Flatlanders Get a Little Chart Action

Texas Supergroup Spins Wheels of Fortune -- and Wins

As Nashville music executives anxiously await the first-week sales and chart reports for Kenny Chesney’s just-released When the Sun Goes Down, a fiftysomething trio from Texas landed their second title on the country albums chart.

The Flatlanders’ Wheels of Fortune enters Billboards Top Country Albums list at No. 35 as the only new CD to debut on the country charts this week. After recording their first demos in 1972, the trio of Joe Ely, Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock reunited in 2002 and received widespread media acclaim with their album, Now Again. Wheels of Fortune was recorded at Ely’s home studio in Austin, Texas.

Meanwhile on the country singles front, Brooks & Dunn have hit the airwaves early to debut at No. 50 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks with “That’s What She Gets for Loving Me.” Expect to hear the song more frequently after Monday (Feb. 9) — the date Arista Nashville officially starts seeking radio airplay for the latest track from the duo’s platinum Red Dirt Road album. Ronnie Dunn co-wrote the song with Terry McBride of McBride & the Ride. It should be duly noted that newcomer Amy Dalley is right behind Brooks & Dunn on the chart after her single, “Men Don’t Change,” debuted at No. 51.

Look for Chesney to explode on next week’s album charts. First-day sales of his new album totaled 163,000 when it hit the shelves Feb. 2.

But this week’s Billboard Top Country Albums chart shows the uppermost titles remaining unchanged — Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all at No. 1 followed by Alan Jackson’s single CD Greatest Hits Volume II and his two-disc Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff and Josh Turner’s Long Black Train. Martina McBride’s Martina makes a sizable leap, moving up three spaces to No. 5. Keith’s previous album, Unleashed, stays at No. 6. Shania Twain’s Up! falls two notches to No. 7, Keith Urban’s Golden Road takes a four-slot jump to No. 8 and Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems stays at No. 9 after 93 weeks on the chart. Dixie Chicks’ Top of the World Tour Live falls three tiers to No. 10.

On the country singles chart, Alan Jackson’s “Remember When” spends a second week at No. 1. Keith’s “American Soldier” moves up one notch to No. 2, and Chesney’s “There Goes My Life” slips slightly to No. 3. Moving up one notch each to the fourth, fifth and sixth positions are Tim McGraw’s “Watch the Wind Blow By,” Terri Clark’s “I Wanna Do It All” and Brad Paisley’s “Little Moments.” Brooks & Dunn’s previous single, “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl,” takes a three number plunge to land at No. 7 after almost six months on the chart. Upward momentum was reported for McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (No. 8), Trace Adkins’ “Hot Mama” (No. 9) and Jimmy Wayne’s “I Love You This Much” (No. 10).

In addition to the new singles from Brooks & Dunn and Dalley, Scotty Emerick debuts at No. 57 with “The Coast Is Clear.” The Mavericks arrive at No. 59 with a remake of the Hollies’ 1974 pop hit, “Air That I Breathe.”

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.