"Cruise" doesn't move
Thursday, June 13, 2013
is stuck, and that's quite alright with Florida Georgia Line as the song remained atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending June 22. Blake Shelton held the top spot on the Country Albums chart with "Based on a True Story..."
Shelton stayed second on the songs chart with Boys 'Round Here, a song featuring Pistol Annies & Friends. Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker held onto third, Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift fourth and Crash My Party by Luke Bryan fifth.
The big news, however, was the debut of Cassadee Pope with Wasting All These Tears debuting at seventh. FGL also was ninth with Get Your Shine On. Carrie Underwood went from 17 to 14 with See You Again. Brett Eldredge's Don't Ya is at 18, up 4. Keith Urban stood at 19, up 6, with Little Bit of Everything.
Newcomer Tyler Farr cracked the top 25 with Redneck Crazy at 24, up 3. Justin Moore closed out the top 25 with Point At You, up 3.
On the album chart, Rucker was second again with "True Believers." FGL was third with "Here's to the Good Times." George Strait held fourth with "Love is Everything," one ahead of "Golden" by Lady Antebellum. LeAnn Rimes debuted in ninth with "Spitfire." Kacey Musgraves jumped from 23 to 18 with "Same Trailer Different Park." Underwood was at 19 with "Blown Away," up 3. Hunter Hayes' self-titled debut was at 21, up 4.
Lonestar debuted at 33 with "Life As We Know It," featuring the band's original line-up. Gretchen Wilson went from 45 to 40 with "Under the Covers," a covers album.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell stayed first with "Love Has Come For You." Steven Curtis Chapman was second with "Deep Roots," Old Crow Medicine Show third with "Carry Me Back," Dailey & Vincent fourth with "Brothers of the Highway" and Della Mae fifth with "This World Oft Can Be." Joy Kills Sorrow debuted in sixth with "Wide Awake."
On the top 200 chart, Shelton was 4th, Rucker 5th, FGL 8th, Strait 15th and Lady A 17th.
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Dig Your Roots
From the ribbits and Dobro on "Smooth," the lead-off song, one might think that Florida Georgia Line is eschewing its rap rock meets country past for something completely different. While at times that is true - "Smooth" has a swampy beat - Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard haven't veered so far from what brought them to the dance.
That is evident with the title track where the thwack of drum programming from long-time producer Joey Moi meets the soulful, somewhat shiny vocals. »»»
The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying.
That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/
Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. »»»
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 »»»
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: The Cactus Blossoms move beyond Everlys
The Cactus Blossoms most obvious comparison is the Everly Brothers. Yes, Page Burkum and Jack Torrey are brothers, and they sure sounded like it. But only playing the Everlys card in describing The Cactus Blossoms would have sold them short.
While the harmonies played a large role throughout, Torrey enjoyed a number of songs where he was the lead... »»»
Concert Review: Richey needn't chase any more
The opening lines of Kim Richey's "Chase Wild Horses," one of the best tracks on her excellent new CD, "Edgeland," starts with the lines:
"I don't chase wild horses any more/I'm all done running from the way I was before
Things I've done that I ain't proud of / I can't even stand the sound of
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