The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio [February 13]

Yeah I couldn’t think of anything interesting for this week’s top song. So here’s CeeLo Green’s new look at the Grammys. Mesmerizing, eh?

Each week we take a look the Billboard Country Airplay 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 mainstream country music and determine if it’s improving or getting worse. Let’s take a look at this week’s top thirty…

  1. Dustin Lynch – “Seein’ Red” -5 (Up 2)
  2. Little Big Town – “Better Man” +2 (Up 2)
  3. Chris Young (feat. Vince Gill) – “Sober Saturday Night” +1 (Up 2)
  4. Thomas Rhett – “Star of the Show” -3 (Down 3)
  5. Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” -1 (Down 3) 
  6. Brad Paisley – “Today” +2 (Up 1)
  7. Michael Ray – “Douchey Pickup Song” -5 (Up 1)
  8. Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots” +1 (Up 1)
  9. Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) – “Kill A Word” +4 (Up 1) [Best Song]
  10. Luke Bryan – “Fast” -1 (Up 1)
  11. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled” -2 (Up 2)
  12. Jason Aldean – “Any Ol’ Barstool” (Up 2)
  13. Brantley Gilbert – “The Weekend” -5 (Up 2)
  14. Kelsea Ballerini – “Yeah Boy” -5 (Up 2)
  15. Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” (Up 2)
  16. Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl” (Up 2)
  17. Kenny Chesney – “Bar at the End of the World” -3 (Up 2)
  18. High Valley – “Make You Mine” -2 (Up 2)
  19. Dierks Bentley – “Black” -2 (Up 4)
  20. Trent Harmon – “There’s A Girl” +1 (Up 4)
  21. Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road” -5 [Worst Song]
  22. Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” +4 
  23. Dan + Shay – “How Not To” +1 (Up 6)
  24. Luke Combs – “Hurricane” -1 (New to Top 30)
  25. Darius Rucker – “If I Told You” 
  26. Craig Campbell – “Outskirts of Heaven” +3 (Up 1)
  27. Rascal Flatts – “Yours If You Want It” -2 (Up 3)
  28. Miranda Lambert – “We Should Be Friends” +2
  29. Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good” -4 (Re-Enters Top 30)
  30. Runaway June – “Lipstick” +3 (Re-Enters Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio: -26

The pulse drops one spot this week.

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Granger Dibbles Jr. – “If The Boot Fits” -4 (Finally!)
  • Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” -1
  • Zac Brown Band – “My Old Man” +4

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Luke Combs – “Hurricane”
    • In case you didn’t know this is the newest On The Verge song. Not a bad pick considering this was selling well and doing good YouTube numbers before even being picked. With On The Verge, I won’t be surprised if this goes all the way to #1.
  • Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good”
  • Runaway June – “Lipstick”
    • Their label appears to be sticking behind this song, which is good to see. However it’s at 37 weeks and I think the best the label can do at this point is try to get this into the top 25 because I don’t see it going beyond this. It’s not selling well and radio isn’t keen on it.

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Luke Combs – “Hurricane” – Up 8 from #32 to #26
  • Dan + Shay – “How Not To” – Up 6 from #29 to #23 (Huh. Thought this one was being dropped?)
  • Dierks Bentley – “Black” – Up 4 from #23 to #19
  • Trent Harmon – “There’s A Girl” – Up 4 from #24 to #20

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Granger Dibbles Jr. – “If The Boot Fits” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Zac Brown Band – “My Old Man” – Out of the Top 30 (#35)

Songs I See Going Recurrent & Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” (I think the label is going to try for top 20 and drop support. But this is Warner and well see below…)
  • High Valley – “Make You Mine” (51 weeks! Let it gooooo)
  • Craig Campbell – “Outskirts of Heaven” (44 weeks)

On The Hot Seat:

  • Darius Rucker – “If I Told You” (Sales aren’t bad, but this single is already 30 weeks old. With lots of new singles on the rise, this one needs to show more signs of life if it hopes to stick around)

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”
  • Cole Swindell – “Flatliner”
  • Keith Urban (feat. Carrie Underwood) – “The Fighter”
  • Zac Brown Band – “My Old Man”


As always be sure to weigh-in with your thoughts in the comments below. 

29 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio [February 13]

  1. Raymond February 15, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I’m stunned High Valley is still in. Same with Chris Janson and Craig Campbell.

    In other news I am pleasantly happy, Lauren Alaina is holding her own. She might get passed by Jason Aldean but she is getting really close to the Top 10 and I am thinking given the decent callout and sales, maybe “Road Less Traveled” can make the Top 5.

    The only songs I see leaving soon are the freefalling Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett. I also expect Garth Brooks, High Valley, Craig Campbell, Chris Janson, and very unfortunately Runaway June.

    They need to announce an album for these girls, I doubt they ever make the Top 30 again (OTV being the exception) and don’t have what is happening with Chase Bryant right now as he had Two Top 10s and the label still decided not to release the album and “Room To Breathe” is essentially dead in the water.


    • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Chase Bryant had no business being in the Top Ten, to begin with, with his lead two offerings given their sales and streaming (or lack thereof).

      If Granger Smith can’t command the interest of listeners with subsequent efforts, hopefully he joins him.


  2. Amanda February 15, 2017 / 11:22 am

    My thoughts for the week:

    So glad to see Runaway June back in the top 30. Hopefully we will get a full album from them sometime this year, or at least an EP. High Valley has been in the top 60 for almost a year. That is absolutely ridiculous, especially since the song isn’t even that good. Seein’ Red is just another song that will be completely forgotten once it drops off of the chart. Hopefully My Old Man rebounds back into the top thirty soon.

    Personal best song: Runaway June, “Lipstick” (#30): +3 It was a close tie between Lipstick and Outskirts of Heaven, but I gave the slight edge to Lipstick. Naomi, Jennifer, and Hannah sound great, there is plenty of fiddle (I am a huge sucker for fiddle and steel guitar), and it is just an all-around fun song. When this song comes on when I am just out driving around, I love to turn it up loud and sing along with it!

    Personal worst song: Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” (#21): -5 This song just makes me sad. If Brantley Gilbert doesn’t release Bro Code as a single, or if someone else doesn’t manage to screw up massively and release something even worse (I’m not holding my breath, because I’ve heard rumors that Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, and Kelsea Ballerini are releasing new music this year, and Thomas Rhett is fully responsible for the two worst songs ever in the history of music [South Side and Vacation]), then Sam Hunt will for sure by a landslide win my worst song of 2017 dishonor.


    • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      If “Body Like A Back Road” doesn’t wind up being the Worst Single of 2017 to my ears, it is pretty much guaranteed to be the stupidest single of 2017.

      But with the way it is conquering the charts early on and all signs are pointing to it becoming another career hit for Sam Hunt, I fail to see how it won’t end up at #1 off of net impact alone.


  3. Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Too many songs are out-staying their welcome and just need to give it a rest already to provide opportunities not just for other artists, but for themselves as many of their current releases aren’t even bankable.

    Seriously: why does Valory find it worthwhile to continue pushing “The Weekend” when it would likely provide them much more payoff letting it go and going with “Rockin’ Chairs”? Or Garth Brooks’ pointless single? Or Parmalee and “Roots”? And so forth.

    A chart spring-cleaning is long overdue, but it should include a perception shift on behalf of the programmers as to what’s beneficial to their interests in a practical sense.


    The big overlooked story, in my opinion, is the sudden struggle of “Fast” and, more tellingly, the trendlines between Bryan’s single and his chief chart competitor: Jason Aldean’s “Any Ol’ Barstool”.

    Both these singles debuted on Mediabase on the exact same day 73 days ago. Yet, as robust as both releases’ ascents have been, “Fast” initially greatly outpaced “Any Ol’ Barstool” in its ascent and, at one point, had mounted an over-thousand spin lead between the two of them. Now? A mere 331 spin margin and approximate 2.2 million in audience separates the two entertainers.

    “Fast” has suddenly petered out and flatlined over these past two weeks, while “Any Ol’ Barstool” has maintained a healthy pace. It helps that Jason Aldean’s single is scoring magnificent in radio callout surveys, but it still doesn’t explain on Bryan’s part why he’s suddenly struggling.

    “Fast” is still only in its eleventh charting week, but this is nonetheless a surprising development that warrants watching closely and whether his chief chart rival or even Lauren Alaina can leapfrog him within the next week.


    • Raymond February 15, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      You have no idea how happy I’d be if Lauren Alaina passed Luke Bryan as she appears to be holding her own ever since the album dropped a couple weeks ago.


      • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 12:46 pm

        Well, I DO know you’ve been praising the song as the best thing since bread came sliced, so that should say enough! 😉

        Just giving you a hard time is all! ^__^

        Still, even with her, her single has never been a hot-seller or has elicited much in the way of passion, so it baffles me why label executives can’t express more gratitude for what they have and just look to the bigger picture in terms of promoting their artists. As is, “Doin’ Fine” should have been the lead single in my mind because as generic as the production of that song is too, the message would have hit home to her target female audience and garnered more passion scores.

        If I were her label, I’d just focus on getting her into the Top Ten at this point and then say “I’m more than satisfied! Let’s prepare for Single #2!”. I personally like “Kill A Word” much more, but I argue the exact same for EMI.


        • seak05 February 15, 2017 / 12:51 pm

          Kill a word seems to be getting a second wind, Lauren is also gaining. If radio is willing to keep converting, might as well keep going.


          • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 1:05 pm

            But again, it’s about looking at the bigger picture and seeing what works best for their rosters.

            It’s a little different with “Kill A Word” because Eric Church obviously has the clout now to release whatever he wants and he released it solely due to its message (which I agree is most timely and urgent). But still…………………why is there no video? “Kill A Word” is EXACTLY the sort of song that DEMANDS a quality video to accompany it and the sort of song that would benefit commercially from one.

            And I understand that, maybe EMI Nashville doesn’t want to get their fingerprints on something that might promote movements and cries polarizing to country listeners like #BlackLivesMatter or transgender homicides. But I’m sure Eric Church would gladly fund one out of pocket. But neither scenario is the case, and it underscores why if you’re going to keep pushing a song, you need to go all-out with it.


            With “Road Less Traveled”, I’m just simply convinced it has pretty much ran its course and already achieved plenty and, ultimately, nothing this song does from here on out will really matter in the broader sense in that it’s already a forgettable, innocuous song as is.

            It’s by no means selling or streaming terribly like Granger Smith or Chase Bryant. But when it’s currently sitting at #162 on iTunes (#37 among country singles) and has been anemic in streaming at just over two million YouTube video views………………….there just comes a time where you have to read the writing on the wall and concede the time, energy and resources are best spent trying to produce a bigger follow-up. Like trying to appeal further to the Carrie Underwood crowd with “Queen of Hearts”, or attempting to get her on a large award show performance slot where she can attempt “a moment” with one of the more poignant songs like “Same Day Different Bottle” or “Three”.

            Such aims are hampered when all the attention is set myopically on giving a song most are pleasantly indifferent about an integer on her Wikipedia chart performance page at least six numerals higher than where it’s at presently.


          • Josh Schott February 15, 2017 / 3:23 pm

            I think Alaina has a chance to stick around on radio if she makes a good choice for the next single. As you mentioned, “Queen of Hearts” very much appeals to the Carrie crowd and would be my choice. This would especially be a good choice because Carrie appears to be taking a break before releasing what I’m assuming will be a lead single for a new album later this year. Alaina could fill that void and in the process kind of establish herself. I’m just hoping “Same Day Different Bottle” becomes a single, as that song needs to be heard.


          • Raymond February 15, 2017 / 3:56 pm

            The four options are “Three”, “My Kinda People” “Doin Fine” and “Queen of Hearts”. Out of the 4 I would pick either “Doin Fine” (radio friendly production) or “Queen of Hearts” (also radio friendly, and more pop country).

            Lauren Alaina song continues to show more potential as she is approaching. If radio is willing to play the song and are showing no signs of it peaking than the label should continue.

            Josh, I actually kind of hope that the label goes for “Think Outside the Boy” or “Three” as those 2 are by far my favorite songs on the album.


          • Josh Schott February 15, 2017 / 4:05 pm

            I think “Three” is a good choice for a single, but definitely not “Think Outside The Boy.” I enjoy both songs as I said in my review, but the latter would fail as a single for precisely the same reason Maddie & Tae’s “Shut Up and Fish” stalled out in the 20s and got horrible call-out scores. It’s putting douche bros in their place and we all saw how M&T’s label had to shut off the comments for the above’s single video on YouTube because of all the sexist bullshit being spewed by think skinned bros who can’t handle a woman telling them how it is. I would love to hear these type of songs at radio, but the Brantley Gilbert fan types are too delicate to handle a little criticism.


          • Raymond February 15, 2017 / 7:29 pm

            Josh, out of the 4 options the label is planning I would do “Doin Fine” and regardless of how that one does, send out “Three”.

            We still have to wait for “Road Less Traveled” to be done and given the upward swing of momentum, I wouldn’t expect a new single til early April if I’m being honest (when the next single goes for adds)


          • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 8:22 pm

            The point I was making is that radio executives in general need to be more creative and innovative in where they place all their chips.

            And when you’re needlessly stuffing them all in one basket that is a slightly higher radio chart position, it only diverts resources away from what very well could have mattered down the line in attempting to sinew an artist in the mainstream.

            If your single happens to be a huge streaming and sales hit and is still in the process of scaling the airplay chart, then by all means it doesn’t hurt to keep riding the success a bit longer. But with something anemic and hardly budging the dial like “Road Less Traveled”, “The Weekend”, “There’s A Girl”, “Roots”, “Outskirts of Heaven”, “For Her”, or even current releases from established names like “Fast” and potentially “Black”…………………what sense does it make to keep spinning their wheels if they’re barely going to improve their ultimate outcome any whit?

            At least with something like, say, Brad Paisley’s “Today”……………………….which is, itself, a mediocre-selling single with average streaming………………….it hasn’t been wasting any time scaling the airplay chart in that it has been steadily soaring at a healthy pace from the onset. If you’re not going to move along, then just move on and experiment with something else that might.


          • Raymond February 15, 2017 / 9:46 pm

            Nadia, my point is that if radio doesn’t look like they want to move on from the song (which they don’t for Lauren Alaina song it seems) than the label has no incentive to drop the song.

            When radio outright starts stalling a song (and I mean like what we saw with 80s Mercedes, My Church, Vice, and Nobody To Blame) than the label gets the hint. But if radio still wants to play the song than the label sure won’t object.

            The reason why songs from High Valley and Chris Janson, also Granger Smith recently last so long is because it’ll be a long time before any of those acts are in the Top 30 when it comes to airplay. So the label wants to expose the acts as long as possible with that song, even if the majority of Fans don’t care.

            Do I agree with that line of thinking? Yes and No. Yes in the sense it makes the artists possibly more well known. But it slows down the charts massively and leads to songs like the one right now from Florida Georgia Line to strangely go up slower than expected.

            I do think the label is well aware this could very well be the only hit Lauren Alaina gets (if they release “My Kinda People” she’s gonna flop with that, I guarntee) so why not milk the song until there’s no way it can achieve anything more. Radio’s willing and it keeps the artists name out there.

            I understand where you are coming from. But there’s bigger fish to fry than “Road Less Traveled” right now on the chart. If they are gonna keep promoting “Kill A Word” than I can guarntee “Road Less Traveled” will remain around.


    • Josh Schott February 15, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      I’m already predicting it now: Garth Brooks gets a top ten hit at radio in 2017. And I’m gonna laugh pretty hard when it happens because it’s just so ridiculously dumb. Almost funny as him still not putting his music on YouTube.

      Great point on “Fast” and something I’ve noticed too. I’m a little skeptical to say country radio is cool on it, but rather the label not pushing so hard considering this is most likely the last single off Kill The Lights. Then again this is less upbeat than his previous singles and his fans tend to go for the crap like “Kick the Dust Up.” I think Florida Georgia Line should be more concerned, as “God, Your Mama, and Me” is really climbing slow. It feels like it’s been sitting just outside the top 30 for a while, much like Thomas Rhett’s “Vacation.” The inclusion of the Backstreet Boys has to be polarizing to some listeners and radio programmers, which is why I’ve been skeptical of it being a single. I think “Island” would have been a better choice.


      • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 8:34 pm

        “God, Your Mama & Me” and its anemic early chart showing definitely has given me pause.

        However, I’ll refrain from sounding off the “Hot Seat” alarms until after the premiere of the video, and a two-week padding of sorts to let it sink in.

        I mean, its sales thus far have actually been solid. It was consistently enjoying staying power in the lower half of the iTunes Country chart as an album track, and is now at #31: outselling releases like “Road Less Traveled”, “Today” and “Bar At The End Of The World”. So if something’s inhibiting this song, it isn’t due to sales lacking.

        Perhaps callout may turn out to be the culprit. But, again, we’re too early in its chart run to gauge what it is. And, frankly, if it turns out that the mere appearance of the Backstreet Boys is alienating listeners, then that honestly flummoxes me because it isn’t like Rascal Flatts, Lonestar, Hunter Hayes and others haven’t mined the boy-band production waters before and gotten away with it. I mean, frickin’ Alabama got away with a Top Five N’Sync cover 18 years ago. If a modest feature on part of the Backstreet Boys is way too much for listeners but one featuring N’Sync gets a free pass, it smacks as hypocritical, just saying.

        With me, “God, Your Mama & Me” is just something I’m completely indifferent towards. It has its heart in the right place but isn’t challenging in any way, shape or form. It’s pleasantly anonymous music.

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      • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 8:40 pm

        As much as I hate the song (due to romanticizing the good girl saves bad boy routine as well as the shamelessly lazy, checklist lyrics), I’m shocked they didn’t go with “Good Girl, Bad Boy” as the third single.

        I mean, gauging by YouTube views, “Good Girl, Bad Boy” has a WIDE view lead over the other tracks. It has over 1.6 million views to date: pretty damn impressive for an album cut (the next closest being “Grow Old” with almost 1.1 million.)

        I probably would have just gone with “Good Girl, Bad Boy” third, followed by either “Grow Old” or “While He’s Still Around” as the fourth. Then, if the demand for a fifth was there, I would have released “Smooth” to end on more of an upbeat note.


  4. seak05 February 15, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Yeah, Luke’s song is having a surprising stall right now. I’m actually surprised “the weekend” is struggling this much, its call out numbers are decent, and he’s a dude. Black is still going pretty slow for Dierks, and FGL’s with BSB is really struggling.

    Radio also doesn’t seem to really want to let Blake’s song AGWAG go, which could lead to a slow start for EIHTS (goes for ads this week, granted it already has 20).


    • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 1:07 pm

      Well, much of “BG Nation” vocalized their displeasure with the track upon its release, and it has always been a mediocre seller since.

      I think it’s his lame attempt at vocally emulating Drake in the verses that has turned many off.


  5. OlaR February 15, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Somewhere Out There: Chris Lane is #40 (week 19), Hunter Hayes (#45) lost the bullet (again), Tucker Beathard is bullet-less too (#52), “Candyland” & the Ryan Follese song (#58 & #59) might leave the charts & never come back.
    Hopefully the 15 minutes of fame for Chris Lane are over. His album sold 17.300 units so far. Singing sleeping-pill Dylan Scott sold 22.500 units & Margo Price close to 47.000 units. The LoCash album is not on the list but the numbers can’t be much better compared to Chris Lane.
    “Make You Mine” can’t help the High Valley album (10.400). (Source: Roughstock)
    Country radio is playing the same songs for 10 (or more) month, pushing the shit to #1 & nobody cares about the artists or the released music. Margo Price, Cody Jinks or Bradley Walker make much better COUNTRY music & sell more albums. But radio gives a f***.

    Hot Shot Debut: “The Fighter” (#44)
    Re-Entry: “Kiss Me”…?…Casey Donahew!
    New: “Just A Phase”. Singer/Songwriter Adam Craig.

    Billboard Top Country Albums:
    #1 – New – Reba McEntire – Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope

    Billboard Americana/Folk Albums:
    #1 – Chris Stapleton – Traveller

    Billboard Canada Country National Airplay:
    #1 – Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
    #2 – Little Big Town – “Better Man”
    #3 – Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”
    Highest Canadian Track: #5 – Dean Brody – “Time”

    Country Tracks Top 40 Australia (Country Music Services):
    #1 – The Long & Short Of It – “Kangaroo Rodeo”
    #2 – Connie Kis Andersen – “Happy Day”
    #3 – Rick Hart – “Driver Alone”
    “Blue Ain’t Your Colour” was a new entry last week (#11) & dropped to #38 this week. Right direction.


    • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      As I’ve been pointing out, “On The Verge” beneficiaries almost always appear to fall into commercial obscurity with subsequent releases: with Sam Hunt and Michael Ray being the only exceptions to the rule so far (and I fail to see Michael Ray sticking around after his current hit.)

      I said Tucker Beathard would inevitably go the way of A Thousand Horses, and that’s precisely what’s happening. It’s certainly not fair, but “On The Verge” is bloated instant gratification that just keeps setting entertainers hoping for staying power up for disappointment.

      Lauren Alaina will more than likely be the next unfortunate victim of this, unless her label focuses less on focusing all of their resources on one radio single and, instead, on artistic development and other means of promotion. She definitely has some songs that demonstrate her true potential as an artist in “Same Day Different Bottle”, “Three” and “Think Outside The Boy”, but chances are far more likely they’ll be grossly overlooked in favor of the safest, most banal ear-candy that accomplish little in making her stand out. And that will just set her up for a follow-up single slump endemic to almost every On The Verge-recipient to date.

      And, of course, we now have Luke Combs. And, surprise surprise, they’ve lapped up yet another vocalist with signs of sure promise but paired it with the most sterile, dime-a-dozen wall-of-sound production and processed beats also endemic of “On The Verge” releases. They’re obviously aiming for Chris Young’s demographic since his timbre does resemble his in a way (though Combs’ delivery is blander to Young’s), but that alone is not going to cut it if he’s looking at the long haul. Chris Young may be releasing the same processed, sterile, anonymous studio fodder now, but the point is he got where he is now via first amassing a catalog of more distinctive, intimate cuts and allowing himself to be developed artistically. That’s why Young is able to now get away with what he’s doing, but Combs won’t.

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      • Bob Loblaw February 16, 2017 / 10:27 am

        I don’t know why, but even though his music is trash, I can’t help but almost like Michael Ray. He has a good voice and appreciation for classic country, so he has the potential. Maybe he’ll change course, but probably not.


    • countryopinionblog February 15, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      I’m glad you mentioned Bradley Walker. Someone I know very well has done a bit of bluegrass picking with him & has great things to say about him.


  6. Brad February 15, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Josh, what do you think of Florida Georgia Line releasing “While He’s Still Around” or “Grow Old” as singles? They seem more real and not all the fake BS you hear now a days. Also would love Jake Owen to release “Where I Am” or “LAX” as a single.


    • Josh Schott February 15, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      I would really like it if FGL released either as singles and I could see at least one being a single, but not both. Owen is another one hanging on way too long to a dead single right now. So I would happy too to see those as new singles. I don’t see what he has to lose releasing a song like “LAX,” as he is another one who has struggled for consistent airplay since the death of bro country.


      • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 8:52 pm

        Between the two of them, “Grow Old” is clearly making much more of an impression virally (though “While He’s Still Around” is my favorite between the two of them).

        I think it’s very likely “Grow Old” would prove to be another career hit for them if released. I can even see it garnering modest levels of Adult Contemporary airplay.


    • Nadia Lockheart February 15, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Funny, I was JUST leaving a reply regarding single options above! ^__^

      If I had my druthers, I would have released “While He’s Still Around” third, “Grow Old” fourth and “Smooth” fifth.

      But realistically, from a commercial standpoint, “Good Girl Bad Boy” is dominating the other album cuts in terms of views on YouTube. I hate that song just to be clear but I nonetheless concede it’s clearly connecting with listeners better than most the rest of the album (probably because it’s one of several tracks that most closely resembles the sound of their debut album). It has over 1.6 million views to date: very impressive for an album track. (“Grow Old” is second with almost 1.1 million views, and the title track third with about 730,000 views.)

      “While He’s Still Around” is actually the worst-performing track on YouTube: with 233,000 hits to date. Promotional single “Life Is A Honeymoon” is also making negligible impact with about 290,000 hits.


  7. Brad February 15, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    It’s to bad for Owen who truly does have some songs that have been very country. He’s been sucked in I’m afraid.


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