Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum Top Country Albums, Airplay Charts

Casey Donahew Band, Scotty McCreery Have Highest CD, Song Debuts

Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story bounces back to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard country albums chart, while Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” wears the country airplay crown for the second week.

Lots of new albums have sprung up, led by the Casey Donahew Band’s Standoff, which debuts at No. 7.

Following the leader are Steve Earle & the Dukes (And Duchesses)’ Low Highway (No. 12), Granger Smith’s Dirt Road Driveway (No. 15), Willie Nelson and Family: Let’s Face the Music and Dance (No. 16), Krystal Keith’s self-title EP (No. 53).

And Kim Richey’s Thorn in My Heart (No. 55), the Statesboro Revue’s Ramble on Privilege Creek (No. 68) and Jonny Fritz’s Dad Country (No. 72).

Only two new songs report for duty: Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight” (No. 59) and Chris Cagle’s “Dance Baby Dance” (No. 60).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are The Band Perry’s Pioneer, Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse (last week’s No. 1), Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and Eric Church’s Caught in the Act: Live.

The remaining Top 5 songs, in descending order, are Thompson Square’s “If I Didn’t Have You,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” and Chris Young’s “I Can Take It From There.”

The rest is silence.

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