Randy Travis is blessed with a Top 10 debut, as Worship & Faith bows at No. 9 on Billboard‘s country albums chart. It’s his third sacred album, following 2002′s Rise and Shine and 2000′s Inspirational Journey. Meanwhile, another country veteran, Dolly Parton earns a No. 23 debut with a spirited new album, For God and Country.
Comedy makes a strong showing this week as well: Bill Engvall’s Here’s Your Sign: Reloaded pops up at No. 37, and Cledus T. Judd’s The Original Dixie Hick (EP) hatches at No. 62. Meanwhile, The Best of Jeff Foxworthy: Double Wide, Single Minded is at No. 43, with Rodney Carrington’s Nut Sack at No. 72.
The week’s top five country albums remain unchanged: Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all; Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff; Martina McBride’s Martina; Keith’s Unleashed; and Shania Twain’s Up! Kenny Chesney’s All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan leaps to No. 6, just ahead of Rascal Flatts’ Melt and Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around. Behind Travis, Chesney returns with No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems at No. 10.
Keith remains at No. 1 for the third week with “I Love This Bar,” followed by Rascal Flatts’ “I Melt,” Pat Green’s “Wave on Wave,” Strait’s “Cowboys Like Us” and Keith Urban’s “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me.” Behind them, Montgomery Gentry raise hell with “Hell Yeah” at No. 6, Chris Cagle knows that “Chicks Dig It” at No. 7 and Chesney bumps up to No. 8 with “There Goes My Life.” Brooks & Dunn’s “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” jumps to No. 9, with Lonestar’s remake of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” at No. 10.
Women are making progress in the middle of the chart — Sherrié Austin’s “Streets of Heaven” at No. 18, Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face” at No. 19, Jo Dee Messina’s “I Wish” at No. 20, Terri Clark’s “I Wanna Do It All” at No. 21 and Reba McEntire’s “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain” at No. 22. (McEntire’s Room to Breathe will debut on next week’s album chart.) Further down, Sara Evans’ “Perfect” rises to No. 30, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson debuts at No. 55 with “Simple Life.”