The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [Nov. 21]

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +19

The pulse improves three spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Cody Jinks – “I’m Not The Devil” +4
  • Green River Ordinance – “Simple Life” -1

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are”
    • If you haven’t heard this song or read Derek’s review of this song, go check it out. This is an excellent song and will be a contender for Song of the Year.
  • Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic”
    • Hey, the sausage party has finally been broken up! We get our first woman breaking into the top 30 of The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio since it’s inception. That lady is Kimberly Dunn, a fairly new artist in the Texas scene who on her site describes herself as spunky. She released her debut album Forever On The Run in 2014 and finds artists such as Randy Rogers, Stoney LaRue and Granger Smith as influences (two out of three isn’t bad). Her single “Traffic” certainly lives up to her self-described spunkiness. Her vocals bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Overall she has a solid voice. As for the song itself it’s about a woman stuck in traffic, who’s on her way to see her ex to take him back and forgive him. But thanks to the traffic it gives her enough time to realize this is a mistake and makes her turns around on the next exit. Despite the pop country leanings, it still manages to tell this simple, but effective story. This is an example of when pop country can work. I wouldn’t call this great of course, but it’s decent enough. 6/10

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Josh Abbott Band – “Live It While You Got It” – Up 5 from #29 to #24
  • Deryl Dodd – “The Ride” – Up 4 from #20 to #16
  • Casey Donahew Band – “Kiss Me” – Up 3 from #6 to #3

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Green River Ordinance – “Simple Life” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Cody Jinks – “I’m Not The Devil” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band – “Everything I Need” – Down 13 from #2 to #15

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band – “Everything I Need”

On The Hot Seat:

  • None

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Randy Rogers Band – “Tequila Eyes”
  • Aaron Watson – “Outta Style”
  • Reverend’s Daughter – “Caroline”
  • Randall King (feat. Cleto Cordero) – “Hard Livin’ Illene”

 

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

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One thought on “The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [Nov. 21]

  1. Not the biggest fan of Whiskey Myers & the album Mud. “Lightning Bugs & Rain” is one of the best tracks on the album. I like the horn section.

    Casey Donahew Band – “Kiss Me”: uptempo radio fodder with banjo & FGL-like vocals.
    Deryl Dodd – “The Ride”: is it the David Allen Coe song? Sounds so. Great track.
    Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are”: fiddle & steel. Lot’s of fiddle & steel. But the singer…

    Blue Water Highway Band – “Speaking Of The Devil” (Texas Regional Radio Report #37 – 41 – 10 weeks). Great uptempo tune. Full of energy. Mix of classic rock’n’roll, country & soul. Hope it will reach the Top 30.

    Billboard Canada Country National Airplay – Canadian Artists Only:
    #1 – Dallas Smith – “Autograph”
    #2 – High Valley – “Every Week’s Got A Friday”
    #3 – Aaron Goodvin – “Woman In Love”
    #4 – Aaron Pritchett – “Out Of The Blue”
    #5 – Brett Kissel feat. Carolyn Dawn Johnson – “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair”
    On The Rise: #28 (36) – Lindsey Ell – “All Alright”

    Country Music Services / Country Tracks Top 40 Australia:
    #1 – Aly Cook – “Kimberley” – Top Track New Zealand – Album: Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel
    #2 – Seleen McAlister feat. Drew McAlister – “I’ve Got You” – Album: Follow The Journey
    #3 – Alice Benfer – “A Little Bit Flirty” – EP: Cowgirl Rockin’
    On The Rise: #16 (35) – Terry Bennetts – “The Trainee Ringer”
    Top New Track: #17 – Susan Lily – “Butterfly”
    Top American Track: #40 – Kenny Chesney – “Trip Around The Sun”

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