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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 26, 2007

If you could hear anyone cover "Golden Ring", the famous George Jones-Tammy Wynette duet, who would it be? I've got an album with Joe Diffie and Shonna Faegan doing a decent job on it. But today, I came across this version, performed by Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack. [...]

Continue reading "Classic duet"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 26, 2007

I like a lot of different Texas/Red Dirt artists, but two have captured my ear recently. Amy Hughes, and her seven-song album, 45 South. It's such a unique sound. It's kind of like a combination of Jewel, Jimmy Buffett, soft rock and Texas Country. Her best song is probably "Salty [...]

Continue reading "Kevin Fowler"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 26, 2007

I don't condone or advise hitchhiking, and personally, I'd probably be too chicken to try it. But there's a Texan making his way from show to show by hitchhiking and he goes by the name of Dean Strickland. Strickland told me he's taken 850 rides and had just two incidents. [...]

Continue reading "Hitchhikin' Honky-Tonker"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 20, 2007

It seems like every time I log onto the Internet, I find out about a new Texas/Red Dirt act. I wish I could go to some concerts and see some of these acts, because few if any tour in California. I envy Texans and Oklahomans for having such a vibrant music scene when it comes to Red Dirt. [...]

Continue reading "Red Dirt, please"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 19, 2007

The year is coming to an end, and I can never find enough good country music. I know I've got some Best Buy or itunes gift cards coming my way, so I've made a list of artists, songs and albums I'd like to purchase. Some of its new, some of its old stuff that's grown on me in [...]

Continue reading "Another Tuesday Night"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 12, 2007

I never thought I'd get the opportunity to see George Strait twice in one year. I saw country's most consistent (and traditional) hitmaker in 1996, 2001 and 2006. I knew he was performing concerts in Sacramento and Fresno early next year, but I was glad to see he added a show for Oakland [...]

Continue reading "George Strait shows"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 6, 2007

I watched part of the CMT program Music City Madness, a show where wanna-be stars from all over America compete to be heard. And your host? Bucky Covington. It's kind of ironic that the winner of a talent show, American Idol, is hosting another one, albeit on a lesser stage. With the [...]

Continue reading "Madness in Music City"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 6, 2007

As I wrote in my last blog, I'm not much into Christmas music. But I was pretty impressed with a new female trio, Carters Chord performing their rendition of "Santa Baby.". Their secular single, "Young Love" -- not a cover of The Judds song -- although that would have [...]

Continue reading "Carter's Chord"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 1, 2007

The holiday time is supposed to be about joy. Giving gifts, giving thanks and maybe even enjoying a few presents of your own. But the positives are few if you're looking at it solely from the perspective of a country music fan. Albums? You've got a bunch of Christmas albums. [...]

Continue reading "Holiday blues"

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