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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 30, 2009

The Firehouse Saloon in Houston is one of my favorite venues in the entire state of Texas. And on Friday night, Houston native Rich O'Toole played his hometown. He has the perfect mix for a Texas artist of country and rock and showed that throughout his 90-minute show. Even his [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 29, 2009

Eric Durrance has some advice for those of you who think that digital communications trumps real life - "Turn It Off." It's quite a fitting song given our culture's newfound obsession with web surfing, text messaging and online videos. It's never easy for an artist to [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 29, 2009

I'll bet you'd like to know my every move...from when I wake up in the morning and eat my Cheerios to what CD I listen to as I fall asleep at night (and everything that occurs in between). Sorry, folks. That's not why I started a Twitter account. I did it so folks can get [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 29, 2009

Sports play-by-play intertwined with music....we need more of it. And that's why I'm glad I found this video of Corey Smith's "Every Dawg." I'm not a UGA fan, but it's cool to see an artist performing a song like this one. If only every school could be so lucky to [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 28, 2009

I wanted to watch the George Strait Artist of the Decade concert, but I had something else going on, so I've been catching up on youtube.com, to see the clips of all the artists covering the GS tunes. It was touching to see Garth Brooks' present Strait with the Artist of the Decade [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 27, 2009

Congratulations to Montgomery Gentry on being invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. The induction ceremony will take place on June 23. I remember listening to MG 10 years ago when they made their debut -- "Tattoos & Scars." Their tough-guy image has toned down some since that album, but [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 26, 2009

It's like a bad chain reaction. Whenever something's going on in pop music, country always tries to mimic it with its own version. Sounds like that's the case with the Carter Twins, who remind me of the Jonas Brothers. Their song, "Heart Like Memphis", is about [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 25, 2009

I was just telling one of my friends that if it weren't for Garth Brooks, I never would have been introduced to the late, great Chris LeDoux or Texas legend Robert Earl Keen. Of course, I'd heard of both artists, but I wasn't familiar with their work. Brooks introduced an entire [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 23, 2009

Tracy Lawrence recently recorded The Rock, his first gospel album. The title track was originally performed by Todd Fritsch, and I liked Fritsch's version a lot better. I'm not sure why, but I just think he had a better approach to the song than Lawrence did. I recently heard some of [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 21, 2009

I knew this was bound to happen when two music trends collided: Artists releasing new songs on greatest hits packages; and music being sold by the song on itunes. That could be the only possible explanation as to why Kenny Chesney's new song, "Out Last Night", is not available as [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 21, 2009

I was listening, on the way to the gym, to Doug Stone's "I'd Be Better Off In A Pinebox" -- a song that's really about self-pity and depression over the realization that the narrator's love interest is now in the arms of another. He uses some pretty powerful hyperbole [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  May 18, 2009

Remember when he spelled his entire name in lowercase letters? What was up with that? So, for a long time I just thought Urban was another artist that had nothing to do with country music. To this day, I still do not own any of his albums. I always like to tell people about the time I saw [...]

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