Perhaps it's the almighty roar over The DaVinci Code and The Passion of the Christ, but several religious albums have risen again on the Billboard country albums chart this week.
Randy Travis' Worship & Faith jumps
six spots to No. 29, and his 2002 album Rise & Shine (featuring the No. 1 hit "Three Wooden Crosses") moves up nine
spots to No. 43. At No. 52, Bill Gaither Presents: A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming Volume One earns the chart's Pacesetter
notation while Gaither's Volume Two lands at No. 64.
Billy Ray Cyrus' inspirational The Other Side ascends
six spots to No. 61, and Dolly Parton's For God and Country reappears on the chart at No. 69 amid a host of albums
that are mostly on their way down. Meanwhile, Gaither lands at the second and third positions on the bluegrass albums chart
(just behind Alison Krauss & Union Station). Three other sacred titles make their mark there as well: Best of Bluegrass
Gospel at No. 6, Heaven Bound: The Best of Bluegrass Gospel at No. 12 and the Isaacs' Songs of the Faith
at No. 14.
Otherwise, the country albums chart is essentially unchanged. Rodney Carrington's Greatest Hits debuts
at No. 11, and Conway Twitty the Legend arrives at No. 73. Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Josh Turner and
Keith Urban hold the top five slots, Martina McBride's Martina moves up to No. 6 and Keith's 2002 album Unleashed
slips to No. 7. Gary Allan's See If I Care, Shania Twain's Up! and Chesney's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
round out the Top 10.
Despite fewer spins this week, Keith maintains the No. 1 spot on the singles chart with "American
Soldier." Fighting for the top rank, Brad Paisley's "Little Moments" pushes up to No. 2, one spot ahead of Tim McGraw's "Watch
the Wind Blow By." Jackson's "Remember When" tumbles to No. 4, and McBride's "In My Daughter's Eyes" loses momentum at No.
5. Jimmy Wayne's "I Love You This Much," Trace Adkins' "Hot Mama," Sara Evans' "Perfect," Urban's "You'll Think of Me" and
Buddy Jewell's "Sweet Southern Comfort" complete the Top 10.
Meanwhile, Chesney and Uncle Kracker's "When the Sun
Goes Down" rides the wave to No. 11. John Michael Montgomery's "Letters From Home" cracks the Top 20 in its seventh week,
at No. 20. New singles include Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" at No. 48, Blake Shelton's "When Somebody Knows You That
Well" at No. 55 and American Idol's Josh Gracin's "I Want to Live" at No. 57. New artist Rachel Proctor gives it another
shot with her third single, "Me and Emily" at No. 59. Chely Wright brings up the rear with "Back of the Bottom Drawer" at