Country Mike - March 2009
Mike Sudhalter | March 26, 2009
Sometimes, it's best not to know about one-hitter wonders. I have this tendency to discover more about a one-hit wonder. 'Maybe they had some other good songs, but radio or the establishment just didn't give them a chance'.
In many cases, that could be true. But not with J. [...]
Continue reading "Unknown artists"
Mike Sudhalter | March 21, 2009
The other day, I went on YouTube and started watching videos of 1990's country artists. Where did they all go? A lot of times, those songs bring me back to another time and place - a more innocent time in my life and in our nation.
Names like Ken Mellons, Wade Hayes, Ricochet and David [...]
Continue reading "90's Nostalgia"
Mike Sudhalter | March 19, 2009
I've been looking for this video for a long time.
Who says a Texan and an Oklahoman can't get together and make some good music? This is an excellent video of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dueting on "You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma", originally performed by [...]
Continue reading "You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma"
Mike Sudhalter | March 19, 2009
Mike Sudhalter | March 18, 2009
Anyone can write a song about a hero or someone who's so much in love.
That's what makes songs about villains so special. Johnny Cash became one of the most popular artists in any genre -- partly because of his hit, "Folsom Prison Blues", written from the perspective of a [...]
Continue reading "Unpopular characters"
Mike Sudhalter | March 17, 2009
Tracy Lawrence now is on his own independent label, Rocky Comfort Records, and he's already had a hit with "Find Out Who Your Friends Are", a collaborative effort with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney -- a pair of buddies from their early 90's days when they were all starting their [...]
Continue reading "Up To Him"
Mike Sudhalter | March 16, 2009
I can't believe the Academy of Country Music awards are less than a month away.
The 44th annual awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 5 -- sandwiched inbetween the NCAA Final Four on April 4 and the NCAA Championship Game on April 6.
So, it will be a good week for college [...]
Continue reading "Who deserves your ACM vote?"
Mike Sudhalter | March 14, 2009
OK, I get that Brad Paisley is popular, but his best album came out 10 years ago with his debut, "Who Needs Pictures."
But why is Jimmy Wayne the least popular artist according to Country Radio Broadcasters? "Do You Believe Me Now?" is a great song that most everyone can [...]
Continue reading "Do you believe this now?"
Mike Sudhalter | March 12, 2009
I don't know about this pair -- American Idol and the Grand Ole Opry.
The GOO will be the theme on AI next week. What songs will contestants pick and will they be able to do them justice?
Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis will sing "I Told You So" together. Travis originally [...]
Continue reading "AI meets The Opry"
Mike Sudhalter | March 7, 2009
I am a big fan of Luke Bryan.
His debut album, I'll Stay Me, was a victory for good ole country music fans everywhere. And it was also somewhat of a proclamation, I'm going to be the same guy who rode in to town, even though I've found some success.
I believe Bryan will [...]
Continue reading "Sorority Girls"
Mike Sudhalter | March 6, 2009
Rodeos are fun. From the bull riding to calf roping, and the festive atmosphere.
Last night, I attended the biggest rodeo of them all -- the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Of course, I like all of the rodeo events, but I'm first and foremost interested in [...]
Continue reading "Rodeo Concerts"
Mike Sudhalter | March 4, 2009
Rascal Flatts opened the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show last night, and no, I wasn't there. I know I've bashed the RF trio in the past, but I actually like some of their songs -- especially when they stick to their strength of doing ballads.
But "Me and My Gang" has to be [...]
Continue reading "Worst. Song. Ever."
Mike Sudhalter | March 3, 2009
Joe Nichols is touring for 10 days in Australia. I think it's a good idea for Australians to be exposed to American Country Music. But modern country on either continent is very similar.
The traditional Australian (and American) Country Music is very unique. Ours talks about heartache and [...]
Continue reading "Nichols in Australia"