Brad Cotter and Jeff Foxworthy, two native Southerners who each took a roundabout path to country stardom, find their new albums near the top of the Billboard country chart this week.
Cotter, the Alabama singer who was the winner in the second season of Nashville Star, arrives at No. 4 with Patient Man. Foxworthy, the Georgia-born comedian who made rednecks proud a decade before Gretchen Wilson came along, bows at No. 7 with Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered.
Still, Wilson continues to dominate the sales chart as her debut album, Here For the Party, remains at No. 1 for the ninth consecutive week. Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, Cotter and Brad Paisley follow her in the Top 5. Toby Keith holds steady at No. 6, just ahead of Foxworthy and Keith Urban. In its second week of release, Joe Nichols’ Revelation slips from No. 3 to No. 9, while Josh Gracin rounds out the Top 10. Meanwhile, Emerson Drive fall to No. 34 following a No. 12 debut last week.
On Billboard‘s country singles chart, Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” sticks to its No. 1 position, with Chesney keeping the No. 2 position. However, Reba McEntire’s “Somebody” leaps from No. 7 to No. 3. If she reaches the top spot, it’ll be her first No. 1 since “If You See Him/If You See Her,” a 1998 collaboration with Brooks & Dunn. It will also be the 22nd time she’s scored a No. 1 hit. But she faces contenders like Paisley and Alison Krauss’ “Whiskey Lullaby” at No. 4 and Billy Currington’s “I Got a Feelin’” at No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 are Keith’s “Whiskey Girl,” Montgomery Gentry’s “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” David Lee Murphy’s “Loco,” Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” and Jimmy Buffett’s all-star single, “Hey Good Lookin’.”
At No. 46, Lonestar’s “Mr. Mom” makes the week’s highest chart entry — just ahead of the Notorious Cherry Bombs’ “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long,” a collaboration of longtime buddies Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, producer Tony Brown and a batch of studio musicians. Their album is due July 27.
Sugarland, a rising band based in Atlanta, make their first chart appearance ever at No. 56 with “Baby Girl.” Other chart debuts this week include Montgomery Gentry’s “You Do Your Thing” at No. 57 and Restless Heart’s “Feel My Way to You” at No. 58. Comprised of former studio musicians, Restless Heart scored a string of 13 Top 10 hits from 1985 to 1990.