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Hunt doubles up

Friday, August 14, 2015 – Sam Hunt scored a Billboard chart double for the week ending Aug. 22 with "Montevallo" again the top selling disc. He scored another number one with "House Party."

On the Top Country Albums chart, Hunt assumed the number one spot from Alan Jackson's "Angels And Alcohol," which fell to second. Zac Brown Band jumped from 17 to 3 with "Greatest Hits So Far...," which had been 17 last week. ZBB also was fourth with "Jekyll + Hyde." Jason Isbell was fifth with "Something More Than Free."

Chase Rice jumped from 15 to 8 with "Ignite the Night." Blake Shelton was at 14, jumping 8, with "Bringing Back the Sunshine." Big & Rich were at 19 with "Gravity" after being out of the top 25 last week.

Hunt took over the top from Luke Bryan's "Kick Up the Dust." Thomas Rhett was third with "Crash And Burn," up two. Zac Brown was fourth with "Loving You Easy," up three. Hunt was fifth as well with "Take Your Time."

Keith Urban is quickly moving up the charts with his latest, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" at seven, up four. Brett Eldredge was at 12 with "Lose My Mind," up 3. Kenny Chesney was up 4 to 18 with "Save It For a Rainy Day." Chris Young also moved up four with "I'm Comin' Over" at 19. Dan + Shay are at 24 with "Nothin' Like You," up 2. Rice closed out the top 25 with "Gonna Wanna Tonight," up 2.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent were first with "Alive! In Concert." Punch Brothers were second with "The Phosphorescent Blues." The SteelDrivers" fell from first to third with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" was fourth. Robert Earle Keen stood in fifth with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions."

On the overall Top 200, Hunt was 6th, "Jekyll + Hyde" 20th, ZBB's "Greatest Hits So Far..." 22nd, Eric Church 26th with "The Outsiders" and Little Big Town 21st with "Pain Killer." The top 200 and country albums chart utilize different criteria.

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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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