Phil Vassar, Jack Ingram Score Big

But Rascal Flatts Remain Album Champs

That festive sound you hear is Phil Vassar popping champagne corks. This week, his Greatest Hits, Volume 1 collection enters the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at a rousing No. 2. Jack Ingram is probably tossing back a few himself. He’s just scored his first No. 1 single ever with “Wherever You Are.” Just another week in Paradise, eh, guys?

Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang continues its five-week reign at the pinnacle of the album charts. Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 marks time at No. 3. Toby Keith’s White Trash With Money slips to No. 4 from its high point at No. 2, and Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts clings tenaciously to its No. 5 spot. Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories, recorded as a gift to his mother, slides two spaces to No. 6. Falling one rung each to seventh and eighth place, respectively, are The Legend of Johnny Cash and Keith Urban’s Be Here. Josh Turner bounces to No. 9 from No. 10 with Your Man, and Rascal Flatts provide another bookend to the Top 10 with their 2004 album, Feels Like Today.

Rockie Lynn’s self-titled album makes a noteworthy debut at No. 29. The only other new entry this week is the various-artists anthology, Redneck Country, which bows at No. 60. Returning to the charts after a brief absence are Cowboy Troy’s Loco Motive (No. 58), Shooter Jennings’ Put the O Back in Country (No. 73) and the multiple-act grab bag, Totally Country, Volume 4 (No. 75).

In the singles realm, Jason Aldean’s “Why” holds its rank at No. 2, Dierks Bentley’s “Settle For a Slowdown” moves up one notch to No. 3 and LeAnn Rimes’ “Something’s Gotta Give” makes a giant stride from No. 7 to No. 4. Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles’ “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which occupied the summit for the past two weeks, tumbles to No. 5.

Rounding out the Top 10 singles list are Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” (No. 6), Faith Hill’s “The Lucky One” (No. 7), McGraw’s “When the Stars Go Blue” (No. 8), Vassar’s “The Last Day of My Life” (No. 9) and Joe Nichols’ “Size Matters (Someday)” (No. 10).

After seven weeks on the charts, Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime” remains where it was last week — at No. 11. Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang” moves from No. 20 to No. 17 — a sizable distance considering how clogged chart traffic is these days. Toby Keith’s “A Little Too Late” does even better, skipping from No. 23 to No. 19 in only four weeks.

Cheers to them all!

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to