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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 17, 2008

A chart with a lot of Hart.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 18, 2008…

Debuts:
40. THE B-52’s, “Funplex”
39. IDINA MENZEL, “Brave”
28. R.E.M., “Supernatural Superserious”

Biggest Mover(s):
GOLDFRAPP, “A&E” (up 36-27, nine spots)

10. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (down 3)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (steady, up 4)
Album: Spirit (2008, Syco/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for fourteen weeks

08. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements” (up 1)
Album: 19 (2008, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (up 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (down 2)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (up 1)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (up 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (steady, third week)
Album: Taylor Swift (2006, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (steady, second week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (steady, second week)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 29, 2007

A chart with a lot of Hart.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 29, 2007…

Debuts:
39. MUTEMATH, “Typical”
37. JAMES BLUNT, “1973”

Biggest Movers:
SARA BAREILLES, “Love Song” (33-24, eleven spots)

10. CROWDED HOUSE, “Don’t Stop Now” (up 2)
Album: Time On Earth (2007, Capitol Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

09. BRANDI CARLILE, “The Story” (down 3)
Album: The Story (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

08. JAMES MORRISON, “Wonderful World” (down 1)
Album: Undiscovered (2007, Polydor/Interscope Records)
Peak: #7

07. DARREN HAYES, “On The Verge Of Something Wonderful” (up 2)
Album: This Delicate Thing We’ve Made (2007, Powdered Sugar Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (up 2)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Everything” (steady, second week)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. AMY WINEHOUSE, “Rehab” (steady, second week)
Album: Back To Black (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. LIFEHOUSE, “First Time” (down 1)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2

02. ROZ BELL, “Yesterday Man” (up 1)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (steady, second week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 27, 2008

Simply the

“Home” is where the chart is.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 27, 2008…

Debuts:
39. ROONEY, “I Should’ve Been After You”
38. JOSH KELLEY, “Unfair”
36. FIVE TIMES AUGUST, “The Good Life”

Biggest Mover:
DARREN HAYES, “Casey” (20-15, five spots)

10. DURAN DURAN, “Falling Down” (down 2)
Album: Red Carpet Massacre (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

09. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Lost” (up 2)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, Reprise Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (up 2)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (steady, second week)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

06. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (steady, second week)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (steady, second week)
Album: Taylor Swift (2006, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (down 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (up 1)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (steady, third week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 22, 2007

Roaming in the chart "World".

Roaming in the chart “World”.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 22, 2007…

Debuts:
39. SILVERCHAIR, “Straight Lines”
36. DAUGHTRY, “Over You”
17. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come”

Biggest Mover(s):
MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (22-14, eight spots)

10. DBCLIFFORD, “Don’t Wanna” (down 3)
Album: Recyclable (2007, Sony BMG Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

09. DARREN HAYES, “On The Verge Of Something Wonderful” (up 3)
Album: This Delicate Thing We’ve Made (2007, Powdered Sugar Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

08. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (up 3)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

07. JAMES MORRISON, “Wonderful World” (up 1)
Album: Undiscovered (2007, Polydor/Interscope Records)
Peak: #7

06. BRANDI CARLILE, “The Story” (down 2)
Album: The Story (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Everything” (down 3)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. AMY WINEHOUSE, “Rehab” (down 3)
Album: Back To Black (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. ROZ BELL, “Yesterday Man” (steady, second week)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

02. LIFEHOUSE, “First Time” (up 3)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2

01. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (up 5)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 6, 2008

"Eyes" on 2008.

“Eyes” on 2008.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 6, 2008…

Debuts:
40. PADDY CASEY, “Fear”
31. MADONNA featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “4 Minutes”

Biggest Mover(s):
GAVIN DEGRAW, “In Love With A Girl” (28-24)
FERRAS, “Hollywood’s Not America” (16-12)
THE BRAVERY, “Believe” (9-5, four spots)

(If you’re wondering if a move of four notches is the smallest jump to ever earn a Biggest Mover title, it likely is. Pretty slow!)

10. THE LAST GOODNIGHT, “Stay Beautiful” (steady, second week)
Album: Poison Kiss (2007, Virgin Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

09. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (down 3)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

08. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (down 3)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

07. JACK JOHNSON, “If I Had Eyes” (up 1)
Album: Sleep Through The Static (2008, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements” (up 1)
Album: 19 (2008, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. THE BRAVERY, “Believe” (up 4)
Album: The Sun And The Moon (2007, Island Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (down 1)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “These Hard Times” (down 1)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. R.E.M., “Supernatural Superserious” (up 2)
Album: Accelerate (2008, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Spirit (2008, Syco/J Records)
Peak: #1 for fourteen weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 20, 2008

Simply the "Best".

Simply the “Best”.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 20, 2008…

Debuts:
40. NADA SURF, “Whose Authority”

Biggest Mover(s):
ADELE, “Chasing Pavements” (26-16, ten spots)

10. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (up 3)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

09. ROZ BELL, “Papercut” (down 3)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

08. DURAN DURAN, “Falling Down” (down 3)
Album: Red Carpet Massacre (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

07. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (up 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

06. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (up 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (up 4)
Album: Taylor Swift (2006, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (down 1)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (up 1)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (steady, second week)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (steady, second week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 16, 2007

"Eyes" on the prize.

“Eyes” on the prize.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the final year of high school and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2007…

Debuts:
39. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize”
38. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, “Radio Nowhere”

Biggest Mover(s):
ROZ BELL, “Papercut” (37-31)
FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “I Just Love You” (36-30, 6 spots)

10. LIFEHOUSE, “First Time” (down 1)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2

09. SARA BAREILLES, “Love Song” (down 1)
Album: Little Voice (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. ROZ BELL, “Yesterday Man” (down 2)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

07. MAROON 5, “Wake Up Call” (up 3)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #3

06. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (up 1)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. DARREN HAYES, “On The Verge Of Something Wonderful” (down 2)
Album: This Delicate Thing We’ve Made (2007, Powdered Sugar Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come” (up 1)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

03. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (up 1)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (down 1)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

01. PAT MONAHAN, “Her Eyes” (up 1)
Album: Last Of Seven (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 10, 2008

"Lost" in the music of 2008.

“Lost” in the music of 2008.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to early February in my last year of high school and revisit the top songs from this GRAMMY week in 2008…

Debuts:
39. PANIC AT THE DISCO, “Nine In The Afternoon”
38. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Wow”
36. GOLDFRAPP, “A&E”

Biggest Mover(s):
LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (27-13, fourteen spots)

10. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Lost” (down 1)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

09. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements” (up 1)
Album: 19 (2008, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (down 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (down 2)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (up 2)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

05. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (up 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

04. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (steady, second week)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (steady, second week)
Album: Taylor Swift (2006, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (down 1)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (up 1)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 7, 2007

They're bubbly, to be Blunt.

They’re bubbly, to be Blunt.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Let’s take a trip back to fourth and final year of high school and revisit the top songs from this week in 2007…

Debuts:
40. DARREN HAYES, “Me, Myself And (I)”
37. TAKE THAT, “Rule The World”

Biggest Mover(s):
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS, “She’s So Lovely” (35-30)
KALAN PORTER, “Down In Heaven” (22-17, 5 spots)

10. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Inconsolable” (steady, second week)
Album: Unbreakable (2007, Jive/Zomba)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Bubbly” (up 2)
Album: Coco (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for four weeks

08. JAMES BLUNT, “1973” (steady, second week)
Album: All The Lost Souls (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8 for four weeks

07. MAROON 5, “Wake Up Call” (down 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #3

06. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (down 3)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (steady, third week)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (down 2)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

03. SILVERCHAIR, “Straight Lines” (up 4)
Album: Young Modern (2007, Eleven: A Music Company/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come” (up 2)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. PAT MONAHAN, “Her Eyes” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Last Of Seven (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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Change Of Hart: “Give” Some Love To Emerson Hart’s Latest

If you could only see him now...

If only you could see him now…

44-year-old singer/songwriter Emerson Hart, originally from Washington, PA, has been through a lot in his 15+ years in the music industry, from Tonic‘s mainstream success with 1997’s “If You Could Only See” and album Lemon Parade to co-writing the theme to NBC’s American Dreams and creating his own album just a few years ago. However, it’s been a while since anything new from him or his band has popped up on my radar, and considering his past history on my top 40 chart, his return has been highly anticipated for the last four years or so. I know I’m not the only one who feels that way.

Hart’s first solo album, Cigarettes and Gasoline, was issued on Manhattan Records back in the summer of 2007. It was huge for me during my senior year of high school. The album placed two consecutive #1 singles on my chart: “If You’re Gonna Leave” (eight weeks) and “I Wish The Best For You” (four weeks, 2008.) “Leave” would also rank as the #1 song on my Top 100 of 2007, while “Wish” ended up in 5th for 2008. It was the start of a huge success story for the singer on my survey, though radio wasn’t playing as nicely; “Leave” peaked at #19 on Hot AC radio, while “Wish” stalled out in the 20’s.

In 2010, a reformed Tonic issued a self-titled album on 429 Records; lead single “Release Me” (with that kind of title, it was bound to be released) rose to #7 on my top 40 in the summer of that year, while it received minimal Hot AC airplay once again. No other singles were serviced, and at the point, Hart and the band disappeared from the charts. They still played live, but I was always curious about when a new band or solo single would see the light of day. Well, it’s finally here.

“The Best That I Can Give” leads off Hart’s second solo album, Beauty In Disrepair, and goes to the Hot AC airwaves on February 3 via his new label BMG. During a premiere with USA Today last week, Hart stated the song was inspired by a relationship with his now wife that almost turned sour given his past baggage going into it. He says, “That was the song I wrote when I almost blew it — but I didn’t.” Luckily enough, he didn’t blow the song either; it’s a fantastic and sincere tune.

Co-written by David Hodges, “Best” sees Hart embrace a pop-driven sound with a hint of rock, similar to the direction of his last album. The performer sings, “Back when we started before the storm came/I gave you sometimes, you needed always/Thought we were fine, but you saw it first/Now, I can give you the life you deserve.” It’s pretty touching and it certainly means a lot to him personally. At the same time, it’s also pleasant melodically and will likely pick up a lot of support from his and his band’s base. Plus, it may be just worthy enough for a debut on my personal chart this weekend.

Be on the lookout for Beauty In Disrepair later this Spring (a date has yet to be announced.) Meanwhile, Hart’s current solo tour continues through mid-February before a string of date with Tonic from later that month into March. Also, you’ll find my latest top 40 listing up on Sunday morning where you can see if “The Best That I Can Give” gives the chart life with its entrance. I think that would be “best”, wouldn’t you? Emerson Hart has still got it — welcome back, sir.

(Listen to “The Best That I Can Give” on SoundCloud)

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