The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [February 6]

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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. Aaron Watson – “Outta Style” (Up 2)
  2. Curtis Grimes – “From Where I’m Standing” 
  3. Randy Rogers Band – “Tequila Eyes” +3 (Up 2)
  4. Josh Abbott Band – “Live It While You Got It” (Up 2)
  5. Sundance Head – “13 Years” +2 (Up 3)
  6. Kevin Fowler – “Texas Forever” (Down 2)
  7. Mike Ryan – “New Hometown” (Up 5)
  8. William Clark Green – “Old Fashioned” -2 (Down 1)
  9. Jamie Richards – “Second Hand Smoke” +1 (Down 8)
  10. Matt Kimbrow – “Homesick Crazy” +2 (Up 1)
  11. Deryl Dodd – “The Ride” +2 (Down 1)
  12. Dalton Domino – “July” +2 (Up 1)
  13. Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are” +5 (Up 1) [Best Song]
  14. Randall King (feat. Cleto Cordero) – “Hard Livin’ Illene” +3 (Up 2)
  15. Brandon Jenkins – “Shadow of a Broken Heart” (Up 2)
  16. Shane Smith & The Saints – “Runaway Train” +3 (Down 1)
  17. Reckless Kelly – “Forever Today” +3 (Up 5)
  18. Josh Ward – “Broken Heart” +3 (Down 9)
  19. TJ Broscoff – “Should’ve Been Mine” -1 
  20. Mark McKinney – “Bridge” +2 
  21. Casey Donahew Band – “Kiss Me” -3 (Down 3) [Worst Song]
  22. Junior Gordon – “I’m Breaking In” -1 (Down 1)
  23. Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic” +1 (Up 3)
  24. Jody Booth – “They Found Me in a Honky Tonk” +3 
  25. Adrian Johnston – “Rather Have You” +2 (Up 3)
  26. Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band – “Still Not Over You” (New to Top 30)
  27. Max Stalling – “Nights Pay in My Boot” +2 (Down 2)
  28. Bri Bagwell – “Beer Pressure” +1 (New to Top 30)
  29. Dustin Sonnier – “People Like Me” +2 
  30. Blue Water Highway Band – “Speaking of the Devil” +3

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +40

The pulse improves one spot this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back” -1
  • Luke Robinson – “She Drinks Alone” +1

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band – “Still Not Over You”
    • I wasn’t a big fan of this group’s last single “Everything I Need,” so I’m hoping for better with “Still Not Over You.” Right away we’re introduced to some twangy steel guitar, which is great. It’s a heartbreak ballad about a man not being able to get over his ex. On paper it sounds good, but upon repeated listens it turns out to be a sleepy song to my ears. It just lacks the emotional punch to really get the lyrics across. As I said the instrumentation is nice, but the song itself doesn’t do enough to make me remember it. 5/10
  • Bri Bagwell – “Beer Pressure”
    • Bri Bagwell is one of the bigger names amongst women artists in the Texas country scene, who first came onto people’s radars when she finished in the top ten of CMT’s music reality show Next Superstar. Ever since she’s formed a band called The Banded and stuck to the Texas scene, as she prides herself on her independent status and relentless touring schedule. She has a few albums under her belt and is a veteran of the scene despite her young age. Her new single is “Beer Pressure,” which as you can guess from the title is a play on peer pressure except with beer. Despite the telegraphed theme, it’s a relatively fun song about letting loose and enjoying a few drinks. It’s not very deep and isn’t trying to be; it’s just a laid back song and I enjoy it for what it is. 6/10

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band – “Still Not Over You” – Up 6 from #32 to #26
  • Mike Ryan – “New Hometown” – Up 5 from #12 to #7
  • Reckless Kelly – “Forever Today” – Up 5 from #22 to #17

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Luke Robinson – “She Drinks Alone” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Josh Ward – “Broken Heart” – Down 9 from #9 to #18

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Josh Ward – “Broken Heart”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Blue Water Highway Band – “Speaking of the Devil”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Robert Ray – “Dream of You”
  • Stephanie Urbina Jones – “Vamonos! (Let’s Go)”
  • Dirty River Boys – “Simplified”
  • The Buffalo Ruckus – “Hills and Valleys”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [February 2]

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +39

The pulse improves four spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Kaleb McIntire – “Find Another Baby” -2
  • Jake Worthington – “How Do You Honky Tonk” +1

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Adrian Johnston – “Rather Have You”
    • It’s about damn time we got another woman artist in the top 30. I mean there’s plenty of quality music, but I don’t want a total sausage party. Johnston is a fairly new artist from Dallas who is self-described as sassy, citing the likes Bonnie Raitt, Miranda Lambert and Stevie Nicks as influences. She’s released one EP and four singles so far, including her newest one “Rather Have You.” The sassiness shines through, as Johnston sings of wanting the wilder side of a relationship. I can definitely hear the Raitt influence in her voice and it’s quite nice. The fiddle play really compliments the lyrics well too. All-around a solid song and I definitely want to hear more from Johnston, as her potential intrigues me. 7/10
  • Dustin Sonnier – “People Like Me”
    • Hailing from Vatican, Louisiana Dustin Sonnier is an up and comer in the Texas scene. He’s been making music from an early age and has been relentlessly touring across Texas. So far he’s released an album, an EP and a few singles. His newest is “People Like Me.” Right away I enjoy the instrumentation, a blend of guitars, fiddle and piano. The song itself is about a honky tonk man taking responsibility for his own behavior, saying it’s people like him that give him a bad name. It’s a little repetitive, but it’s fun and I enjoy Sonnier’s vocal performance. 7/10

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Dustin Sonnier – “People Like Me” – Up 10 from #39 to #29
  • Adrian Johnston – “Rather Have You” – Up 6 from #34 to #28
  • Max Stalling – “Nights Pay in My Boot” – Up 4 from #29 to #25

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Kaleb McIntire – “Find Another Baby” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Jake Worthington – “How Do You Honky Tonk” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Josh Ward – “Broken Heart” – Down 7 from #2 to #9

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back”
  • Luke Robinson – “She Drinks Alone”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Blue Water Highway Band – “Speaking of the Devil”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Bri Bagwell – “Beer Pressure”
  • Jerrett Zoch & The OSR Band – “Still Not Over You”
  • Robert Ray – “Dream of You”
  • Stephanie Urbina Jones – “Vamonos! (Let’s Go)”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [January 24]

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +34

The pulse improves ten spots this week!  

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Sam Riggs – “High on a Country Song” -3
  • Jon Wolfe – “Boots on a Dance Floor” -2

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Reckless Kelly – “Forever Today”
    • One of the best in the Texas scene return with new single “Forever Today.” The song is about a man and woman continuing to want each other, yet never being able to come together. Things just never work out like their hearts want them to work out. The heartache and desperation reflected in the vocals really make the lyrics standout well. The sparse instrumentation also really allows the lyrics to be front and center. Once again the Braun brothers deliver a really good single to Texas radio. 8/10
  • Max Stalling – “Nights Pay in My Boot”
    • Max Stalling is a veteran country artist of the Texas scene. He says he never expected to make it in music until he started picking up the guitar in graduate school. Ever since he’s made quite a lengthy career out of it. Stalling cites stalwarts such as Townes, Guy and Lyle Lovett among his biggest influences. With that in mind I dove into his new single “Nights Pay in My Boot” and based off the title I didn’t expect much. But it’s actually quite solid. While a tad cliché the song is about making your own way and working hard for what you want and how this lifestyle has served him well throughout various points in his life. While it’s not a groundbreaking theme, Stalling sings it with gusto and there’s some nice fiddle play in the bridge. It doesn’t blow me away, but it’s pretty good. 7/10

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Reckless Kelly – “Forever Today” – Up 8 from #32 to #24
  • Randall King (feat. Cleto Cordero) – “Hard Livin’ Illene” – Up 7 from #23 to #16
  • Mark McKinney – “Bridge” – Up 5 from #28 to #23

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Sam Riggs – “High on a Country Song” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Jon Wolfe – “Boots on a Dance Floor” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back” – Down 8 from #13 to #21

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Zane Williams – “Bringin’ Country Back”
  • Jake Worthington – “How Do You Honky Tonk”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Luke Robinson – “She Drinks Alone”
  • Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic”
  • Blue Water Highway Band – “Speaking of the Devil”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Robert Ray – “Dream of You”
  • Bri Bagwell – “Beer Pressure”
  • Jerrett Zoch & The OSR Band – “Still Not Over You”
  • Dustin Sonnier – “People Like Me”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio [Dec. 5]

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

The Current Pulse of Texas Country Radio: +19

The pulse stays the same this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Micky & The Motorcars – “Sister Lost Soul” +2
  • Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic” +1

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Randy Rogers Band – “Tequila Eyes”
    • This week we get a couple of the heavyweights from the Texas scene enter the top 30. First up is Randy Rogers Band, who after trying their hand on Music Row, have returned to the scene where they fit. MCA Nashville had no clue how to manage this band and mangled their sound. Earlier this year RRB released their “Texas comeback” album, Nothing Shines Like Neon, an album I thought deserved more credit than what fans and critics have given it. It featured some of the group’s best work I’ve heard from them and has several good songs on it. And one of those good songs is definitely “Tequila Eyes.” This is just an all-around solid drinking heartbreak song, from the descriptive lyrics to the great fiddle play. Rogers delivers a really good vocal performance too. This song is like an old pair of comfortable sneakers: nothing flashy, but always reliable and easy to put on. 8/10
  • Aaron Watson – “Outta Style”
    • Watson won a bunch of new fans with his last album The Underdog, specifically I noticed an unusual amount of mainstream country fans took to him. That’s probably because Watson and his team seemed to make a big push to become a more national name and to land some mainstream attention. While the album went #1 and got plenty of press for this accomplishment, Watson was unable to get any traction at mainstream radio where he sent multiple singles. But this didn’t matter because this album was laying the groundwork more for Watson to make another attempt with his next album Vaquero, due to be released on February 24. Lead single “Outta Style” is pretty much confirmation. The lyrics are the most light-weight love song fodder you’ll hear, with many common clichés in country songs and the obnoxious “Chevy to the levee” reference that’s as old as the hills. But for the most part the lyrics are just inoffensive and forgettable. Of course this is on purpose because a lot of mainstream fans will be attracted to something like this. The redeeming factor of this song and easily it’s best aspect is the fiddles, which are quite infectious. 5/10

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Aaron Watson – “Outta Style” – New to Top 30
  • Josh Ward – “Broken Heart” – Up 5 from #9 to #4
  • Kevin Fowler – “Texas Forever” – Up 5 from #12 to #7

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Micky & The Motorcars – “Sister Lost Soul” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Kimberly Dunn – “Traffic” – Out of the Top 30 ( to #34)
  • Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band – “Everything I Need” – Down 12 from #15 to #27

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band – “Everything I Need”
  • TJ Broscoff – “Should’ve Been Mine”
  • Reckless Kelly – “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)”

On The Hot Seat:

  • None

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Randall King (feat. Cleto Cordero) – “Hard Livin’ Illene”
  • Matt Kimbrow – “Homesick Crazy”
  • Reverend’s Daughter – “Caroline”
  • Jody Booth – “They Found Me in a Honky Tonk”

 

Note: As I mentioned in The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio earlier this week, both that and this Pulse will go on “winter freeze” until January 2017. Just want to assure you that this feature has no plans of going away and will continue next year. 

 

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

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”

 

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