Rutledge 158 I sure hope you guys don’t mind going back to The Rutledge with me a few more times. I think I might put up two or three artists in one post, and that way, we can tell you about all 10 of them a little quicker. Today, it’s Caitlin Lynn and Johnny Bulford.

Rutledge 153 This was the first time I’d seen either of these performers live. I remember Caitlin very well from her performances and win on CMT’s “Can You Duet”. She and Will won that show, as the duo Will and Caitlin. But unfortunately, their career never really took off. Caitlin is now working on her solo career.

On Caitlin’s MySpace page, she lists The Doors, Dave Matthews, Kathleen Edwards, Mindy Smith, Holly Williams, Hank Williams, Hank JR(The whole damn family), Patty Griffin,Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers, Juice Newton… as people who have influenced her over the years. After hearing her sing “Me and Bobby McGee,” I think she needs to add Janice Joplin to that list.

Rutledge 155 Caitlin has a powerful voice, and very good stage presence. She’s a really good vocalist, but I’m afraid I wasn’t hearing enough ‘country’ for my taste. However, when I visited her MySpace page and listened to “This Ain’t No Freebird,” I was definitely hearing country. And when I listened to “I Dare You,” I heard a song I would buy. She’s good, and I believe her following will continue to grow.

Rutledge 033 Johnny Bulford was a very pleasant surprise. I didn’t know him before I went to this event. But I quickly learned that this kid from central Florida has everything he needs to end up a major player in the field of country music.

Rutledge 055 Back in 2007, Johnny was named “Best New Act In Country Music” at the 27th Annual Colgate Country Showdown. That event was hosted by LeAnn Rimes at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Johnny beat out four other finalists beat out four other finalists with renditions of his original songs “How Could I Not” and “What Happens Here Stays Here.” You can hear clips from these two songs (and many other songs by Johnny) on his web site.

Rutledge 035 I often wonder why some of today’s really good country artists aren’t major stars. I’ll probably never know the answer to that. But I do know, if anyone would like to ask my opinion — or just ask me who I would like to hear on my favorite radio station, Johnny Bulford is one of the names I would give them. He’s a very likeable young man, and a very talented entertainer.

I hope I have the opportunity to see both Caitlin and Johnny again. I’ll definitely keep an eye on their schedules to see when they will be close enough to my part of the country that I can take in another concert.

I haven’t had any videos up with these reports about the City of Hope benefit show at The Rutledge, but it seemed like a good time to include one. So, for those of you who have never heard Johnny Bulford, or for those of you would would like to see him again, here’s Johnny and “Whatever Happens Here Stays Here.”

That’s all for now. More later! Hope you guys have a super Weekend! Would you believe we’re getting more snow? I have definitely had all I need of that this year. Talk to you all real soon! Thanks for all the mail!

Later,
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I sure hope you guys don’t mind going back to The Rutledge with me a few more times. I think I might put up two or three artists in one post, and that way, we can tell you about all 10 of them a little quicker. Today, it’s...