The Radio May Still Have Some Life Left
Every Little Thing has gone number 1 on the country radio airplay charts.
That's right, a sad, slow song with a dobro solo has gone number one.
Bro country isn't going away as soon as we had hoped. Pop country is still alive and well. Higher ups in Nashville are still trying to convince us that Sam Hunt belongs anywhere near the CMAs, despite him walking away empty handed last week. Body Like a Backroad plagued the country download charts for almost a year. But the radio doesn't show the same trend.
No, I'm not hearing about Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, Colter Wall, or Sunny Sweeney, but hearing that Carly Pearce is dominating the charts makes me happy. Sure, I thought her debut album was playing it safe, but that doesn't lessen the impact of her debut single.
Other number ones from this year include When it Rains It Pours and Hurricane (Luke Combs), Do I Make You Wanna (Billy Currington), and Sober Saturday Night (Chris Young feat. Vince Gill). While those few are nice, it doesn't take away from the fact that ear sores like Florida Georgia Line, Dylan Scott, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, and Thomas Rhett are still topping the charts. The radio has a long way to go, but there's hope for it yet.