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B&D, Combs lead Billboard

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Brooks & Dunn debuted in first with "Reboot" on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending April 20. The disc pairs the duo on collaborations with other country artists. Luke Combs topped the Hot Country Songs chart with "Beautiful Crazy" sitting at the top for the eighth week.

Combs was second on the albums chart with "This One's For You." George Strait held third with "Honky Tonk Time Machine." Reba McEntire debuted in fourth with "Stranger Than the Truth," and Dan + Shay was fifth with their self-titled release.

Brett Young went from 17 to 11 with his self-titled first album. Sam Hunt's "Montevallo" went from 29 to 23 in its 217th week on the chart.

Brooks & Dunn's "The Greatest Hits Collection" moved from 36 to 24. Eric Church was up 10 to 30 with "Desperate Man."

On the songs chart, "Tequila" from Dan + Shay" and "Here Tonight" from Young stayed second and third. Thomas Rhett jumped nine to fourth with "Look What God Gave Her." Blake Shelton remained fifth with "God's Country."

Old Dominion checked in at nine with "Make It Sweet," up three. Lee Brice was 13th with "Rumor," up 4. "Love Ain't" from Eli Young Band stood at 17, up 3. Luke Bryan climbed 5 to 20th with "Knockin' Boots" in its second week out. Church was 25th with "Some Of It," up 3.

Maren Morris was at 27 with "The Bones," up 3. Little Big Town debuted at 29 with "The Daughters." Brooks & Dunn entered at 30 with "Neon Moon" with Kacey Musgraves. Keith Urban debuted at 38 with "Burden."

Justin Moore was 44th with "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home," up 3. Morgan Wallen debuted at 46 with his cover of Jason Isbell's "Cover Me Up."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, The Infamous Stringdusters debuted in first with "Rise Sun." Steve Curtis Chapman was second with "Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows." Mandolin Orange was third with "Tides of a Teardrop." Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were fourth with "If You Can't Stand the Heat" and Tim O'Brien fifth with a self-titled disc.

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Chris Stapleton was first with "Traveller." Musgrave was second with "Golden Hour," Hozier third with "Wasteland, Baby!," Stapleton fourth with "From A Room: Volume 2" and Hozier fifth with his self-titled release.

On the Billboard top 200, Brooks & Dunn were eighth. Combs was 11th, Strait 20th, McEntire 22nd and Dan + Shay 24th.

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Reboot CD review - Reboot
Brooks and Dunn return with the duo's first studio album in a dozen years. Sort of. That's because they revisit a dozen of their hits (leaving a bunch behind) with contemporary country singers. "Reboot" is a cross between a tribute album and a redo, and overwhelmingly, the idea works. The general idea is that the guest artist will trade lines with Brooks or Dunn. One could surmise that Brooks & Dunn did this kind of album to introduce these chestnuts in an attempt to expand their fan base. »»»
#1s ... and then some CD review - #1s ... and then some
Brooks & Dunn are the most popular duo in country history racking up lots of hits and awards, but they amicably called it a career with plans to go their separate ways after a farewell 2010 tour. This two-CD set contains 30 songs, but aside from 2 new songs, there's not much reason to buy this set. The quality certainly is there as 20 of the songs reached the top of the chart. The new songs - both were released as singles - were Honky Tonk Stomp, featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Indian Summer. »»»
Cowboy Town CD review - Cowboy Town
If your idea of a cowboy is Cowboy Troy and the guys from Big & Rich, then sure, this new Brooks & Dunn album is named appropriately. For it's the city-bred hat crowd that the majority of these songs are aimed at or at least the women that married them. Their last couple of albums saw them gain some critical acclaim with songs like the stirring "Believe," but there's nothing that immediately memorable here. Instead, we get the fuzzy current events theology of, "God Must Be »»»
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 Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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