Monday, February 11, 2019
Kris Kristofferson Scottish dates
Catch him :
Jun 18 Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Jun 19 Music Hall, Aberdeen
Jun 20 Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Lisa Stanley for Falkirk
Sligo born singer and Keep It Country TV presenter Lisa Stanley is heading for Falkirk Town Hall with her own 4 piece band. Lisa has previously toured Scotland with both Nathan Carter and Dominic Kirwan, but is now embarking on her solo headlining tour, which plays Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday February 24th.
Lisa, who has four albums available, can also be seen on Keep It Country (Sky 376/Freeview 87) Friday nights at Midnight, and 1am Sundays.
Celtic Country heads north east
Thie links are http://listen.originalfm.com/country/ and https://www.wavefmlive.co.uk/stations/wave-country/
Ashton Lane for Livingston
Acoustic Sparrow EP from Ashley Monroe
Sparrow (Acoustic Sessions)’ will be released on 15th February 2019
Brooks & Dunn reform for Duets albun
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Songwriter Whitey Shafer passes
Regarded as one of the finest hard-country tunesmiths of his generation, Shafer wrote or co-wrote such classics as “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” (George Strait), “That’s the Way Love Goes” (Merle Haggard, Johnny Rodriguez), “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” (Keith Whitley), “Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong” (George Jones) and “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” (George Strait).
Born Sanger D. Shafer in 1934, he was raised in rural Whitney, TX. Songwriter Doodle Owens, whom he’s known in Texas, introduced Shafer to publisher/producer Ray Baker. As a result, two of Shafer’s first three songs were recorded by George Jones, “Between My House and Town” and “New Man in Town.”
The songwriter soon became a favorite of others. Connie Smith began recording Shafer songs in 1971 and subsequently had hits with “I’m Sorry If My Love Got In Your Way” (1971), “Dream Painter” (1973), “I Never Knew What That Song Meant Before” (1974), “I’ve Got My Baby On My Mind” (1974) and “I Got a Lot of Hurtin’ Done Today” (1975).
Moe Bandy launched his career with Whitey Shafer songs. His eight hit Shafer singles were “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs” (1974), “Honky Tonk Amnesia” (1974), “It Was Always So Easy to Find an Unhappy Woman” (1975), “Bandy the Rodeo Clown” (1975), “The Biggest Airport in the World” (1976), “She Took More Than Her Share” (1976), “She Just Loved the Cheatin’ Out of Me” (1977) and “Soft Lights and Hard Country Music” (1978). Bandy has recorded a total of 33 Shafer songs.
Despite songwriting success, Whitey Shafer never lost sight of his own recording aspirations. Baker produced Shafer singles for Musicor Records in 1967 and RCA Records in 1968-70. The RCA sides were reissued by Germany’s Bear Family label in 1984.
As a songwriter, he hit new heights in the late-1980s. George Strait had big hits with his “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” (1985), “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” (1987) and “Overnight Success” (1989).
Keith Whitley’s version of Shafer’s “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” hit No. 1 in 1989. Haggard revived “You Babe” in 1988. Scott McQuaig bought back “Honky Tonk Amnesia” in 1989.
Whitey Shafer was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989. By then, his songs had been recorded by dozens more, including John Anderson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty, John Conlee, Eddy Raven, David Frizzell & Shelly West, Carl Smith, Billy Walker, Sammi Smith, Ed Bruce and The Osborne Brothers.
This activity continued into the 1990s with Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, Shawn Colvin, Randy Travis, Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Lorrie Morgan, Rhonda Vincent, Jeannie Seely and others recording his tunes.
John Michael Montgomery scored a hit with Shafer’s co-written “Beer and Bones” in 1993. Several bluegrass bands drew from his catalog, as well.
In 2015, Moe Bandy organized an all-star tribute at The Nashville Palace to honor Whitey Shafer. By then, the songwriter was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Country On The Clyde
Friday, December 28, 2018
Remebering the Hillbilly Heaven inductees 2018
After a battle with cancer, ‘90s country singer Lari White died on Jan. 23 at the age of 52. White’s career began when she won a recording contract through the televised talent competition You Can Be a Star. In addition to her hit singles “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” White also wrote songs for Toby Keith, Lonestar, Travis Tritt and Pat Green.
Burt Reynolds died on Sept. 6 at a hospital in Florida after suffering a heart attack. He was 82. The actor had close ties to the country music scene; he starred with Reba McEntire in the 1993 made-for-TV movie The Man From Left Field, and with Jerry Reed in 1977's Smokey and the Bandit. Reynolds also released a country album, Ask Me What I Am, in the early '70s.
Rayburn Anthony’s career goes back to the Sun Sessions in Memphis. Rayburn grew up in the same town as WS Holland of The Tennessee Three fame. After cutting 14 songs for Sun Records, he moved to Nashville and had various releases on the Polydor and Mercury labels. As far as writing is concerned, he wrote hits for the likes of Vern Gosdin, Charley Pride and Jerry Lee Lewis. He wrote “Caution To The Wind”, the B side to Sandy Posey’s hit “Born A Woman”. His popularity in Europe, especially Sweden sustained over many decades, due to his traditional and rockabilly style. Rayburn was one of the first American acts I ever interviewed. He was touring with Melba Montgomery on a Scottish tour for promoter Drew Taylor. That would’ve been 40 years now, and I’ve enjoyed his music ever since. I was sorry to hear of Rayburn’s passing on April 21st at the age of 80.
The Nashville songwriting community lost a few this year Kenny O’Dell, the songwriter behind the Judds’ “Mama’s He’s Crazy” and Charlie Rich’s No. 1 single “Behind Closed Doors,” died on March 28 at the age of 72. O’Dell also wrote songs for Tanya Tucker, Dottie West and Kenny Rogers, and was one of the longest-serving members of the board of directors for the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Dolly Parton's brother, Floyd Parton, was 61 when he passed away on Dec. 6. Floyd Estel Parton was "a talented songwriter and composer," his obituary reports; in fact, his famous sister recorded two of his songs, the No. 1 "Rockin' Years" (a duet with Ricky Van Shelton) and "Nickels and Dimes."
More recently, songwriter Jerry Chesnut has died. A member of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, the tunesmith died on Dec. 15, at the age of 87. In 1967, Del Reeves recorded Chesnut's "A Dime at a Time." One year later, Chesnut notched his first Grammy Awards nomination, when Jerry Lee Lewis' "Another Place, Another Time" -- a Top 10 country hit -- earned a nod. Also in 1968, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner made Chesnut's "Holding on to Nothin'" a Top 10 hit. Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr. and more recorded his songs. He'd earned another Grammy nomination with his song "A Good Year for the Roses," recorded by both George Jones (who made it a No. 2 song) and Elvis Costello.
Roy Clark died at his home in Tulsa, Okla., due to complications from pneumonia on Nov. 15 at the age of 85. The singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, but he was perhaps best-known for his role on the TV country music variety series Hee Haw.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Freddie Hart died on Oct. 27 in Burbank, Calif. , after suffering complications from pneumonia. He was 91. Hart is best remembered for "Easy Loving," which earned Song of the Year at 1971's ACM Awards and CMA Awards. The song also earned Hart two Grammy nominations and was Billboard's No. 1 country single of the year 1971.
Other musician deaths this year included Brandon Jenkins, known for his Red Dirt style of country music, died on March 2 following complications from heart surgery in February. Jenkins released over a dozen albums during his career, and saw many of his songs, including “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” and “Finger on the Trigger,” become hits on the Texas music charts.
The surviving members of Confederate Railroad shared on June 2 that one of their founding members, Wayne Secrest, had died following a long illness. He was 68.
Drummer DJ Fontana, who rose to fame as part of Elvis Presley's band and played for a number of other artists was 87 years old when he died on June 13.
Ed King, a guitarist in the groundbreaking Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at his home in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 22 at the age of 68. He had been battling lung cancer.
Longtime George Strait drummer Mike Kennedy died in a car accident in Tennessee on Aug. 31. He was 59 years old. Kennedy had played in Strait's Ace in the Hole Band since the early 1980s.
Ronnie Prophet is one of Country music’s all round entertainers. Originally from Quebec , Canada, Prophet made his mark on Nashville, with his own show on Printers Alley, and later in Branson, Missouri. He was a regular compere of the Wembley Country Music Festival, until he had a public spat with the tobacco firm sponsoring the event. He had a string of Country hits in vboth Canada & the USA, stretching back to 1973. Ronnie died March 2nd at age 80.
The Irish scene suffered several notable losses in 2018, including Brenda Mulgrew and Sandy Kelly’s sister Barbara Ellis, an artist in her own right. We also learned of the passing of Sandi Hearsh, the presenter of RTE Radio’s Country Time, but it’s the passing of Big Tom McBride which shook the Irish Country scene most. Big Tom passed away in April at the age of 81, after a musical career which stretched back 50 years. Tom’s wife, Rose passed away in January.
Here in Scotland, we learned of the passing of Ann Duff, who was married to Davie Duff from the band Colorado. The two met when Ann was a member in the Dynamos Showband. Anne contributed a song to the Dynamos “50 Years And More” CD released a couple of years ago. Ann was buried in Golspie on Thursday.
Yorkshire based Gary Perkins , one of the UK’s most popular Country performers passed away on 1oth December at the age of 56. Gary had performed with The Breeze since 1995.
Musician, songwriter, studio-owner and producer Randy Scruggs died on April 17, following a short battle with illness. He was 64. The son of Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs produced for and performed with artists including Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Ricky Skaggs, and wrote for artists like Deana Carter.
Behind the music, there’s a business with people who put so much into what we actually hear.
Glenn Snoddy died on May 21 at the age of 96. He was known as the man behind “the Nashville sound,” the fuzzy, distorted guitar effect that he discovered in 1960 by accident. Using the sound made by a blown amp transformer as his inspiration, he invented the Maestro Fuzz-Tone, which was then acquired by Gibson and soon heard everywhere; if you listen to the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, you’re listening to a Fuzz-Tone. Snoddy also recorded classics like Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Hank Williams’ final quartet of hits (including “Your Cheatin’ Heart”).
BRIAN FERRIMAN was a pioneering Canadian record label owner and artist manager, who as well as managing Michelle Wright for 28 years, actively promoted Canadian Country music on the international stage.
Hazel Smith. Smith garnered acclaim after a long and varied career in country music, which included work as a journalist, songwriter and publicist. She is credited with coining the term "outlaw country" in the late 1970s while working in publicity, when faced with radio stations seeking a term to describe artists such as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. She died at the age of 83 in her Madison, Tenn., home on March 18, 2018
Dave & Sugar singer Dave Rowland died on Nov. 1 in Nashville after suffering complications from a stroke. He was 74. He was best known as the lead singer for the country-pop trio, which scored a run of hit singles from 1975 until 1981 that included "The Door Is Always Open," "Tear Time," "Golden Tears" and "My World Begins and Ends With You."
Casey Anderson is the father of Lynn Anderson (Rose Garden). Lynn passed away in 2015.
He was one of the founder members of the Nashvillie Songwriters Association International, and amongst his biggest hits he wrote Merle Haggard’s first No.1 Hit “The Fugitive”. In 2001, he, and wife Liz, together with producer Mark Moseley released a western themed concept album called “The Sons Of The Guns”
Singer-songwriter Tony Joe White died at his home in Leiper's Fork, Tenn., of a heart attack on Oct. 24. He was 75. White released more than a dozen albums as an artist, and earned a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit with his song "Polk Salad Annie," but he was best known as a songwriter. "Polk Salad Annie" was covered by, among others, Elvis Presley, while "Rainy Night in Georgia" was made famous by rock / pop / R&B artist Brook Benton and "Steamy Windows" became a Top 40 single for Tina Turner.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Geordie Jack video biography
Geordie, whose latest album is "Choices" talks quite candidly about life on the road, changing band members, and writing songs.
Check out the video here
Friday, November 16, 2018
Madison Country cancellation
Roy Clark passes
Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.
But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, “Your face is like a fireplace.”
Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, his family moved to D.C. when he was a youngster. His father played in a square dance band and took him to free concerts by the National Symphony and by various military bands.
Beginning on banjo and mandolin, he was one of those people “born with the music already in them.” His first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, came as a Christmas present when he was 14. That same year, 1947, he made his first TV appearance.
Clark has had 23 Top 40 country hits, among them eight Top 10s: The Tips Of My Fingers (#10, 1963), I Never Picked Cotton (#5) and Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone (#6, 1970), The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter Revolution Polka (#9, 1972), Come Live With Me (#1) and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow (#2, 1973), and If I Had It To Do All Over Again (#2, 1976).
Roy is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Elijah Clark who passed at the age of fourteen on September 24, 2018.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Buddy remebered 60 Years on
The 'Songs Of Buddy Holly' show will take place at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry, on Sunday 3 February 2019, on the 60th anniversary of 'The Day The Music Died'. It is a full live show where you can listen, sing along or get up and dance, whatever takes your fancy! We will be playing all Buddy's hits, and joined by some guests on the night, a must for all 'Buddies'
Tickets are priced £12.75 and can be purchased via my website www.brianhughesmusic.com
John Miller back "For One Night Only"
Also appearing will be a superb line up of The Shiverin’ Sheikhs, Emma & The Ragmen, Martin Stephenson & The Rockets, Awkward Family Portraits and who knows who else might turn up.
CMA Awards go Urban
He wasnt the only C2C artist to win last night.
Chris Stapleton, who went into the night with five nominations, won three awards - Male Vocalist, as well as Single & Song of the Year for "Broken Halos". He was the only multiple winner on the night.
Recent Glasgow visitor Kasey Musgraves won Album of the Year for "Golden Hour", on what was the 10th Anniversary of her arrrival in Music City.
Old Dominion were named Top Group, and Brothers Osborne (not to be confused with legendary Bluegrass duo The Osborne Brothers), who are in Glasgow next Sunday, were named Vocal Duo. Luke Combs, another recent Glasgow visitor was given the New Artist Of The Year award.
Carrie Underwood, who hosted the show with Brad Paisley for the 11th consecutive year, was named Female Vocalist of the year.
One of the biggest surprises would come in the Vocal Event category, where David Lee Murphy won for his duet with Kenny Chesney on "Everything's Gonna Be Alright". Murphy had three albums released by MCA in the 90's, and released his first in 14 years with "No Zip Code" which features the award winning duet.
Rounding off the awards, Thomas Rhett won the Video award for "Marry Me" and Mac McAnally was named Top Musician.
No awards then for the Florida Georgia Line / Bebe Rexha duet, which is now spending its 50th week at No.1 on the Billboard Country chart.
BBC4 will show an hour long edited version on Friday 23rd at 10,25pm.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Lisa unleashes her lashes
She is also doing well with her recent duet single, "Honey Honey" with Derek Ryan.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Back2Country @ McQue's
Tickets, £10, from Ann Wilson on 01786 812725 or Nuala on 07709 076966
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Celtic Connections 2019
West Virginia born Kathy Mattea returns to the festival to promote her album, "Pretty Bird" (23rd Jan @ Mitchel Theatre), and Ashley Monroe, one third of The Pistol Annies will play St Lukes on the 27th, the same night as Canadian sweethearts Madison Violet play The Old Fruitmarket.
From the Nashville TV series, Charles Esten plays The Old Fruitmarket on Jan 20th, and Texan singer songwriter Jarrod Dickenson plays The Hug & A Pint on Jan 31st.
Two of Scotland's top female Country singer songwriters, Jill Jackson and Marthy L Healy are on the same bill, at The Mackintosh Church on Jan 25th.
Buffalo Blood, is an international collaboration with Scottish musician Dean Owens and Nashville/Orphan Brigade’s Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt and Audrey Spillman, playing The Mitchel Theatre, also on Jan 25th
It's aproject inspired and captured in the heart of the New Mexico Desert. Recorded on location at La Plaza Blanca, Echo Canyon, and around Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch.
Elsewhere My Darling Clementine plays Oran Mor on Jan 19th; Texan singer songwriter Andrew Combs supports Amy Helms at Oran Mor on the 26th, with bluegrass band, Lonesome Ace Stringband playing the Royal Concert Hall same night. Rhiannon Giddens plays the Concert Hall on the 28th and Gretchen Peters plays The Kings Theatre on the 30th. Tim O'Brien plays The Mackintosh Church on 2nd Feb, as well as Transatlantic sessions on Feb 2nd & 4th.
See the full line up @ www.celticconnections.com
Tickets on sale Friday.
Monday, October 22, 2018
C2C 2019 Line up announced
Tickets go on sale on Friday
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Charlie Landsborough final tour
Charlie started singing professionally in the 1970s, although his major success did not come until 1994 with his song "What Colour is the Wind". He is one of the UK's top country acts and is also popular in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Charlie is generally recognised and categorised as a country singer, however, as his fans will tell you, country music is only one part of his live shows and music catalogue. Winner of 'Best Songwriter', 'Best Song', 'Best Male Vocalist' & 'International Country Album' Charlie's talent and chart-topping records received the ultimate recognition in 2011 when he was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame- a wonderful achievement for any artist. Charlie this month also released a new CD ‘The Attic Collection’ which no doubt will prove to be as successful as those that came before.
The time has come however for this country and folk musician, singer-songwriter Charlie Landsborough to hang up his guitar. Charlie said: “Now I thought that you who have been so good to me should be the first to know that I intend to hang up my guitar and retire next year. Hence, these next tours to Scotland in October, Ireland in January and around England in spring will be my last.
“I will certainly miss you all but will never forget your great kindness and support and will always treasure the wonderful memories I have of the lovely times I have had with you.”
Charlie is known as the UK’s premier country music singer, however, country music is only one part of his live shows. For his last shows, Charlie plans a night of beautiful ballads, folk, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, gospel and anthems.
Charlie will be talking to Stewart Fenwick on his Celtic Country programme this Sunday, 21st October ahead of the tour. Tune into Celtic Music Radio, 12 Noon-2pm on 95FM in Glasgow, 97.4 Dunoon Community Radio, and online @ www.celticmusicradio.net, and afterwards on catch up.
Charlie Landsborough in Concert - Scottish Tour 2018
Tues 23 October, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
Wed 24 October - The Gaiety, Ayr
Thurs 25 October - The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
Saturday 27 October - Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Sunday 28 October - Universal Hall, Findhorn
Monday 29 October - Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Tuesday 30 October - Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath
Wednesday 31 October - Motherwell Concert Hall, Motherwell
Thursday 1 November - Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Friday 2 November - Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen
Saturday 3 November - Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock
Sunday 4 November - FTH Theatre, Falkirk
Wednesday 7 November - the Brunton, Musselburgh
Thursday 8 November - Assembly Rooms, Wick
Friday 9 November - Corran Halls, Oban
Saturday 10 November - Victoria Hall, Campbeltown
Thomas & Fhiona back in Scotland
Fri 26th Oct - Thurso RBL - 8pm - 01847 893377
Sat 27th Oct - Invergordon Social Club - 9pm - 01349 852137
Sun 28th Oct - New Inn Hotel, Ellon - 8pm - 01358 720425
Irish Country scene mourn death of Barbara Ellis
Barbara Ellis was also recognised as a singer in her own right.
video of Barbara with sister Sandy.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Alan Jackson's son in law killed in accident
Ben Selecman suffered severe injuries after falling while helping a woman onto a boat in Florida, according to information released by the Davidson County District Attorney's Office in Nashville, where he worked as an assistant district attorney.
He was 28 and married to the singer's daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Rachel Harrington returns
Rachel will be performing material from her widely lauded back catalogue, interspersed with selections from her new covers set I Wish I Was In Austin, which will only be available on CD during the tour - a digital release will follow later in the year - and previewing songs from her much anticipated Hush The Wild Horses album, due for release in summer 2019.
Dates on her tour includes visit to Dunfermline Folk Club, at The Glen Tavern on Wednesday 10th October, Dunoon Burgh Hall on Thursday 11th , and the following Thursday, 18th at Montrose Folk Club.
Bluegrass duo head for The Tolbooth
Full details, and videos of the main acts are available at https://www.moniaivebluegrass.co.uk/#
Shania's the Fan favourite at Canadian Country Music Awards
Booked to host the glittering TV show, which was broadcast across Canada, and streamed across the world online for the first time, Shania was surprised during the pre-show red carpet coverage, by being presented by the awards for Top Selling Country Album, and Top Selling Canadian Country Album for “Now”. She was also presented with The Generation Award, and the evening’s top accolade, The Fans Choice Award. Shania had previously won this award three times, the most recent being in Ottawa back in 1999, when she was notable by her absence, being a 4 time award winner that year too.
As if Shania’s triumphant return wasn’t enough, the evening began with a Twain tribute, by three of today’s Country girls, Kira Isabella, Jess Moskaluke and Madeline Merlo.
Women were certainly shining bright on the night. Terri Clark was elected to the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame. Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke collected the award for Album of the Year, the first time a female had won that award since Carolyn Dawn Johnson in 2004. And Meghan Patrick repeated her success by winning Female Vocalist for the second year.
BC’s Dallas Smith was the awarded Male vocalist for the first time, and The Reklaws were named Rising Stars. The James Barker Band were awarded Single of the Year for “Chills”, whilst The Washboard Union, based out on the west coast, were named Top Group, as well as collecting their third Roots Artist of the year accolade.
Album of the Year — "Past the Past" - Jess Moskaluke
Fans' Choice Award — Shania Twain
Female Artist of the Year — Meghan Patrick
Group of Duo of the Year — The Washboard Union
Male Artist of the Year — Dallas Smith
Rising Star — The Reklaws
Single of the Year — "Chills" - James Barker Band
Top Selling Album of the Year — "Now" - Shania Twain
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year — "Now" - Shania Twain
The Generation Award - Shania Twain
International visitors like Austin based singer songwriter Kimmie Rhodes, Nathan Bell from Chattanooga, and New Jersey’s Anthony D’Amato are all flying in to headline their own shows.
Nashville based Woody Pines is playing for a private wedding over here, before also squeezing in an appearance on the Sunday afternoon Hazy Recollections matinee show at The Admiral Bar.
Martha L Healy and Starry Skies will be having album launches during the festival, which also sees headline shows by Bristol based Yola Carter, and Australian born Emily Barker (she wrote and performed the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander), and local lads, The Hellfire Club.
There’s also a night of Byrds,Beatles and Beach Boys influence from Bennett Wilson Poole at The Glad Café on the Saturday night
Add to that supporting roles for The Red Pine Timber Company, Mabel & Huck, David Latto, Lynnie Carson & Yvonne Lyon, the festival is showcasing an amazing array of talent.
The Glasgow Americana Festival runs from October 3-7th. See the giglist page for individual dates, or check out www.glasgowamericana.com.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Garth goes triple
An official release date has not yet been announced.
Irish Post Country Awards
The winners (in red) and nominees were:
Lifetime Achievement Award Susan McCann
Best Country Newcomer
The Ward Sisters
Best Country Video
Olivia Douglas - Leaving Tipperary - watch it here
Lisa McHugh - Who I Am
Derek Ryan - Homeland
Nathan Carter - This Song Is For You
Best Country Female
Best Country Male
Best Country Single
Derek Ryan - Hayley Jo
Cliona Hagan - Born To Run
Stuart Moyles - Westport Town
Lisa McHugh - Who I Am
Best Country Album
Dominic Kirwan - Country Favourites
Philomena Begley - My Life, My Music, My Memories
Derek Ryan - The Fire
Cliona Hagan - Secret Love
Best Country Songwriter
CMA Award nominees anounced
Chris Stapleton tops the list of finalists with five nominations. Producer and musician Dann Huff receives four nominations, the second most nominations this year, while nine artists garner three each—Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban. The full list is below.
The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, will be broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 14
Entertainer of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Single of the Year
“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
“Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Vocal Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Female Vocalist of the Year
Album of the Year
From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Graffiti U – Keith Urban
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
The Mountain – Dierks Bentley
Song of the Year
“Body Like A Back Road”
“Drowns the Whiskey”
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Musical Event of the Year
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley ft. Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill
“Drowns The Whiskey,” Jason Aldean ft. Miranda Lambert
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney
“Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
Late spaces available for Ayr Festival
Dominic Kirwan awaits operation.
On his Facebook page, Dominic clarified the situation with the following message:
Following a recent appointment with my consultant and the deterioration of my condition I was strongly advised to reduce my schedule whilst preparing for a planned operation on my hip. After having discussions with the promoters of the Celtic country tour we decided to remove those dates as this tour was intense, yet some other dates have remained so far. I am grateful for this decision as it has significantly reduced my work load and travelling which in turn means my pain relief is easier and more healthily managed. I’m disappointed to have cancelled shows but again appreciate your understanding. I am still awaiting a confirmed date for my operation and therefore cannot be definite about forthcoming shows though I hope not to need to cancel anymore. Naturally if my pain or medication increases further this may be beyond my control. Hopefully 2019 will see me fully back ‘in action!’
Friday, August 24, 2018
Sweet Home Alabama co-writer passes
Ed King played guitar for Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and 1987 to 1996. He co-wrote the band's 1974 classic "Sweet Home Alabama," and it's his voice counting off the "One, two, three" before going into the instantly recognizable guitar riff that starts the song.
"Ronnie (Van Zant) wrote the lyrics, whilst Gary Rossington and Ed wrote the music.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Canadian Tia McGraff returns
Tia plays Kirkcaldy Folk Club on September 6th, Nairn Arts Festival on the 12th.
The Nairn date also includes an afternoon talk about her children's book, Jake The Road Dawg. Tia's mother came from the Nairn area.
Eamon Jackson drops out
The next event at Monikie Hall is Paula MacAskill on Saturday 13th October. Paula always puts on a great night of music and dancing and Margo and the regulars look forward to seeing her again.
The next event after that is the Christmas Dance with Shawn Cuddy on Friday 21st December Shawn and the band always put on a great show over the festive season.
Gretchen Wilson arrested
The Redneck Woman was taken into custody for breach of peace and bond was set at $1000. She is currently on a summer tour which ends on September 8th in Martin, TN.
Wilson burst onto the Country scene in 2004 with her hit "Redneck Woman", followed by another 4 top 10 singles.
Her most recent album, "Ready To Get Rowdy" was released last summer.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Prairie Star holiday date
Lisa comes home
Brandon's Shand story
Charlie Landsborough to tour
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Raintown play Stirling festival
Southern Fried finalise line up
The festival runs July 26-29th at various Perth venues.
Full details and booking here.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Mary Duff returns to Stirling
Supporting Mary on the tour will be the fabulous Jordan Mogey.
Woodside is Fife's new music venue
Already Kim Richey has appeared at the venue, and in the next couple of weeks Jessica Lynn, Megan O'Neill and Curtis Grimes are all lined up.
New Yorker Jessica Lynn will be at the venue this Friday, June 15th. She has been hailed as "Shania's successor", whilst she toured last year opening for rockers ZZ Top.
Megan O'Neill follows with an appeareance on Saturday, 16th. The Irish born singer songwriter has made quite a mark on the UK Americana scene.
Then on Saturday June 23rd the atmosphere will be Undeniably Country (the title of his 6th & current album), with Texan Curtis Grimes.
Hazel Cumming headlines Country & Ceilidh night
Hazel already has one album available, "One Step At A Time", and is off to Ireland this summer to record her second release.
Tickets for Saturday's gig are available by calling 07979 494463 or 01563 822572. There will also be a raffle, with proceeds going to Endometriosis UK.
James 'n Wood top CMDS poll
The beat Texas Gun, Jolene & Barry and Carson City in the readers poll.
Colorado Club celebrate 35 years
The Colorado meet every Sunday night at the town's Bowling Club,
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
The Daddy Naggins come to Stirling
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Aussie star's Glasgow double header
Amongst the dates are two gigs in Glasgow:
Friday 29 June: The Howlin Wolf, Glasgow + Imogen Clarke (Aus)
Sat 30 June: MacSorleys Music Bar, Glasgow + The Weeping Willows (Aus)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Irelands King of Country passes
Born near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, Tom McBride was one of four siblings. He left school in his teens to help out on the family farm and later worked in Scotland and England where he started playing music. He later returned to Ireland and continued to play with the band that was to become The Mainliners.
The band appeared on RTÉ's The Showband Show in 1966 with Gentle Mother and the song became a huge hit, establishing Big Tom and the Mainliners at the forefront of the Irish country scene.
They were huge stars in the 60s and 70s, packing out ballrooms around the country and Big Tom became known as "The King" of Irish country music.
In the late 1970s Big Tom had hits included Four Country Roads and Back to Castleblayney.
In 1980, he was presented with a Gold Award for sales of more than one million records.
He was the first inductee into the Irish Country Music Awards Hall of Fame on RTÉ One in June 2016.
President Michael D Higgins described Big Tom as "one of the most charismatic and influential artists in Irish country music".
Bridge Of Allan date for Austin based Barbara Nesbitt
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Who I Am - Lisa McHugh
Lisa returns to Scotland in September for concerts in Inverness, Oban, Dundee & Dumfries, anda dance at Glasgow's StLukes.
Freddie Fender Biography
In his youth, in 1956, he was the first to record and sing Spanish rock and roll; he was known as the “Mexican Elvis” and called “El Bebop Kid.” In the mid-1970s, Fender would become famous literally overnight as a Country megastar with his first two monster hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”
Instantaneously, his records crossed over the Billboard country charts into the rock and pop charts, each rising to No. 1. He was given a Country Music Association award for “Single of the Year” and an Academy of Country Music award as “Most Promising Male Artist” in 1975. His voice and charismatic personality also made him a nationwide television celebrity in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights' takes the reader on a journey which covers Freddy’s early life of brutal poverty as a child migrant worker, his years as a U.S. Marine, the shocking arrest and imprisonment of his early 20s, his barrier-breaking singing career as he exploded into and crossed over different music genres, and the alcohol and drug addiction from which he suffered.
During his last 21 years of sobriety, Freddy sought spiritual redemption, practiced forgiveness and made amends in his daily life; he came to lead by example with the aid of his higher power Jesus Christ. Freddy Fender was known to millions of people across the world as “an ordinary man who had extraordinary God-given talents.”
"Wasted Days And Wasted Nights" is available as an ebook at Amazon @ £11.99
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Texan Of The Year
Three new names for Hall Of Fame
Gimble will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician” category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the “Songwriter” and “Non-Performer” categories. Skaggs will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while West will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Gimble, Skaggs and West will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 133 to 136 members.
A formal induction ceremony for Gimble, Skaggs, and West will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year.
Prairie Star 30th Birthday
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Opry en Daniel
Saturday, March 03, 2018
Ronnie Prophet passes
Known as one of country’s finest all-around entertainers, Prophet is perhaps best remembered in Nashville as the house act in the Printer’s Alley showplace The Carousel Club in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also a recording artist for RCA on Music Row.
The ebullient singer, flashy guitarist, comic, TV star, business entrepreneur, witty emcee, songwriter, impressionist and raconteur was noted for his live-wire stage presence and endearingly manic manner.
The Montreal born entertainer was known on this side of the Atlantic for his role as emcee at the Wembley Festival in the 1980's. He'll be best remembered for his last appearance in that role, for criticising a woman in the front row for smoking. Everyone in the hall, except Ronnie realised that the whole festival was sponsored by Silk Cut. At the next changeover, Ronnie came out, handing cigarettes to everyone. He never returned to Wembley, but did appear at the Caithness Festival 2006.
He had his own TV series in Canada, and the UK, and was the CCMA Entertainer of the Year in 1984, and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Ronnie Prophet passed away in Florida, following kidney failure, with family and friends at his side. Prophet is survived by his wife of 32 years, Glory Anne Carriere Prophet,
He will be laid to rest at Avoca Cemetery near his farm home in Quebec, Canada.
Thursday, March 01, 2018
Snow cancels Prairie Star night
Next Month's event, on April 7th is the club's 30th birthday, with three acts on the bill.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Meeting Place for February
It is one of the band’s favourite places to play, and it is always busy, so early arrival is recommended if you want to be sure of getting a seat.
Nashville loses another
Singletary was best known for ’90s country hits including “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” and “Amen Kind of Love.” Throughout his career, Singletary has collaborated with George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson and more.
Singletary moved to Nashville, from Georgia, in 1990, and began performing in talent contests around Music City, before he began a regular gig at The Broken Spoke. After releasing a couple of unsuccessful singles on Evergreen Records in the early ’90s, Singletary released his debut album for Giant Records in 1995, garnering hits including “I Let Her Lie Lie” and “Too Much Fun.”
By 2002, he had teamed with Koch Records for the album That’s Why I Sing This Way, which featured collaborations with Johnny Paycheck, Jones, Haggard and more.
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