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“ ROADHOUSE RAMBLER If country music was fair to artists who have the voice and talent which fans across the world prefer over manufactured country-pop then this EP would be receiving multiple CMA nominations. Here’s hoping that the CMA judges listen to this record because if they do they will put Oklahoma’s Mike Cullison at the forefront of country music. The six songs pack a punch with honky-tonk instrumentation and Mike’s vocals harking back to a simpler time in music when all you needed to sell records was to sing about barrooms and drinking. Understandably, Whiskey Memory is great to enjoy whilst supping a strong beverage. Similar to Merle Haggard’s Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down this seems to be a contemporary version of that infamous tune. The remainder of the record is too good for words and is certainly worth hunting down a copy in order to see why it is downright near perfect. ”
““ Clearly one of the cool, fun country rock artists of our time is Mike Cullison.””
“Fans of classic country music will feel right at home with Mike Cullison and, unless the hint of a honky-tonk brings you out in hives, I think you'll find ‘ Roadhouse Rambler’ very amiable company.”
“one of Nashville’s most respected tunesmiths”
“With honest lyrics and enjoyable vocals, Mike Cullison spans the Americana genre of blues, rock-a-billy, and classic country. Mike Cullison brings to the table a love of honky tonk music and a general good time. ” ”
“Mike Cullison writes country songs, the kind that pretty boys in rhinestone skinny jeans don't sing. Cullison's latest album, The Barstool Monologues,is the most brilliant country concept album in years”
“This is one of those rare “concept” albums that works-- mainly because of Cullison’s stellar Songwriting. Acting as the bartender-proprietor of a smoky, across the tracks honky-tonk called the Oasis, Cullison (aka The Roadhouse Rambler)loquaciously introduces each bar patron vignette, variously sung by a host of Nashville’s finest. Tiffany Huggins Grant soulfully relates the tale of a heart-broken lover on “As The Cold Set In” while Davis Raines takes a Bakersfield-styled slant on the moody “Till I See Her With Him” and Natalie Langlinais nostalgically tells the story of “Ghost Of My Heart.” Other musical novellas are sung by Jon Byrd (the roadhouse blues “Prayin’ For Rain”) with Brian Langlinais recalling the Allman Brothers on “Who Turned You Loose” and Mark Robinson telling us all about his new schizophrenic girl friend on the rocking “Good And Evil.” Randy Handley proffers a downbeat “I Can’t Let You Drink Alone” while Travis Lamb mesmerizes”
“have got to tell you that this – a concept album featuring many of the stories of people who come together in a bar – is something that is more than a little different. Cullison – one of Nashville’s most respected tunesmiths, wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, and each track is introduced by the “bartender,” Hollis (who also is Mike, if you are keeping score). While some of the vocal performances are better than others on the album, each song really seems to work well – especially in the “Barroom Setting.” Vocally, some of the top moments come from Tiffany Huggins Grant on “As The Cold Sets In.” She really delivers with a piercing vocal on this expressive cut. Davis Raines contributes a decidedly old-school take on the plaintive “Till I See Her With Him,” which is also a highlight. Another top moment comes from Travis Lamb, who conjures up a Haggard-esque weariness on “Just Another Night.” ”
“Using a unique format, Mike Cullison and his band of "regulars" deliver an album full of classic honkytonk country slathered in rock, blues and even a bit of zydeco. While all the songs are co-written by Cullison, he's got a group of over a dozen performers on The Barstool Monologues that really serves to infuse the album with a sociable, collaborative feeling. The album begins with a bartender named Hollis welcoming us to his bar, The Oasis. Between each song, Hollis comes back to give us the lowdown on a certain patron, whose narrative is the subject of the next song. Almost each song is sung by a different band member, which really sells the illusion that these characters are themselves singing us their stories. Without coming off the slightest bit gimmicky, this approach allows Cullison to put an extra dimension on the music, and he does a great job painting this picture of this little roadhouse and the lives of its regulars. http://www.boldlife.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=24398”
"Country Music like it used to be and you know he's not far wrong"
“Fans of classic country music will feel right at home with Mike Cullison and, unless the hint of a honky-tonk brings you out in hives, I think you'll find Roadhouse Rambler very amiable company. ”
"What a GREAT honky tonk music album"!!!!
“The Songs on "Blue Collar Tired" keep on the theme and keep the glasses full. The topics travel between the bar and loving arms that stay true, stay a little too out of reach. The song titles tell the story, "Pour Hank On The Pain", "More Of The Same", "Break My Fall", don't hide secret messages. Mike has a way to telling a real tale and keeping your attention with the truth, hard driving rhythms and country sways.”
“An excerpt from the liner notes on Mr Music Country #4, 2010. A compilation Cd out of Sweden. Other Artist include, Ken Mellons,I See Hawks In L.A.,Ken Holloway, Michael O'Neill, Mike Headrick and Tommy Jennings. "What would country be without a touch of gospel or positive country music, what some people call the newly written,less obvious sacral songs. Songs that are intended to recall consideration for the listener. These typical messages in country music come to a finale in "Pour Hank on the Pain", an itelligent title from Mike Cullison. Thomas Buskhagen”
“With honest lyrics and enjoyable vocals, Mike Cullison spans the Americana genre of blues, rock-a-billy, and classic country. Mike Cullison brings to the table a love of honky tonk music and a general good time.”
“NASHVILLE TN] Oklahoma-born Mike Cullison's song "The Grapes of Wrath Are Ripe Again" garnered enough votes (more than 7500 were cast) to be selected as a cut on The Alternate Root Magazine's "Songs for Social Change" Sampler. To download for free, visit The Alternate Root. Mike Cullison's song about hard times, today and in the 1930s, will join others from James McMurtry, Christine Ohlman, Kasey Anderson, Chip Taylor, The Boxmasters and Jason and the Scorchers--fine musical company, indeed--in the free downloadable sampler "Songs for Social Change." • Chosen for the "Take a Trip on 66" CD Vol. 1 by Project Route 66 - a nonprofit effort to restore what is left of Route 66. • Included on the Acoustic Rainbow Sampler Vol. 33 ”
“Blue Collar Tired is one of the best traditional country cd's I've heard in a while. John Harring, Nashville Independent Music Sept. 2007 "Wish I Didn't Like Whiskey", the lyrics are fantastic and the singer's voice is nice and fits well with the song. The song makes country music feel alive again. This is what country music has been missing and this guy is bringing it back. Renaldo 6, Song Critic.com”