Thursday, January 23, 2020
Country On The Clyde
The events are held on The Ferry, close to the Hydro, during the afternoon of Saturday March 14th, and Sunday March 15th.
Gene Watson to join the Opry
The singer was making a Friday-night appearance at the Opry last weekend, currently in its annual winter residency at it's former home, The Ryman Auditorium, some 55 years after he made his debut on the same stage. After performing his early-Eighties hits “Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget” and “Nothing Sure Looked Good on You,” Watson was interrupted by Opry member Vince Gill.
“I’ll make you a deal — if you will do ‘Farewell Party,’ we will invite you to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry,” said Gill, referencing Watson’s signature hit from 1979.
A stunned Watson recalled how he and his band celebrated the 40th anniversary of the hit in 2019 and how it was still his most-requested song all these years later.
New Fife venue for Country acts
The events, which kick off at the end of the month, in the Ex Servicemens Club in Methil will be organised by Johny B Events.
"We are a Not For Profit organisation who are about watching, listening to and enjoying Live Country Music" the state on their Facebook page. "Our venue, which is in the Ex-Servicemen's Club in Methil will be set up more as a “cabaret” layout with the dance area at the rear of the room.
We hope to bring to the area top UK Country Music artists who might normally only be able to be enjoyed at Country Festivals or larger venues. Mostly playing their own material as well as covers from those artists that have influenced their musical journey, it will be a celebration of all varieties of the genre called “Country Music” and at a price that, hopefully, all will be able to afford"
Advance tickets can be booked from the following or, of course, you can just come along and pay at the door - advance booking is always recommended to avoid disappointment on the night;
John Brown - email@example.com 07710 782263,
Eddie Cairns - firstname.lastname@example.org 07973 122890
Lorna Cairns - email@example.com 07973 173860
Country stars at Celtic Connections
For the full Celtic Connections line up, check the website @ www.celticconnections.com
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Women steal the show at CMA's
The show dedicated a sizable chunk of the telecast to showcasing women, and even trumpeted the evening as one “celebrating legendary women in country music.”
It all kicked off with a blockbuster medley. Hosts Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire sang “Those Memories of You,” a song that Parton recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris for their 1987 Trio album, while the Highwomen, Tanya Tucker, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Gretchen Wilson, Crystal Gayle and Terri Clark offered a mix of signature hits and anthems like “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad” ,“You’re Lookin’ at Country” and "Independence Day". Later, Little Big Town were joined by Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Runaway June, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde and Carly Pearce for a collaborative cover of “Girl Crush” .
The women didn't do too badly on the awards tally either. Maren Morris, (pictured) who performed both solo and with the Highwomen, had the most nominations of any artist this year with six. She won Album of the Year for "Girl" , and recent UK visitor Ashley McBryde won the New Artist Of The Year Award, 12 years after she released her first self produced album. Kasey Musgraves won Female Vocalist and Video Awards, and performed on the show with Willie Nelson.
Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year for the third time in four years, Luke Combs was named Male Vocalist and Song Of The Year for "Beautiful Crazy". Blake Shelton won single for "God Country", and Dan+Shay were named top duo.
If there was a low point, it was the Vocal Event Award going to rapper Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ for their dreadful summer hit “Old Town Road (Remix)” — at least it was presented earlier in the day, and not part of the TV showcase.
BBC4 will show an edited version of the CMA Awards next Friday, 22nd at 11.10pm , following the launch of Ken Burn's TV Documentary series , "Country Music".
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Bob Hope award for George Strait
The Bob Hope Award was established in 2003 by President George W. Bush, in commemoration of Hope’s 100th birthday. Past recipients of the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment include Tom Selleck, Jon Voight, Trace Adkins, Billy Ray Cyrus, the Oak Ridge Boys, and more.
Gene Watson gets Kentucky honour
The commission of Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky.
Prairie Star this Saturday
On Saturday 2nd November, the club now have Springfield making a return visit to the club, at the usual venue, Weirs Social Club, Church Street, Alloa.
Next month will be the club's Christmas buffet dance and tickets will be available on Saturday evening and you can book your tickets with a £5 deposit, it will be £11 for members and £12 for non-members, just see Dorothy for more info on this and any other event, or phone on 01259724352, but until then, mind to........Keep it Country!
Saturday, October 26, 2019
C2C 2020 Line up
Tickets for the 3 night event March 13-15th at The Hydro, in Glasgow, go on sale Friday November 1st.
Don Williams honoured
Music enthusiasts attending the show will also get to see some personal artifacts that took Don to his place in Country Music history. On display at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be Don’s 1971 MCI tour bus
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Ken Burns Country PBS Concert on line
Country Music explores questions –– such as “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?“–– while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.
No one has told the story this way before.
Join celebrated musicians for Country Music: Live at the Ryman , A Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns. Hosted by Burns and featuring performances and appearances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and more. The concert was screened last weekend across the USA, but WGBH, the PBS TV station in Boston has made the concert available on line here.
Most definitively worth watching.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
David Leask heads home
A gifted songwriting teacher, David has conducted numerous songwriting workshops at folk festivals and on behalf of the Songwriters Association of Canada with students ranging in age from 7 to 70+ and has the experience, passion and people skills to motivate any individual to write a song.
His 2013 “Underneath” CD is a former Celtic Music Radio Album of The Week, whilst his latest EP release, “Six in 6/8” has received critical acclaim internationally.
David is coming home for the next month, for a string of dates across the UK, alongside Letitia VanSant, Nathan Bell and Lizanne Knot.
Canadian Country Music Awards
Townes was raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and released her first single in 2009, "Home Now", a song she wrote from the perspective of a daughter whose father was deployed in Afghanistan.
She released her two albums, “Real” and “Light”, in 2011 and 2013 respectively, on R Harland Smith’s traditional Royalty Records label. She was nominated for her first CCMA as Female Vocalist, back in 20119won that year, by Terri Clark).
Columbia Records in Nashville picked up on her in 2018, and her award winning song hit No.1 on the Canadian Country charts earlier this year. She performed her song on the 2 hour TV awards show.
Tenille plays Glasgow’s Stereo venue on October 28th.
It was also a good night for DALLAS SMITH, who won the Entertainer Of The Year and Male Vocalist. He started out as lead singer with hard rock band Default, but has been wooing Country fans since his debut solo album, “Jumped Right In” was released back in 2012.
On the night, the singer also shared the presenter duties with Billy Ray Cyrus.
BC based THE WASHBOARD UNION were also double winners, being named group of the year, as well as tying for the Roots Album Award.
Albertan BRETT KISSEL was the Fans Choice Winner for the 2nd time in 3 Years. Brett has been recording since 2003, and currently has 7 albums to his credit, with his 8th album, “Now Or Never” slated for release in the new year.
CHARLIE MAJOR was inducted to the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame in the Entertainer category, whilst English born publicist ANYA WILSON was inducted in the Industry category. Charlie, from Quebec, has been a part of the Canadian Country scene, since release of his album, “The Other Side” in 1993. Whilst recognized for hits like “I’m Gonna Drive You out Of My Mind” and “(I Do It)or The Money”, he is probably best known internationally for writing the Ricky Van Shelton hit, “Backroads”.
The major winners were :
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Dallas Smith
APPLE MUSIC FANS' CHOICE Brett Kissel
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Dallas Smith
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Tenille Townes
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR The Washboard Union
RISING STAR Jade Eagleson
SINGLE OF THE YEAR Somebody's Daughter - Tenille Townes
SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes - Somebody’s Daughter (Tenille Townes)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Feels Like That - The Reklaws
ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR Both Ways - Donovan Woods /
What We're Made Of - The Washboard Union
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Somebody’s Daughter - Tenille Townes
To tie in with his visit, Rusty has a new single at UK Radio called "Bumper Stickers on A Bentley".
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Crystal's son Christos Gatzimos, You Don’t Know Me is a collection that finds the acclaimed stylist exploring the songs of such country legends as George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and Eddy Arnold.
The features “Put It Off Until Tomorrow”, which brings Crystal together with her sisters Peggy Sue Wright, and legendary country music icon Loretta Lynn, for a highly anticipated first-ever recorded trio of them together. The song also just happens to be co-written by another country music legend, Dolly Parton.
The album also features a bonus track of Crystal's first single release, "I've Cried The Blue Right Out Of My Eyes".
Bluegrass Queen Rhonda rules
The full list of Bluegrass Award nominees can be viewed here.
The winners will be announced during a gala awards presentation on September 26 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C.
Meanwhile Rhonda has recently released a video for her new single, "Like I Could".
T Graham Brown gets Arkansas Traveler award
Saturday, July 06, 2019
Change of band at Prairie Star
Op for LIsa
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Jackie Storrar film airs this Friday
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Prairie Star June date
Monday, May 06, 2019
Hillfoots date for Brandon McPhee
At the age of 17 Brandon won the All Scotland Senior Accordion Championship on his 3 row Shand Morino accordion. Today he is regularly playing to capacity audiences in theatres around the UK and Ireland, guest appearances for the Royal Family and has a successful recording and TV career.
Uniquely his show features two different aspects of Brandon as an instrumentalist and a vocalist. The range of music covers traditional Scottish through country music backed by a 5-piece band of experienced professional musicians including Manson Grant and Crawford Bell. Also, Scotland’s son of fun Eddie Rose adding some humour, this show truly a family night out.
Scottish and Country music crowned by Brandon's ability to connect with his audience make this a winner.
Tickets are available by calling 0792 680 7895 on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm only, or online at https://panrecords.myshopify.com/collections/tickets
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Sydney returns to Millport Festival
There will also be a day cruise "doon the watter" aboard the Waverley, timed to catch the main stage acts during the day.
Dear friends and fans of Hal, this is Andrea, Hal's wife.
I know everyone is wondering why there are no future tour dates, and speculations as to the reason.
Our family would like to share the cause for this.
Unfortunately, Hal is suffering from Alzheimer's/ Dementia. He has been battling this for some time now, but because of his love for his fans, he continued performing as long as it was possible.
Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it's time for Hal to stay home with loved ones.
Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends.
We all deeply appreciate how much love that you all have for Hal and how much his music means to you!
Also, a heartfelt thank you to all the incredible musicians that have joined him on this journey, with more than special love to Kenny Grimes, without whom , this last year of shows would not have been possible.
Please know that I do read all of your comments to Hal and that we will continue to check in from time to time.
Lots of love and appreciation to you all from Hal and the entire Ketchum family. ❤
Kelsea joins the Opry
After recounting her first visit to the Opry as a fan, her 2015 Opry debut, and subsequent Opry appearances, Ballerini said, “Grand Ole Opry, thanks for seeing something in me and for believing that I’ll always love you like I do because I do, and I will.”
Kelsea has just undertaken her first headlining arena tour which runs into mid-May across America.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Opry le Daniel on BBC Alba
BBC Alba is on Sky 141 & Freeview 7.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
30 Years on the charts for Garth.
GARTH BROOKS went on to be, not only Country music's biggest star, but the only musical act in American music history to have 7 Diamond status albums.
He has released 22 albums in total, and has recently undertaken his 2019 Stadium tour across the US.
And Celtic Music Radio's Stewart Fenwick was there in Garth's early career. Garth hosted an English style Tea Party during CMA Awards week in Nashville for overseas media back in 1989, and Stewart was there.
To mark Garth's 30th Aniversary of hitting the charts for the first time, Celtic Music Radio listeners will get a chance to hear Stewart's 1989 interview with Garth Brooks on this Sunday's Celtic Country, together with some of the songs from his first album.
Tune in on 95FM & DAB in Glasgow, 97.4FM Dunoon Community Radio, on DAB in Portsmouth and online @ www.celticmusicradio.net, this Sunday , March 24th 12 Noon-2pm, repeated Midnight. or later via the Listen anytime link on the left hand bar of this page.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Southern Fried break in 2019.
Andy Shearer, director of the annual celebration of American Roots music, which has taken place in Perth Concert Hall, Perth Theatre and other city centre venues for eleven years, said:
“In its eleven years, we have welcomed a veritable who’s who from the Americana world to Perth for the Southern Fried Festival and created a genuinely world-class event that Horsecross Arts and the city is justifiably proud of. The festival has attracted a loyal fanbase from all over Scotland and beyond, many of whom return year after year. Our aim is always to make each festival better than the one before and I believe that we have achieved this in the great spread of artists and events we have attracted to Perth over the years.
After much discussion, we have decided to take a break for 2019 and return refreshed and raring to go in 2020.
Our decision is based on a number of factors including availability of headline artists and budget pressures. Creating the best possible festival is a very expensive process and we think it is fair to Southern Fried fans to present them with a festival that meets their and our high expectations of the event.
Building the festival from the ground up over the past few years has been a real labour of love for me and while this has been a hugely difficult call to make on a personal level, I know it’s the right and responsible professional decision under the unique circumstances we find ourselves in this year. We look forward to coming back in 2020 with another great Southern Fried line-up and meeting up with all our festival family and friends again".
Monday, March 18, 2019
Strait record breaker
New Hall of Famers announced
The Country Music Hall of Fame was created in 1961 to honor those artists and musicians who made an indelible mark on country music, and 136 legends are in their ranks.
Brooks & Dunn were named for the Modern Era category, while Stevens was selected in the Veteran Era artist and Jerry Bradley accepted the honor in the non-performer category (which rotates every three years).
A formal induction ceremony for Bradley, Brooks & Dunn and Stevens will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year.
Monday, March 04, 2019
Ameripolitan Awards honour real roots music
Big winners included familiar names like Mike and the Moonpies for Outlaw Group, Whitney Rose for Honky Tonk Female, and Ray Wylie Hubbard for Outlaw Male. But part of the fun of Ameripolitan is the discovery aspect of the awards, and some faces that we may be seeing in the country and roots world for years to come won big. This included Jesse Daniel, who whenever anyone asks who is the next up-and-comer to look out for, the first suggestion from Saving Country Music is Jesse Daniel. The stunning Tammi Savoy also walked away with a much-deserved award for Rockabilly Female.
Honky Tonk Female: Whitney Rose
Honky Tonk Male: Jesse Daniel
Honky Tonk Group: Two Tons of Steel
Outlaw Female: Summer Dean
Outlaw Male: Ray Wylie Hubbard
Outlaw Group: Mike and the Moonpies
Western Swing Female: Grace Adele (of Farmer and Adele)
Western Swing Male: Justin Trevino
Western Swing Group: Big Cedar Fever
Rockabilly Female: Tammi Savoy
Rockabilly Male: Jimmy Dale (Richardson)
Rockabilly Group – The Delta Bombers
Keeper of the Key Awards- Larry Collins
Ralph Mooney Musician of the Year – Deke Dickerson
Venue of the Year – Robert’s Western World
Festival of the Year – Rockin’ Race – Malaga, Spain
DJ of the Year – Woody Adkins KOPN, Columbia, Missouri
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.
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