Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Still in the Winner’s Circles

Travis Tritt's The Calm After ... Is Highest-Debuting Album

What a festive populace you country folk are! While more serious-minded citizens are rushing off to back-to-school sales, you spawn of Bacchus keep acting like you’re on spring break.

How else can we explain the continued presence of Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” at the top of Billboard’s country albums and airplay charts? Yep, they’re still there.

But there’s something as well for those of you with a taste for more varied music. After a six-year-absence from the chart wars, Travis Tritt roars back this week with The Calm After …, a repackaging and updating of his short-lived 2007 collection, The Storm. That project never really got the chance to be heard after the record label it was on went out of business.

Now Tritt is promoting The Calm After … on his own label, Post Oak Recordings. It’s the only album to debut this week, and it comes aboard at No. 31.

There are four new songs: Chris Stapleton’s “What Are You Listening To” (No. 54), Craig Morgan’s “Woke Up Lovin’ You” (No. 57), Aaron Lewis’ “Granddaddy’s Gun” (No. 59) and Danielle Bradbery’s “Heart of Dixie” (No. 60).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story, Darius Rucker’s True Believers, the self-titled Hunter Hayes and Lady Antebellum’s Golden.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are The Band Perry’s “Done,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Jump Right In,” Kip Moore’s “Hey Pretty Girl” and Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.”

Now brush the sand off your feet and get into something decent.

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