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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 31, 2008

"Eternal Flame came on the radio, and I remember how you loved it so..." sang Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band in the opening verse of "Everything is You." This is one song that I'd like to see a female country artist try to cover. I think it's made to be a country [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 30, 2008

People often want to know why I don't have a Boston accent anymore....fact is, I never did. I don't know why some folks have accents and others don't, but I don't hear a lot of twang down here in Texas, when people talk. Occasionally, you'll run into someone with a [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 28, 2008

We're on the cusp of 2009, and the question needs to be asked.....where is country music headed? About a decade ago, I would have told you it's on a one-way express to morphing completely into pop. With Shania Twain, Faith Hill and company leading the charge. But tradition has made [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 27, 2008

Last night's Roger Creager show was amazing. I'd seen him twice before at Ziegenbock Festivals in Bryan and Houston, respectively, but I learned there's so much more that you can pack into a 95-minute show as opposed to the hour-long set. I'd heard there wasn't going to [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 26, 2008

[MIKE: What would be your perfect New Year's Eve country show?] I'd like to see Roger Creager at Cowboy's in San Antonio, but I don't think I'll drive that far. I might try to catch him closer to Houston, either before or after his big New Year's Eve concert. If [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 25, 2008

Sometimes, you don't have to look too far for good country music. I'd heard of Amber Digby before, but I didn't realize she was based here in Houston. Her music is as traditional as anything out there, recalling stars like George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Ironically, she has a [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 23, 2008

My parents are visiting from Kansas City. They drove 12 hours down here one way, and that's dedication. I want to start to look back at the year in country music, but I don't have time until Thursday (Christmas Day) because I'm entertaining them. [MIKE: But please send your thoughts, [...]

Continue reading "Hectic week"

Mike Sudhalter  |  December 21, 2008

The Detroit Lions could become the first team ever to finish an NFL season with an 0-16 record. They're 0-15 now, so please don't jinx them. I want to see this happen in my lifetime, and to boot, I actually got to see them play live -- which increases my sentimental stake in the Worst NFL [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 20, 2008

A gateway song is one that you hear on the radio that opens up your musical tastes to an entirely new genre. Two that I can think of are "Down at the Twist and Shout" by Mary Chapin Carpenter; it got me interested in Cajun Music. Ditto for "Much Too Young To Feel This Damn [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 19, 2008

Sean Hannity. He's a polarizing figure -- on one hand, he has legions of listeners across America but is also widely disliked by political opponents. I'm not here to talk politics, but rather to give credit where credit is due. Hannity's Freedom Concerts raise money for the [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 18, 2008

I was just thinking about it, and I reckon that country singer Pat Green and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito have a lot in common. Both were fan favorites, fun-loving guys who had the freedom to do what they wanted -- and more importantly showcase their talents and personalities -- in [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 17, 2008

I can't wait to see these guys again. A few months ago, I attended their CD Release Party and stood right in front of the stage at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston. How long will it be until folks know about these guys from coast to coast? Right now, I'm listening to their single, [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 17, 2008

Howdy,I have some honky-tonk questions I love buying compact discs. Someday, they're going to stop selling them, because of duh -- the Internet. And it's going to become as commonplace as the vinyl records that our grandparents owned and the cassette tapes that our parents did. When [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 14, 2008

I recently took a trip to the heart of Cajun Country -- Lafayette, Louisiana. I had such a great time, listening to CDs during the entire 3.5 hour trip from Houston. It wasn't very scenic, unless you enjoy looking at oil refineries, but it seemed like the traffic moved a lot quicker as soon as [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  December 3, 2008

Hey y'all.....I'm back. Things have been really hectic down here in Texas, but I've heard some good country music, most of it on the pop side of things. I recently bought Taylor Swift's new album and enjoyed the song "White Horse", about a girl realizing that life [...]

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