Four albums return to duty. They are Parmalee’s Feels Like Carolina (No. 41), the eponymous Eric Paslay (No. 42), Trace Adkins’ 10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (No. 47) and David Nail’s I’m a Fire (No. 49).
The others are Keith Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up,” featuring Eric Church (No. 53), Big & Rich’s “Run Away With You” (No. 59) and Austin Webb’s “All Country on You” (No. 60).
Completing the Top 5 albums array, in descending order, are Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine, Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 and Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes.
Has mama lost her mojo?
The sacredness of motherhood has always been a staple in country music from Jimmie Rodgers’ “Mother, the Queen of My Heart” to Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” to Diamond Rio’s “Mama Don’t Forget to Pray for Me.”
But we notice Brooks’ current single, “Mom,” is, to use one of his own song titles, running “Against the Grain.” Now in its ninth week on the charts, it stands at No. 39, having dropped from its peak ranking, so far, of No. 32.
Older Brooks fans will recall he had considerably greater success with another mama song — “Papa Loved Mama,” which accelerated to No. 3 in 1992. We don’t want to spoil it for you if you haven’t heard it, but let’s just say the title doesn’t tell the whole story.