There’s no looking back for country recording artist, Floyd Tolston, as his latest single, “Lookin’ Back At Luckenbach,” soars to No. 76 on “Music Row’s Country Breakout Top 100 Chart.” After 14 weeks on the chart, “Lookin’ Back At Luckenbach,” continues its upward climb at an exceptionally consistent pace.
“Floyd Tolston is the real deal,” said Jay McRae, program director-KGFY in Stillwater, Okla. “ ‘Lookin’ Back At Luckenbach’ is lookin’ like a hit. It sounds so good on the radio.
“Very impressive for an independent,” he said. “Stillwater listeners are lovin’ it!”
“Lookin’ Back At Luckenbach” is the Texas singer/songwriter’s third single from his debut CD, “Something Special.” Since its release, the song averages about four adds to terrestrial radio playlists per week throughout major radio markets in the United States. “Lookin’ Back At Luckenbach” is gaining Internet airplay throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Lee Richey, program and music director at WCJW AM/FM in Warsaw, N.Y., praises Tolston’s hit: “In the spirit of real COUNTRY music ... Floyd Tolston delivers a gem which conjures up fond thoughts of Willie, Waylon and even ol’ Merle. Our listeners love it!”
With its catchy melody and “feel good” spirit, the song takes a fresh look at the small Texas town with a larger-than-life reputation. It was the infamous gatherings of Luckenbach’s owner and self-proclaimed mayor, Hondo Crouch, which inspired Tolston.
“When Hondo was alive, he had sing-a-longs in the dance hall,” Tolston explained. “Anyone could enter, but, in order to stay, everyone had to pass the guitar around and sing a song. It didn’t matter if you could play or sing, in order to stay inside the dance hall, you had to do a song. I always liked those events.”
Tolston’s first two single releases, “Austin” and “Wal Mart Lovers,” continue to receive significant airplay. Earlier this year, “Austin” boosted the “Something Special” CD onto the “Roots Music Report True Country” chart, peaking at No. 21.
“Something Special” is a collection of 14 songs, all written by Tolston. His songs are heartfelt reflections of life in all its comedy, pain, regret and pathos. There is a straight-edged truth to his music.
“Floyd Tolston has a way of telling a story within a song the way Tom T. Hall or Jerry Jeff Walker have,” said Scott D. Soderberg, program and operations manager at KAUS FM in Austin, Minn. “Telling it with real life feelings as in ‘Lookin’ Back At Luckenbach’ or ‘Cut And Run!’
“ ‘K.I.A.’ is a poignant song about a war that some veterans still have yet to come to terms with,” Soderberg continued. “The song relates how, ‘You can fly away on that freedom bird, that don’t mean that you’ll ever make it home’ or ‘You don’t have to be alone to be alone’ – it’s a song that cuts to a person’s heart and soul,” Soderberg said. “Floyd has something special in each song on his debut CD. ‘Something Special’ is a must-hear for anyone who actually listens to lyrics!”
Find more information on Floyd Tolston at
www.floydtolston.com or www.myspace.com/floydtolston.