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Blackberry Smoke, Hunt lead Billboard

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Blackberry Smoke scored its first number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums with "Holding All the Roses" for the week ending Feb. 28. Blackberry Smoke knocked out Sam Hunt, who fell to second with "Montevallo." But it was not all bad for Hunt as he was first on the Hot Country Songs chart again with "Take Your Time."

On the albums chart, Jason Aldean was third with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Anything Goes." Miranda Lambert was fifth with "Platinum." Robert Earl Keen debuted in 10th with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," his first ever bluegrass album.

Tim McGraw was up 4 to 17 with "Sundown Heaven Town." Brandy Clark was at 24 with "12 Stories," up 5. She performed at the Grammys, usually a boost for sales.

Thomas Rhett was second on the songs chart, up two, with "Make Me Wanna." Luke Bryan was third with "I See You." Florida Georgia Line's "Sun Daze" was fourth, and Blake Shelton stayed fifth with "Lonely Tonight" where he gets a little help from Ashley Monroe.

Brett Eldredge moved four spots to sixth with "Mean To Me." Randy Houser broke into the top 10 with "Like a Cowboy" in ninth, up two. Cole Swindell rounded out the top 10 with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey," up 2.

Miranda Lambert jumped 10 to 14 with "Little Red Wagon," the song she sang at the Grammys.

A Thousand Horses scored its first top 25 with "Smoke" at 22, up 4. Eric Paslay made it into the top 25 - at 25 - with "She Don't Love You," up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Keen debuted in first. "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" was second. Punch Brothers was third with " The Phosphorescent Blues." A compilation disc, "Bluegrass Gospel," was fourth with The Earls of Leicester self-titled debut fifth.

On the overall top 200, Hunt was 18th, Blackberry Smoke 29th, Aldean 30th, Carrie Underwood 35th with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" and Bryan 37th with "Crash My Party." The top 200 order is different than the Top Country Albums chart because of differing methodology.

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The Southern Ground Sessions CD review - The Southern Ground Sessions
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Find a Light CD review - Find a Light
Blackberry Smoke will never fit the mold of a mainstream country act the way, say, Midland has done. They love to rock way too much to ever tamp it down permanently. And the aptly named "The Crooked Kind" follows a rollicking, rock & roll path that feels like just the right road. With that said, though, there are moments during "Find A Light" where Blackberry Smoke softens the sonic nicely and naturally. "Medicate My Mind," for instance, rocks to a likeable, gentle groove. »»»
Like An Arrow CD review - Like An Arrow
Blackberry Smoke may never fit into any country music traditionalist's definition of true country music. The guitars are too loud and the there's far more boogie than twang in the act's sound. Nevertheless, this act fits squarely into the description of fine Southern rock. "Like an Arrow" hits all the right stylistic marks. "The Good Life," for instance, doesn't align itself with many of the usual sonic elements of a country song, but its lyric - all about »»»
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: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable – If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
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