Mike Cullison
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Mike Cullison

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Band Country Singer/Songwriter


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"Blue Collar Tired"

"Blue Collar Tired" is one of the best traditional country cd's I've heard in a while." John Haring, Nashville Independent Music

On "Blue Collar Tired" Cullison has a strong country- honky tonk vocal style and the music has a tenacious, raw determination to get right to the point. He does a nice job of mixing the musical content and always offers quality. muzikreviews.com - Nashville Independent Music

"Blue Collar Tired,"

Mike Cullison's follow up to "BAC", "Blue Collar Tired", is once more a mixed bag of genres. Part Blues, part Country and part Rock-a-Billy, "Blue Collar Tired" delivers once more everything you want in a great album. Mike Cullison certainly proves he can hold your attention. A great contribution to the genre for sure.

Mr. Blue Boogie
www.billybop.com - Mr. Blue Boogie, Belgium

"Holland Review"

Mike Cullison journeys into the kind of honky tonks in which the customers can forget their sorrows in their own way, and life becomes more barable with these elegant written songs. His style fits with Delbert McClinton, Billy Swan and Tim Krekel.

John Gjaltema
www.altcountry.nl - John Gjaltema

"Big American Car Reviews"

Reviews “BAC” would be a fine addition to any compre- hensive rock a billy library, and it is a sure fire choice for anyone who wants to hear some good ol’ Rock and roll that’s not out of date. Matthew Crider- Shawnee News Star Shawnee Oklahoma

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 Feb. 2005

“Big American Car”, the title song for Cullison’s latest release, has gained national attention through radio programs such as “Car Talk” on National Public Radio(NPR) and numerous others including “The Indie Limelight Show”, offered as syndication to over 100 radio networks worldwide.

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Thanks to guys like Mike Cullison there is still a sturdy group of under the radar blues-rockers to keep the genre alive. This music rolls smoothly along the “highway through life” that he speaks of....except of course when it jumps. And that’s good too.
Jess Marich,Shake Magazine March 2005

When I first heard Mike Cullison’s music I knew it was something special. I consider him a diamond in the rough, a unique musician and songwriter. Steven Sharp, CEO Sharp Objects August 2005

BAC is a very cool and nice album. One could only hope to hear much more from Mike Cullison.

Mr. Blue Boogie
VZW Billy Bop Radio
Brugge, Belgium - various

"Belgium Review"

Blue Collar Tired delivers everything you want in a great album. - Mr. Blue Boogie

"Italian Review"

With "Blue Collar Tired" Mike Cullison decided to do what he does , honky-tonk music without grand and pretentious arrangements. Hooray for the sincerity! With Johnny Neel's more measured approach to his producing, all of Cullison's qualities emerge. Though he doesn't have the aces up his sleeve to make this a master piece (never say never), he seems to have the talent to pull it off. Salvatore Esposito - Il Popolo del Blues

"Italy Jan 2008"

Classic Country Rock is what Mike Cullison Plays. Born in Oklahoma suckling C&W and Honky Tonk, he migrated to Atlanta on his way to the Promised Land, Nashville. Cullison has Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Jimmy Buffet carved in his chromozones. Blue Collar Tired quenches. Cullison keeps to his roots like a guiding star. It is a well sung, well played,and well produced album. This is a sure thing. Keep away if you are not a honky tonk and rock a billy lover. Songs like "Going Up The Country", "Break My Fall and "Where's Joe Friday" are a real party with plenty of piano and guitar ribbons and Cullison really kicking it in. If you have beer in your hands, a convertible and a sunny day this record is right for you.

Mateo Strukul
Jam Magazine Jan. 2008
Italy - Jam Magazine

"Blue Collar Tired"

Please see www.muzikreviews.com/reviews.php?id=143

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"Good Honky Tonk"

Raised in Oklahoma, Cullison's early musical influences were diverse, ranging from Dylan and The Beatles to hank Williams, Delbert McClinton and Jimmy Buffett. He served his musical apprenticeship by playing countless clubs and honky tonks in and around Oklahoma City before moving to Atlanta in 1988. A solid bread and butter purveyor of honky-tonk music, Cullison met successful songwriter Don Goodman who persuaded him to move to Nashville, which he did in 1995. He teamed up with Johnny Neel, one time keyboardist with The Allman Brothers and released his first album, BAC(Big American Car), on Breakin' Records. Now again teaming up with Neel, comes Cullison's second album picking up from where he left off on BAC.
Cullison and Neel have co-written seven of the thirteen songs with Cullison taking sole responsibility for two more. The two exceptions to the original material are "Going Up The Country", a gritty country blues and "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line", a number one hit for the late Buck Owens in 1966. Although perhaps not earmarked to become an instantly recognizable vocal stylist, Cullison Clearly understands and appreciates the finer points of honky-tonk and delivers his program convincingly.The subject matter for the most part, is everything that the followers of the genremight reasonably expect and titles like "I Wish I Didn't Like Whiskey", a loser's lament, "Blue Collar Tired",detailing the hardships of the honest, hard working man, "Pour Hank On The Pain", stylistically a tip of the hat to hank Williams, "More Of The Same", a blazing country-rocker with some great honky-tonk piano from Johnny Neel, and "Where's Joe Friday", which boasts a strong r&b backbeat should give some strong indication as to what one might expect. The pace slows on other numbers like "Hurt That Bad Again" and "This Old Heart", but these still fit the genre, making this the type of album which should please those constantly searching for solid honest honky-tonk mucic. Steel guitar courtesy of Steve Henson, plays a major part in the backings, complimented by some excellent country style guitar and plenty of honky-tonk piano. "BLUE COLLAR TIRED" may not end up as a 'classic' honky-tonk album, but it certainly has enough going for it to please most fans of this style, and, judging from his performance it seems unlikely that Mike Cullison will ever find himself short of work. LK

Maverick Magazine issue 69 April 2008
- Maverick Magazine

"Scotland Radio"

Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 16:35:14 +0000

Hello from Scotland!. I'm Ken Macleod,the country music dj on Radio Tay AM in Dundee Scotland.

I've just been listening to your song " Wish I Didn't Like Whiskey" on CDX Vol 449. What a great song and fabulous vocals too. I'd say without doubt the most country "country" song I have heard this year. I'll be playing this song on my show this Wednesday evening and at the weekend too. This is exactly the kind of music my listeners love to hear.The pop sounds of country coming from Nashville does nothing for them, but this song will be a hit. Ken Macleod Radio Tay AM - Ken Macleod Radio Tay AM


BAC- Big American Car 2004
Blue Collar Tired 2007
Walking In a New Direction, 2010 , W.I.N.D. (Italy)
Truckers Tracks Vol 1&2
Project Route 66 vol 1
Cuts by Johnny Neel, W.I.N.D.(Italy)Len Doolin,Shane Morgan,Mike Dyche, James R, Rickey Godfrey & Charles Wells



From the Oklahoma-Texas area to Atlanta to Nashville and stints in Europe, Mike's journey has been an extraordinary one. Mike’s innate writing skills and love of music merged early on. Raised in Oklahoma, he grew up on Country Western and Honky Tonk - moving into a diverse blend of music as a young man in the 60s. Many of his influences are: The Beatles, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Delbert McClinton and all the great story tellers of years gone by.

Professionally, Mikes career began in the small clubs and honky tonks of Oklahoma City - moving on to Atlanta in 1988 to expand his opportunities and sharpen his writing skills. While in Atlanta he worked with the Lowry Group and subsequently met Don Goodman, a successful Nashville writer with many hits including Angels Among Us and Ring on her finger time on her hand. With Don's encouragement, Mike made the move to Nashville in 1995 to have access to the larger writing community. One of those connections led to a European tour with Johnny Neel and the Italian power trio W.I.N.D.

Mike's songs reflect his diverse background. His initial release, BAC, has a Rock-a-Billy feel to it. The newly released, Blue Collar Tired, contains a blend of country and rock with a honky tonk feel. Both are sure to please everyone.