Despite being pushed down, the great state of Texas has shown an admirable collective effort to lend each other a hand in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I’ve watched some of my favorite artists bend over backwards to help people who have lost everything. From music benefit concerts being released daily, to all of the fundraising by the names of all sizes, it’s been heartwarming to see this incredible coming-together take place. One such artist has been Jesse Raub Jr., who has been aiding each day in rescuing by boat and helping to organize shipments through social media. Overshadowed by his commendable efforts, is his first number one on Texas radio, She’ll Put the Hurt on You.
A few months back, I had given some of my thoughts on Raub’s exceptional 2016 album, Sittin’ Here. For fans of Cody Johnson, Raub offers a similar honky tonk cowboy sound that is easily listening, yet filled with high quality tunes. Give a listen to Touch the Water and you’ll feel like you were hit by a truck. That song is something special despite it’s painful tear jerker subject matter. It’s a song that could bring him some serious digital streams and name recognition.
While Raub has put an incredible amount of effort into his relief efforts, that does not mean being a good person automatically should guarantee a number one song. We are in an age in time where everyone needs a pat on the back for showing up on time to work so their feelings don’t get hurt. I am not an ass myself or mean-spirited by any means, it’s just that we need to hold our awards and recognition to a standard that makes them special. Jesse Raub Jr. earned this honor fair and square and his compassion during this clean-up only further puts his character on display for many to see.
With the upbeat toe tapper ambiance She’ll Put the Hurt on You possess, it’s hard to not be drawn in right from the start. It’s one of those classic cautionary love tales where the woman will end up hurting you once you’ve fallen. Just when you think you’re going to have a future together, she up and leaves. Not such a great feeling to be left picking up the pieces.
Seeing this song go to number one on Texas radio reaffirms my belief of the positive outlook for this talented country artist’s career. His sound is steadfastly planted into the fiddle and twangy side of Texas country, yet modern enough to be popular among those who give it a listen. Like many of these up and coming Texas acts, it’s certainly not a lack of talent that will hold them back, it’s the exposure. Hitting number one on Texas radio is a step in the right direction and hopefully continues to generate some buzz around Jesse.
Be safe out there man, love what you’re doing.
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