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Rhett debuts in first

Thursday, June 13, 2019 – Thomas Rhett debuted in first on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums chart for the week ending June 15 with "Center Point Road." Blake Shelton was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "God's Country."

On the albums chart, Luke Combs was second with "This One's For You," Dan + Shay third with their self-titled release, Morgan Wallen fourth with "If I Know Me" and Kane Brown fifth with "Experiment."

Kelsea Ballerini was at 19, up 3, with "Unapologetically." Rhett was up 5 to 21 with "Tangled Up." Brett Young's "Ticket to L.A." was at 29, up 3. "Telling All My Secrets" from Mitchell Tenpenny climbed 6 to 31. Luke Bryan held the 41st spot with "What Makes You Country," up 3.

On the songs chart, Wallen was second with "Whiskey Glasses," Rhett third with "Look What God Gave Her," up three, Lee Brice fourth with "Rumor" and Combs fifth with "Beer Never Broke My Heart."

Dan + Shay were 12th with "All to Myself," up 3. Cody Johnson also was up three to 13 with "On My Way to You." John Rich's single "Shut Up About Politics," jumped 24 to 17. The song features The Five. Rhett debuted at 21 with "Notice." Carrie Underwood's new single, "Southbound," moved up from 35 to 32. Blanco Brown debuted at 38 with "The Git Up," one ahead of Rhett's "Blessed," also making its debut.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steven Curtis Chapman was first with "Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows." Mandolin Orange was second with "Tides of a Teardrop." The "Bluegrass Gospel" compilation disc was third, Steep Canyon Rangers' "Out in the Open" fourth and Tim O'Brien Band's self-titled release was fifth.

Chris Thompson led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Traveller." Kacey Musgraves was second with "Golden Hour," The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band third with "The Traveler," Hozier fourth with "Wasteland, Baby!" and "Simon And Garfunkel's "Greatest Hits" fifth.

On the overall top 200, Combs was 12th, Dan + Shay 29th, Wallen 41st and Brown 57th.

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Center Point Road CD review - Center Point Road
Thomas Rhett represents a dilemma for traditional country music fans. Namely, that he doesn't create much country music that appeals to traditional tastes. Although "Center Point Road" doesn't entirely reverse that trend, even during its most overtly pop moments, this new collection of songs is still a pretty good one. The best song is also a love song - to a truck - titled "That Old Truck." It's the kind of song that only makes sense within country music circles. »»»
Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
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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