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Mike Sudhalter  |  February 29, 2008

If you're name is James Otto, and you're playing a concert in the San Francisco Bay Area, you better be pretty good. Jim Otto, the former Oakland Raiders All-Pro, is a legend in those parts. Well, James Otto didn't disappoint in playing the Saddle Rack, a large country nightclub [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  February 23, 2008

March 4, 2008 will be a big day for country music fans, especially those whose leanings are traditional. That's the day when Alan Jackson releases his new album, "Good Time." There's 17 songs on it, which is more than the usual number of songs on an AJ album. Plus, he wrote [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  February 23, 2008

Anybody who knows me realizes how hard I try to convert people into country music fans. It's a difficult task, especially if you're friends/relatives from New England. Sometimes, they see the light on their own or with the help of others. I met my cousin and her fiance in San Francisco [...]

Continue reading "Stillwater, Cagle and more"

Mike Sudhalter  |  February 20, 2008

I can't wait for the new Alan Jackson album, "Good Times", to come out March 4. I'm anticipating it to be a lot more country than his last release, "Like Red on A Rose." If anyone's heard "Country Man" by Luke Bryan, you'll hear him brag that [...]

Continue reading "Alan Jackson and gators"

Mike Sudhalter  |  February 11, 2008

I'd been so busy that I forgot about the Grammy Awards. Most of the time, I don't pay attention to them because the focus isn't country music. But there were some deserving winners from the genre - Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss (with Robert Plant), Keith Urban. And [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  February 3, 2008

At Thursday's George Strait concert Thursday night in Sacramento, Sarah Johns' 25-minute set was preceded by a mix of classic country songs. I've heard many other artists have an audio mix of different songs together, most of the time they're songs of other artists. I think [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  February 1, 2008

It was the perfect night to be wearing a cowboy hat. On a rainy and windy night in Sacramento, Calif., my friend Kenny and I made the 45-minute trek north to see the King of Country Music, George Strait at Arco Arena. It was my fourth time seeing Strait, but Kenny's first. One thing I [...]

Continue reading "Playin' It Strait"

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