Willie Nelson Conquers Album Chart With Band of Brothers

"Lettin' the Night Roll" Takes Justin Moore to the Top

Brotherhood is powerful, too.

Willie Nelson, who celebrated his 81st year on the road (of life) in April, debuts at the peak of Billboard’s country albums chart this week with Band of Brothers. First-week sales of the album, according to Nielsen SoundScan, total 37,441 copies.

And in its 35th week of inching upward, Justin Moore’s “Lettin’ the Night Roll” coasts into the No. 1 circle on the country airplay list.

Kenny Chesney, about whom we’ve heard little lately, speaks out loud and clear via his new single, “American Kids,” which scores the week’s highest debut for a country song by arriving at No. 27.

Both Nelson and Chesney are produced by the sound-savvy Buddy Cannon.

Nelson’s is the week’s only new album, but there are five returnees: Brett Eldredge’s Bring You Back (No. 36), Nelson’s To All the Girls … (No. 44), Jon Pardi’s Write You a Song (No. 45), Pistol AnniesAnnie Up (No. 46) and Luke Bryan’s EP, Spring Break 6 … Like We Ain’t Ever (No. 50).

Apart from Chesney’s debut, there is one other new song, Bryan’s “Roller Coaster,” which enters at No. 60.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Miranda Lambert’s Platinum (last week’s No. 1), Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am, Bryan’s Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs array, we have Blake Shelton’s “My Eyes,” featuring Gwen Sebastian, Jake Owen’s “Beachin’,” Bryan’s “Play It Again” and Chris Young’s “Who I Am With You.”

Last week’s top song, Eldredge’s “Beat of the Music,” slides to No. 7.

Our new title tunes nominees are that spring-break standby, “American Kids/Drunk on a Plane,” and the ultra-cautious advisory, “Close Your Eyes/Roller Coaster.”

Oh, well.

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