The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [Nov. 14]

texas-flag

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +16

The pulse stays the same this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Sean McConnell – “Holy Days” +2
  • Reverend’s Daughter – “Caroline” 0

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Josh Abbott Band – “Live It While You Got It”
    • Josh Abbott Band is certainly one of the bigger fishes in the pond when it comes to the Texas-based country scene. They’ve been making their play for national airplay on the mainstream chart, with their last single “Wasn’t That Drunk” cracking the top 40 before bowing out. Their current single on the mainstream radio is “Amnesia” while here it’s the breezy and blatantly inoffensive “Live It While You Got It.” This is your textbook safe love song that radio from mainstream to Texas will eat right up and also why JAB doesn’t impress me as much as others. They put too many songs like this one out. It’s just sort of there and I’ll forget about it quickly. 5/10
  • Dalton Domino – “July”
    • Dalton Domino is an artist I’ve seen some buzz from for some time, most notably from Panhandle music blog New Slang Lubbock, who does an excellent job covering the Lubbock scene and I recommend checking out if you want to know more about music from that area. Domino’s current single “July” is about a heartbroken man wondering what if on a broken relationship and wishing he had loved her more. It kills him to think she’s with another man now, especially since he’s alone and dealing with his pain. The production for the song is engaging and catchy, especially the organ play that gives it some distinction. It’s a solid song. 7/10

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Casey Donahew Band – “Kiss Me” – Up 4 from #10 to #6
  • Curtis Grimes – “From Where I’m Standing” – Up 3 from #11 to #8
  • Sam Riggs – “High On A Country Song” – Up 3 from #14 to #11

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Sean McConnell – “Holy Days” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Reverend’s Daughter – “Caroline” – Out of the Top 30 (to #31)
  • Micky & The Motorcars – “Sister Lost Soul” – Down 13 from #3 to #16
  • Green River Ordinance – “Simple Life” – Down 10 from #16 to #26
  • Reckless Kelly – “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him) – Down 5 from #9 to #14

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Green River Ordinance – “Simple Life”

On The Hot Seat:

  • None

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Reverend’s Daughter – “Caroline”
  • Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are”
  • Randall King (feat. Cleto Cordero) – “Hard Livin’ Illene”
  • Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic”

 

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

Advertisements

One thought on “The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [Nov. 14]

  1. Flatland Cavalry – “Only I Want”: the new #1. It’s the kind of song i like. But not enough to pay for a download.

    Josh Abbott Band – “Live It While You Got It”: middle-of-the-road radio stuff.

    Dalton Domino – “July”: new artist for me. Must listen to a couple of more songs. “July” is inoffensive.

    Sam Riggs – “High On A Country Song”: “…Party Until It Hurts…” – “…George Jones…” – “…Sippin’ On…”
    Sounds like a massive hit. The -3 is very generous.

    First Impression: Curtis Grimes – Undeniably Country – 8 Tracks – Lonely River – Released (11/18)
    Current single “From Where I’m Standing” is #8 (Texas Regional Radio Report) & a laid back George Strait-styled song. The eight tracks are “undeniably country” with steel & fiddle. 8/10.

    First Impression: High Valley – Dear Life – 11 Tracks – Warner Nashville – Released (11/18)
    Harmony vocals, uptempo, banjo, stadium-hands-in-the-air-let’s-sing-together-bla-bla. The older material (released in Canada) was much better. 3/10.

    My Country Top Tracks Of The Week:
    #1 – Holly Dunn – “I Am Who I Am”
    #2 – Jamie Richards – “She’s Cold As That Beer She’s Drinkin'”
    #3 – Craig Hand – “Tennessee”
    #4 – Aleyce Simmonds – “It Finds Us Anyway”
    #5 – Jesse Raub Jr. – “She’ll Put The Hurt On You”
    #6 – Tenille Arts – “Dash Light”
    #7 – Trent Tomlinson – “For The LIfe Of Me”
    #8 – Ride The River – “After Last Night’s Storm”
    #9 – J.T. Hodges – “After Midnight”
    #10 – Curtis Wright – “She’s Got A Man On Her Mind”
    On The Rise: Chris Hawkey – “Good Liar”
    On The Rise: Rhiannon Cooke – “Don’t Call Me A City Girl”
    On The Rise: Amber Lawrence – “Drive By Breakup”
    On The Rise: Shotgun Rider – “Away”

    Like

Comments are closed.