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"NOW That's What I Call Country" leads country chart

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 – Only two country discs will be in the top 20 of all music sold on Billboard's top200 chart when it is out Thursday. "NOW That's What I Call Country," a various artists package of recent hits, debuts at number 7 on the overall chart and first in country, while Sugarland's {Love on the Inside" was eighth and second respectively. Jimmy Wayne debuted at number 27 on the overall top 200 chart with "Do You Believe Me" selling 20,000 units.

Sugarland, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, George Strait and Reba McEntire are among those on the set.

CD reviews for Various Artists

Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots CD review - Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots
The first time we encountered the term 'insurgent country,' we were in the mid-90s. The roots-rock music world was quickly evolving, and a Chicago-based upstart called Bloodshot Records was putting out compilations featuring groups involving the likes of Jon Langford (and his Hillbilly Lovechild), Freakwater, Robbie Fulks, The Handsome Family and a bunch of folks who didn't become household names. Slow-forward a quarter century and roots music includes a defiantly broader »»»
Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD review - Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Dolly Parton's soundtrack to the movie "Dumplin'" includes a whole lot of Dolly music, both old and new. This movie tells character Sillowdean "Dumplin'" Dickson's story of participating in a local beauty pageant. The catch to this adaptation of Julie Murphy's young adult book is that Dickson is a weight-challenged girl and not the usually slender pageant participant. Parton's music is essential to the film because Dolly is Dickson's musical idol. »»»
Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches CD review - Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches
For more than two decades, Appleseed Recordings have been releasing politically charged, contemporary and traditionally-rooted folk music. Using those three themes to organize each disc in this three-volume set - protest folk, singer-songwriter folk and traditional folk - Appleseed provides a engrossing cross-section of their 165 releases with a treasure of unreleased recordings intermingled. Connections to country music are largely transitory: the appearance of Steve Earle with Pete Seeger »»»
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: Life's good for Carll, Moorer – Life's been pretty darn good for Hayes Carll. He released a new disc, the sturdy, "What It Is," and he remarried - to fellow singer Allison Moorer. Carll has enjoyed a two-decade long career as a plainspoken singer, some of it distinctly country, some of it more following in the footsteps of the great Texas singer/songwriters, like Ray... »»»
Concert Review: Evans brings the cheer – What's a country song without drinking? Morgan Evans seems to have gotten the missive loud and clear as a good chunk of his songs incorporate libations into the mix. And when the Australian-bred singer isn't confronting drinking, he's dealing with matters of the heart, but in keeping with the positive attitude he purveyed, love is most... »»»
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