But some revered names from yesteryear have made a comeback. Vince Gill and steel guitar whiz Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield, an impassioned tribute to the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, is the week’s highest-debuting album, rolling in at No. 4 on Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 12,043 copies.
And the stellar Oak Ridge Boys return as well, arriving at No. 38 with their touching-all-bases title, 40th Anniversary: 1973-2013: Celebrating Faith, Family & Freedom.
There’s one other new album. It’s Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants’ All Hat and No Cattle, which nips in at No. 69. (Love that band name!)
Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” is the highest-charting new song, entering the list at No. 21. The other freshmen are Jake Owen’s “Days of Gold” (No. 48), Bush Hawg’s “Crushin'” (No. 58) and Uncle Kracker’s “Blue Skies” (No. 59).
Ladies and gentlemen, you may now place your bets for next week.