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Urban, Hunt lead chart

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Keith Urban reclaimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart with "Ripcord" for the week ending April 8. The disc was fourth last week. Sam Hunt was first on the Hot Country Songs chart again with "Body Like a Back Road."

Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with "Traveller," switching spots with Little Big Town's "The Breaker." Florida Georgia Line was at four with "Dig Your Roots," one ahead of Brett Young's self-titled debut, up four. Luke Bryan was up 5 to 10 with "Kill the Lights." Last week's chart topper, "Deep South," from Josh Turner, fell to 11th.

Maren Morris jumped from 28 to 17 with "Hero." Eric Church was up 3 to 18 with "Mr. Misunderstood." Bryan's "Crash My Party" was up 4 to 20. Florida Georgia Line moved from 30 to 21 with "Here's To the Good Times."

Jon Pardi again was second on the songs chart with "Dirt On My Boots." Young climbed from seven to three with "In Case You Didn't Know." Luke Combs was fourth with "Hurricane," up two. Bryan held fifth with "Fast."

Kelsea Ballerini stood at 24 with "The First Time," up 3. Carrie Underwood moved 3 spots to 28wth with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Combs' "This One's For You" EP was at 29 up 5. Old Dominion's "Meat And Candy" was up 3 to 30.

Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits" was up 5 to 32. Tim McGraw's "Number One Hits' moved up 5 to 33. Florida Georgia Line also was at 36 with "Anything Goes," up 3. Church's "Chief was at 37, up 5, while his disc "The Outsiders" was at 38, up 9. Dan + Shay were 40th with "Obsessed," up 5. Brothers Osborne jumped 9 to 41 with "Pawn Shop." Brantley Gilbert was 1 back at 42 with "Just As I Am," up 6. Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde" was up 5 to 44.

Keith Urban's "The Fighter," featuring Carrie Underwood jumped from 13 to 8. Cole Swindell was at 27 with "Flatliner," up 3. Blake Shelton almost moved up 3, to 30, with "Every Time I Hear That Song." Midland was a big mover as "Drinkin' Problem" shot up 11 to 21.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's new single, "Speak to a Girl" debuted at 33. Brett Eldredge was 38th with "Somethin' I'm Good At,' up 3. Kip Moore's "More Girls Like You" was at 43, moving up 3. Brad Paisley debuted at 47 with "Heaven South," Easton Corbin 48th with "A Girl Like You" and Morris 50th with "I Could Use a Love Song."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alison Krauss again was first with "Windy City." Bradley Walker was second with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives" were third with "Way Out West," one ahead of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." "Best of Old Crow Medicine Show" was again fifth. Breaking Grass debuted in seventh with "Warning Signs."

Stapleton topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart. Tedeschi Trucks Band debuted in second with "Live from the Fox Oakland." Gary Clark Jr. debuted in third with "Live/North America 2016." Krauss was fourth and The Lumineers fifth with "Cleopatra."

On the overall top 200, Urban was 35th, Stapleton 38th, Little Big Town 40th, Florida Georgia Line 42nd with "Dig Your Roots" and Young 54th.

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Graffiti U CD review - Graffiti U
It's telling how two songs on Keith Urban's "Graffiti U" album chug along to a reggae beat because pop rhythms and non-country elements are the obvious inspirations for this collection. Opener "Coming Home" may borrow (steal?) a guitar riff from Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," but this is where that country road begins and ends. Urban follows "Coming Home" with "Never Comin' Down," which is introduced with a funky bass line »»»
Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
Fuse CD review - Fuse
Keith Urban will keep his superstar status intact with the lengthy "Fuse." The upbeat, commercial- and fan-friendly music and singing from Urban will ensure that. This is pretty much vintage Urban. That means Urban's not very high on the country quotient. What sounds like a guitar on the rocking Good Thing and the somewhat swampy Red Camaro, for example, is Mike Elizondo's programming. Yes, there's gango (six-stringed banjo with guitar neck) sprinkled in many songs, but »»»
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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