Saturday, September 14, 2019

 

Ken Burns Country PBS Concert on line

PBS in America launch a documetary series this weekend exploring the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music. Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.
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

Originally from Jedburgh, David Leask is a powerful performing songwriter, who has built an artistic bridge between the influences of his birthplace and the fresh possibilities of his adopted Canadian home to produce six critically-acclaimed CD's. A seasoned and commanding performer, having played over 2600 gigs in the last 25 years, David’s music draws from Celtic roots, Americana and country, topped up with a pop sensibility that brings to mind the talents of Van Morrison, John Mayer and Foy Vance.
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. 
Ahead of any gigs, David is coming into Celtic Music Radio on Sunday, September 15th, guesting on Celtic Country,12 Noon-2pm. Presenter Stewart Fenwick first saw David perform at a showcase in Calgary during Canadian Country Music Week, back in 2001.

 

Canadian Country Music Awards

TENILLE TOWNES was the big winner at last month’s Canadian Country Awards held in Calgary, Alberta, winning Female Vocalist as well as Single, Song & Video of The Year for “Somebody’s Daughter”.
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 


 

Rusty returns

Kansas based RUSTY RIERSON, such a hit at the Northern Nashville Caithness Festival in 2014, returns to Scotland this month, for an appearance at the Ayr International Country Music Festival and a few dates in Tayside. He plays The Couper Angus CMC on Friday, Sept 13th, Muthil Parish Church on Sunday 15th and The Maddox Centre in St Madoes on Monday 16th.
To tie in with his visit, Rusty has a new single at UK Radio called "Bumper Stickers on A Bentley".

Saturday, July 27, 2019

 

Confederate derailed

Long-running Southern rock / country band Confederate Railroad, most notable for their 90's Country hits "Trashy Women" and "Jesus & Mama" , are encountering more problems due to their their name and the use of the Confederate flag in their logo. They were dropped from a State Fair in Illinois earlier this month, an event they've played previously without any issue, and now the Ulster County Fair in New York’s Hudson Valley has canceled the band’s August 1 appearance there. “The Ulster County Fair must be an event that everyone can enjoy while representing the values of all members of our community,” a spokesman for the fair said. “Any showcasing of a symbol of division and racism runs counter to that principle and will be vigorously opposed by my administration.” The Confederate flag has come under more and more criticism in recent years, and its seen by many as a symbol for racism and slavery.


 

Crystal returns

Award winning country music singer Crystal Gayle is delighted will release of her first new album in nearly 16 years, You Don’t Know Me, on September 6.
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

As announced by the International Bluegrass Music Association at a Nashville press conference recently, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage have been nominated for four 2019 Bluegrass Music Awards. Vincent received a nomination for Female Vocalist Of The Year, along with a Collaborative Recording Of The Year nod for her duet with Dolly Parton on "Please," a song originally written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin.
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

Country and Gospel hit-maker, T. Graham Brown, famous for songs like "I Tell It Like It Used To Be" and "Darlene",  was surprised at the Independence County Fair in Batesville, Arkansas with the 'Arkansas Traveler' award. This award is an honorary title given to notable individuals who serve as goodwill ambassadors of Arkansas. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Muhammad Ali, Garth Brooks, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers &  Dale Evans and  Bob Hope.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

 

Change of band at Prairie Star

Stillwater will now be the band on stage tonight at The Prairie Star C&W Club in Alloa.

 

Baby Naggins

Congratulations to Hazel & Darren from The Daddy Naggins bluegrass band, on the safe arrival of baby Joey on 4th July.

 

Op for LIsa

It's get well soon to singer Lisa McHugh, after her little shoulder op a few days ago in the Ulster Independent Clinic. Take care Lisa.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

 

Jackie Storrar film airs this Friday

Fife based singer and broadcaster Jackie Storrar died back in 2016 after a brave battle with cancer. Her determination to achieve so much in the time she had left, including the release of her final album, Behind Her Eyes, is an inspiration to so many.  Her last few months were captured for a documentary, “Behind Her Eyes” which will premiere on Keep It Country TV on Friday 28th June at 9pm on Sky Channel 376. It is the story of her last few months battling cancer and completing her final album. “The Future’s Ours Tonight” , the final single from her album, has been released to coincide with the TV screening. It was co-written by Jackie and her husband Steve Thiebault.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

Prairie Star June date

THE PRAIRIE STAR COUNTRY & WESTERN CLUB will be in their usual venue at Weir Soc & Rec. Club, Alloa,  this coming Saturday 1st June, doors open at 7pm-11.45pm, and the band will be on stage at 8pm, and this month, making a return visit to the club from Spain is the 'Wayne Stewart Duo.

Monday, May 06, 2019

 

Hillfoots date for Brandon McPhee

Champion accordionist and Country singer BRANDON McPHEE returns to The Wee County this month, wth The Brandon McPhee Experience playing The Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry on Saturday, May 18th.


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

 

Devine tour

Sydney Devine will be undertaking a Scottish tour this spring, including a night at Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday May 4th and at Stirling's Albert Halls on Friday May 24th.

 

Sydney returns to Millport Festival

Sydney Devine headlines an impressive list of artists appearing at the 25th Annual MIllport Country Music Festival. Sydney previously performed at the festival in 1996.  Other artists appearing over the weekend of August 30th-September 1st, include Sarah Jory, Kerry Fearon, American Young, Simon James and Lockeland. See the poster below for full details.
There will also be a day cruise "doon the watter" aboard the Waverley, timed to catch the main stage acts during the day.

 

Hal Ketchum

Hal Ketchum, best known for hits like "Past The Point Of Rescue" and "Small Town Saturday Night" has been diagnosed with Alzheimers/ Demetia. His condition was revealled in a Facebook message from his wife Andrea:

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

25 year old Kelsea Ballerini was inducted as the newest and youngest current member of the Grand Ole Opry by Carrie Underwood, during her performance on Tuesday night.
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 are showing the latest Opry le Daniel series on Thursday nights at 9pm, with a repeat the following Wednesday at 11pm.  This week, Glasgow girl Lisa McHugh takes over the programme. Later programmes feature fellow Scots born singers Jacqui Sharkey & Isla Grant, as well as Charley Pride, Rita Coolidge and a long list of Irish stars.
BBC Alba is on Sky 141 & Freeview 7.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

 

30 Years on the charts for Garth.

30 years ago this week, a new artist from Oklahoma hit the US Country music charts for the first time, and many would argue, changed Country music forever.
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.

Perth’s Southern Fried Festival will take a break for 2019 and return in the summer of 2020.
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

George Strait continues to prove why he’s the undisputed King of Country, breaking his own attendance record. He recently played to a record crowd of 80,108 in Houston’s NRG Stadium, besting his previous attendance record set there in 2013 of 80,020. The show was Strait’s 30th performance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

 

New Hall of Famers announced

Record executive Jerry Bradley, artist and comedian Ray Stevens, and duo Brooks & Dunn are the latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday morning (March 18).
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

Memphis, Tennessee was overrun last weekend with throwback hillbillies, Outlaw roughnecks, and Rockabilly Daddy-O’s/Susie Q’s as part of Dale Watson’s 6th Annual Ameripolitan shindig and awards show. With showcases transpiring starting Friday in various Memphis venues, the event culminated in the 6th Annual Ameripolitan Awards at the Guesthouse at Graceland in Memphis within walking distance of the Elvis mansion on Monday night, 2-25.
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.

WINNERS:
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

Legendary actor and singer songwriter Kris Kristofferson returns to Scotland with three dates in June.
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

Stewart Fenwick's Celtic Country programme has been broadcasting for 13 years on Glasgow based Celtic Music Radio, and Dunoon Community Radio. Now an hour long version of the programme is also being broadcast on Original 106 Country and Wave Country, the 24 Hour internet Country music stations run by the commercial radio stations in Aberdeen & Dundee.  Celtic Country airs on Saturday & Monday nights 8-9pm.
Thie links are http://listen.originalfm.com/country/ and https://www.wavefmlive.co.uk/stations/wave-country/

 

Ashton Lane for Livingston

Glasgow duo Ashton Lane are heading for Lvingston's Howden Centre this Friday (Feb 15th) in support of their UK Country No.1 album The InBetween.


 

Acoustic Sparrow EP from Ashley Monroe

Recent Celtic Connection visitor Ashley Monroe is releasing a brand new EP featuring five acoustic versions of songs from her critically-acclaimed fourth album ‘Sparrow’. ‘
Sparrow (Acoustic Sessions)’ will be released on 15th February 2019

 

Brooks & Dunn reform for Duets albun

The best-selling duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn, announced Nashville’s best kept secret today with the news that their forthcoming collaboration project REBOOT  will be available April 5 (Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville). Brooks & Dunn hit the studio for the first time together since 2007 joined by an eclectic cast of country’s hottest rising talent and producer Dann Huff to remake 12 timeless Brooks & Dunn hits. Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Midland, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Tyler Booth and Kacey Musgraves call the shots on the all-new arrangements of face-to-face collaborations with Brooks & Dunn.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

 

Songwriter Whitey Shafer passes

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Whitey Shafer died on Saturday, Jan. 12, at age 84 following years of declining health.
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

Country On The Clyde, which provides afternnon entertainment on The Ferry, during the Country2Country weekend in March, has announced it's first four performers - local lassies Martha L Healy and Katee Kross, alongside English performers Stevie O'Connor and Backwoods Creek. 
The event runs 12 Noon-4pm on March 9th & 10th. Check out the Facebook Page.

Friday, December 28, 2018

 

Remebering the Hillbilly Heaven inductees 2018

Daryle Singletary died on Feb. 12 at the age of 46. The causes of his tragically early death are still unknown, but since his passing, the country community has celebrated his life. From a tribute concert at the Ryman to a Nashville ‘90s Night in March that ended with Cole Swindell, LoCash, John Michael Montgomery and more covering Singletary’s “Too Much Fun,” country stars have taken to the stage and social media to honor the late singer.

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

There's a new YouTube biography of Geordie Jack, the voice behind Scotland's greatest Country band, Colorado, who were the BCMA's Group of the Year every year through the 1980's.
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

Sorry to announce that the next Masison County CWC night, scheduled for Nov 23rd has been cancelled due to ill hralth. We all wish Janice a speedy recovery.

 

Roy Clark passes

Roy Clark, the legendary ‘superpicker’, GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed ‘Hee Haw’ television series, died Thursday (Nov. 15) at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.
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

It's coming up for 60 years since the legendary Buddy Holly died, and Brian Hughes has put together a show in his honour.
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"

After almost 7 years in the musical desert, one of Scotland's most Country voices, John Miller is back with his Country Casuals and will be making one last public appearance, albeit a short one, as a special tribute to good pal Davy Patton, who is recovering devastating brain haemorrhage, at the Asking For A Friend (Glasgow) concert on January 12th at Oran Mor.
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.
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CMA Awards go Urban

Keith Urban, one of the headliners at next year's C2C, won his second CMA Entertainer of The Year award at last nights CMA Awards, held at The Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. The New Zealand born singer won the same award 13 years ago.
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

Glasgow born Irish Country star Lisa McHugh has just introduced her own brand of eye lashes, as well as a new compilation album, "The Best So Far", and a new 2019 Lisa McHugh calendar just in time for Christmas.
She is also doing well with her recent duet single, "Honey Honey" with Derek Ryan.
https://lisamchughmusic.com/

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

 

Back2Country @ McQue's

Local duo Back2Country are playing a charity night at MQues's in Bannockburn on Friday November 23rd, in aid of Bells Field Fundraisers.
Tickets, £10, from  Ann Wilson on 01786 812725 or Nuala on 07709 076966

Thursday, October 25, 2018

 

Celtic Connections 2019

The line up for Glasgow's annual winter festival, Celtic Connections has been announced, and, as ever, there will be a few concerts of interest to Country music fans.
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

Recent visitors Chase Rice, Drake White & Ashley McBryde will return to Glasgow for next year's Country2Country Festival at The Hydro. Headliners for the event being held March 8-10th will be Chris Stapleton (Fri), Keith Urban (Sat) & Lady Antebelum (Sun). Lyle Lovett is the token "established" artist at the event. He'll play Glasgow on the Friday night. Other names announced include Drake Eldredge, Cam, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce.
Tickets go on sale on Friday

Thursday, October 18, 2018

 

Charlie Landsborough final tour

Not only has Charlie announced he is to undero a 16 date tour of Scotland, but he has just announced that it will be for the last time as he prepares to hang up his guitar and retire.
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

Thomas Maguire & Fhiona Ennis are on tour in Scotland in October and appear as follows;
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

The Irish Country music scene is mourning the death of Sandy Kelly's sister Barbara on October 9th.
Barbara Ellis was also recognised as a singer in her own right.
Barbara started her career singing with the Fairways after her sister, Sandy Kelly, joined the band in the mid 1970's. Within a few years, the band added cousin, Marian to the line-up and they became the Duskey Sisters. In 1982, the band hit the big time when the Duskeys represented Ireland in Eurovision singing "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," which was a chart hit for the band, reaching number 12 in the Irish charts. Although the band broke up around 1983, Barbara would continue to sing often with Sandy in her Patsy Cline show and in 2006, she formed a wedding band called Champagne which played weddings and functions across the country. Barbara retired from the stage several years ago and was living in Dromahair. Her daughter, Sandie Ellis, continues the family tradition and is a part of the young music scene in Sligo. Check out this video of Barbara with sister Sandy.



Friday, September 14, 2018

 

Alan Jackson's son in law killed in accident

The son-in-law of country music star Alan Jackson died Wednesday after sustaining traumatic head injuries in a fall, authorities said.
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

Following an extended hiatus, much acclaimed Pacific Northwest  singer-songwriter Rachel Harrington announces a month-long UK tour running from during October.
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

Stirling's Tolbooth Theatre is a stop on the forthcoming tour by Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt next Friday, September 21st. Fiddler Betse has played Scotland before as part of The Wilders, whilst Clarke wows audiences on the banjo. The pair's Ozark influenced old timey bluegrass sounds will also be heard this month in places like Fort William, Kirkcaldy, Peebles, and at The Moniaive Bluegrass Festival.

 

Moniaive Bluegrass

The 10th Annual Moniaive Bluegrass Festival is being held in the Dunfrieshire village from Seprttember 28th-30th, with music from The White Top Mountain Band, Midnight Run, Betse & Clarke, Longway, The Broken Spring Band and Bluedust, with a number of workshops and sessions running alongside the live music.
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

Shania Twain, who performs in Glasgow next week, was the big winner at Sunday night's Canadian Country Music Awards, which were held in the steel town of Hamilton, Ontario.
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


 

Glasgow Americana

Glasgow’s Annual Americana festival, which was first held in 2007, is back again this month, with 10 impressive gigs in 5 days, at venues across the city.
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

Garth Brooks is to release a 3-CD set, "Triple Live"  with 26 songs recorded during his World Tour in 2014. From the 3-CD set a limited edition is available where you can listen to songs in different ways such as the stage mix as heard by the band or how it sounds when you are in the audience during the show and thousands of people around you every word hears sing along.
An official release date has not yet been announced.

 

Irish Post Country Awards

This year's Irish Post Country Awards were be held in Derry on September 11th. The main awards are voted on by the public, and broadcast worldwide online by TG4 & Irish TV's Facebook page.
The winners (in red) and nominees were:

Lifetime Achievement Award    Susan McCann

Best Country Newcomer
Jordan Mogey
Aiden Clerkin
The Ward Sisters
Ciaran Rosney

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
Olivia Douglas
Lisa McHugh
Philomena Begley
Cliona Hagan

Best Country Male
Patrick Feeney
Nathan Carter
Derek Ryan
Johnny Brady

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
Shunie Crampsey
Derek Ryan
Johnny Brady
Don Mescall






 

CMA Award nominees anounced

The nominees for the 52nd annual CMA Awards were announced Tuesday morning on Good Morning America.
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
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Midland
Brett Young

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
Brothers Osborne
Dan+Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Sugarland

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

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”
“Broken Halos”
“Drowns the Whiskey”
“Drunk Girl”
“Tequila”

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

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

The Ayr International Country Music Festival, which will feature Will Banister, Joni Harms and John Permenter, at the Adampton House Hotel in Monkton, Sept 28th-Oct 1st, has some late availability. Due to cancellations, 6 rooma have becomeavailable. Contact Greg Cooper 07761 848741 if interested. A number of UK and Irish artists are also on the bill.

 

Dominic Kirwan awaits operation.

Irish singer, Dominic Kirwan has cancelled a number of dates down south, as he awaits an operation on his hip, but his Scottish dates, in Inverness, Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee & Mussleburgh in October are still "on" at this time.
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

Longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, who helped pen one of Southern rock's quintessential anthems, died Wednesday at his Nashville home.
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.


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