Posted by Concerned Observer on March 01, 2010 at 10:00:50:
The Q106 Hodag Pickoff is nothing like it was in its glory days in the
80s and 90s. There were only 5 bands this year as opposed to as many
as 12 back in the day. Country music experiences peaks and valleys;
this is normal.
What I didn't like was that Mighty Short Bus entered the competition
and tried to pass themselves off as a country band. All of the judges
except one were from Madison bands, none with any kind of country
background. If it weren't for the stellar performance of Rochelle and
the Red Hot Rattlers, Mighty Short Bus would have won; and it is no
coincidence that they came in second and that the judges were their
Let's not have this happen again. People travel very far to compete,
trusting that they have a shot to win.
And the Pickoff has traditionally been a family event. Let's not let
this degenerate into a fixed event to promote irresponsible, vulgar
Madison bar bands who are not even part of the genre.
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