It’s Cross Canadian Ragweed Season

Oklahoma Band Serves Up Top 10 Debut With Soul Gravy

After building a grassroots following through touring and five previous albums, Cross Canadian Ragweed attain major league chart success with Soul Gravy. The Oklahoma band’s second project for a major label debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Before releasing a self-titled album on Universal South Records in 2002, Cross Canadian Ragweed recorded found regional success with four self-released CDs. A limited edition version of Soul Gravy — featuring a concert DVD — will be on sale for a brief time. The band recently completed work on a new video, “Sick and Tired,” featuring a guest appearance by Lee Ann Womack.

Also on the country albums chart, Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down and Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all spend another week in the top two positions, respectively. Moving up one slot each to third and fourth place, respectively, are Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II and Josh Turner’s Long Black Train. Keith Urban’s Golden Road stays at No. 6 — just behind Cross Canadian Ragweed. In its second week of release, Clint Black’s Spend My Time moves from No. 3 to No. 7. Martina McBride’s Martina slips a notch to No. 8, with Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems climbing one position to No. 9. Gary Allan spends a second week rounding out the Top 10 with See If I Care.

Other new country albums debuting this week include BR549’s Tangled in the Pines (No. 58), newcomer James Otto’s Days of Our Lives (No. 61) and
Old Crow Medicine Show’s O.C.M.S. (No. 72).

On the country singles chart, top spots are still held by Tim McGraw’s “Watch the Wind Blow By” followed by Keith’s “American Soldier” and Brad Paisley’s “Little Moments.”
Chesney and Uncle Kracker enjoy a five-position climb to No. 4 with “When the Sun Goes Down.” Sara Evans’ “Perfect” rises to No. 5, Trace Adkins’ “Hot Mama” cools down slightly to No. 6 and Buddy Jewell’s “Sweet Southern Comfort” moves up three spaces to No. 7. Jackson’s “Remember When” dips to No. 8, and Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me” moves back to No. 9 after spending a week at No. 11. McBride rounds out the Top 10 with “In My Daughter’s Eyes.”

The Jenkins — the family trio from California — have the week’s highest-debuting single with “Blame It on Mama.” Entering the chart at No. 52, let’s hope the vocal group’s introductory track doesn’t prove to be prophetic. Tracy Byrd arrives at No. 54 with “How’d I Wind Up in Jamaica.” Pinmonkey debuts at No. 57 with “Let’s Kill Saturday Night,” a Robbie Fulks song serving as the first single from the band’s upcoming album. And while Joe Nichols’ record label isn’t officially seeking airplay until next week for “If Nobody Believed in You,” the first track from his upcoming album sneaks onto the chart at No. 60.

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