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Bryan, Hunt again top charts

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Luke Bryan is number one again on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 14 with "I See You." Sam Hunt also is first again on the Top Country Albums chart with "Montevallo."

On the albums chart, Jason Aldean remained second with "Old Boots, New Dirt," Carrie Underwood third with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" and Blake Shelton fourth with "Bringing Back the Sunshine." Florida Georgia Line was fifth with "Anything Goes."

Miranda Lambert went from 13 to 10 with "Platinum." Brantley Gilbert jumped from 18 to 12 with "Just As I Am." Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance" was up 5 to 15. "A Compilation album, "21 Country Hits" was at 20, up 15. Ray Price's "Beauty Is...: The Final Sessions" was at 22nd, after not being on the chart last week.

On the songs chart, Eric Church was second, up one, with "Talladega." Florida Georgia Line's "Sun Daze" also climbed one to third. Blake Shelton's "Lonely Tonight," featuring Ashley Monroe, was up one to fourth, and Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" at five, also inching up one.

Cole Swindell stood at 12th, up 3 with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." Zac Brown Band moved 4 spots to 14 with "Homegrown." New band A Thousand Horses entered the top 25, at 24, with "Smoke," up 2.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Punch Brothers debuted in first with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Ralph Stanley & Friends were second with "Man of Constant Sorrow" after leading it last week. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's self-titled disc was third. Nickel Creek was fourth with "A Dotted Line." Jim White vs The Packway Handle Band debuted in fifth with "Take It Like a Man."

On the overall top 200 chart, Hunt was 16th, Underwood 24th, Shelton 32nd, Aldean 34th and Florida Georgia Line 40th. Punch Brothers were 37th.

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Montevallo CD review - Montevallo
It's no secret that the genre of country music has been growing and expanding in definition over the past several years, from the bombastic arena rocking fury of early Garth Brooks to more recent days and acts like Florida Georgia Line, further blurring the lines of country and other genres. Finding traditional country themes and vibes to merge along the rivers of hip-hop, R&B and pop, the picking is ripe for rising artists like Sam Hunt and his debut recording, "Montevallo. »»»
X2C CD review - X2C
Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»
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: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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