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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 31, 2011

This edition of "What's New? Wednesdays" has a definite international flavor. The McClymonts, a trio of sisters from Australia, make their second American release with a high-energy country sound -- Brooke, Mollie and Samantha. The album was released in January 2010 in [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 30, 2011

[ Ronnie Milsap is one of country music's best artists. He's a legend, but he doesn't get the attention of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. A great deal of his music could be described as country-politan, which may explain why he's not [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 29, 2011

Few songs are good enough to record on two studio albums, but "The Love That We Lost", by Chely Wright was one of them. The song is so poetic, eloquent and emotional. I actually heard it on Wright's 1999 album, "Single White Female," but then found out it was on her [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 25, 2011

. So in the country music rivalry that is Nashville vs. Texas, there's one man that stands above it all and is revered by both sides. Yes, George Strait is so classy, traditional and well-liked that he can pull it off. And, "Here For A Good Time," which debuts on Sept. 6 is [...]

Continue reading "Texas Thursdays: George Strait, Still Going Strong"

Mike Sudhalter  |  August 24, 2011

Watching an artist develop into a big star is something special. It's like watching a baseball player get drafted, go through Rookie League, Single-A, Double-A and on to the Big Leagues. The great thing about it is that you always have a story to tell. And I have a good-hearted memory that [...]

Continue reading "What's New? Wednesdays: Sunny Sweeney and Miranda Lambert"

Mike Sudhalter  |  August 23, 2011

Jamey Johnson is bringing back real country music. Some of his fellow artists have followed his leads, but not to this degree. I remember seeing Johnson play a show in San Jose, Calif. about five years ago, and he was good. But I never could have anticipated that he'd carry the torch for [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 22, 2011

Welcome to our new Memory Lane Monday feature. If you have an artist in mind, please [MIKE:] He was never a big star, but Mark Wills made a good career out of hits like "Nineteen-Somethin'" and "I Do (Cherish You)." I think my [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 17, 2011

Thursdays are a good day to catch up on Texas Music that I've ever heard recently, so I present to you Country Mike's Texas Thursdays. The Texas Music scene has always been eclectic and all-encompassing, and that's a good thing for T.J. Broscoff, who has more of a pop/rock vibe to [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 15, 2011

With gas prices hovering around $3.40, nobody is happy. Those who travel a lot find themselves filling up nearly every day, and road trips are becoming more few and far between. Recently, I found one small silver lining in purchasing gasoline. It's a small one. But, hey, these days, you [...]

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Mike Sudhalter  |  August 15, 2011

Two months ago, I attended the CMA Music Festival in Nashville and met some of the leaders of the Hank Williams Sr. Fan Club. Yes, the country music icon who's been deceased for 58+ years still has a vibrant fan club that puts on a festival each year in Alabama. Contemporary country [...]

Continue reading "Hank Williams: Lost Highway -- an interesting look at a musical icon"

Mike Sudhalter  |  August 14, 2011

Any time, you turn on the news, there's usually a tragedy somewhere in the world. As a society, we often become immune to hearing bad news, but my first thought when I heard about a stage collapsing at the Indiana State Fair, resulting in the deaths of four concert-goers and injuries to [...]

Continue reading "Tragedy at Sugarland Concert in Indiana"

Mike Sudhalter  |  August 4, 2011

Longtime Red Dirt fans will be glad to know that Pat Green is back in the Texas Country fold -- or at least, that's what his latest song would suggest. Green, who sings a verse on Abbott's "My Texas," makes references to "Corpus Christi Bay" and Kolaches in the [...]

Continue reading "Josh Abbott welcomes Pat Green back to Texas"

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