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Gilbert finds "Sleep" at the top

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Brantley Gilbert was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Feb. 18 with "The Devil Don't Sleep" and second on the overall chart. Little Big Town stayed atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Better Man."

Sam Hunt debuted in second on the songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." Keith Urban was third with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Jon Pardi held fourth gain with "Dirt On My Boots," while Thomas Rhett remained in fifth with "Star of the Show."

Gilbert was ninth on the songs chart with "The Weekend," up five. Laura Alaina's "Road Less Traveled" also was up 5 to 12th. Brett Young's second single, "In Case You Didn't Know," climbed 5 spots to 20th. Luke Combs was at 24 with "Hurricane," up 4. Reba McEntire jumped from 49 to 35 with "Back to God." Rascal Flatts was at 34 with "Yours If You Want It," up 3. Cole Swindell was up 3 to 31 with "Flatliner."

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were at 44 with "Keep Your Eyes On Me." Zac Brown Band debuted at 49 with "My Old Man," its first single from its album dropping in May.

Gilbert, of course, was first on the country albums chart, displacing Chris Stapleton, who fell to second with "Traveller." Alaina debuted in third with "Road Less Traveled." Urban was fourth with "Ripcord" and Rhett fifth with "Tangled Up."

Garth Brooks was at nine with "The Ultimate Collection," jumping up from 37. George Strait's "Icon 2: George Strait" was up 4 to 35. Gilbert was also at 36 with "Just As I Am," up 4. Combs' "This One's For You" EP stood at 43, up 5.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau debuted in first with their self-titled disc. Bradley Walker was second with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Dwight Yoakam was third with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was fourth with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman, Auditorium, TN." The Infamous Stringdusters were fifth with "Laws of Gravity."

On the Folk/Americana Albums chart, Stapleton was first, The Lumineers second with "Cleopatra," John Mayer third with "The Search For Everything: Wave One" EP third, Kaleo's "A/B" fourth and The Lumineers self-titled disc fifth.

On the Billboard Top 200 chart, Gilbert was 2nd, Stapleton 25th, Alaina 31st, Urban 44th and Rhett 53rd.The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.

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The Devil Don't Sleep CD review - The Devil Don't Sleep
For those fans worrying over the potential demise of bro country, rest easy; Brantley Gilbert is here to keep that flag flying high. Comprised of a solid set of radio ready rockers alongside a few tamer numbers, Gilbert sets out to prove the establishment wrong, rolling his way through 16 tales of hard living and partying. Yet, while Gilbert holds strong to the "bro country" stance, he's also very much his own man, allowing his faith and values to pull front and center as well. »»»
Just As I Am: Platinum Edition CD review - Just As I Am: Platinum Edition
With the third version of Brantley Gilbert's "Just as I Am," he has almost doubled the average country album track listing. The definitive Platinum Edition contains 19 tracks that feature his trademark rock inflected country sound. The original 11 tracks are still intact, with the addition of the 3 songs from the original deluxe edition. Added on at the end are five new songs that largely fit well with the tone of the album. Those who originally purchased the regular edition »»»
Just As I Am CD review - Just As I Am
Brantley Gilbert's third release is a collection of songs that define who he is as an artist. There is a notable absence of wild experimentation here; these are straightforward songs from the artist who broke through with "Halfway to Heaven." The tattooed country rocker follows in the footsteps of Eric Church's recent hit, "The Outsiders," making a conscious step away from the overproduced hip hop country that artists like Florida Georgia Line are taking to the top of the charts. »»»
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: Avett Brothers come home – For the 30th anniversary of the "Traditional Plus" MerleFest music festival, there might not be a more appropriate act to anchor the opening night than the Avett Brothers. Born of a desire to bring rock 'n' roll energy to traditional music and formed by devotees to Doc Watson, The Avetts may have outgrown their acoustic roots over... »»»
Concert Review: Turnpike Troubadours leave no doubt – Turnpike Troubadours have not released an album since mid-September 2015. Don't look for any new release hitting the streets any day now either. The last time the Oklahoma-based band played Boston, they were in a pretty, 1,200-seat theatre. So, one could have been outwardly skeptical about the band when it downsized to a venue on the outskirts... »»»
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