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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 26, 2008

I know the songs and the life story, by heart. Even so, I still get goosebumps every time I hear about Hank Williams, his legend and his music. Sunday was no different, when I attended Hank Williams, Lost Highway at the Sierra Repertory Theatre's Historic Fallon House Theatre at the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 26, 2008

I remember listening to a Jeff Foxworthy comedy bit, where he said "I love 'em, but those fishing shows aren't helping our image, any." On Saturday, I had a moment that reminded me of Foxworthy's commentary 13 years ago. I was watching television at a friend's [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 24, 2008

Now, from the 'you can't make this stuff up' cabinet, Blake Shelton released an album called Pure BS, the double entendre for his initials and well, you know what else. With the popularity of his new single, "Home," Shelton re-issued the album with the new song and the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 22, 2008

I'd like to hear a duet between Ashton Shepherd and Josh Turner, the top female and male neo-traditional country singers of our era. [MIKE: Do you have any dreams duets you'd like to hear?] Until Shepherd and Turner record that precious duet, I'll have to settle for this [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 22, 2008

If the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs meet in the 2008 NBA Finals, it'll be cause for celebration with Cigars and Lonestars. The Cigars, obviously, to honor the late Red Auerbach, and the Lonestars, because it's a Texas beer. Unfortunately, I think it's looking more like the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 19, 2008

I didn't watch the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night from Las Vegas, but I do have some reaction on the winners. Kenny Chesney won his fourth consecutive Entertainer of the Year, but he complained that the fans, not academy members, picked the winner. Hey, Kenny - chill out. [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 18, 2008

It's funny that you can listen to a song hundreds of times on an album that you purchased a year ago, but you get excited the first time you hear it on the radio. That happened to me twice last week, when I heard the DJ introduce Luke Bryan's new song, "Country Man", and [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 13, 2008

It always seemed like Hootie and The Blowfish had a sound that closely resembled contemporary country music. That's why it's no surprise that lead singer Darius Rucker has launched a solo country music career. I heard his debut "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" on [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 8, 2008

Country music legend Eddy Arnold died Thursday. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Arnold's family. I wish I could say that I was a big Arnold fan, but I hardly knew his music, except for "Cattle Call," which he revisited on a duet with LeAnn Rimes on the latter's debut [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 7, 2008

Remember the good ole days when the Grand Ole Opry was televised on TNN? Remember the days when TNN actually existed? Remember the days when Patty Loveless actually got some love from country radio? How about the late Porter Wagoner introducing Loveless and sometimes-duet partner Vince Gill. I [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 7, 2008

Glad to see that James Otto went No. 1 with "Just Got Started Lovin' You." It's about time something good happened to a Muzik Mafia member. That's right, Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy. Y'all can't get a top 20 hit to save your....well, anyways. What's up [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 6, 2008

What if Alan Jackson and Bob Marley had a baby? It would sound something like Zac Brown. The Georgia native combines country music and reggae in a way that Kenny Chesney only wishes he could. The first song on the album, Foundation, is called "Toes" and it's about leaving [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 1, 2008

I've never been a huge fan of Trace Adkins since he became a superstar. I loved his debut album, "Dreamin' Out Loud," but his new No. 1 hit caught me by surprise, "You're Gonna Miss This." I love how the song talks about not rushing through life and trying to [...]

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