The Eli Young Band has a new single they released this week and it ain’t so bad. I know I should hate it because these guys are from Texas and they found mainstream country music success and that is just the rules, but again…it ain’t so bad. To tell you the truth, when I saw the title a few weeks ago I went out of my way to NOT look it up online and listen to it because I just assumed it would be another “sippin’ on shine” bullshit party song. It isn’t. I heard it for the first time on the radio yesterday and I didn’t want to stick knitting needles into my ears. I am sure this will be another huge hit for them…and on the Texas Charts as well.
I loved what Farce had to say because it is true. There is the long-standing debate about what SHOULD happen when a “regional” act from Texas (like a Miranda Lambert) hits the big time and whether or not they should still be able to “chart” on the Texas Charts or if they should be retired or “honorably discharged”.
My opinion…not that anyone asked…is no, they shouldn’t chart. Is that punishment? No. Do radio stations that play “mainstream” country 20 hours a day and Texas/Red Dirt music 4 hours a night and also report to the Texas charts slip in the new single from EYB during those 4 hours just count up the number of times the song has played throughout the day and just report that number? You bet your ass they do. Is that cheating? Is that double dipping? Kinda.
Does that mean that Texas radio should shun them and “PUNISH” them by not allowing them to have a #1 song for 28 weeks on the TMC? Does that mean just because they ARE as successful as they are that they are taking a spot away from another artist in Texas and keeping them from charting?
What if they suddenly start to crash and burn and don’t get played on mainstream radio anymore, can we take them back?
These are all questions I have seen brought up in the past.
I don’t know the answers to any of them, but I do know what I read in black in white:
Artists qualify when they have performed 30% of their shows in Texas or its adjoining states six (6) months prior to the date of the single release and during the Chart life of the single.
So…who does that math? Ain’t nobody got time for long division and fractions! Who is to say that a Craig Morgan doesn’t play at least 30% of his shows in the area? Should his latest single get released to Texas Radio double dip on the chart?
Again…I don’t know the answers to any of these questions, I just don’t think a band as successful as EYB not charting is a BAD thing.
DONNA MARTIN GRADUATES! And so has the Eli Young Band.
That’s a good thing, right?