The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [January 16]


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. Kevin Fowler – “Texas Forever” (Up 1)
  2. Josh Ward – “Broken Heart” +3 (Down 1)
  3. Curtis Grimes – “From Where I’m Standing” 
  4. William Clark Green – “Old Fashioned” -2 (Up 1)
  5. Jamie Richards – “Second Hand Smoke” +1 (Down 1)
  6. Aaron Watson – “Outta Style” 
  7. Randy Rogers Band – “Tequila Eyes” +3 (Up 2)
  8. Josh Abbott Band – “Live It While You Got It” (Up 3)
  9. Deryl Dodd – “The Ride” +2 (Up 1)
  10. Sundance Head – “13 Years” +2 (Up 4)
  11. Casey Donahew Band – “Kiss Me” -3 (Down 4)
  12. Matt Kimbrow – “Homesick Crazy” +2 (Up 7)
  13. Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back” -1 (Down 5)
  14. Mike Ryan – “New Hometown” (Up 2) 
  15. Kaleb McIntire – “Find Another Baby” -2 (Up 3)
  16. Dalton Domino – “July” +2 (Up 5)
  17. Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are” +5 (Up 8) [Best Song]
  18. Brandon Jenkins – “Shadow of a Broken Heart” (Up 4)
  19. Sam Riggs – “High On A Country Song” -3 (Down 7) [Worst Song]
  20. Shane Smith & The Saints – “Runaway Train” +3 (Up 3)
  21. Jake Worthington – “How Do You Honky Tonk” +1 (Down 8)
  22. Jon Wolfe – “Boots on a Dance Floor” -2 (Down 7)
  23. Randall King (feat. Cleto Cordero) – “Hard Livin’ Illene” +3 (Up 4)
  24. TJ Broscoff – “Should’ve Been Mine” -1 (Up 5)
  25. Luke Robinson – “She Drinks Alone” +1 (Up 1)
  26. Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic” +1 (Up 2)
  27. Junior Gordon – “I’m Breaking In” -1 (Up 3)
  28. Mark McKinney – “Bridge” +2 (New to Top 30)
  29. Blue Water Highway Band – “Speaking of the Devil” +3 (New to Top 30)
  30. Jody Booth – “They Found Me in a Honky Tonk” +3 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +24

The pulse improves five spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Roger Creager – “Wanna Wanna Bar” -3
  • Troy Cartwright – “Busted” +3
  • Flatland Cavalry – “One I Want” +3

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Mark McKinney – “Bridge”
    • Mark McKinney is a veteran artist of the Texas country scene, with multiple albums under his belt. This single is off his new upcoming album World in Between on February 3. It’s a song about the fallout of a broken relationship, with the man claiming both sides were the fault of it ending. But now she’s back to throw more matches on the bridge they burnt. While the song runs a little too long, the lyrics are solid and there’s a large dose of fiddle throughout the song that I enjoy. All in all a solid breakup song. 7/10
  • Blue Water Highway Band – “Speaking of the Devil”
    • This is the first time I’ve come across this group. It was formed by two longtime friends Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington. Both studied music in college, with Zack convincing Greg to come back to Texas from New York for his crazy idea of a band he had come up with while writing songs. Soon after Catherine Smith would join as a vocalist, Kyle James Smith as a bassist and Zach Landreneau as a multi-instrumentalist. They’re named after the highway that runs near the founders’ hometown of Jackson Lake, Texas. They’re self-described as a three-part harmonies Americana group, which certainly intrigued me. After listening to this single I’m even more interested. They aren’t kidding about the three-part harmonies, as it’s powerfully fantastic. Their sound is so much different and more unique than the usual on this chart. It’s fun, infectious and dare I say soulful. I can’t wait to hear more from this group. 8/10
  • Jody Booth – “They Found Me in a Honky Tonk”
    • Jody Booth is another name that’s new to me. It appears he’s fairly new based on his discography, as he only released one album six years ago. But on his site he boasts of writing and performing with the biggest names in the Texas scene, as well as opening for legends like Willie and Haggard. So I really wasn’t sure what to expect. What you get is some pretty damn good country music. The song is about being a young boy and wondering off from his parent, only for them to find him in a honky tonk listening to country music from the jukebox. The song continues on about how you can always find him a honky tonk listening to country music, even grown up. There’s plenty of fiddle and steel guitar in this catchy and fun song too. Booth makes quite a good first impression with this single. 8/10

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are” – Up 8 from #25 to #17
  • Mark McKinney – “Bridge” – Up 8 from #36 to #28
  • Matt Kimbrow – “Homesick Crazy” – Up 7 from #19 to #12

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Roger Creager – “Wanna Wanna Bar” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Troy Cartwright – “Busted” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Flatland Cavalry – “One I Want” – Out of the Top 30 & Done

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Casey Donahew Band – “Kiss Me”
  • Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back”
  • Jake Worthington – “How Do You Honky Tonk”
  • Sam Riggs – “High on a Country Song”
  • Jon Wolfe – “Boots on a Dance Floor”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Luke Robinson – “She Drinks Alone”
  • TJ Broscoff – “Should’ve Been Mine”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Reckless Kelly – “Forever Today”
  • Max Stalling – “Nights Pay in My Boot”
  • Adrian Johnston – “Rather Have You”
  • Bri Bagwell – “Beer Pressure”


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

3 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [January 16]

  1. KQ January 19, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Damn, still much better than mainstream country radio…


  2. OlaR January 19, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Blue Water Highway Band. Great & unique music. Great (harmony) vocals. An Ep was released in 2013 (Blue Water Highway Band EP) & an Album in 2015 (Things We Carry).
    The Ep is very good but the album is like “the next level” for the band.

    The new #1 is ok (Kevin Fowler). Just another song praising the lone star state.
    The next #1 will be Curtis Grimes with “From Where I’m Standing”. An old-fashioned country ballad. Not too far away from George Strait. Good one. (+3)

    Bri Bagwell is the “leading lady of texas country”. “Half As Much” was a #1 hit last year. The only solo female artist to reach the #1 spot. “Beer Pressure” is a funny & traditional midtempo tune. (+3)

    Chris Story is up to #40 (54 last week – week 13) with “Quit”. Another midtempo-song not too far away from George Strait. With a great steel guitar. (+2).

    My Country Top Tracks Of The Week:
    #01 – Wade Proctor – “Texas Tonight”
    #02 – Ryan Laird – “Love Long Gone”
    #03 – Ashleigh Dallas – “Lighthouse”
    #04 – Drew Taylor Band – “Pickup Soul”
    #05 – Norlina – “Through My Radio”
    #06 – Chase Stapleton – “When The Dust Clears”
    #07 – Peter McWirther – “I Will Stand By You”
    #08 – Liam Kennedy-Clark & Cassi Hilbers – “Dancing In The Dark”
    #09 – James Blundell feat. Tania Kernaghan – “True Blue”
    #10 – Eric Gress – “Another Song About Whiskey”
    On The Rise: Aleyce Simmonds – “Defeated”
    On The Rise: Kacey Chambers – “Satelitte”
    On The Rise: Benn Gunn – “Like We Ain’t Ever”
    On The Rise: The McClymonts – “Nothing Good Comes Easy”
    On The Rise: Daniel Bonte – “Easy Kinda Livin'”
    On The Rise: Kelvin Cummings – “It Will Rain”

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    • countryopinionblog January 19, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Well, the article plus the above comment give me a whole bunch more to check out when I get the time.


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