Perhaps Garth Brooks should have called his new album Man Against Gravity instead of Man Against Machine since the collection seems intent on resisting that elemental force.
Since debuting nine weeks ago, Man Against Machine has spent seven of them crowning the summit of Billboard’s country albums chart. It was driven out of that lofty spot once by Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 and once by Jason Aldean’s plucky Old Boots, New Dirt.
Now Man Against Machine is No. 1 again.Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Amazing Grace: 14 Treasured Hymns (at No. 35), the self-titled The Swon Brothers (No. 45), Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions EP (No. 46), Jon Pardi’s Write You a Song (No. 47) and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Remedy (No. 50).
For the benefit of those too young or too recently converted to country to be aware of it, Tennessee Ernie Ford was a major television personality — and a genial ambassador for country music — from the mid-1950s well into the 1970s. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990 and died in 1991.
Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Kenny Chesney’s “Til It’s Gone,” Eric Church’s “Talladega,” Underwood’s “Something in the Water” and Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” (which held the No. 1 niche for three weeks).
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