Big & Rich Score Their First No. 1 Single

Brad Paisley Still in High Gear With New CD as Charts Slow in Summer Doldrums

Big & Rich score their first No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart as this week’s ascension of “Lost in This Moment” elbows the former frontrunner, Montgomery Gentry’s “Lucky Man,” back to No. 3.

And unmenaced by high-powered contenders, Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear sits atop Billboard’s album chart for the third straight week. In fact, the only new album to make its debut this week is the Charlie Daniels Band’s Live From Iraq, which enters the list at No. 72.

The song chart is equally torpid. Just two titles have popped in: Rascal Flatts’ “Take Me There” arriving at No. 24 and Flynnville Train’s “Nowhere Than Somewhere” surfacing at No. 59. (It bears noting that one of the writers of the Rascal Flatts entry is the mighty — nay, the almighty — Kenny Chesney.)

The remaining Top 5 albums occupy exactly the same slots they held last week: Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy (No. 2), Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut (No. 3), Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts (No. 4) and Big & Rich’s Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace (No. 5). Of these, only Swift’s album has yet to make it to No. 1.

Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing — also a former No. 1 — enjoys a slight bump this week, snapping back from No. 12 to No. 10. Re-entering the charts are The Very Best of Vince Gill: 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection (No. 74) and Bill Engvall’s 15 Degrees Off Cool (No. 75).

In the song chute, George Strait’s “Wrapped,” Urban’s “I Told You So” and Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More” maintain their previous positions of No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Two songs have moved into the Top 10 for the first time: Rodney Atkins’ “These Are My People” (climbing from No. 11 to No. 9) and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “I Need You” (waltzing from No. 13 to No. 10).

Now if you’ll please move on to the next exhibit, we’ll watch a ham cure.

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