Clay Walker Returns to the Top 10

When it comes to country comebacks, Clay Walker is beating the odds with his first single since signing to RCA last year. “A Few Questions” cracks the Top 10 of Billboard’s country singles chart this week, arriving at No. 9 and still rising. It’s his highest chart position since “The Chain of Love” reached No. 3 in 2000 and his 13th appearance in the Top 10 since his 1993 debut single, “What’s It to You.”

Meanwhile, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett remain at No. 1 with “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” hangs at No. 2 for the fifth week, and Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin’?” holds steady at No. 3.

Tim McGraw’s “Real Good Man” and Buddy Jewell’s “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” rise to 4 and 5, respectively. Shania Twain’s “Forever and For Always,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” and Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity” dip to 6, 7 and 8, respectively. Keith Urban’s “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” rounds out the Top 10.

In its third week, Reba McEntire’s “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain” climbs to No. 30. Further down, the Warren Brothers have the highest-debuting country single of the week, landing at No. 56 with “Sell a Lot of Beer.” Other debuts include Wynonna’s “Heaven Help Me” at No. 57 and Jeff Bates’ “Rainbow Man” at No. 58.

Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff remains at No. 1 on the country albums chart. Twain’s Up! stays at No. 2, Toby Keith’s Unleashed rises to No. 3 and Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems lands at No. 4. In its second week, Dierks Bentley slips a notch to No. 5, followed by Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar, Rascal Flatts and McGraw. Sara Evans’ Restless tumbles to No. 10 from its debut at No. 3 last week.

Just outside of the Top 10, The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery debuts at No. 11. Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around jumps 12 spots to No. 15, while his former son-in-law Rodney Crowell arrives at No. 29 with Fate’s Right Hand.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.