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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 30, 2007

I was sad to hear about the death of Porter Wagoner on Sunday evening. Like many in the younger generation of country music fans, I'd come to appreciate Wagoner's music just recently. Whenever I'd watch the Grand Ole Opry during the 1990's, he was always the most [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 25, 2007

One of the best albums you may never hear this year is by Jamey Johnson. Johnson, an Alabama native, has quietly made his way on to the country music scene, unknown to your average country fan. He had a single in the top 40 from his debut album, the song was called "The Dollar.", the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 25, 2007

I was sitting on my computer and wondering why the prices for all of the itunes albums had doubled and why the online music store added lots of Australian-based acts. I was sad about the former and happy about the latter. I figured the increased prices were a sign of the times, a la [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 25, 2007

I watched my beloved Boston Red Sox defeat the Colorado Rockies 13-1 Wednesday night in the first game of the World Series. I've never watched a professional game, major or minor league, where a pitcher walked home three consecutive runs. And it happened in Game 1 of the Series. But every [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 23, 2007

"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" It's a question every aspiring country artist should ask themselves. When George Jones recorded this song, it was asking who's going to fill the shoes of legends like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and others. Now, the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 23, 2007

Country music fans have a lot of important decisions to make today. Like which country albums to purchase. Of course, the big news is Carrie Underwood releasing her sophomore album, Carnival Ride. I only heard the clips of the songs on itunes, but I was impressed with what I heard. Underwood [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 19, 2007

I was glad to see the Boston Red Sox force a Game 6 in the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday night in Ohio. And no, there's no conspiracy behind the fact that Danielle Peck sang the National Anthem at the game. For those of you who don't know, [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 18, 2007

I remember attending the first of two Garth Brooks concerts in 1997. I've been a GB fan since I started listening to country music a year earlier, but in recent years, I've grown tired of his marketing schemes. First, there was the attempted crossover in the Chris Gaines flop, the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 11, 2007

I was disheartened after hearing that the CD release of Lee Brice has been pushed back again. But I found some excellent news about another native South Carolina native. Among the tracks on the new Josh Turner album will be "South Carolina Low Country." There's also a song called [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 10, 2007

Around where I live, people say 'SC' and they mean Southern California. But today, I'm talking about South Carolina. That's got to be tough when your state's letters get mistaken for another state's region, but hey, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 9, 2007

On Sunday night, I watched The Rockin' Roadhouse Tour at Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson, Calif. It was a last minute decision to attend the show, about an hour away. And it was so great to hear some quality country music while I enjoyed the beautiful scenary en route to Amador County. [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 9, 2007

Yesterday, I competed in a five-kilometer road race in Sacramento, Calif. and finished in 27:13, a two-minute improvement over a similar race in April. Congratulations to my wife, who finished her first marathon in just under five hours. But one thing about the 5K -- I didn't bring my Ipod. [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  October 6, 2007

I've been so busy recently that I haven't been able to get my daily dose of country music. I think it's essential, just like vitamins, fruit and vegetables. I'm planning on attending a concert Sunday - the Rockin' Roadhouse Tour with Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie and [...]

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