Let’s have a rousing “Welcome back, honey!” for Josh Turner, whose Deep South debuts this week at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart and at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings.
The deep-singing Turner last favored his fans with an album — Punching Bag — in June 2012. His last No. 1 single — “All Over Me” — came in 2010.
Jon Pardi’s “Dirt on My Boots” is the most played country song for the second week in a row.
Three other new albums make their bow this week: the soundtrack collection called Nashville: The Music of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 1 (arriving at No. 12), Roy Orbison’s Black & White Night: 30 (No. 43) and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives’ Way Out West (No. 44).
Making their first appearance on the country airplay chart are Maren Morris’ “I Could Use a Love Song” (No. 56) and Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing” (No. 58). RaeLynn’s “Love Triangle” pops back into play at No. 29.
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Little Big Town’s The Breaker (which was No. 1 for the past two weeks), Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Keith Urban’s Ripcord, and Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots.
Falling just in behind “Dirt on My Boots” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Michael Ray’s “Think a Little Less,” Luke Bryan’s “Fast,” Lauren Alaina’s “Road Less Traveled” and Jason Aldean’s “Any Ol’ Barstool.”
A note to you country music traditionalists: The newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame will be announced April 5. Please join me in feeling all aquiver.