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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 29, 2007

Ever since I was introduced to Texas Country Music last summer, Aaron Watson has been one of my favorite artists of any country subgenre. His latest album is a gospel one, and there's a lot of good material on it. Watson combines traditional gospel songs like "Amazing Grace" with [...]

Continue reading "Barbed Wire Halo"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 29, 2007

I recently celebrated Memorial Day weekend with a barbecue at a friend's house on Sunday. Instead of just having fun, I thought about what Memorial Day meant to me. When I was in grade school, Memorial Day was just another day off from school. Being older, I have a deeper appreciation for [...]

Continue reading "Memorial Day Songs"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 27, 2007

I never knew who Julianne Hough was until I previewed her song "Will You Dance With Me?" on iTunes. I purchased the song, and realized that it had an excellent contemporary country sound to it. I did a google search on Ms. Hough, and found out she was on the television program, Dancing [...]

Continue reading "Dancin' With Country Music"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 27, 2007

I'm not sure if you've checked out the feature on iTunes where you can find out what your favorite artists have on their IPods. Their play lists go a long way in telling why country music has lost much of it's identity in recent years. For Carrie Underwood, only five of the [...]

Continue reading "Country singers' playlists"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 24, 2007

Over the years, I've had many opportunities to attend country music festivals. But, in less than two weeks, I'll be attending the biggest one in the United States, CMA Music Festival. I figured this would be a good time to think about all of the great country music festivals that [...]

Continue reading "Of festivals and fun"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 24, 2007

I missed last month's CMT Music Awards, but I've recently heard people commenting on the surprisingly serious speech of host Jeff Foxworthy. So, I did a search on the Internet and found an article and video on it: Foxworthy article Now, first of all, I read the speech before I [...]

Continue reading "Foxworthy, stick to comedy"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 24, 2007

Ok, well I'm going to go watch the Daily Show now. [MIKE:Let me know] what you'd like to see in a future blog. I'd be happy to share your opinions, thoughts or questions. Also, what features would you like to see implemented into the [...]

Continue reading "Next blog"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 23, 2007

When you grow up in the northeast, there's little chance of every visiting an Opry. The only Opry I even knew about was the Grand Ole Opry When I moved to the Kansas City area in 2000, I discovered a quiet lake area with some rural development near it. I was ecstatic to find out that an a [...]

Continue reading "The other Oprys and country"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 22, 2007

Perhaps, no female country vocalist has had a more interesting decade than Lee Ann Womack She came on to the scene in 1997 with a self-titled album that was probably the most country-sounding thing I'd heard at the time. I remember how much pain and emotion there was in ballads like [...]

Continue reading "Lee Ann Womack -- a case study in country"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 21, 2007

In a recent entry, I told you folks how much I enjoyed listening to the early music of Brad Paisley. This morning, I watched the video for "I'm Gonna Miss Her", and I was reminded of how funny and creative those BP videos are. Paisley has been able to walk the tightrope [...]

Continue reading "Brad Paisley videos and more"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 18, 2007

I switched the channel a half-hour too early during Tuesday's Academy of Country Music Awards, and missed one a defining moment in the career of one Tim McGraw McGraw sang the touching "If You're Reading This" about a fallen soldier's letter home. The outstanding [...]

Continue reading "Tim McGraw's touching performance"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 18, 2007

I've heard from different people who like pop-leaning country acts like Rascal Flatts or Keith Urban, who think I do not like their music. Let me set the record straight: that's not true. I think they are fine musicians and entertainers, but their work doesn't belong in country [...]

Continue reading "Fake Country"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 18, 2007

Each decade in country music has one or two artists that define that time period in the genre, and the Academy of Country Music reminds us with an artist of the decade every 10 years. It's hard to argue with George Jones or Marty Robbins in the 1960's, Jones and Loretta Lynn in the [...]

Continue reading "Kenny vs. Keith"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 16, 2007

I don't want to hear about any more duets where it's simply an artist singing backup vocals. I was looking forward to hearing Miranda Lambert sing on Jason Aldean's upcoming second album, Relentless, but she's only singing harmony. Whatever happened to the great team duets like [...]

Continue reading "Duets, Medleys and Niemann"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 15, 2007

Reba: "Britney Spears is forming a new country group, it's called Rascal Flat Top". Another funny one-liner. Faith Hill's new song - "I Want to Stay Lost". OK, can someone, anyone, explain to me how this song fits into the country genre. It's even too pop for [...]

Continue reading "ACM Part 4: The Results"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 15, 2007

Dr. Phil introducing "High Maintenance Woman" by Toby Keith. Pretty funny. And it's a really cool uptempo song by Keith, who's albums are usually saddled with lots of slow ballads. One big monster hit and 11 ballads. OK, Maybe that's an exaggeration. And Brooks and Dunn [...]

Continue reading "ACM Part 3: Toby, Humanitarians and more"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 15, 2007

Can King George win male vocalist of the year? Traditionally country needs it right now. OK, Brad Paisley will work too. Congratulations, Brad. "I Put A Song Out About Stupid Bugs...You Buy That" Great [...]

Continue reading "George and Brad"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 15, 2007

George Strait is a classy guy, but how can he clap while a pop queen dominates the genre. Well, you've got to give him credit for not pulling a Faith Hill. Josh Turner sounds good with "Would You Go With Me?", but I've got a couple of points. Turner should be showcasing some [...]

Continue reading "ACM Part 2: Strait, Turner and Paisley"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 15, 2007

Great, Las Vegas the city of sun, fun and excitement, and we started off with the bland pop-country "Beer in Mexico" by Kenny Chesney Is Shania really glad to be back at the Academy of Country Music awards? I doubt it, but here's Reba McEntire to crack some jokes and introduce [...]

Continue reading "ACM Part 1: Bullriders, Beer and Pop Wanna-Bes"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 15, 2007

Just last week, I made it clear that the Grand Ole Opry should immediately induct Josh Turner. Since then, there's been a couple of interesting developments. A reader, John W. in Indiana suggested that the Opry re-induct the late Hank Williams Sr. and sent me an online petition, which I [...]

Continue reading "Honky-Tonkin' and Opry Bloggin'"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 14, 2007

I'm ready to watch the entire Academy of Country Music show tommorow night on my television. In recent award shows, I've always had some sort of conflict where I couldn't watch it live. On Tuesday, I will keep a journal during the show and post it on the blog. It should be an [...]

Continue reading "Country Mike's ACM picks"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 14, 2007

With the NBA playoffs in full gear and the Academy of Country Music awards set for tommorow night, it had me thinking about country music-basketball analogies. First of all, there's different criteria for these analogies and not all of them match up 100 percent. Let's start with [...]

Continue reading "Twang and hoops"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 10, 2007

Another country music blog, The 9513, had an article posing the question who will the next Grand Ole Opry inductee be? It was a good article, and I agreed with most of it, but I think there's one mentioned artist that needs to be inducted immediately. And that's Josh Turner. If [...]

Continue reading "Turner to the Opry? A No-Brainer"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 9, 2007

Is Keith Whitley the Hank Williams of this generation? Simply, put the answer is yes. The singer died of alcohol poisoning at 33, and today is the 18th anniversary of his death. Here's an excellent video that chronicles Whitley's career from bluegrass prodigy to rising country [...]

Continue reading "Keith Whitley's legacy"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 7, 2007

I recently checked out the Top 10 Country Singles as of May 7, as reported in Country Weekly Magazine I like several of these songs, and despite the cries of 'country isn't country anymore', I've found some refreshing results. Let's start from the top 1. [...]

Continue reading "How Country is Country Radio?"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 7, 2007

I recently heard a potential No. 1 hit that was never released as a single. Blake Shelton released a song called "The Bartender" on his Blake Shelton's Barn and Grill album, which was released in 2004. Don't ask me why it took me so long to discover it. I'd already [...]

Continue reading "The Bartender and more"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 5, 2007

I hate to admit it, but I once fell for a marketing ploy by a country artist. Last year, I purchased a Garth Brooks box set, which contained five albums and a DVD. Among the albums was the 11-song Lost Sessions, which included songs that Brooks never released. It was great to hear these [...]

Continue reading "Too Much Promotion"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 5, 2007

Every year, I look forward to watching Nashville Star. Ten contestants vying for that country music dream of becoming the next Garth Brooks or Reba McEntire. But after five seasons and few careers launched, the show must come to an end or figure out a better way to make the show a better [...]

Continue reading "A better Nashville Star"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 2, 2007

Do you ever forget your first country concert experience? Not me. I saw George Strait with opening act Steve Wariner at the Worcester Centrum in September 1996. It was a present for my 17th birthday, and I went to the show with my father. He's not a big country music fan, but he could [...]

Continue reading "Country Concert Experience"

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 2, 2007

Imagine you're hosting a radio talk show and nobody's calling in. That's kind of how I felt in the early days of the Country Mike blog, but luckily I've received a few e-mails from folks, who have shared information regarding country music. I heard from Leon of Missouri, [...]

Continue reading "Reader e-mails, new albums and more"

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