Gretchen Wilson is red hot as “Redneck Woman” races into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. Her debut single jumps six spots to No. 8 in its seventh week of release. If it goes all the way to No. 1, it’ll be the first single by a solo female country artist to hit the top in more than two years.
However, she’s got a batch of rascally fellers to contend with. Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker’s “When the Sun Goes Down” remains at No. 1 for the fourth week — with a bullet. For the third week in a row, Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me” holds steady at No. 2 and Buddy Jewell’s “Sweet Southern Comfort” sticks at No. 3. Rascal Flatts’ “Mayberry” strolls up one spot to No. 4, followed by John Michael Montgomery’s newest priority, “Letters From Home,” at No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Sara Evans’ “Perfect,” Tracy Lawrence’s “Paint Me a Birmingham,” Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” and George Strait’s “Desperately.” David Lee Murphy returns to the Top 20 with “Loco” at No. 20. New singles include Terri Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” at No. 53 and Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” at No. 58.
On the country albums charts, Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down still shines at No. 1, followed by Keith’s Shock’n Y’all at No. 2 and Urban’s Golden Road at No. 3. Josh Turner rises a notch to No. 4, as Lawrence’s Strong drops from No. 2 to No. 5. Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II remains at No. 6, although the set with the bonus disc … And Some Other Stuff leaps from No. 29 to No. 14.
Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ, released on Nashville’s Universal South label, debuts at No. 7. The album features performances from Shooter Jennings and Jessi Colter, Elvis Presley and Ricky Skaggs. Martina McBride’s Martina, Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems and Rascal Flatts’ Melt complete the Top 10.
New titles include Johnny Cash’s My Mother’s Hymn Book at No. 28 and the self-titled debut from Blue County at No. 38. The compilation O Lord How Great Thou Art! — The Ultimate Bluegrass Gospel Collection bows at No. 7 on the bluegrass albums chart.