This is the top 10 country albums in Australia this week. Note Van at number 9. It isn't yet gold (350,000 units) but still, how many non-greatest hits would Van normally shift? Will this be his biggest selling album? (eta: in Australia)
You Van fans have one man to thank.
There is one reason for this surge: John Laws has been flogging the album mercilessly. There Stands the Glass has been getting a spin daily, sometimes more than once. Back to back.
1 1 8 1 WALK THE LINE Soundtrack
2 2 73 1 THE ESSENTIAL JOHNNY CASH Johnny Cash
3 3 17 2 RING OF FIRE: THE LEGEND OF Johnny Cash
4 4 5 4 AT SAN QUENTIN / AT FOLSOM PRISON Johnny Cash
5 6 2 5 SLIM DUSTY LIVE Slim Dusty
6 7 79 1 BE HERE Keith Urban
7 5 5 5 DUETS Johnny Cash
8 10 9 8 THE VERY BEST OF JOHNNY CASH Johnny Cash
9 8 2 8 PAY THE DEVIL Van Morrison
10 9 10 1 THE WINNERS 2006 Various
Update: Incidentally. Whatever else you think of him (and you're probably right), I reckon Laws is just about the best interviewer I've ever heard. Seriously. Yeah, he's got an ego the size of your average contintenal shelf but when he's interested in the topic, particularly with musical guests, he's really good. I still recall a joyous talk he had with k.d lang about six years ago. You can hear him wtih Kris Kristoffersosn and Neil Diamond here, two I'd recommend.