On the country albums chart, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde racks up its second week on top. It was also No. 1 last week on the Billboard 200 all-genres list but has now slipped to No. 5 there.
Chris Stapleton boasts the highest-debuting album this week with Traveller. It swings in at No. 2 on Nielsen SoundScan reported sales of 27,032 copies.
A former member of the SteelDrivers bluegrass band, Stapleton has written such country hits as Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More,” George Strait’s “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright,” Josh Turner’s “Your Man,” Darius Rucker’s “Come Back Song” and Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer.”
Returning to duty is Trisha Yearwood’s PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit (No. 33).
Those of you who find your fascination with country music tugging you toward serious scholarship may want to check out the goings on at the International Country Music Conference, May 21-23, at Nashville’s Belmont University.
There you will hear such learned discourses as “I Wanna Be a Cowboy, Baby: Kid Rock’s Journey Into Redneck Paradise,” “Stand Up to Your Man: The Feminist Stance of Loretta Lynn” and “Sturgill Simpson’s Wayback Machine.”
And there’ll be door prizes.