Country Mike - February 2009
Mike Sudhalter | February 28, 2009
My friend Cowboy Bleau of Country Music Central recently wrote about Clint Black appearing on the Celebrity Apprentice Two. Last year, Trace Adkins was the runner-up on the show, and he definitely got the attention of folks who (a) had never heard of him, (b) never heard of his music.
Continue reading "Country Goes To The Boardroom"
Mike Sudhalter | February 25, 2009
OK, this song is a whopping eight minutes and 35 seconds, but I love it. Because of the melody, the funny yet totally random story -- performed by James McMurtry, who sings about dysfunctional relatives and gambling.
He references a lot of things that I've heard of -- talking about that big [...]
Continue reading "Choctaw Bingo"
Mike Sudhalter | February 23, 2009
Just the name causes fans, critics and just about anyone else to laugh and wonder....are these folks for real?
Songs like "Rockin' The Beer Gut" and "In My Next Five Beers" didn't help their cause of being taken as anything more than a novelty act, [...]
Continue reading "What Would You Say"
Mike Sudhalter | February 22, 2009
Are the good times really over for good? That's the question that Merle Haggard asked a generation ago in the loss of innocence that defined the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate era.
So I guess it's time for another artists -- in this case, Trent Tomlinson to provide social commentary on [...]
Continue reading "That's How It Still Ought To Be"
Mike Sudhalter | February 20, 2009
John Rich has been all over the place. He started in Lonestar with some pop-country before having some fun with that Big & Rich duo (are they ever going to get back together?0
Not if Rich's solo career takes off with this song - "Shutting Down Detroit".
Apparently now, the [...]
Continue reading "Shutting Detroit Down"
Mike Sudhalter | February 19, 2009
George Strait closed one great sports/entertainment venue, The Houston Astrodome, and will open another this spring, when he plays the first-ever concert at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
I can't wait for June 6, to head north on I-45 to see this great show. Playing [...]
Continue reading "Strait to Dallas"
Mike Sudhalter | February 16, 2009
I know it's not football season, but I like football -- especially the hometown Houston Texans -- and Clay Walker.
Even though he's not from Houston (I guess Beaumont is close enough), he's representing the Texans. What about him wearing a Cowboys jersey in one of his videos? I [...]
Continue reading "Football Time In Houston"
Mike Sudhalter | February 14, 2009
From time to time, we'll check in with Brett Moses, who played the lead role in "Noble Things", a film about a country music star coming back to his Southeast Texas roots. Moses also wrote, directed and produced the film that was featured alongside 'W' - Oliver Stone's [...]
Continue reading "Brett Moses"
Mike Sudhalter | February 14, 2009
Rascal Flatts let a fan design their album cover, Dierks Bentley let them select his greatest hits.....should fans become more involved?
Should they be able to submit songs, ideas for cover songs and even more? I guess - you, the fan, has the answer to that question.
One of my friends said [...]
Continue reading "Fans know best?"
Mike Sudhalter | February 13, 2009
Carrie Underwood has the chance to become the ACM's first female entertainer of the year since the Dixie Chicks in 2000. That was the last time a female artist or band was nominated for the award. [MIKE: Would it be a bigger honor to become the first country singer to win American Idol or the [...]
Continue reading "Carrie Underwood, Entertainer of the Year?"
Mike Sudhalter | February 10, 2009
How cool is it when you park your car and turn off the radio.....then someone drives by with that same song on in their truck? That's what happens when your in an area where a majority of the people listen to country music.
And the song, "Feel That Fire" by Dierks Bentley.
Continue reading "Visit to Aggieland"
Mike Sudhalter | February 8, 2009
Alison Krauss may have won five Grammys, but she's not even a country artist, per se. She's a bluegrass artist and there are much better ones at that. Ever listen to Rhonda Vincent?
The only thing I give Krauss credit for is ruining Alan Jackson's album before last. She did [...]
Continue reading "Krauss wins....so what?"
Mike Sudhalter | February 5, 2009
I was listening to radio stations on itunes and I clicked on Classic Country. Probably some George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson or Waylon Jennings, right?
Not even close.
I got Lila McCann's "I Wanna Fall In Love" from 1997. I guess it depends what your definition of [...]
Continue reading "A Good Laugh"
Mike Sudhalter | February 4, 2009
There's a guy who thinks he's Elvis and a blonde who thinks she's Cher.
That's just part of the party that's going on in newcomer band, River County's new single, "We're All Here." It's a fun, party-anthem song about getting a little bit crazy, [...]
Continue reading "We're All Here"
Mike Sudhalter | February 2, 2009
I'd heard this song before by Tracy Lawrence but never really felt every word until recently, when I experienced it on a much smaller scale.
It's a great song, and I've found that hearing something you can relate to really soothes the soul during a tough time. And I love the [...]
Continue reading "Sticks and Stones"