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"Cruise" doesn't move

Thursday, June 13, 2013Cruise 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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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
This record can be summed up with five words: "Def Leppard with a banjo." Replace the leather pants and motorcycle boots with scuffed up Romeos and roughed up jeans and you've transformed England's most successful arena rockers into America's new favorite arena twangers. Switch the Flying V's with mandolins, cover British accents with country twang and replace the girls with big hair with girls with big... and you've got yourself a formula for hit records and sold out concerts. »»»
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: Hard Working Americans more than live up to moniker – Hard Working Americans is a generic enough sounding term, conveying that you're part of the lunch bucket crowd. Part of a faceless pack instead of an individual. In reality, it's something of a misnomer for the sextet of the same name heretofore considered a side project. That's because they or in most cases, their other... »»»
Concert Review: Wolf rolls on with ease – Peter Wolf starts off his first disc in six years, "A Cure for Loneliness," with "Rolling On." Great title for a song, and as he would prove in concert, he lived up to those words. The song starts "You can lay down and die / You can lay up and count the tears you've cried / But baby, that's not me / There's a... »»»
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