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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 28, 2008

Remember Creole Williams? How about Clifton Clowers? Pancho and Lefty? We don't have enough characters in country music songs anymore. We need way more of them. I listened to a song from Montgomery Gentry's second album, "Black Jack Fletcher and Mississippi Sam," another tune [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 25, 2008

Auburn Tiger fans and single male country fans, got some bad news for y'all. Sara Evans is engaged to Jay Barker, the former Alabama quarterback. It didn't take long for country's most eligible bachelorette to decide to tie the knot again. I find it ironic that Evans got divorced, [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 17, 2008

On Saturday night, Randy Travis surprised Carrie Underwood into the Grand Ole Opry. I thought that was really interesting since I attended a concert where they were on the bill together in the summer of 2006. Underwood was obviously the bigger draw, but she opened for Travis even though the show [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 17, 2008

For many albums, the second half includes most of the mediocre songs. For Ashton Shepherd, there are quite a few hidden gems. Let's start with "Old Memory" and "Regular Joe", they may as well be written about the same character, but just at different stages of the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 15, 2008

I've been listening almost non-stop to "Sounds So Good", the new debut album by Ashton Shepherd. She wrote all 11 of the songs, not bad for a newcomer. The first thing you hear on the album is Shepherd booming out the opening lyrics to "Takin' Off This Pain." Love [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 15, 2008

I can't believe the new George Strait album is coming out on April 1. It just kind of sneaks up on you. It seems like just yesterday that his last album, "It Just Comes Natural" was released, but hey that was last year. I haven't heard any of the new GS tunes, but you know [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 15, 2008

The debut album for Ashton Shepherd, "Sounds So Good" brings real country music back to the forefront. The Alabaman may be in her early 20's, but musically, she's mature beyond her years. Sure, "Takin' Off This Pain" is a high-octane song that many of this [...]

Continue reading "Ashton, worth the wait"

Mike Sudhalter  |  March 7, 2008

I haven't had time to write about it, but wow, that Alan Jackson "Good Time" album sure is a gem. The first cut, "Good Time", shows Jackson's ability to fit a lot of lyrics into a little space. Then, he gets profound. I love that line from "You can break the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 4, 2008

The Academy of Country Music Awards will be on television May 18, but the nominations were announced recently. And Kenny Chesney leads the pack with 11. Isn't it hard to believe that this east Tennessee country boy has emerged to superstar status over the past decade. For Entertainer of [...]

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