The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [Nov. 7]

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Each week we take a look the Texas Regional Radio Report chart and grade the top 30 songs. The grading format I use each week is every song will receive one of the following scores: +5, +4, +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the current top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +150 and the lowest possible score being a -150. How do I determine the score for the song? The review grade it received on the site or myself will determine this. If it hasn’t been reviewed yet, then I will make the call. The grade it has received or I would give it determines its Pulse score. The grading key: 10 [+5], 9 [+4], 8 [+3], 7 [+2], 6 [+1], 5 [0], 4 [-1], 3 [-2], 2 [-3], 1 [-4], 0 [-5].

The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the current state of Texas country radio and determine if it’s improving or getting worse. Let’s take a look at this week’s top thirty…

  1. Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band – “Everything I Need” (Up 2)
  2. Flatland Cavalry – “One I Want” +3
  3. Micky & The Motorcars – “Sister Lost Soul” +2 (Down 2)
  4. Whiskey Myers – “Lightning Bugs and Rain” +2 (Up 1)
  5. Jon Wolfe – “Boots on a Dance Floor” -2 (Up 3)
  6. Jesse Raub Jr. – “She Can Forgive” +3 (Up 1)
  7. Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back” -1 (Up 3)
  8. Roger Creager – “Wanna Wanna Bar” -3 (Up 1)
  9. Reckless Kelly – “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)” +2 (Down 5)
  10. Casey Donahew Band – “Kiss Me” -3 (Up 1)
  11. Curtis Grimes – “From Where I’m Standing” (Up 1)
  12. Jamie Richards – “Second Hand Smoke” +1 (Up 2)
  13. Josh Ward – “Broken Heart” +3 (Up 2)
  14. Sam Riggs – “High On A Country Song” -3 (Down 1) [Worst Song]
  15. William Clark Green – “Old Fashioned” -2 (Up 1)
  16. Green River Ordinance – “Simple Life” -1 (Down 10)
  17. Troy Cartwright – “Busted” +3 (Up 1)
  18. Kevin Fowler – “Texas Forever” (Up 3)
  19. Jake Worthington – “How Do You Honky Tonk” +1 (Down 2)
  20. Pat Waters – “Like A Radio” 0
  21. Deryl Dodd – “The Ride” +2 (Up 1)
  22. Case Hardin – “Sign of a Fool” +3 (Up 1)
  23. Kaleb McIntire – “Find Another Baby” -2 (Up 2)
  24. Cody Jinks – “I’m Not The Devil” +4 (Down 5) [Best Song] 
  25. Brandon Jenkins – “Shadow of a Broken Heart” (Up 1)
  26. TJ Broscoff – “Should’ve Been Mine” -1 (Up 1)
  27. Luke Robinson – “She Drinks Alone” +1 (Up 1)
  28. Sean McConnell – “Holy Days” +2 (Up 1)
  29. Mike Ryan – “New Hometown” (Up 1)
  30. Reverend’s Daughter – “Caroline” (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +16

The pulse improve four spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Kyle Park – “Rednecks with Paychecks” -4

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Reverend’s Daughter – “Caroline”
    • Reverend’s Daughter is a five-piece Texas outfit that originally formed in 2010 and later evolved into their current iteration. They cite multiple genres as influence and many artists, including Nickelback for some reason. Not sure if they’re serious or just being smartasses (I would hope the latter). Nevertheless their current single “Caroline” immediately catches my ears with some slick harmonica work and features some nice pedal steel throughout. The song itself though is pretty generic and not very memorable to my ears. It sounds like something I’ve heard many times before when pitched by indie artists. So together it makes for a pretty average affair. 5/10

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Jon Wolfe – “Boots on a Dance Floor” – Up 3 from #8 to #5
  • Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back” – Up 3 from #10 to #7

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Kyle Park – “Rednecks with Paychecks” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Green River Ordinance – “Simple Life” – Down 10 from #6 to #16
  • Reckless Kelly – “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him) – Down 5 from #4 to #9
  • Cody Jinks – “I’m Not The Devil” – Down 5 from #19 to #24

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Cody Jinks – “I’m Not The Devil”
  • Green River Ordinance – “Simple Life”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Sean McConnell – “Holy Days”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Josh Abbott Band – “Live It While You Got It”
  • Dalton Domino – “July”
  • Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic”
  • Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are”

 

As always be sure to weigh in on this week’s Pulse in the comments below. 

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4 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [Nov. 7]

  1. You are right about Reverend’s Daughter & “Caroline”. Pretty boring.
    The new #1 Jerrett Zoch & The OSR Band (“Everything I Need”) is solid & radio-friendly (+2).
    Jon Wolfe (“Boots On A Dance Floor”) sounds good. The song…not so much. Generic Nashville production.
    Josh Ward is a great artist. For steel guitar fans. “Broken Heart” is not groundbreaking but 100% country. A +3.
    Female artists: 0.

    Kimberly Dunn (“Traffic”) might reach the Top 30. With wwooouuu-vocal-breaks & find the voice annoying. Very radio-friendly.
    Francie Krienitz is #49 with “I Won’t Be Bothered”. Country-rocker. Lost a place.
    Next female artist is Genevieve Allen (“Rob That Train” – #51). Another country-rocker. Down one place.

    Kirk Baxley feat. Kylie Frey (“Cold As Stone”) jumps to #52 (58). Slowtempo/ballad. Unique voices. Kirk Baxley with a husky voice & Kylie Frey is a great vocalist. Not a song for everyone (+4).

    New Album: Ronnie Dunn – Tattooed Heart – 12 Tracks – BMLG – Released (11/11)
    My first impression is mixed. “Damn Drunk” with Kix Brooks. Reba singing harmonies on “Still Feels Like Mexico”. Songs start promising but end unsatisfying. Sounds like a Brooks & Dunn album. Trying to stay relevant. 6/10.

    New Album: Ty Herndon – House On Fire – 12 Tracks – Journey On Entertainment/RED – Released (11/11)
    Generic midtempo track after generic midtempo track. Up-to-date radio stuff & faceless. 4/10.

    New Album: Trent Tomlinson – That’s What’s Working Right Now – 12 Tracks – Mucho Love Music – Released (10/28)
    Not a “Best Album Of The Year” contender but very solid. Country rock. A little too loud. Trent Tomlinsons voice is perfect for the songs he sings. First single is “When She Goes There”. Best track is “For The Life Of Me”. Power ballad. 8/10.

    My Country Top Tracks Of The Week:
    #1 – Jamie Richards – “She’s Cold As That Beer She’s Drinkin'”
    #2 – Aleyce Simmonds – “It Finds Us Anyway”
    #3 – Craig Hand – “Tennessee” (Top New Track)
    #4 – Tenille Arts – Dash Light”
    #5 – J.T. Hodges – “After Midnight”
    #6 – Mark Wills feat. Beverley Mahhod – “You’re My Home”
    #7 – Jesse Raub Jr. – “She’ll Put The Hurt On You”
    #8 – Ronna Reeves – “My Heart Wasn’t In It” (Top Gold Track)
    #9 – Trent Tomlinson – “For The Life Of Me”
    #10 – Kirk Baxley feat. Kylie Frey – “Cold As Stone”
    On The Rise: The Drew Taylor Band – “Buying Islands”
    On The Rise: Garrett Biggs – “Average Joe”

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    • Yes, I definitely recommend you check out those songs. I encourage everyone. You might find a new favorite artist.

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