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.


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.

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
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
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

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”

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Canadian Tia McGraff returns

Ontario based Tia McGraff and her American husband Tommy Parham are back on tour across the UK next month, in support of Tia's new album, "Stubborn In My Blood".
Tia plays Kirkcaldy Folk Club on September 6th, Nairn Arts Festival on the 12th.
The Nairn date also includes an afternoon talk about her children's book, Jake The Road Dawg. Tia's mother came from the Nairn area.


Eamon Jackson drops out

Eamon Jackson has cancelled his dance scheduled for 7th September.at The Monikie Hall near Dundee. This is the second time he has cancelled the venue, which is a regular stop on the Irish artists tour circuit.
The next event at Monikie Hall is Paula MacAskill on Saturday 13th October. Paula always puts on a great night of music and dancing and Margo and the regulars look forward to seeing her again.
The next event after that is the Christmas Dance with Shawn Cuddy on Friday 21st December  Shawn and the band  always put on a great show over the festive season.


Gretchen Wilson arrested

Country singer Gretchen Wilson was arrested in Connecticut on Tuesday night for allegedly causing a “minor disturbance” mid-flight.
The Redneck Woman was  taken into custody for breach of peace and bond was set at $1000. She is currently on a summer tour which ends on September 8th in Martin, TN.
Wilson burst onto the Country scene in 2004 with her hit "Redneck Woman", followed by another 4 top 10 singles.
Her most recent album, "Ready To Get Rowdy" was released last summer.

Monday, July 30, 2018


Prairie Star holiday date

It might be "the fair", but it's business as usual at Alloa's Prairie Star this Saturday, with the visit of Big City to the Wee County.


Lisa comes home

Glasgow born Lisa McHugh is back in her homeland for a tour in September, which includes a dance in Glasgow on September 21st at St Lukes, and concert dates in Oban, Inverness, Dundee & Dumfries. 
Lisa has also just released a new single, a cover of the traditional "Y'All Come", given a modern makeover. 


Brandon's Shand story

Brilliant accordionist and Country singer Brandon McPhee is taking a break from his Caithness Music show on Keep It Country TV,  but is hitting the road, not only in his own concert tour with Manson Grant & The Dynamos & Eddie Rose, but also with The Jimmy Shand Story, with TV's Dave Anderson as narrator. He brings the Shand Story to Stirling's Albert Halls on  5th October (change of date).


Charlie Landsborough to tour

Scouse singer songwriter, Charlie Landsborough, best known for songs like "My Forever Friend" and "What Colour Is The Wind", heads north in October for a 16 stop tour of Scotland, Venues include Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday November 4th, as well as Motherwell, Giffnock, Mussleburgh  & Livingston. Full dates on the gigs page.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Raintown play Stirling festival

Raintown are Stirling bound, taking part in The Sruihlea Festival on Saturday August 18th. The festival, at the Forthside Sports Village, features Stirling Highland Games, and a Food Festival during the day, and a live concert at night, which also features Graeme Clark from Wet WetWet, Railfan and Altered Sky. All day tickets are £20, or £15 for the evening concert.


Southern Fried finalise line up

Perth's Southern Fried Festival have confirmed the line up's for their free daytime stages, In addition to headliners like Steve Earle, Iris Dement, Rodney Crowell, Gretchen Peters and Graham Nash, the artists appearing on the Outdoor & Acoustic Stages have been announced. They include The Wandering Hearts, The worry Dolls, Coaltown Daisies, Meaghan Blanchard, The Grahams, Martha L Healy and The Daddy Naggins.
The festival runs July 26-29th at various Perth venues.
Full details and booking here.

Monday, June 11, 2018


Mary Duff returns to Stirling

Mary Duff, the longtime touring partner of Daniel O'Donnell is back on the road headling her own shows this month. Amongst the Scottish dates is a stop at Stirling's Albert Halls on Saturday 23rd June. Other dates include Greenock, Inverness, Arbroath & Langholm.
Supporting Mary on the tour will be the fabulous Jordan Mogey.


Woodside is Fife's new music venue

The Woodside Hotel in Aberdour is making it's mark on the music scene, with a number of "onl Scottish date" events for up & coming artists from the Country & Americana field.
Already Kim Richey has appeared at the venue, and in the next couple of weeks Jessica Lynn, Megan O'Neill and Curtis Grimes are all lined up.
New Yorker Jessica Lynn will be at the venue this Friday, June 15th. She has been hailed as "Shania's successor", whilst she toured last year opening for rockers ZZ Top.
Megan O'Neill follows with an appeareance on Saturday, 16th. The Irish born singer songwriter has made quite a mark on the UK Americana scene.
Then on Saturday June 23rd the atmosphere will be Undeniably Country (the title of his 6th & current album), with Texan Curtis Grimes. 


Hazel Cumming headlines Country & Ceilidh night

Cumbernauld based Hazel Cumming is an up & coming Country singer, who has already appeared at venues as far afield as The Thainstone Festival and the Northern Nashvile club in Caithness, as well as events in Ireland. Next Saturday (June 16th), she is hosting a Country & Ceilidh night at The Alona Hotel at Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, alongside The Ballochmyle Ceildh band.
Hazel already has one album available, "One Step At A Time", and is off to Ireland this summer to record her second release.
Tickets for Saturday's gig are available by calling 07979 494463 or 01563  822572. There will also be a raffle, with proceeds going to Endometriosis UK.


James 'n Wood top CMDS poll

James n' Wood have topped the poll run by Country Music & Dance In Scotland to find Scotland's most popular band. Steve James has been one of the most popular figures on the Scottish Country music scene for many years, but in January 2016 , teamed up with Martin Coulson to form James ' Wood, and quickly found a following.
The beat Texas Gun, Jolene & Barry and Carson City in the readers poll. 


Colorado Club celebrate 35 years

Congatulations to all concerned with The Colorado C&W Club in West Calder, who celebrated their 35th Anniversary this week, with long time regulars Jolene & Barry providing the entertainment.
The Colorado meet every Sunday night at the town's Bowling Club, 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018


The Daddy Naggins come to Stirling

Straight from a great weekend at The Kilkenny Roots Festival in Ireland, the highly acclaimed Glasgow based bluegrass band, The Daddy Naggins, play Stirling Folk Club on Monday May 14th.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


Aussie star's Glasgow double header

Australian alt-country/Americana outfit Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced their return to the UK next month, along with the European release of their fourth album 'Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music' on June 29th.
Amongst the dates are two gigs in Glasgow: 
Friday 29 June: The Howlin Wolf, Glasgow + Imogen Clarke (Aus)
Sat 30 June: MacSorleys Music Bar, Glasgow + The Weeping Willows (Aus)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Irelands King of Country passes

Big Tom McBride, one of the icons of Irish country music, who died today aged 81, will be laid to rest in his home county of Monaghan this Friday. The news follows that  of  Tom's wife Rose passing away in January. They had been married for more than 50 years.
Born near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, Tom McBride was one of four siblings. He left school in his teens to help out on the family farm and later worked in Scotland and England where he started playing music. He later returned to Ireland and continued to play with the band that was to become The Mainliners.
The band appeared on RTÉ's The Showband Show in 1966 with Gentle Mother and the song became a huge hit, establishing Big Tom and the Mainliners at the forefront of the Irish country scene.
They were huge stars in the 60s and 70s, packing out ballrooms around the country and Big Tom became known as "The King" of Irish country music.
In the late 1970s Big Tom had hits included Four Country Roads and Back to Castleblayney.
In 1980, he was presented with a Gold Award for sales of more than one million records.
He was the first inductee into the Irish Country Music Awards Hall of Fame on RTÉ One in June 2016.
President Michael D Higgins described Big Tom as "one of the most charismatic and influential artists in Irish country music".


Bridge Of Allan date for Austin based Barbara Nesbitt

Texas based singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt returns to Scotland next month, with a date at The Allan Brewhouse, Bridge Of Allan on Thursday May 3rd. Barbara will be supported on this gig by The John Hinshelwood Band.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Who I Am - Lisa McHugh

Glasgow born, Irish Country Queen, Lisa McHugh returns with a brand new single, "Who I Am", from her latest album. The song is the theme to "Sue Thomas F.B. Eye" , currenyly being aired on the Drama TV Channel on Saturday nights. The video for the single captures footage of Lisa's Scottish homeland, and her own early life.
Lisa returns to Scotland in September for concerts in Inverness, Oban, Dundee & Dumfries, anda dance at Glasgow's StLukes.


Michael McMillan

Glasgow based singer, Michael McMillan, has launched his new album, "Cross Country", produced by Graham Duffin.  Michaekl will be the guest on this Sunday's Celtic Country programme @ 12 Noon on Celtic Music Radio.


Freddie Fender Biography

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights: A Meteoric Rise to Stardom' written by Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender tells the true-life story of her famous father, the late Freddy Fender – The King of Tex-Mex. As only seen through the eyes of Freddy’s daughter, her book expresses in intimate detail his rise to success, heartbreaking fall and final redemption bringing to life the heartfelt memories of a man and family caught in the whirlwind of great fame, and conveys in a compassionate yet forthright manner the shattering addictions that accompanied this fame.
In his youth, in 1956, he was the first to record and sing Spanish rock and roll; he was known as the “Mexican Elvis” and called “El Bebop Kid.” In the mid-1970s, Fender would become famous literally overnight as a Country megastar with his first two monster hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”
Instantaneously, his records crossed over the Billboard country charts into the rock and pop charts, each rising to No. 1. He was given a Country Music Association award for “Single of the Year” and an Academy of Country Music award as “Most Promising Male Artist” in 1975. His voice and charismatic personality also made him a nationwide television celebrity in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights' takes the reader on a journey which covers Freddy’s early life of brutal poverty as a child migrant worker, his years as a U.S. Marine, the shocking arrest and imprisonment of his early 20s, his barrier-breaking singing career as he exploded into and crossed over different music genres, and the alcohol and drug addiction from which he suffered.
During his last 21 years of sobriety, Freddy sought spiritual redemption, practiced forgiveness and made amends in his daily life; he came to lead by example with the aid of his higher power Jesus Christ. Freddy Fender was known to millions of people across the world as “an ordinary man who had extraordinary God-given talents.”
"Wasted Days And Wasted Nights" is available as an ebook at Amazon @ £11.99

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Texan Of The Year

George Strait has been named “Texan of the Year” by the Texas Legislative Conference. At the 52nd annual statewide forum taking place at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 23, Strait joined an array of prominent honorees including former U.S. Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, Governors and innovators.


Three new names for Hall Of Fame

The Country Music Association held a press conference Tuesday morning (March 27) to announce the 2018 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame—Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West.
Gimble will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician” category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the “Songwriter” and “Non-Performer” categories. Skaggs will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while West will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Gimble, Skaggs and West will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 133 to 136 members.
A formal induction ceremony for Gimble, Skaggs, and West will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year.


Prairie Star 30th Birthday

The Prairie Star C&W. Club will be celebrating their 30th Country birthday on Saturday7th April with a special night of country music from Bill Alexander and Jolene & Barry plus guest singer Joe Boyle from down Donegal way in Ireland, and making his first visit to our club, and to be able to fit it all in we start the night a bit earlier at 7pm, and the doors open at 6pm till about 12.30, for more info phone Dorothy on 01259724352.

Sunday, March 04, 2018


Opry en Daniel

The popular Opry en Luir TV series, seen across the UK on BBC Alba, is retitled Opry en Daniel, and is moving to the Millenium Forum Theatre in Derry, for the next series which is being recorded between May 13th-19th. Daniel is once again, the host, with an array of guests, including Scots born Jacqui Sharkey, Lisa McHugh, Isla & Al Grant, American's Charlie Pride, Georgette Jones and Rita Coolidge, as well as Irish stars like Brendan Quinn, Derek Ryan and Louise Morrissey.

Saturday, March 03, 2018


Ronnie Prophet passes

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Prophet died on Friday (March 2) at age 80.
Known as one of country’s finest all-around entertainers, Prophet is perhaps best remembered in Nashville as the house act in the Printer’s Alley showplace The Carousel Club in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also a recording artist for RCA on Music Row.
The ebullient singer, flashy guitarist, comic, TV star, business entrepreneur, witty emcee, songwriter, impressionist and raconteur was noted for his live-wire stage presence and endearingly manic manner.
The Montreal born entertainer was known on this side of the Atlantic for his role as emcee at the Wembley Festival in the 1980's. He'll be best remembered for his last appearance in that role, for criticising a woman in the front row for smoking. Everyone in the hall, except Ronnie realised that the whole festival was sponsored by Silk Cut. At the next changeover, Ronnie came out, handing cigarettes to everyone. He never returned to Wembley, but did appear at the Caithness Festival 2006.
He had his own TV series in Canada, and the UK, and was the CCMA Entertainer of the Year in 1984, and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ronnie Prophet passed away in Florida, following kidney failure, with family and friends at his side. Prophet is survived by his wife of 32 years, Glory Anne Carriere Prophet,
He will be laid to rest at Avoca Cemetery near his farm home in Quebec, Canada.

Thursday, March 01, 2018


Snow cancels Prairie Star night

Reluctantly, this Saturday's Prairie Star meeting in Alloa has been called off because of the snow.
Next Month's event, on April 7th is the club's 30th birthday, with three acts on the bill.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Meeting Place for February

The first gig of 2018 for THE JOHN HINSHELWOOD BAND will be on Friday 23rd February at The MEETING PLACE in RUTHERGLEN.
It is one of the band’s favourite places to play, and it is always busy, so early arrival is recommended  if you want to be sure of getting a seat.


Nashville loses another

Daryle Singletary died Monday morning (Feb. 12) in Nashville. He was 46. His cause of death is being determined.
Singletary was best known for ’90s country hits including “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” and “Amen Kind of Love.” Throughout his career, Singletary has collaborated with George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson and more.
Singletary moved to Nashville, from Georgia,  in 1990, and began performing in talent contests around Music City, before he began a regular gig at The Broken Spoke. After releasing a couple of unsuccessful singles on Evergreen Records in the early ’90s, Singletary released his debut album for Giant Records in 1995, garnering hits including “I Let Her Lie Lie” and “Too Much Fun.”
By 2002, he had teamed with Koch Records for the album That’s Why I Sing This Way, which featured collaborations with Johnny Paycheck, Jones, Haggard and more.

Monday, February 05, 2018


Easter Jamboree

The Easter Weekend Jamboree will be a three day event packed with Entertainment, Live Music and Dancing.
It will take place in The Garden Room at...
The Adamton Country House Hotel,
Baird Road, Monkton, Prestwick, Ayrshire
KA9 2SQ.
We not only have the best Johnny Cash Tribute Band in the UK 'Keep it Cash' but also acts include...Americana style Singer Songwriters performing a mixture of some original material and some popular covers.
Some Linedance friendly Country acts, Ameripolitan, Country Blues, Contemporary Country Rock, Acoustic Rock, a Willie Nelson Tribute and even a Rockabilly Band.
Confirmed Acts so far are.....
Keep It Cash, Border Radio, Red Canyon,
Adriana Spina, Blackstone River Band,
Donna Wylde, Cherry Red '53, Urban Creek,
Cimarron, Jeff Jeffrey, Alan Frew & Band,
Old Red's Band Salute Willie Nelson,
Deep River, Jolene & Barry, Full Tonne Kidd.

The full weekend package is priced at....
£189 per person (Single Occupancy) or
£165 per person (Based on 2 Sharing)
This includes a 3 night stay at the hotel with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and ALL the Entertainment.
Check-in is 2pm on Friday March 30th and
Check-out is 11am on Monday April 2nd.
Entertainment will commence at 3pm on Friday !
Each Day....
Dinner between 5 - 7pm
Breakfast between 7 - 10am

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Raintown returns

Glasgow based duo Raintown have a few tour dates lined up this spring, with tickets on sale for this week. They play Thurso on April 19th, and Inverness Ironworks the following night, with a Glasgow date at Oran Mor on April 28th.
Before then,  Paul & Claire will play a session for Celtic Music Radio on Sunday, February 4th at 12 Noon.


Stetsons & Heels for Opry

Liz Clarke is bringing her Stetsons n Heels show to Glasgows Grand Ole Opry on April 8th , with special guests Geri Kane & Francis Connelly.


Spring Into Country

The annual May weekend all day event returns to The David Lloyd Centre in Renfrew on Sunday, May 6th for the 10th Anniversary event. This year's acts include Jolene & Barry, Carson City, Sierra Moon and Kickin' Country.
Tickets £16 in advance from Iain 07749 852305.


Nashville rallies round for Anita Cochran

Following on from the dreadful news from Lari White, another 90's Country singer has disclosed that she's been diagnosed with triple positive, invasive carcinoma breast cancer.
Anita Cochran released her first project Back To You in 1998, which produced the No. 1  song, “What If I Said,” which featured Steve Wariner. She gained the respect of her peers for her work in producing, singing, writing, and playing multiple instruments including lead guitar on her debut album. on March 13th
Many of her friends are rallying around to stage a benefit concert at Nashville venue 3rd & Lindsley on March 13th : “A 90’s Country Night: Unplugged” will include performances by Clay Walker, Steve Wariner, Terri Clark, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Ty Herndon, Wade Hayes, The Lynns, Bryan White, Mandy Barnett, and a special guest who is one of Anita’s biggest influences, Crystal Gayle.


Urban Cowboys ride again

Johnny Lee and Mickey Gilley are reuniting for a series of dates on the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour. The two friends will co-headline the tour, which kicks off Jan. 26 in Stafford, Texas and will visit cities across the country including Nevada, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.
Johnny's biggest hit, "Looking For Love" came from the John Travolta movie back in 1981, which was based around Gilley's club in Pasadena.
The duo can also be seen throughout the year in their hometown of Branson, Missouri, at Mickey Gilley’s Shanghai Theater.


90's Country star Lari White dead at 52.

Multi-faceted Nashville entertainer Lari White has died at age 52.
She is best known for her string of RCA hits of the 1990s, including “That’s My Baby” (1994), “Now I Know” (1994), “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)” (1995) and “Ready, Willing and Able” (1996). White was also a stage and screen actor, a songwriter, a record producer and a label owner.
In addition to co-writing most of her hits, she also had her songs recorded by Tammy Wynette, Rebecca Holden, Patti Page, Danny Gokey, Sarah Buxton and Pat Green, among others.
White was born in Dunedin, FL and was a performer from childhood on. She began singing and playing piano in her family’s band at age 4, wrote her first song when she was 8 and had toured performing pop, gospel, rock and soul by the time she reached her teens.
She majored in audio engineering in college and launched her solo career singing ad jingles and studio backup vocals. Lari White came to Nashville in 1988 to compete, and win, on the TNN TV talent contest You Can Be a Star.
In 1990, she unsuccessfully auditioned to become the lead singer of Highway 101. She then became Rodney Crowell’s backup vocalist on a 1991 tour. The star produced her 1993 RCA debut LP Lead Me Not, which led to her nomination as the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist of the year. The album’s song “What a Woman Wants” became the first country video to be filmed in Rome, Italy.
In 2006, she starred on Broadway in the Johnny Cash-themed musical Ring of Fire.
Her last recording, a 2016 double album Old Friends New Loves,  contained re-recordings of her hits and some new songs.
She passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 after a short battle with peritoneal cancer.


Double Emmy awards for Dolly

Dolly Parton received her first two Emmy awards Saturday night (Jan. 20) at the Midsouth Regional Emmy ceremony at the Music City Center in Nashville, both focused on her work giving back to those in need. Parton, who was first nominated for an Emmy in 1978, is the only country artist to have received nods from the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes and Grammys.
Parton was awarded the Best Community Service program trophy for her Smoky Mountains Rise telethon, which raised more than $13 million dollars for her My People Fund, to help those affected by the horrific mountain wildfires across East Tennessee last year.
The National Association of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Midsouth also recognized the legend’s lifetime of giving back with the Governor’s Award. In her acceptance, Parton noted that she is most proud of her efforts on behalf of Dollywood, the Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library, the My People Fund and Mountain Tough.


Brandon for Alloa

Caithness based Country & Scottish entertainer, Brandon McPhee, is bringing his concert show to Alloa Town Hall on Saturday April 21st. Brandon, who is a Mod winning accordion player, is also a mean Country singer. His band includes Ireland's Crawford Bell, steelie Davie Holland, and Manson, Robert & Keith from The Dynamos.
Meanwhile. Brandon has returned to Keep It Country TV with the Caithness Music TV show, Saturdays 5pm.


Prairie Star's Border Radio

Dundee based Border Radio will be the guests at the February meeting of Alloa based Prairie Star C&W Club on Saturday February 3rd. The event is held, as usual, in Weirs Social Club.
The club will also remember long time member Ada Wilcox, who passed away last week. Ada was secretary of the previous C&W Club in the area, The Treble C.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


C2C After Show parties

The c2c Festival in March continues to grow, with After show parties announced for the Friday (March 9th) and Saturday (March 10th) nights at nearby Finneston venue SWG3. Lukas Nelson, High Valley, Morgan Evans and Promise Of The Real have been announced as artists.
Doors open @ 11pm . Tickets are £16.50.


Year End Meeting Place

The year end Acoustic Nights@ the Meeting Place in Rutherglen is a special pre Hogmanay night featuring a variety of talented artists. Proceeds for this special night will go to The Salvation Army homeless unit Halfway, Burnside in Bloom and Grow73.
Featured will be hosts The Mairs Family Band, Joe McIver Dunn, Alan Knox, Tina March, Bernadette Collier and Blair Mathewson.
It all happens on Friday, December 29th at Stonelaw Church fro 7.30pm.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Chase for King Tuts

US singer-songwriter Chase Rice, whose album 'Lambs & Lions' is released on BBR/BMG, will be over in December for his first UK/Ireland tour, including a sold out show in London. He will be kicking off these dates with a show at Glasgow's King Tuts  on December 1st.
Chase was part of the team which wrote the Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" hit.


Roots In The Round

Some of UK’s most exciting singer songwriters are getting together to tour across the UK, in Nashville style songwriters circle.
Dates include Glasgow's Glad Cafe on Sunday December 10th.
Roots in the Round is an exhilarating Nashville style songwriters circle, featuring award winning singer/songwriter Robert Vincent and acclaimed Scottish troubadour Dean Owens, with special guests up and coming indie-folk female duo Worry Dolls. Upliftingly melancholic songs, laced with rootsy Americana, country, blues and harmonies that will raise the hairs on your arms and warm the coals in your gut.
Conceived by Owens, based on his experience of songwriters circle events in Nashville, each act will take it in turn to sing, with the strong possibility of surprise collaborations, making Roots in the Round a unique showcase for some very special talents.


Country2Country expands / Country On The Clyde returns

More names have been added to the Country2Country festival in Glasgow's Hydro Arena next spring.  There was some disappointment that Midland were dropped from the initial line up, whilst on the London & Dublin bills. Now it has been that Midland will play Glasgow on the Friday night, on the same bill as Emmylou Harris, Margo Price and Little Big Town.  In addition, Brett Young, who was support act on the recent Lady Antebellum tour, has been added to the Glasgow & Dublin main stage line up's, as has previous c2c visitors Sugarland.
Glasgow is also getting the addition of Spotlight stages outside of the main arena this year, with Morgan Evans & Lukas Nelson (Willie's son) the first names to be announced.
Meanwhile, the daytime Country On The Clyde will return to The Ferry on c2c weekend March 10/11 2018, from 12 Noon-4pm both days, featuring UK and US acts, like Gary Quinn, Jade Helliwell, Jenn Bostic, Ashton Lane, Kenny Foster and Simon James.  Tickets on sale now.


The Coca Cola Cowboy passes

Country music lost another legend in Mel Tillis. Perhaps not one of the best known singers around, he did have a phenomenal list of Top 10 hits, from the 50’s through the 70’s.
He will probably be best remembered for his stutter, which developed during his childhood, a result of a bout with malaria. Although it saffected his speech, it never affected his singing.
Although Tillis charted on his own, he had more success early on, as a songwriter. He wrote the hits "I Ain't Never" for Webb Pierce,  Bobby Bare’s "Detroit City", Patsy Cline’s “Strange”, Ricky Skaggs “Honey, Open That Door”;  Jack Greene’s "Life Turned Her That Way", later covered by Ricky Van Shelton ; Charley Pride’s "The Snakes Crawl At Night"  and wrote "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town", which was a launched Kenny Rogers career.
He also was a regular featured singer on The Porter Wagoner Show.
Tillis achieved his biggest success with MCA Records, with which he signed in 1976. It started with a pair of two No. 1 hits in 1976, "Good Woman Blues" and "Heart Healer". Thanks to this success, Tillis won the Country Music Association's most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year, and was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He achieved another No. 1 in 1978 with "I Believe In You" and then again in 1979 with "Coca-Cola Cowboy", which was was included in the Clint Eastwood movie Every Which Way but Loose, in which he also made a cameo appearance. He also appeared in other movies, including Love Revival, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981), and comedy westerns Uphill All the Way (1986),
He acquired a number of radio station radio stations in Texas and Alabama, converting them from Top 40 and rock formats to Country stations All of his stations were sold after a time for a healthy return.
The Grand Ole Opry inducted Mel Tillis on June 9, 2007. He was inducted into the Opry by his daughter Pam. Along with being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, it was announced on August 7 that year that Tillis, along with Ralph Emery and Vince Gill, were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tillis had been unwell since January 2016 with various illnesses. On November 19, 2017, Tillis died of respiratory failure in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 85. He is survived by his six children including  singer-songwriter Pam Tillis,

Saturday, November 04, 2017


Prairie Star November meeting

The Prairie Star Country & Western Club will be in their usual venue at Weir Soc & Rec. Club, Church Street, Alloa, this coming Saturday 4th November, doors open 7pm-11.45pm, and this monththey'll have ‘Texas Express’ who are making their long awaited return visit to the club and will suit all our dancers and listeners alike.
For details of this and any future events,  including booking tickets for the forthcoming Christmas Buffet Dance on 9th December, you can contact Dorothy on 01259724352,
Note there is a Fireworks display in the West End Park on Saturday evening, which may affect access and parking in the vicinity.


Nashville names line up for 25th Celtic Connections

The world’s biggest Winter arts festival is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary in 2018, and, as ever Glasgow’s Celtic Connections is offering an array of Americana and Country names within the 17 day line up.
Amongst the highlights are the return of The Mavericks (Feb 4th Royal Concert Hall) and sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer (Jan 27th), in support of their haunting new album, “Not Dark Yet”, which we reviewed in the last CMDS. Dale Watson, who is the leader of the acclaimed Ameripolitan traditional music movement, is coming back to Scotland with his Lonestars band Jan 29th Royal Concert Hall)
Shawn Colvin (Jan 21st Royal Concert Hall) is celebrating her own anniversary. The recipient of the 2016 AMA Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award, having blurred the lines between folk, country and pop for the past 20 years.
Hayseed Dixie, a group known for sending up popular songs in a bluegrass style are back in town (Feb 1st, ABC), but if your bluegrass tastes are more traditional, you can catch the wonderful Sierra Hull (Jan 26th Mitchel Theatre). The Tennessee native released her first album on the renowned Rounder Records when she was just 16 years old. She won the Mandolin player Award for the second year at the recent IBMA Awards, as well as the Recorded Event Award for a duet with Bobby Osborne.
In a similar vein are Underhill Rose, who are sharing the bill with Louisiana’s The Deslondes (Jan 24th, Oran Mor) and The Railsplitters (Jan 30th Strathclyde Suite).
South Dakota born, but Bakersfield influenced Sam Outlaw has made several visits to Scotland in the past year. He returns to Oran Mor (Feb 3rd), the same night as Saskatoon troubadour Colter Wall plays The Tron Theatre.
Elsewhere, the stunning Yola Carter is in town with her soulful Country spirit (Jan 25th, ABC). Yola was last in Scotland, for Paisley’s The Spree in October. Josh Kelley plays King Tuts Feb 5th, Hayes Carll teams up with Canada’s Corb Lund (Jan 26th St Lukes) and Teddy Thompson teams up with Georgian songwriter Lera Lynn (Jan 25th Mackintosh Church).
But it’s not all touring acts coming in for Celtic Connections. “Northstar- Scotland Sings Canada”, the production which was one of the highlights of last year’s Southern Fried Festival, finds a place at Celtic Connections. One of its’ stars is Dean Owens, who also performs his own show, with his Whiskey Hearts at The Drygate Brewery Feb 2nd. The highly acclaimed youngster Katie Kross is part of a Songwriting Circle held at Broadcast on Jan 28th.
One of the regular Celtic Connections highlights is “Transatlantic Sessions”, hosted by Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas. It’s the stage show, which developed out of the old TV series, and is held over two nights, Friday 2nd & Sunday 4th February, at the Royal Concert Hall.  This year’s line up includes Suzy Bogguss, who released her American Folk Songs collection, before her current Merle Haggard tribute, The Secret Sisters and Shawn Camp.
Celtic Connections runs January 18th- February 4th at venues across Glasgow. Check out all the events at www.celticconnections.com , and tune in to Celtic Music Radio, 95FM & www.celticmusicradio.net, for unrivalled daily coverage live from the festival.

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