Review: Mike Runnels - Jukebox Boulevard

He has the mysterious persona of Roy Orbison, a voice reminiscent of Hank Williams mixed with a little Billy Joe Shaver and music that is old-time, classic country. His name is Mike Runnels, and he's not out reinvent the wheel. You see, Mike Runnels' goal on "Jukebox Boulevard" is to showcase traditional country music. By the way, he's good at it.

When you first listen to Mike Runnels, one word comes to mind: purity. His pure heart, pure emotion (as evidenced by his brilliant lyrics) and his pure, unadulterated love of his craft. With today's country music being inundated with "country pop" and bubble-gum lyrics, the traditional styling provided by "Jukebox Boulevard" is a breath of fresh air.

On "Jukebox Boulevard," Runnels'  provides a wonderful tapestry of old-fashioned country aimed at country purists who love George Jones and Merle Haggard. One of the best songs on the album is "Just Kiss Me Again" which is performed perfectly and has a memorable melody and outstanding lyrics. But it is the surprisingly straightforward break-up song "Tonight's Our Last Night" that is the best track on the album. Runnels sings: "Tonight's our last night, I'll be gone in the morning."

Raised in Beaumont, Texas, Mike Runnels encourages listeners to sit back, think about the old days and reminisce about life and love. Indeed, love is a constant theme in Runnels' music. The first two songs, "Too Good To Be True" and "Come Home Darling" actually deal with heartbreak in a refreshingly straightforward way.

Mike Runnels writes and performs music on "Jukebox Boulevard" that is meant to remind us of country music's rich heritage that has too often been pushed aside by radio programmers in recent years. This album is a major accomplishment that should be warmly embraced and appreciated by any fan of traditional country music.

Most read

iTunes Top 200 Country Music Songs 2019 - UPDATED - Hot 40 Country Digital MP3 - Top 100 Downloads Singles Chart

Top 100 Country and Southern Gospel Songs Chart 2019 - Top 40 Christian Country Albums on iTunes, MP3, CD Albums Charts

Top 200 iTunes Country Songs Albums Music Chart REALTIME 2019 - Digital Country Music Albums and Radio Singles Chart

Top 100 Outlaw Country Songs Chart 2019 - Outlaw Country Albums Charts - Top 100 MP3 and iTunes Outlaw Country Singles & Albums

Top 100 Americana Music Songs Chart 2019 - Top 100 Americana Albums Online from iTunes, Streaming, CD and Radio

Top 100 iTunes Country Music Video Chart 2019 - iTunes Country Videos Chart - UPDATED

Top 200 Country Music Album Charts 2019 - iTunes, MP3 Downloads, CD & Vinyl Chart - DAILY Top 100 EPs

Top 200 Bluegrass iTunes Albums Chart 2019 - Top 100 Bluegrass Country Songs - Top 40 CD, Vinyl, MP3 Singles Downloads Charts

Top Brand New Country Music Music Singles 2019 and Hot New Albums Added To iTunes - Country Songs Just Added to iTunes

Top 100 Contemporary Country Music Chart 2019 Top Songs and Hot Albums from iTunes and Digital MP3 Downloads