Trace Adkins’ Cowboy’s Back in Town meteors into first place this week on the Billboard country albums chart with first-week sales of just under 50,000 copies. This is Adkins’ maiden CD for Show Dog-Universal.
As luck would have it, Adkins’ equally sky-scraping “Hillbilly Bone” singing partner, Blake Shelton, is also a chart-topper. His “All About Tonight” holds as the No. 1 country song for the second week.
There are five new songs to cite: Josh Kelley’s “Georgia Clay” (No. 50), Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song” (No. 55), Jamey Johnson’s “Playing the Part” (No. 57), Josh Gracin’s “Cover Girl” (No. 58) and Dierks Bentley’s “Draw Me a Map” (No. 60). Kelley is the older brother of Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, who is also a co-writer of “Georgia Clay.”
Trailing Adkins in the Top 5 albums list are Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (No. 2), Shelton’s All About Tonight EP (No. 4) and the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation (No. 5).
And what of Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall,” you ask? Well, the team is gaining ground one yard at a time. This week, with teeth bared and sweat cascading like Niagara, it muscles its way from No. 9 to No. 8. The goal posts are in sight.