Montgomery Gentry Take Their Pride to the Top

Rascal Flatts and Trisha Yearwood Also Enjoy a Strong Chart Week

If you’ve already chosen a specific song to serve as the title of your upcoming greatest hits album, extra bragging rights are acceptable when the single hits No. 1. That’s the case this week after “Something to Be Proud Of” became Montgomery Gentry’s latest single to top the Billboard’s country chart.

The track plays a prominent role in the duo’s Something to Be Proud Of: Best of 1999-2005. The 13-track album will also include a new song, “Don’t Tell Me To,” and their cover of Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas From the Family,” previously available on a multi-artist compilation released in 2001.

While Montgomery Gentry enjoy their visit to the top of the singles chart, Trisha Yearwood’s Jasper County spends a second week at the uppermost reach of Billboard’s country albums list. And in celebrating its one-year anniversary on the albums chart, Rascal Flatts spend another week at No. 2 with Feels Like Today. After sharing songs with Bon Jovi on CMT Crossroads, Sugarland log a sizable increase in album sales to propel their debut, Twice the Speed of Life, to No. 3 from No. 8.

Faith Hill’s Fireflies moves up a notch to No. 4, Keith Urban’s Be Here climbs two rungs to No. 5 and Brad Paisley’s Time Well Wasted stays at No. 6. Brooks & Dunn’s Hillbilly Deluxe falls to No. 7 from No. 4 as Toby Keith’s Honkytonk University moves up one level to No. 8, and Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party returns to No. 9 after spending a week at No. 11. Jason Aldean’s self-titled debut album rounds out the Top 10 for a second week.

No new albums debuted on the country charts this week, although several titles re-entered near the bottom of the list, including greatest hits collections by Conway Twitty and Kenny Rogers.

Aside from Montgomery Gentry hitting No. 1, the biggest news on the country singles chart is Rascal Flatts bounding to No. 10 from No. 16 with the inspirational “Skin (Sarabeth).” Sara Evans’ falls to second place after two weeks at the top with “A Real Fine Place to Start.” Holding solid in third, fourth and fifth place, respectively, are Craig Morgan’s “Redneck Yacht Club,” Urban’s “Better Life” and Jamie O’Neal’s “Somebody’s Hero.” Josh Gracin’s “Stay With Me (Brass Bed)” climbs one space to No. 6, knocking Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was” to No. 7. Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” remains at No. 8, and LeAnn Rimes’ “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way” spends a second week at No. 9.

Paisley has the highest-debuting country single of the week with “When I Get Where I’m Going,” a collaboration with Dolly Parton, landing at No. 50. Other new arrivals include Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” (No. 55) and Wilson’s collaboration with Merle Haggard, “Politically Uncorrect,” at No. 58. Van Zant enter the chart at No. 59 with “Nobody Gonna Tell Me What to Do.”

Looking at tracks that appear to be destined for the Top 10, Dierks Bentley and Joe Nichols saw significant increases in airplay this week. Bentley’s “Come a Little Closer” is still on the rise at No. 19, and Nichols’ “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” is also ascending at No. 20.

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