Sign up for newsletter
 

Atkins, Lady A lead charts

Thursday, September 29, 2011 – Rodney Atkins was first on the Billboard Country Songs chart again with Take a Back Road, and Lady Antebellum did the same on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 8 with "Own the Night."

George Strait was second on the albums chart with "Here For a Good Time." Jason Aldean was third with "My Kinda Party," one ahead of Brantley Gilbert's "Halfway to Heaven." Luke Bryan was fifth with "tailgates & tanlines."

Taylor Swift was up six to ninth with "Speak Now." The Oak Ridge Boys debuted at 16 with "It's Only Natural." Zac Brown Band was 21, up 3, with "The Foundation." The "Country Strong" soundtrack also was up 3, to 24. Billy Currington moved 3 to 26 with "Enjoy Yourself." "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" was at 28, up 3.

Sara Evans was 31st with "Stronger," up 4. "Charleston, SC 1966" from Darius Rucker jumped from 40 to 35. "Icon" Josh Turner" moved from 41 to 37.

On the songs chart, Toby Keith was second again with Made in America. Keith Urban was up two to third with Long Hot Summer. Kenny Chesney's hit with Grace Potter, You And Tequila, was down one to fourth. Jake Owen slipped one to fifth with Barefoot Blue Jean Night. Taylor Swift jumped from 13 to 10 with Sparks Fly.

A bunch of songs moved up two spots, including Gilbert's Country Must Be Country Wide at 12, Thompson Square's I Got You at 13, Lady Antebellum's We Owned the Night at 14; Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield on Easy at 15, Jerrod Niemann's One More Drinkin' Song at 16. David Nail was up 3 to 17 with Let It Rain. Aldean jumped 5 to 18 with Tattoos on This Town.

The Band Perry stood at 22, up 3, with All You Life. Zac Brown Band jumped 6 to 25 with Keep Me in Mind. Kellie Pickler made it into the top 30 - at 30 - with Tough.

On the bluegrass chart Alison Krauss & Union Station stayed first with "Paper Airplane." Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "Rare Bird Alert." Dierks Bentley was third with "Up on the Ridge," Sarah Jarosz fourth with "Follow Me Down" and Trampled By Turtles fifth with "Palomino."

On the overall top 200, Lady A slipped to second with "Duets II" from Tony Bennett topping the chart. Strait was 11th, Aldean 13th, Gilbert 16th and Bryan 22nd.

More news for Rodney Atkins

CD reviews for Rodney Atkins

Caught Up in the Country CD review - Caught Up in the Country
Careers don't see as many twists and potholes as the one Rodney Atkins has going - it took him six years between his first charted single just to release an album. While that did modestly well, it was 2006's "If You're Going Through Hell" that really put a crater on the charts: two consecutive singles for a total of eight weeks at number one and a platinum record. The next two recordings came in quick succession with big lead singles, but slow album sales. »»»
Take a Back Road CD review - Take a Back Road
Rodney Atkins' breakthrough album, "If You're Going Through Hell," produced the top singles of both 2006 and 2007. His moment in the spotlight was brief, with his follow-up album,"It's America," being largely ignored except for the title track. From the get go on "Take a Back Road," Atkins comes across as a regular guy, not a detached superstar. There are songs about hanging out on back roads away from the hustle of daily life, getting fatherly »»»
It's America CD review - It's America
When you've recorded Billboard's number 1 country song of 2006 (If You're Going Through Hell) and 2007 (Watching You), what do you do for an encore? Rodney Atkins is here to tell us: you don't mess with the recipe. As usual, the hook-seeking guitar licks lead the pop country charge, with the occasional appearance of fiddles and banjos for seasoning. Atkins tapped into the services of an army of writers for the 11 songs, including 3 he helped write. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: Turner pleases the traditionalists – Josh Turner is a hard-working citizen, a man of faith and a loyal father and husband. He also happens to be one of the youngest members inducted to the Grand Ole Opry. In short, he is the embodiment of country music's champion of the everyman. This night was special for him. He was celebrating an anniversary with his wife and his 18th with his label MCA.... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Willis, Robison spin "Beautiful Lie" Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»
Chip Kinman celebrates brother, career on "Sounds Like Music" For a brief moment last summer, the news of Tony Kinman's death was, if not greatly exaggerated, then at least fortuitously premature. The roots rock icon, known for his work in The Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation with his younger brother Chip, had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2018,... »»»
Shiflett learns "Hard Lessons" Until recently, Chris Shiflett took a somewhat obsessive/compulsive approach to his music career. For the past two decades, Shiflett has been the primary guitar foil for Dave Grohl in Foo Fighters; early in his tenure, Shiflett was so self-deprecatingly... »»»
Thinkin' Problem CD review - Thinkin' Problem
Most hard core country fans certainly have heard David Ball's 1994 "Thinkin' Problem," a true honky tonk classic. Ominvore is releasing the album in remastered expanded format with eight bonus tracks, marking its 25th anniversary. »»»
Onward CD review - Onward
Veteran Texas artist Stoney Larue has been through a lot in 20 years of touring and recording and puts that experience to good use on his first release since 2015's "Just Us." "Onward" enlists veteran Nashville producer and songwriter Gary Nicholson  »»»
Travelin' Thru The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 1967-1969 featuring Johnny Cash
All these many years later, Bob Dylan 'bootleg' songs are still better than many intentional studio releases from other artists. Although some might have been shocked at the time to learn of Dylan's sojourn south to Nashville »»»
Redemption 10: Live at Blue Rock CD review - Redemption 10: Live at Blue Rock
Houston-based singer-songwriter and former lawyer Libby Koch celebrates the 10th anniversary of her first album, "Redemption," by releasing a full band, live audience setting for what was originally a solo acoustic album.  »»»
Live From the Ryman CD review - Live From the Ryman
The very best way - the only way, really - to see Old Crow Medicine Show is live. Like its namesake, the medicine shows of old that were part preaching, part snake oil sales pitches, part old time music and pure entertainment, »»»
Fire & Brimstone CD review - Fire & Brimstone
It would be easy (and lazy journalism) to write about how much Brantley Gilbert's music is un-country. You need only isolate the drum parts for most of these latest songs to confirm this is primarily a rock recording  »»»