Brantley Gilbert lowered his tailgate at #1 with his tailgate romance "Bottoms Up."
Dierks Bentley's new album enters the charts at #1.
Frankie Ballard falls... and gets back up.
Read all about it in this week's country music charts.
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Cole Swindell topped the country charts this week with "Chillin' It."
(The song is about relaxing, not the recommended preparation before serving a bottle of white wine.)
Swindell, the studio-crafted love child of Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, dropped his debut album last week.
It's sure to make headway in the country album charts.
For now, check out how he fared against heavy hitters like Blake Shelton and Brantley Gilbert on the latest country charts.
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Depending on the listener, "Stand by Your Man" is either a heartfelt song about staying the course -- or an ugly holdover from an era when women were encourage to suffer their marriages quietly. were encouraged to suffer quietly through broken marriages.
But here's what we can all agree on: Candi Staton's 1970 cover version takes the song to a funky new level.
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Rosanne Cash's "The Long Way Home" is served two ways in Oxford American's Southern Music issue.
It's the title for the superb essay the singer wrote for the magazine. And it's also the song featured on the issue's compilation of Tennessee tunes.
Both travel the same autobiographical territory.
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As the eastern seaboard gets pummeled by blizzard-esque conditions, gather 'round this Zac Brown slow-burner.
It's about a trucker and his lady, separated by distance and that white stuff that falls from the sky.
Spotlight: Luke Bryan. Tonight the country singer launches his "That's My Kind of Night" tour.
The party begins at Columbus, Ohio -- and doesn't stop until the keg's empty or, as his contract states, on Oct. 25 when Bryan bows out at the Hollywood Bowl.
Don't let the white line fever get to you.
Bill Monroe claims popular ownership of this classic bluegrass song. But its origins go deep and wide. In fact, a continent away.
The tune derives from the 1890 English tune by Harry Wright -- featuring such Anglophone lyrics as "I saw her little footprint just outside the cottage door, I traced it down a country lane, I traced it to the moor."
Half a century later, in 1931, it was recorded and released by stateside outfit Ernest Branch & the West Virginia in Ramblers.
Monroe's version was released in 1945, and again in 1952. It continues to be one of the bluegrass virtuoso's most enduring songs.
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Celebrate the New Year, South Texas style, with this country yarn from Lone Star troubadour Charlie Robison.
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With out a doubt, 2013 has been the year of Taylor Swift. Whether you like it or not.
Swift has conquered the charts.
Taken home the awards.
And with her new album Red, made an artistic leap that may move her out of the the landscape of country music entirely.
That may be good news for those of you who continue to insist that Taylor Swift is not country.You're right. And you're wrong.
Come to think of it, I've written an article of the subject. Check it out.
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Brad Paisley gives the Navity a new spin in "Born on Christmas Day."
The Christmas song features a duet between Paisley and his 13-year-old self. Which means that, yes, Paisley wrote this song when he was 13.
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