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Michael Peterson
"Michael Peterson"

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Year of Release: 1997

track listing
  • Lost In The Shuffle
  • Love's Great
  • When The Bartender Cries
  • Drink Swear Steal And Lie
  • I Finally Passed The Bar
  • From Here To Eternity
  • That's What They Said
    About The Buffalo
  • Too Good To Be True
  • Since I Thought
    I Knew It All
  • By The Book
  • For A Song

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    Michael Peterson
    "Michael Peterson"

    Michael Peterson may not be a popular name in Country music, but he did achieve what many popular artists have done: Having at least one #1 song in his career. His song, "From Here To Eternity" was #1 on the Billboard Country songs chart, and it appeared from his debut Country album. Titled by his name, his actual debut album (with his name) was a Christian album. He switched to Country, and has recorded a total of nine albums, from 1997 to 2013. His most recent album was recorded for the veterans, as he performs at military benefits.

    Back in 1997, when he was first on the Country scene, his self-titled album really should have received more recognition. This album truly has the beginnings of a Country singer, getting ready to become more popular. There are many upbeat tracks here, likewise ballads. And yes, it all sounds definitely Country, and not the Country-that-sounds-like-Pop we hear today.

    First, let's review the upbeat tracks: The album's opener, "Lost In The Shuffle" kicks it off nicely, in the traditional 1990s Country form. Likewise the same can be said for the next track, "Love's Great." (What a title), "Drink, Swear, Steal And Lie" keeps the upbeats flowing, "Too Good To Be True," and "By The Book."

    The next set of tracks defines really good Country music: "I Finally Passed The Bar" (with Travis Tritt), "That's What They Said About The Buffalo."

    One of the noticeable factors of this album, is the comparison to Garth Brooks. Many of the songs here (especially the ballads) could have easily been recorded by Garth. However, for some who notice on how Garth Brooks sings, he does have that somewhat annoying whiny-sounding vocals. This is not the case with Michael Peterson. In fact, you could easily say that he could easily sing better than Garth Brooks. Just listen to the ballads here: "When The Bartender Cries," (another great COuntry songtitle...), his #1 hit, "From Here To Eternity," "Since I Thought I Knew It All," and "For A Song."

    Michael Peterson didn't get as popular after his Country debut album, yet I am sure there are some more great Country from him to listen to, from his other albums. Michael Peterson from 1997, is an album that just may have been overlooked. This album will surely get repeated listens. Grab this album, and enjoy good Country as it should be. Country, not Pop, not PopCountry. Just pure Country. Michael Peterson.

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