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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 28, 2007

I'm not sure Hank Williams had someone like me in mind when he sang "Honky Tonk Blues", but I sure got them. The closest live country music venue, to my knowledge, is 70 miles away in San Jose, Calif. and it would take a special performer for me to make the trip to Rodeo Club. [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 24, 2007

I recently found on YouTube, the video for the Granger Smith Texas A&M anthem, "We Bleed Maroon". I wrote an entry about a month ago about Smith, the Aggies and this excellent song. Texas A&M opens its football season on Sept. 1 against the Montana State Bobcats at Kyle Field. Enjoy the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 24, 2007

From a pop-country two hour program to a movie featuring one of the greatest traditional country artists of all time, George Strait in Pure Country. I own the DVD, but I always seem to watch it on CMT. The plot is pretty weak and the storyline even cheesier, but it's a treat to see the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 24, 2007

I'm currently watching the ABC broadcast of the "CMA Festival - Country's Night to Rock", and it's kind of interesting seeing a close-up show of what I viewed from the LP Field club level. The first song showcased Rascal Flatts singing "Life is A Highway". I [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 20, 2007

Toby Keith's new album is probably his best since the early part of the decade. The first single, "High Maintenance Woman" was very funny, and so was the video. But the new song, "Love Me If You Can", is an excellent ballad, which is just as important, if not more, for [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 16, 2007

I had a great time this weekend, attending the wedding of one of best friends' weddings. Everybody enjoyed themselves and I even joked with my friends about country music. The couple that got married are definitely not country fans, but the DJ played three country songs at the wedding -- [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 12, 2007

Trent Tomlinson has a great new song called "Just Might Have Her Radio On". I enjoy the song because it combines traditional country with contemporary, and it starts off slow but has a rockin' part of it, too. The theme is very country-oriented. A heartbroken guy trying calling a [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 11, 2007

I recently heard a beautiful song by newcomer Elizabeth Cook, an ode to her hometown of Ocala, Fla. appropriately titled "Ocala". Cook has a very traditional country sound. My favorite line in her song, "Times are Tough in Rock and Roll" duplicates what many music fans have [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 11, 2007

It's good to know that Sarah Buxton has a sense of humor. The Kansas native named her digital-only, five-song album "Almost My Record", which was released on Tuesday. So many artists have had their full albums delayed, or in some cases, never released. And it's good to see [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 9, 2007

The first country music cassette, or album for that matter, that I ever purchased was Faith Hill's "It Matters To Me" album. That, in my opinion, was Faith's last country music album. I ordered the compact disc last week, and it was really great to be able to listen to it in [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 9, 2007

It feels just like yesterday that I was celebrating my appreciation for country music during the CMA Festival in Nashville, but it's been exactly a month. I hope to return to the festival, but I don't know if it'll happen next year or 2009. In a nutshell, here's what I liked [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  July 4, 2007

I picked up my mail this afternoon and got the Country Weekly magazine with coverage of last month's CMA Music Festival. The coverage consisted mostly of Fan Club party descriptions and lots of great pictures, but there was an excellent, unrelated story in the magazine -- George Strait [...]

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