Here’s what’s happening on Country Radio this week, for the chart dated August 12.
Top of the Pile
Billy Currington – Do I Make You Wanna. Well done to Billy, whose sweet appeal to a girl is framed by the phrase of the title. The guitar line is gentle and the melody is sung in the top part of the singer’s range. It’s a simple, pleasant song which sounds good with the windows down, so it does its job on the radio. There’s a nice reference to a Broadway show as well, making it a very metropolitan country song.
The Sales Number One
Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road. I suppose it was never in doubt that the song would overtake Cruise to become radio’s longest-running number one. Just like Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, once a track burrows its way into the ears of an audience it won’t come out. Twenty-five weeks on, almost six months of taking it slow as fast as he can, Sam isn’t shifting, though the song is ‘recurrent’ on radio and has no chart position there. Perhaps he will bring out a new song this week or next, and ease the passage of Body… down the charts. It will define this Trumpian era.
Dustin Lynch – Small Town Boy. The golden boy of country radio, whose voice is sonorous enough for all tastes, needs better songs than this. It does have an amiable guitar line that drives it on, and hits the top ten, at 10, this week.
Brothers Osborne – It Ain’t My Fault. You can hear Lucie Silvas on backing vocals here, on a track that is now up to 16. The video, if you haven’t seen it, uses masks of political figures to make some sort of point, which is more than most country acts have said in the last year. From Maryland, John and TJ Osborne stand out from their radio peers. They return to the UK, after a super debut in March, supporting The Cadillac Three in November.
Jon Pardi – Heartache on the Dancefloor. Up to 13, this gets better and better. Kudos to Jon for landing a headline tour slot; this is what all newcomers some day want, to rise from playing five or six songs as a support act entertaining the crowds while they wait for their big hit-making headliner.
The Lower Reaches
Aaron Watson – Outta Style. He’s up to 28, singing Rebel Rebel and referencing Eric Church in the opening line. Coming up behind him are Easton Corbin, LANCO, Jake Owen and, a track which is the likeliest to depose Sam Hunt on the sales side, Unforgettable by Thomas Rhett, which is similarly a pop song in country clothing. Aaron might not have TR’s youth, but he has a song TR should look at covering.