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FGL, Brooks lead charts

Thursday, December 19, 2013 – Florida Georgia Line stayed at the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 28 with Stay. So did Garth Brooks on the Top Country Albums chart with his box set "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences."

"Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" from the Robertsons was second with Luke Bryan third with "Crash My Party." FGL was fourth with "Here's to the Good Times" with "The Grohl Sessions: Vol. 1," an EP by Zac Brown Band with drummer Dave Grohl fifth.

" Nashville: The Music Of Nashville: Season 2 / Volume 1" debuted at seven. Parmalee debuted in 10th with "Feels Like Carolina." Cassadee Pope stood at 16, up five, with "Frame By Frame." Elvis Presley's "The Classic Christmas Album" was up three to 16. Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" was up four to 22.

On the song chart, Parmalee was second with Carolina, up three. Bryan's Drink a Beer stood at number three. Eli Young Band was fourth with Drunk Last Night, one ahead of David Nail's Whatever She's Got. Pope was up three to sixth with Wasting All These Years. Zac Brown Band jumped from 12 to seven with Sweet Annie.

Newcomer Cole Swindell, who has written songs for Jason Aldean and \ Bryan, was eighth with Chillin' It, up three. The Band Perry was at 11 with Don't Let Me Be Lonely, up four. Aldean jumped from 17 to 12 with When She Says Bay. Jon Pardi, whose debut drops Jan. 14, 2014, was at 15, up three, with Up All Night. Lady Antebellum also was up three to 16 with Compass.

Scotty McCreery's See You Tonight held the 19th spot, moving up five. Danielle Bradbery was at 21 with The Heart of Dixie, up five. New duo Dan + Shay made it into the top 25 for the first time with 19 You + Me at 25, up two.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alan Jackson stayed first with "The Bluegrass Album." Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were second with "Love Has Come For You." Michael Martin Murphey held third with "Red River Drifter" with Trampled By Turtles fourth with "Live at First Avenue" and The Devil Makes Three fifth with "I'm a Stranger Here."

On the overall top 200, Brooks was second, with Beyonce's self-titled disc debuting at the top. The Robertsons were sixth; Bryan 14th, FGL 15th and ZBB 25th.

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Dig Your Roots CD review - Dig Your Roots
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Anything Goes CD review - Anything Goes
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 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 »»»
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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