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. 

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

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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. 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. 

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. 

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [October 31]

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +12

The pulse debuts this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • N/A

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • N/A

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • N/A

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • N/A

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Kyle Park – “Rednecks With Paychecks”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Sean McConnell – “Holy Days”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Dalton Domino – “July”
  • Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic”
  • Reverend’s Daughter – “Caroline”
  • Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are”

 

Notes: What do you think? I told you I would be replacing the Past Pulse with something similar. It made too much sense to finally give the Texas chart the pulse treatment. The Past Pulse was originally created to serve as a comparison to the current mainstream radio chart, but quickly proved to be a hilarious exercise. Of course the Past Pulse was going to blow away the current one. So basically the Past Pulse grew to be a nostalgia trip down memory lane and quickly lost its original purpose. I also tried the Pulse of Americana, but neither iterations of that wasn’t going to work because it wasn’t an even comparison (one chart was for album sales and the other was airplay, but didn’t list specific songs). This is the perfect comparison with the mainstream chart and I think will perfectly serve the original purpose I had with the Past Pulse.

Now for the original chart, this is about where I expected it. As you can see its not all roses and sunshine with Texas radio either. But it’s positive and that’s something that has only happened once on the mainstream chart pulse. There is one big issue I immediately have with it though: where are the women artists?! There’s not a single female artist in the entire top 30. This is an absolute joke. I may give mainstream radio a lot of shit for trotting out the same female artists every year, but at least they play some women on the radio. Of course this is further proof once again that all women in country music are having issues getting a fair shake, whether if it’s in Nashville or in Texas. Hopefully Texas Radio improves on this front soon.

 

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

Billboard Introduces Americana Music Chart

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Last week’s Hodgepodge is starting to look more fortuitous, isn’t it? I swear I didn’t know when I wrote it! In all seriousness this is news that further proves my point that this Americana movement is something that’s going to continue to grow. According to USA Today, Billboard announced last Thursday in an email with record executives that the current Folk Albums chart would be re-branded as the Americana and Folk Albums chart. The change will take effect on June 4. It’s yet another step forward to wide-spread recognition by not just the music industry, but fans everywhere. By being officially recognized by Billboard, this is yet another feather in the cap for Americana.

It was a long overdue move by Billboard, especially with the commercial rise of Americana artists and the fact that another major institution like the Grammys already recognize Americana with their awards. Jason Isbell topped the Country Albums chart last year and there was a minor controversy over this because he’s widely regarded as an Americana act and he squeaked by country legend Alan Jackson, who’s representatives didn’t want to concede #1. Then of course you have the Green River Ordinance controversy from a few months back when Billboard refused to recognize their new album on the country chart. USA Today reached out to Green River Ordinance’s manager Larry Murray and asked him his thoughts on the announcement. He applauded the move and embraces the Americana label, but would still like to be recognized by the country chart too.

“When you say ‘Americana’ it gives different weight to an artist’s stature,” Murray said. “It could also be a really competitive chart in the next few months to a year, as you see artists that are more and more prevalent now coming forward.”

Executive Director of the Americana Association Jed Hilly had nothing but praise for Billboard’s introduction of an Americana chart too:

“I think it’s a game-changer and that’s why it is a home run, because this chart will represent the importance and sales potential of this genre, and we’ve never had that before,” Hilly said. “I think it will be one of the most significant charts artists will look at, because they’ll want to be associated with other artists, because these artists are writing songs to tell stories the best way they can from an artistic standpoint primarily.”

I don’t have much else to add except to echo the sentiments from both Hilly and Murray. There will undoubtedly be some acts that still end up on both the country and Americana charts like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton. But for acts that are solely Americana this is a big move for them as they will reach more audiences and be further accepted. Some may not like that folk is getting folded in with Americana, but to me it makes total sense because many artists who identify as one identify as the other. Besides I don’t hear very much chatter on what’s happening on the folk chart. But there will undoubtedly be chatter around it now with its re-branding.

 


Country Perspective will be giving great consideration into doing a weekly series with the newly re-branded chart, especially if we see interest in expressed such a thing.