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Mike Runnels never fails to impress with his understated country music vocals. And Runnels' new album, "The Tender Years," continues his tradition of country music excellence with ten tracks that impress on all levels.
Read the full review at CountryChart.com
The Tender Years, out now on Lucky Penny Records, opens the ten-track set with “Cheatin’ Side Of Town”. Against an edgy twang, Runnels pines while sharing the dark woe of a leavin’ love that’s found willing arms and changed circumstances elsewhere. Read the full review.
Three songs from Don't Tell Candy CD in the movie Fuel.
"Honky Tonk Lie","Love Is Blind " and "Tonight's Our Last Night"
Fuel: A talented track star stuck in a dead-end town, Emilio (Michael Esparza) dreams of running away with his childhood friend Sandy (Briana Feehan). But when Emilio's violent temper suddenly flares up, his chances for a college scholarship fade, and a series of grave problems surfaces. This tense drama directed by Oktay Ortabasi also features C. Thomas Howell, Billy Maddox, Janelle Taylor and Matt Gallini.
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Mike Runnels - Jukebox Boulevard
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.
Mike Runnels - Don't Tell Candy
By George Peden, CountryStarsOnline.com
Austin, Texas, singer and songwriter, Mike Runnels, is back with a new album, Don’t Tell Candy. Out on Lucky Penny Records, it’s a continuing nod to a guy who’s finally grabbing overdue attention.
Now with this, his third country album, the former vocalist of Texas punk rockers, The Reactors, is finding direction. Revolving around the varied talents of Ron Flynt – he plays guitar, bass, piano, organ, and, in a lazy moment, offers background harmony –the rest of the ensemble is Nick Wells on drums, the versatile Herb Steiner on pedal steel and Andrew Nafziger on guitars. Chip Dolann on accordion, Floyd Domino on piano and Scott Blesener on violin make brief but meaningful appearances.
Mike Runnels - Don't Tell Candy
by Nancy Montgomery, Music News Nashville
The new CD from Texas based singer/songwriter Mike Runnels, Don’t Tell Candy, is a throwback to the days when country music was at it’s purist. Former vocalist of the Texas Punk Rockers, The Reactors, Runnels takes us back to a time when country songs were stripped down to their bare essence and simply told the story of love lost, love found and love betrayed. No hidden messages, no political angst, no “cooler than thou” showmanship. Just good and solid honky tonk songs from a guy who has a knack of recreating the sounds and styles of such classic singers as Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Faron Young or Porter Wagoner....
Mike Runnels' "It's Up To You" from his new CD, Don't Tell Candy, is on the ECMA Chart!
"One More Time" Reviews
Mike Runnels, one time vocalist with the Raul's-era rockers, the
Reactors, has traded in his ripped T-shirt for a string tie on the assured "One More Time". Up-tempo honky-tonk that benefits greatly from the presence of top hands like Herb Steiner, Andrew Nafziger, and especially Ron Flynt, who plays everything but the ponies. "One More Time" spins 10 two-steppers and belly-rubbers around the dance floor without a bad one in the bunch. Runnels, meanwhile, divides his time between falling in love anew and wondering why he would do such a thing, with the odd secret love affair to keep the cycle going.
Texan Mike Runnels is a romantic I guess. At least this is what this album says to me for all ten songs deal with matters of the heart. Some are positive, others optimistic and all are extremely listenable. Behind Runnels is a quintet of excellent musicians featuring keyboards, guitars, steel, accordion and fiddle. Check out "Pretty Girl", "Please Don't Cry", "One More Time" and "Do You Want To Fall In Love Tonight".
Borrowing heavily from 60's era country honky-tonk by Buck Owens, GeorgeJones, etc,but performed with an eerie Slim Whitman vocal styled
vibrato, makes this Mike Runnels album different enough to catch your
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