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Hunt sets record

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Sam Hunt set a record as "Body Like a Back Road" spent the most weeks ever atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Chris Stapleton stayed first on the Top Country Albums chart with "From A Room: Volume 1" for the week ending Aug. 5.

Hunt held the top for 25 weeks, 1 ahead of Florida Georgia Line's debut single "Cruise" in 2012-13.

On the albums chart, Zac Brown Band jumped from 14 to 2 with "Welcome Home." Stapleton also was third with "Traveller." Luke Combs' "This One's For You" was fourth and Keith Urban fifth with "Ripcord."

Garth Brooks jumped from 32 to 16 with "The Ultimate Hits." Luke Bryan held the 17th spot, up 5, with "Kill the Lights. Brothers Osborne's "Pawn Shop" was up 4 to 19. Bryan also was at 22 with "Crash My Party," up 4. Dylan Scott jumped 10 to 27 with his self-titled debut. Carrie Underwood came in at 31, up 3, with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1."

Brett Young stayed second with "In Case You Didn't Know" with Scott third with "My Girl." "Craving You," the Thomas Rhett hit with Maren Morris, was fourth. "The Fighter" by Urban featuring Carrie Underwood was fifth.

Kane Brown's "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, was at 11, up 4. Lady Antebellum climbed 3 to 13 with "You Look Good." Jon Pardi also moved up 3 spots to 15 with "Heartache on the Dance Floor." Jason Aldean was at 20 with "They Don't Know," moving up 3. Combs was at 22 with "When It Rains It Pours," up 5.

Kenny Chesney stood at 24 with "All the Pretty Girls," up 4. Kid Rock debuted at 27 with "Po-Dunk." Russell Dickerson's "Yours" jumped from 39 to 33. Chris Young held the 36th spot with "Losing Sleep," up 5. Stapleton's "Broken Halos" was up 6 to 40. Jordan Davis entered the chart at 47 with "Singles You Up." High Valley debuted at 48 with "She's With Me."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary continued at the top with "American Grandstand." Alison Krauss stayed second with "Windy City." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde." Bradley Walker was fourth with "Call Me Old-fashioned" and Dailey & Vincent fifth with "Patriots And Poets."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Stapleton was first and second with "From a Room" and "Traveller" respectively. The Lumineers were third with "Cleopatra." Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit" held fourth with "The Nashville Sound" with John Mayer fifth with "The Search For Everything."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was at 23 with "From a Room." Zac Brown Band was up 73 to 25. "Traveller" was at 30. Combs was 36 and Urban 41.

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Southside CD review - Southside
There are some interesting moments on Sam Hunt's "Southside" album, but interesting doesn't always equal good. The single "Hard To Forget" samples Webb Pierce's "There Stands The Glass," one of country music's best and most enduring drinking songs. It's ironic, though, how Hunt needed to sample an old country song in order to incorporate any hint of actual country music into his album. Interesting, yes, but it may make you reach back for a »»»
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: 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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