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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 31, 2007

I'm going to start a new habit when listening to compact discs. I'm going to try to start listening to it from back to front. It seems that too often, I don't get a chance to appreciate the last few songs on a CD. Then, I glance at the album and say, "hmmm...I don't [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 30, 2007

Thursday was a great day for neotraditional country music as both George Strait and Brad Paisley received five Country Music Association award nominations. The awards will be televised on Nov. 7 in Nashville, on ABC. Can Paisley ot Strait win entertainer of the year against their [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 29, 2007

I just read that Ashley Gearing, a country artist I'd never heard of, signed a record deal with Curb Records. I also discovered that the up and coming artist hails from Springfield, Mass. This represents an ongoing trend of country artists emerging from the Bay State. And I'm kind of [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 29, 2007

Tailgating, country music and football are three great American pasttimes. That's why I can't understand why Sacramento radio station KNCI scheduled its Country In The Park festival for Sept. 9, the first Sunday of the National Football League season. I mean, most country music fans [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 28, 2007

Remember that song by Rebecca Lynn Howard? "Tennessee in My Windshield (Kentucky in My Rearview Mirror)? Well, Paul Brandt, who once was a rising country star in the United States, is singing about leaving northern Montana for his home province of Alberta. This song wasn't [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 28, 2007

Sometimes, it's funny to watch how basic those old country videos were from the 1980's. I'm a big George Strait fan, but I got a big chuckle from watching the video for "You Look So Good In Love". It's amazing how videos have come so far in the past 20-25 years. [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 28, 2007

Has anyone written a country song about "Home" with more truth and grit than Alan Jackson? This has always been one of my favorite AJ songs, and I was glad to find a live version of it. [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 26, 2007

About eight years years ago, I went to an Alan Jackson concert with a friend in Washington D.C.'s MCI Center. The theme was a 1950's travelling caravan show and he had four opening acts, who played three to four songs each. They were: Sara Evans, Andy Griggs, Chad Brock and Clint [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 22, 2007

I circled Aug. 21 on my calendar because it was the day I'd arrive at Best Buy to redeem my gift card. Why? Because I wanted the new album, "Real Things", by Joe Nichols. And why Best Buy? Because I'd become a victim of something I criticized in the past. Buying an album at [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 22, 2007

Luke Bryan is starting his career the right away. The Georgia native gave his CD release party at Club Rodeo in San Jose, Calif. just a month after visiting the club. Admission to the show was $12 and that included a copy of his debut album, "I'll Stay Me", which was released last [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 19, 2007

I was recently listening to an album by Australian country music legend Slim Dusty. He's best known for "A Pub With No Beer", but he had a song with some interesting commentary on country music called "Country Revival". Think of its theme as an Australian version of [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 15, 2007

There's a million reasons why I listen to country music, and I think my life improved 11 years ago when I first heard it on my radio. My grades improved and so did my attitude. Every day, I looked forward to listening to the radio and discovering new artists. After a while I got bored [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 15, 2007

I know this sounds kind of dorky, but there's one country song I listened to that fits me, almost to a lyric. It's a 2001 song -- "Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews. I think the song talks about being proud of yourself, both your strengths and weaknesses. And knowing that people [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 14, 2007

I don't think Starbucks carries the new album for Jerry Kilgore, but they might want to consider it. Kilgore, who released his major label debut in 2000, is back with his second effort on independent label, Nic-Nic Neer Records. The album is very traditional with a heavy Bakersfield [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 14, 2007

From the 1950's through the 1970's, country music was referred to as country-western or country and western. You still hear that moniker today, but not as frequently. You mainly hear it from non-country listeners who reference the genre. There's good reason why western is no [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 13, 2007

Most music fans remember a song that explained a development in the last 25 years, "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles. Ironically, the song's video was the first one to be aired when MTV debuted 26 years ago. I've noticed that most rock videos feature concert [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 9, 2007

Mel Tillis deserved to be a Grand Ole Opry member 40 years ago, and he finally received that honor less than two months ago. If his year couldn't have gotten better, he's now going to be one of three inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The other inductees will be Vince Gill [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 8, 2007

A lot of country songs deal with the theme of home. Whether it's being proud of your home, going back home or just, singing about home. For the first 21 years of my life, Sharon, Mass. was home, but the past seven have been an absolute whirlwind. I've called everywhere from Overland [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 2, 2007

Let's start with the most surprising part of Blake Shelton's Concert in Turlock, Calif. on Wednesday night. I don't know what the bigger surprise was -- seeing BS' girlfriend, Miranda Lambert show up on stage for the final song of the night. She sang background vocals on [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 1, 2007

It's always exciting to listen to new country artists and discover what's out there. Some will have big careers and others will be one-hit wonders. But it's fun to listen to all of it, and then remember those times years later. I just listened to "Say Yes" by Dusty [...]

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