Over the weekend, I was reflecting back on my radio career and felt blessed to have been able to do this job for so long now.

During my now almost 30 years in radio, I have gotten to do some incredible things for our community such as emcee benefits, charity fundraisers, concerts, festivals, auctions, and yes, I have even announced some bingos.

Mike on Stage (Photo by TSM)
Mike on Stage (Photo by TSM)

I have been able to meet some of the greatest people in Southwest Louisiana and have made a bunch of long-lasting friendships during my journey.

Those of you who know me know that I am a huge fan of classic country music, as I  have a deep respect for the legends of country music and I love the history of the music we now call classic country.

Mike Soileau with Grammy Award

As time goes by and the years pass, what I thought was current country is now known as classic country. I mean, in the late '80s and early '90s when I was graduating from high school and going to college, artists like George Strait, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt, Tim McGraw, and Garth Brooks were the current artists. Now it seems what most people classify as classic country starts in the middle 1990s and goes back to the the 1950s and '60s.

I can't tell you how much I love the old stuff and respect the pioneers of country music and whenever I get the chance to meet one of these legends, believe me, I don't take it for granted.

I thought I would take you down memory lane and share with you just some of the legendary artists I've had the privilege to meet and interview.

Classic Country Artists I've Met in My Radio Career

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