Cameron Crowe (left) and Eddie Vedder in Italy in 1993. Vedder, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard all appeared in Crowe's 1992 film Singles, set in Seattle's music scene. Pearl Jam contributed two songs, "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust," to the film's soundtrack. Courtesy of Vinyl Films hide caption

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Eric Church, whose Chief topped the Billboard 200 album chart last week and is joined in the top 10 this week by three other country albums. John Peets/Courtesy of Capitol Records hide caption

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The Record

Country's New Guard Gets Back To Basics

Chart-topping singers like Blake Shelton and Eric Church mix tradition with contemporary influences.

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