ARTICLES:

Review for The Barstool Monologues in
Maverick Magazine, August 2013

Review for The Barstool Monologues in
Hearth Music, Jan. 2013

Review for The Barstool Monologues in
Maverick Magazine, Jan/Feb 2013

Review for The Barstool Monologues in
Country Fried Rock, Dec 2012

Review for The Barstool Monologues in
Big City Rhythm and Blues, Nov 2012

Feature Article on Mike Cullison in
The Alternate Root, Winter 2012

Review for The Barstool Monologues in
The Bold Life, Sept. 2012


QUOTES:

ON The Barstool Monologues...

"Country music writer Juli Thank at Engine 145 has called this album "country music's version of The Cantebury Tales," and I think that's a wonderful way to characterize this album. With The Barstool Monologues, Mike Cullison shows that master songwriting can't be bought or bartered, but must be earned, and the powerful cadre of friends he brings along is proof of Music City's respect for his craft."—Devon Ledger, Hearth Music

"Do not be fooled by the rugged bewhiskered appearance of Mike Cullison. He is a bear, a big ol' genuine teddy bear. True to form, Mike represents country honky tonk at it's finest. Set in a saloon filled with ordinary people, Barstool Monologues elegantly attempts to tell the trials and tribulations of it's patrons. From the cajun seared "Prayin' for Rain" to the gospel tinged "I Can't Let You Drink Alone," Mike masterfully portrays human emotion. Each track has a brief intro to set up each song narrated by Hollis. Like a lazy flowing river, Barstool Monologues contains a warm beauty that comfort the soul like a mom's hugs."
Found Magazine Winter Issue

"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: auditory theater, imagery via sound, and a premise that pulls it all together."
—Sloane Spencer, Country Fried Rock

“... one of Nashville’s most respected tunesmiths.”
—Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

"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 girlfriend on the rocking "Good and Evil." Randy Handley proffers a downbeat "I Can't Let You Drink Alone" while Travis Lamb mesmerizes on the saucy, memory-laden snapshot "Just Another Night."

Cullison, in character as Hollis the Bartender, bookends proceedings with a great drinking song titled "Wish I Didn't Like Whiskey" and his closing "Barstool Monologue," that nods to the late Nashville elbow-bending institution, The Sutler. Maybe a musical?"
—Gary von Tersch, Big City Rhythm and Blues

“ 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.”
—Brent Fleury, The Bold Life

“ ‘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


ON Roadhouse Rambler...

“’ There’s a deep, dark dungeon/In the bottom of the glass.’ Hank Williams, Sr. couldn’t have said it any more whiskeyfied than singer-songwriter Mike Cullison in ‘Whiskey Memory,’ one of six original tracks on his new EP, ‘ Roadhouse Rambler.’ Growing up in Oklahoma, and now living in Nashville, the artist has a hand in penning every honky-tonker and blues-a-billy tune here, recounting stories of did-her-wrong woes, did-me-wrong women, and bars. Blues musician Mark Robinson produced the record, and raises the cool factor in the room with his tasty guitar licks and tremolo vibes. On ‘Drinkin’ Songs,’ Cullison conjures up the spirit of Hank on a bed of sorrowful steel guitar with an ache and a twang in his ‘everyman’ delivery, and is reminiscent of Dwight Yoakam on the traditional ‘Blue Neon Heartache,’ where he confesses: ‘She left me with a blue neon heartache/I’m having me a few, drown in my mistakes/I knew her heart would bend/I never dreamed it would break.’”
— Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville

“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. ”
—John Davy, No Depression / Flyinshoes Review (UK)

" What a GREAT honky tonk music album"!!!!
— Hillbilly Rockhouse (Germany)

“ Clearly one of the cool, fun country rock artists of our time is Mike Cullison.” —Dylan Gallagher, Indie Music Reviews


ON Blue Collar Tired...

" Country music like it used to be and you know he's not far wrong." —R2 Magazine (UK)

“ 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.” —The Alternate Root Magazine

“’ Blue Collar Tired’ is one of the best traditional country CDs I've heard in a while.” —John Harring, Nashville Independent Music


ON MIKE CULLISON...

“ 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. ” —Singer Magazine

“ A captivating blues rocker enthralling audiences with soulful roadhouse songwriting.” —Simon Hallett, Totnes FM (UK)

“ A singer/songwriter not to be missed when he’s in your area.”
—Tony Pankhurst, Country Music Presenter on Skyline Gold Radio (UK)

“ Mike Cullison lives this music. That’s why it works a treat for real country fans. This is the real thing. Country music like it’s meant to be. You can’t get better than that!”
— Ken MacLeod, Tay AM, Dundee, Scotland

“ My dad only liked country music and only a few artists were ever deemed worthy to go into his small collection. He had two albums by Johnny Cash, two by Hank Williams, one Faron Young, one Ernest Tubb and a Tex Ritter. I think he very well might have bought a Mike Cullison record, but that record would not appear until now, fifty years too late for my dad's classic collection, but just in time for you to start building yours.”
—Randy Handley, Singer-Songwriter (Garth Brooks, John Mellencamp, John Denver)

" His vocals reflect the spirit of an American poet whose roots extend from the raw Country of the Hank Williams/Carl Smith era to the Sun sound of Memphis to the sweet, sweat-soaked Soul of the Stax studio and is always encased in a deep agreeable groove."
—Davis Raines, Singer-Songwriter (Kenny Rogers, Pam Tillis, Walt Wilkins)

“ It has been a joy watching and hearing Mike grow as an artist and songwriter... and now he's in the zone!!!”
—Don Goodman, Songwriter (“Ol’ Red,” “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands”)

 

 

 

 

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