "Sweet Tennessee" EP. Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "Carry Me Back." "The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent" was fourth with Trampled by Turtles fifth with "Stars and Satellites."

On the overall top 200, Shelton was 4th, The Band Perry 6th, Paisley 7th, Florida Georgia Line 14th and Church 15th.

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Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll CD review - Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
Perhaps a few fans didn't get enough of Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times," which came out in December 2012. That release contained all five songs of the duo's second EP "It'z Just What We Do" from May 2012. Not to mention the super uber mega-hit Cruise and fellow number ones Get Your Shine On, Round Here and Stay. With "This is How We Roll," Tyler Hubbard (he's the one with the longer hair) and Brian Kelly follow the »»»
Here's to the Good Times
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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: For Doug Seegers, no pinching needed – Doug Seegers probably should be pinching himself these days. He's not some country music cover boy or hunk wearing a baseball hat or highlighting a bunch of tattoos. If looking for opposites of what passes for a country musician these days, Seegers would probably just about be the top pick. Yes, he lives in Nashville, but he just retired after... »»»
Concert Review: Cynics be damned, Carter girl endures – Cynical naysayers without a clue would aim their vitriol at Carlene Carter. Yes, she is one of the progeny of the Carter family, the first family of country music. And she is quite proud of it. So much so that after watching Maybelle Carter perform with her sisters and being the daughter of June Carter Cash (not to mention Johnny Cash's... »»»
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