Ralph Stanley Finally Hits the Album Chart

Now in his 56th year of performing, Ralph Stanley finally lands on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. His self-titled album debuts at No. 22. Stanley has appeared on the Billboard charts once before, as half of the Stanley Brothers, with the 1960 single “How Far to Little Rock,” which reached No. 17.

The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack — which propelled Stanley to stardom — dethrones Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems after seven straight weeks at No. 1. The soundtrack has now been charting for 80 weeks.

Alan Jackson ’s Drive stays at No. 3, Brad Paisley ’s Part II holds at No. 4, and Toby Keith ’s Pull My Chain climbs two spots to No. 5.

Filling out the Top 10 are Brooks & Dunn ’s Steers & Stripes, Martina McBride ’s Greatest Hits, Tim McGraw ’s Greatest Hits and his Set This Circus Down, and Rascal Flatts .

Also debuting this week is Sawyer Brown ’s Can You Hear Me Now at No. 39 and Inside Traxx, a NASCAR-themed album by various artists, at No. 48.

George Strait ’s “Living and Living Well” repeats for a second week atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart but faces plenty of competition. Top 10 singles still climbing are Lonestar ’s “Not a Day Goes By” at No. 3, Gary Allan ’s “The One” at No. 5, Chesney’s “The Good Stuff” at No. 6, Brooks & Dunn’s “My Heart Is Lost to You” at No. 7, and Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” at No. 8. The Dixie Chicks ’ “Long Time Gone” rises to No. 15 in its fourth week of release.

Singles debuting this week are Rascal Flatts’ “These Days” at No. 48, Jackson’s “Work in Progress” at No. 52, Emerson Drive’s “Fall into Me” at No. 56, and Chesney’s “A Lot of Things Different” at No. 59.