I’m sitting at our dining room table chugging my coffee, looking over the current country charts, and so far, I have to say it’s looking pretty good. A few of my favorites have cracked the Top 10, and even though that makes me a happy girl, there’s still one teeny little observation that bugs me.
At this moment, Miranda Lambert and Sara Evans are the only female artists with solo singles in the Top 30 on Billboard’s country airplay chart. Lambert’s “Automatic” is at No. 10 and Evans’ “Slow Me Down” is at No. 17. (I should mention that The Band Perry’s “Chainsaw” and Blake Shelton’s collaboration with Gwen Sebastian on “My Eyes” are at No. 14 and No. 28, respectively.)
I don’t want to become the blogger who harps incessantly about the shortage of women on the country charts. In private conversations, though, I’ll probably remain a broken record on that subject until there’s a greater equality in the male/female ratio on the country charts.
For her part, Evans is proud to represent the ladies on the charts. In fact, she’s downright honored.
“With country music being the way that it is right now in terms of there are so many men that are dominating, it’s such an honor and just makes me feel so great to know that I’m one of the females that they are playing.”
With a winning combination of what she describes as a “great lyric” and “phenomenal melody,” Evans’ single definitely speaks to the females in the audience,
“She’s wanting to leave, and she’s trying to say, ’I’m going to go, but I want you to stop me. I want you to chase after me,'” Evans says of the character in the song. “And, really, that’s what most women want, in my opinion.”
Evans continues her tour with shows Thursday (April 24) in Knoxville, Tenn., and Saturday in Northfield, Ohio.