“Blame it On Texas”
Written by Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 24, 1991
Mark Chesnutt’s second No. 1 single is among his less memorable hits.
The Road to No. 1
After his debut single, “Too Cold at Home”, went top five, “Brother Jukebox” became Mark Chesnutt’s first No. 1 single earlier in 1991. He repeated that success with his third MCA radio release.
The No. 1
Texans and New Yorkers have one thing in common: a bravado about where they’re from that make it difficult for any place they go afterward to measure up.
Neil Diamond made a whole thing about it with “I Am…I Said.”
Mark Chesnutt did the same with “Blame it On Texas,” but he left out the homesickness and the memorable lyrics.
Part of the issue is just that Chesnutt isn’t fully acclimated to studio recording yet. “Blame it On Texas” could’ve compensated for its lyrical shortcomings with an energetic performance, but Chesnutt isn’t yet the recording artist he’d develop into by his next album.
It’s better than “God Blessed Texas,” at least. But the Lone Star state has been far better immortalized in song than this.
The Road From No. 1
Mark Chesnutt has another No. 1 single on the way from Too Cold at Home. Stay tuned.
“Blame it On Texas” gets a C.