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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 31, 2009

I changed my mind and watched "Noble Things" again. It was one of those movies where sometimes you have to get an extra look at things and take it all in. Unlike some independent movies, it didn't seem any different than a big budget movie -- in that the production and acting was [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 31, 2009

A couple of days ago, I was willing to give Pat Green the benefit of the doubt. He's expanding his career, and it's unreasonable to think that he'd spent the rest of his career in Texas bars and honky-tonks, the same way he did about a decade ago. But Green reversed any [...]

Continue reading "Pat Green, What Were You Thinking?"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 30, 2009

I can never pass up a movie with a soundtrack full of country music in it. I was looking forward to "Noble Things", and there was some good acting in it. But I found there to be way too many flashbacks, and we never found out why the brother who got a life sentence for murder [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 29, 2009

Big Dog was already taken, so Toby Keith will have another name for his line of clothing, TK Steelman, which will launch next month. Keith is a fine country singer, but I don't know if people are going to be running out to buy his line of clothing -- things like polos, sweatshirts, jeans, [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 26, 2009

Melissa Jones delivers a beautiful 10-song album with the highlight being "Red, White and Blue Night in Georgia" from the perspective of a military wife in Savannah, Ga. At first, her husband was a soldier who was discharged in the summer of 1999. They bought a house and had a child. [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 24, 2009

Hey, I can't tell y'all how good it feels to be feeling good again. I had the flu for the past week and felt like I was in slow motion. I just got to thinking how when you're broken-hearted, every song can seem like it's speaking to you. You even twist the words in your mind [...]

Continue reading "Every song"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 21, 2009

Looks like Pittsburgh-area native Dusty Drake stepped on some East-Central Texas toes with "The 12th Man Song" about the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will face the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl next Sunday. The song is very corny, and Steelers fans need to stay away from the 12th Man [...]

Continue reading "Copycat fans"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 19, 2009

I thought I'd come across such a great day -- take a road trip to Austin and Central Texas for the day. No plans, just the open road and a whole lot of country music. Sounds like a great idea if it were a fictional book, movie or a song. I wanted to clear my mind and get out of my every day [...]

Continue reading "Road to Nowhere"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 17, 2009

If you're a truck driver, you should never leave home without a Dale Watson CD in your cab. At least that's why I've heard, according to Aaron Watson -- no relation -- in his song "Diesel Drivin' Daddy." There's not much music these days that shows the [...]

Continue reading "Ten Years Coming"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 16, 2009

Monty Lane Allen may not be a household name yet, but you've heard of The Strayhorns, right? That's Alan Jackson's band of which Allen is the acoustic guitarist and harmony singer. Brad Paisley plays lead guitar on the debut album, "Great Big World." It's like a [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 15, 2009

I don't really remember the old days of radio, since I was born in 1979. But I've listened to several radio programs over the years where the disc jockey didn't sound like a designated robot. I long for the days when a DJ determined the playlist, instead of some market research. I [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 15, 2009

Let me start off by saying, I love Corey Smith's music. I'm not sure I agree with all of the Athens, Ga. singer's views. He blasts modern country as being cliche and fake. Some of that's true, but I think it's incorrect to paint an entire genre with a broad brush. In [...]

Continue reading "Chesney, hypocrite?"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 13, 2009

I was reading Country Weekly magazine, and they have a feature each week "I Love My Country" with celebrities -- and I use that word loosely -- to talk about why they love country music, and their five favorite songs. Two issues ago, it was a certain plumber -- Joe The Plumber. [...]

Continue reading "They Love Their Country (Music)"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 12, 2009

According to New Republic, Tim McGraw won't be running for Governor of Tennessee in 2010. I'm thinking that it might not be a bad time, politically, for a Democrat -- especially one with some name recognition and broad appeal -- to run for Governor of a southern state. But McGraw [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 11, 2009

For many years, that's what NFL fans believed. The Cardinals weren't for real....now they're hosting the NFC Championship Game next Sunday against their former division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles will likely be favored in this game, but anyone who's ever [...]

Continue reading "There is No Arizona"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 9, 2009

East Texas natives Lee Ann Womack and Tracy Byrd both have roles in the independent film, "Noble Things", about a country singer (Brett Moses) and his off-the-stage challenges. The movie was filmed in Austin, Beaumont and southeast Texas, according to Texas Music magazine. I [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 9, 2009

Texas artist Brett Crenshaw is giving away his first album -- as a digital download. You have to go to his web site and enter your e-mail address. He's on tour through Wichita Falls (Jan. 15), Lubbock (Jan. 16) and San Marcos (Jan. 18) next week; "Opened Up My Eyes" is his big [...]

Continue reading "Free Music from Mr. Crenshaw"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 8, 2009

Forget that last second win over the Buffalo Bills. A Tennessee Titans Super Bowl victory with veteran Kerry Collins under center would be somewhat more of a miracle, I think. Collins, 36, was a star at Penn State under Joe Paterno and was one of the Carolina Panthers' first quarterbacks [...]

Continue reading "Music City Miracle II"

Mike Sudhalter  |  January 7, 2009

Cledus T. Judd has a new song out -- a political song and an interesting one, at that. It's called "Waitin' on Obama", a parody of Brad Paisley's "Waitin' On A Woman." It reflects the general mood in the country because it's only 13 days until [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 6, 2009

Country music album sales have dropped 24 percent from 62.7 million to 47.7 million. Thank goodness the genre considers Taylor Swift among its ranks, because her approximately four million albums sold stopped the drop from being a lot worse. I think it probably has more to do with digital [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 4, 2009

Every season, American Idol has a few aspiring country artists on its show....what kind of country artists -- pop-leaning or traditional -- would you like to see on this year's show? There's a good chance that they'll be pop-leaning, like the show itself. What about movies? Many [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 3, 2009

I recently started playing a new Playstation 2 game called Singstar Country....I never could have imagined Karaoke on a video game. You see, I'm not part of this younger generation where guitars are played virtually and karaoke is done on video games. I haven't been able to get into [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  January 1, 2009

About a year ago, I wrote an entry about listening to music while running. Well, my ipod is cooked, the battery is finished. The good thing is that my baby sister (at 25, can I still call her that?) got me a $50 gift certificate to Best Buy. My New Year's Resolution is to get back in to [...]

Continue reading "Music, running and more"

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