Here’s what’s happening on Country Radio this week, for the chart dated July 29.
Top of the Pile
Dylan Scott – My Girl. If you haven’t got anything nice to say…There have been better songs called My Girl (Madness, Smokey Robinson) and there have been better voices at the top of the chart; there have been better tunes about girls ‘dancing around causing a scene’. However, I am positive that there are many people who like this song, not least the people who have overseen its steady climb to the top (get this) FORTY-SIX WEEKS after it was unleashed onto the world. Can Dylan Scott have another hit, and can he take the fame accrued from being a number one act in his stride? Let us find out.
The Sales Number One
Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road. Blah blah twenty-three weeks blah blah one week away from matching Cruise blah blah doo doo dooo doo. Make sure you hear the Bobbycast where Bobby Bones gives Zach Crowell a chance to play isolated tracks from the song, which shows Sam Hunt to be one of the poppiest writers in the world. He could be the new Pharrell if he wants to be, because he is officially too big for country. The song is at 5 in the radio charts.
Rascal Flatts – Yours If You Want It. Up to 3, this was a brilliant choice of single from Back to Us. Will Kiss You While I Can (site editor Dan’s favourite) get a single release once this hits the top next week? My pick is Vandalized, another song that proves that Gary Le Vox has the finest voice in country. Not bad for a man closer to 50 than he is 40 (Luke Bryan turned 40 this week!).
Midland – Drinkin’ Problem. Sticking at 9, these chaps signed to Big Machine have brought that great ol’ sound back to a chart that thinks Dylan Scott is what people want to hear (I tried, but couldn’t stop myself! My opinion in no way reflects that of the site editor!). Expect to see Midland in the UK soon; Jonathan Terrell, himself recently in the UK, is good friends with the band, and he told me that the Midland album, due soon, builds on the promise of their EP.
Jason Aldean – They Don’t Know. This song really blasts through the radio, and is seemingly about being a farmer. ‘All they see is tractors, barbed wire and tall green grass,’ Jason sings of ‘the ground we grew up on’. It’s a good song, unlike some other songs in the charts that may be number one now. Jason is really good at coating his songs in guitars; he is one of the most powerful acts on the radio, and he seems well-liked by the industry not least because he ploughs his own furrow (ha, a farming reference) on the Broken Bow label. Will he pop over to the UK again soon? I think we’d dig another set at C2C (that one was not even intentional). Up to 14.
The Lower Reaches
Aaron Watson – Outta Style. Sticking at 30, Aaron continues to fly the indie country flag. The aforementioned Jonathan Terrell remembers seeing Aaron fifteen years ago, so this is no overnight sensation. Just below Aaron come Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen and LanCO, who are all affiliated to big labels or management (Morgan is managed by the guys who look after Tyler and Brian from Florida Georgia Line). Listen out too for Big & Rich, whose song California sounds incredible in this short British summer and deserves to be higher than 34. It’s also a much better song than…no, if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything about My Girl.