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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 27, 2009

Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" is getting played on country radio; she has a lot of potential as a country music artist. If I was advising her, I'd say that's the way to go. Pop music will move on to the next big thing, but Cyrus has a chance to have a long, successful career in [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 25, 2009

Montgomery Gentry, the rowdy duo from Kentucky, was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, presumably because they've had a decade of hits to their credit. But here are some of their lesser-known songs that I really enjoyed. "I Loved A Lot More Than I've Hurt" - a very [...]

Continue reading "MG in the Opry"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 22, 2009

No, I'm not talking about the sitcom set in Chicago with Balky and that other guy. The band, "Perfect Stranger," founded 23 years ago in Texas, had a few minor hits during the 1990's like "You Have The Right To Remain Silent" and "Ridin' The Rodeo." [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 20, 2009

The 10 you've been waiting for. The 10 states where country music has a firm place in the past and in the future. 10.Pennsylvania Of all the Northeastern States, Pennsylvania definitely has the largest country music appeal. There are lots of live shows and concerts throughout the state. [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 19, 2009

20.Nevada For all of the Old West flavor behind the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas and Reno, one would expect more country music. Sure, there's the National Finals Rodeo, and a couple of weeks during which country stars visit Las Vegas, left and right. The stars also perform in Las Vegas, and [...]

Continue reading "Country Music States 11-20"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 17, 2009

Even though the economy is bad, it's good to see that CMA Festival numbers are up. It really speaks to the dedication and loyalty of country music fans. My post-CMA Festival experience hasn't been so great. I'm still waiting for luggage to arrive almost four days later. At least, [...]

Continue reading "CMA Attendance Up"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 15, 2009

Sunday was my traveling day, and a friend drove me to the airport so I didn't have to pay the $25 for a cab ride. The downside of that was staying in the airport for most of the day. The flight from Nashville to Dallas-Fort Worth was delayed by almost two hours, and I just barely made my [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 13, 2009

It's a rhetorical question, and it's part of the CMA Music Festival promotion -- "Why Sleep?" The obvious reason to skip out on catching zzzzs was because of all the excitement, music and fun at the festival. I discovered -- the hard way -- why sleep during this festival is [...]

Continue reading "CMA Festival Burnout"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 13, 2009

Because of the late night (due to the concert delay) and working the booth on Friday, I am extremely tired. More details will be coming on the Festival experience, I promise. But I need some zzzs [...]

Continue reading "CMA Day 2"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 12, 2009

It's been a whirlwind of a first couple of days at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. I'm helping out some friends with a booth for their website, Roughstock, to which I contribute CD reviews -- primarily Texas Music. I have a whole new appreciation for folks who work [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 8, 2009

30. Michigan Michigan is an overachieving state in terms of country music. Few would expect to have it there, but what else would you expect in a region full of transplanted southerners. you've got the Downtown Hoedown in Detroit, a classic song about "Saginaw, Michigan" by Lefty [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 8, 2009

Parking was a nightmare - we had to park on the campus of UT Arlington and take a shuttle to the new Cowboys Stadium. Food lines were too long, so we had to settle for eating at McDonald's south of Dallas after the show. But all in all, it was a good debut for the new venue. It was a [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 8, 2009

Stay tuned, to read Country Mike's blog from the CMA Music Festival - Wednesday through Sunday from Nashville, [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 8, 2009

In a couple of months, we'll be talking about the first completed pass, first down, touchdown and fumble (probably Tony Romo) at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. But Saturday marked a different kind of first. By now, everyone knows the first event at the new stadium was a George [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 7, 2009

Hey y'all. I just got back from Arlington, Texas at 4:30 a.m., I watched the historic George Strait concert at the grand opening of the New Dallas Cowboys Stadium. A review (and additional blogging) on the show will be on later today on Country Standard Time. The stadium, as I expected, [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 6, 2009

40. Vermont If the Green Mountain State is known for something more than Phish jams and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, I'd like to know about it. I understand that the Vermont State Fair has some good country music concerts, but Wayne Warner is the only artist I'd ever heard of coming out [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 5, 2009

I don't think I've been to too many historic concerts in my life. I wanted to attend Garth Brooks' 1997 Central Park show in New York City, but it didn't happen. Whenever trivia questions come up about the first event at the New Cowboys Stadium (or whatever corporate [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 4, 2009

50. Maine Maine is just as rural as any state in the Southeast, Southwest or Midwest. It's a huge state in terms of outdoors and NASCAR. They have country stations, and sometimes, a few good concerts. But I don't recall any major country artist coming from Vacationland. It's [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 4, 2009

I've visited 43 of the 50 states and recently decided to rank all 50 in terms of country music. Keep in mind, this is my opinion. I've based it on popularity of country music in that state, concert venues/clubs, artists who have come from that state and what the state has contributed to [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 4, 2009

Loving County is one of the least populated counties in Texas, but also the setting for a tale of romance and crime in a song by Charlie Robison. I really enjoy story songs and this is one of them. Loving County is in West Texas near Pecos and Odessa and is mostly a place for oil fields. So, [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 3, 2009

The year is 2019. And everyone's here tonight for the Academy of Country Music Artist of the Decade presentation in Nashville. Even President Sarah Palin came out to watch the show. They had to push the event back one night because the Nashville Predators had just defeated the New York [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 2, 2009

One of my friends who doesn't listen to that much country music asked me why there are so many songs that deal with small towns. And I said, it's just like any other genre of music. People have to represent where they come from. And he said, "it's not New York or LA." [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  June 2, 2009

Kevin Fowler thanked the fans at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston after his show. That's not really anything out of the ordinary, but the fact that he thanked the fans for supporting him, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, etc., was special. Then, before exiting the stage - he said, [...]

Continue reading "Kevin Fowler-Mark McKinney Show"

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 1, 2009

Now, I love Country Music and Texas, but Chris from Chambers County, Texas (between Houston and Beaumont) probably is ahead of me in both categories. Or has a better way of showing it. He has a steer tattoo with the Lone Star colors and attended the Kevin Fowler concert Saturday night at Sam [...]

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