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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 30, 2007

Maybe the folks at the Grand Ole Opry read the CM blog entry about Josh Turner and how he should be invited to join - Country Mike article. Turner received the invitation last night and will be inducted on Oct. 27 by Opry member Vince Gill. This is a step in the right direction for the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 28, 2007

If you listened to all the pre-album hype of Reba McEntire's duets album, you'd think it would be overwhelmingly pop country. After all, McEntire has been more sitcom mom than rodeo queen in recent years. I received the album Thursday - my first Reba album in 11 years of being a [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 25, 2007

So, does a singing cowboy sell in modern times. Of course, there was Roy Rogers and Gene Autry -- cowboy actors, not the real thing - who achieved success in country music. But then the late, great Chris LeDoux won rodeo championships and entertained crowds with his high-energy brand of country [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 20, 2007

I've seen entertainers throw guitar picks out to adoring fans, but not to the extent of Wednesday's Clay Walker concert. I don't know how many fans were at the show, because there's a balcony that I couldn't see, but probably about a quarter of the fans went home with a [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 19, 2007

From that country music hotbed of Lawrence, Kansas, a new artist has emerged - Ashley Ray. She's a singer/songwriter with a folk/country feel and a healthy dose of twang. She recently released an EP on itunes last week. The best AR song isn't on the EP. It's [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 18, 2007

You can't complain about a short commute, about 5-10 minutes in my case. But one thing it limits is the opportunity to listen to music. Drive time is usually one of my only chances to hear some music. Before I leave the house, I grab a handful of CDs with the hope of listening to some of [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 12, 2007

What's the point of listening to the same song on different discs? I'm not always sure, but record companies know that loyal listeners will buy the same music, packaged with a slight tweak. Garth Brooks is the king of duplicate music marketing. He can sell an album that might have one [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 10, 2007

It seems like country music has been considerably influenced by The King, Elvis Presley, that is. And I would argue that there's more King of Rock influence in today's country than the King of Country, Roy Acuff. I wish we could hear Acuff's influence a little more in modern [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 10, 2007

Well, Sunday was a busy day. It marked the first full slate of NFL games and the KNCI Country in the Park concert in Sacramento. I missed both. As much as I love country music, I had professional and family obligations that kept me at home. I guess that's a sign of maturing, knowing that [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 5, 2007

I've been a country music fan for the past 11 years, and I listen to a combination of the new artists (mostly neo-traditional) and the classic ones like George Jones and Merle Haggard. It was just last year that I purchased my first (and second) Johnny Cash albums. They were both the live [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 2, 2007

Can you believe its been 10 years since the historic Garth Brooks Concert in New York's Central Park? I watched it on a DVD, which I purchased last year, but for some reason, I'm thinking that it's missing some of the tracks. I didn't remember seeing "The Beaches of [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  September 2, 2007

It was a great weekend of football, both in college on Saturday and the Canadian Football League on Sunday. I was surprised that the Idaho Vandals, who I used to cover, kept things relatively close against No. 1 USC, losing 38-10, but the biggest surprise of the day, and maybe the year, was [...]

Continue reading "Appalachian State"

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