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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 30, 2008

The old saying goes, 'Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Apparently, Nashville Star judge John Rich never got that memo. He verbally undressed contestant Coffey for not being country enough, saying that a cowboy hat doesn't make you country. He then told [...]

Continue reading "Uncalled for"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 30, 2008

When you have a large music collection, a lot of albums get lost in the shuffle. Or more accurately, sitting on the shelves collecting dust. So on Saturday, I went through my CDs that I'd maybe only listened to once or gasp....not at all. And I put them in my five disc changer while I [...]

Continue reading "Spinning round"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 27, 2008

Do you ever wish that a country singer would cover one of your favorite pop songs? I'd like to hear someone tackle Richard Marx's "Endless Summer Nights." or James Taylor's "Never Die Young." Those are two songs that I think would translate well with a little bit [...]

Continue reading "Country covers"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 27, 2008

Who would have thought that Montgomery Gentry could successfully cover Kevin Fowler's "Long Line of Losers." I like the new version of the song, on their latest album, "Back When I Knew It All." It's got these great harmonies that the original version was missing. [...]

Continue reading "New downloads"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 26, 2008

Tim McGraw is a certified country music superstar, but what is it with all these outlandish situations that he gets involved in during concerts? Earlier this week, McGraw helped eject an unruly fan. Then, you had the "family jewels" incident where McGraw's wife, Faith Hill, [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 24, 2008

Jessica Simpson thinks Nashville is a weigh-station on her way back to a successful pop career. Her country debut, "Come On Over," is mediocre at best, and it proves that Simpson has no business in the genre. The only thing that makes her mildly country is the fact that she was raised in [...]

Continue reading "Simpson, go home"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 18, 2008

I am so happy about the Boston Celtics' winning their record 17th World Championship and cementing themselves as the greatest franchise in NBA History. And I'm glad they won it in six games, because now I can go see Travis Tritt Thursday night at the San Joaquin County Fair in [...]

Continue reading "Celtics and Tritt"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 17, 2008

You've got to give Shawn Mayer credit for tackling a classic, the George Jones' hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today" on Nashville Star Monday night. Miller wooed the audience, but not the judges, with her version, a unique and emotional spin on what is arguably the greatest [...]

Continue reading "Jones covered on Nashville Star"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 12, 2008

I didn't watch much of Nashville Star on Monday night, but it seems like the show has changed drastically. It's on NBC, instead of USA Network, and duos/groups are allowed to compete alongside solo acts. John Rich's presence adds a whole new spin to the show. It's kind of [...]

Continue reading "Nashville Star and more"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 9, 2008

Luke Bryan opened up the Kenny Chesney Poets & Pirates Tour Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and he was probably my favorite act among the five. Being the newbie, he only played for 25 minutes. Those who wanted to see more Bryan will get a chance to see him headline the Avon Walk [...]

Continue reading "Economy and Country Music"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 9, 2008

Kenny Chesney came to San Francisco for the first time on Sunday, as part of his Poets & Pirates Tour. In many ways, the symbolism of the show was close to that of Garth Brooks' 1997 concert in Central Park. Of course, the attendance didn't compare. Although, San Francisco's AT&T [...]

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