Rascal Flatts Take “Broken Road” to No. 1

Chesney, Rimes, Murray, Larsen Debut With New Albums

Although the song is about the winding path leading to love, it’s been an easy trip to No. 1 for Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road.” Co-written by Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and Marcus Hummon (who recorded it on his 1995 debut album), the single reaches No. 1 on the Billboard country chart this week. Rascal Flatts have visited the top spot twice before with “These Days” and “Mayberry.”

Brad Paisley slips back one spot to No. 2 with “Mud on the Tires,” trailed by Keith Urban’s “You’re My Better Half” at No. 3 and Gretchen Wilson’s “When I Think About Cheatin'” at No. 4. LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ ’Bout Love Makes Sense” climbs to No. 5, marking her highest chart appearance since 1998’s “Commitment.”

Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church” rises to No. 6, just ahead of Josh Gracin’s “Nothin’ to Lose,” Darryl Worley’s “Awful, Beautiful Life,” Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach” and Reba McEntire’s “He Gets That From Me,” at No. 7 through No. 10, respectively.

Meanwhile, Toby Keith’s “Honky Tonk U” enrolls at No. 30. Expect a sizable leap next week when the chart reflects a full week of airplay. “Honky Tonk U” will be included on Keith’s upcoming studio album, scheduled for a May 17 release. Other new singles include Trick Pony’s “It’s a Heartache” at No. 49, Buddy Jewell’s “If She Were Any Other Woman” at No. 51 and Aaron Lines’ “Waitin’ on the Wonderful” at No. 58.

As previously reported, Kenny Chesney dominates the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country albums charts this week with the release of his singer-songwriter project, Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair. He has not released a single from the album. Rimes’ new release, This Woman, enters at No. 2 on the country chart. Her Greatest Hits jumps 14 spots to No. 21.

The latest albums from Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts, Wilson, Keith, George Strait, Big & Rich and Tim McGraw settle at third through ninth place, respectively, while Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down rounds out the Top 10. Anne Murray’s All of Me — a two-CD set of hits and standards — bows at No. 13, one spot ahead of Blaine Larsen’s Off to Join the World. Larsen’s single, “How Do You Get That Lonely,” is at No. 25, and on the way up.

An unexpected name lands on the bluegrass album chart this week, as Pickin’ on Blake Shelton debuts at No. 8. The instrumental project features bluegrass versions of his country hits, including “Austin,” “The Baby” and “Some Beach.”