'Band of Brothers' Shoots Shotgun Willie to Top of the Charts

Nelson's album is his first chart-topper in 28 years

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Willie Nelson is riding high on the Billboard charts this week. Band of Brothers, his newest album, sold 37,000 copies during its first week of release, sending the record to the top of the Billboard Country charts. It's the first chart-topping country album for Nelson since 1986's The Promiseland, as well as the first album to feature mostly new, self-penned songs since 1996's Spirit.

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Over on the Billboard 200, which measures America's best-selling albums across all genres, Band of Brothers debuted at Number Five. That's the highest position Nelson has hit since 1982, when Always on My Mind peaked at Number Two for four weeks.

The debut is a bit of good news for Nelson, who recently saw his beloved Luck, Texas ranch — a collection of buildings and facades from a former movie set — destroyed by storms.

Nelson will hit the road for most of the summer, kicking off a two-week run with Alison Krauss and Jason Isbell on July 6. Actor Johnny Depp joined the Redheaded Stranger at a recent gig in Boston.