Don Henley’s Cass County Rockets to No. 1 on Country Albums Chart

Kenny Chesney’s "Save It for a Rainy Day" Reigns for Third Week

Some respect, if you please, for the old guys as Don Henley’s Cass County and George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation debut at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, on Billboard’s country albums chart.

But young country is right up there in the mix, too, with Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up checking in at No. 3.

Songwise, Kenny Chesney is still in command with “Save It for a Rainy Day.” That tune is spending its third week on the peak of the country airplay chart.

Eagles-member Henley has compiled solid country credentials, both as a songwriter and singer.

Johnny Rodriguez scored a No. 5 in 1977 with “Desperado,” which Henley co-wrote with Glenn Frey, and Henley provided the harmony vocals for Trisha Yearwood’s 1992 hit, “Walkaway Joe.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan tally, Cass County sold 87,361 copies its first week out (earning it the No. 3 niche on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart), Cold Beer Conversation 82,667 and Tangled Up 62,614.

Maybe there’s a future in this business after all.

In other sunny news, Clint Black, Class of ’89, is back in action with the album On Purpose, which makes its grand entrance at No. 13.

The remaining new CD is the Roger Creager EP, Gulf Coast Time. It arrives at No. 41.

Returning to the chart are Kane Brown’s Closer EP (back at No. 32) and Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (No. 44).

There are three new songs: Dustin Lynch’s “Mind Reader” (No. 57), Jon Pardi’s “Head Over Boots” (No. 58) and Lauren Alaina’s “Next Boyfriend” (No. 60).

This week’s No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights (last week’s No. 1) and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo.

Completing the Top 5 songs array are Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind,” Bryan’s “Strip It Down” (in only its ninth week on the chart), Keith Urban’s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes.”

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