Saturday, September 29, 2007


Bill Black is back

After being dropped from the airwaves when Saga Radio changed it's name & format to Smooth Radio, Bill Black returns to the station next weekend with a classic Country programme Saturday nights 8-Midnight.


Forth Valley gigs in October

It's a busy month coming up, with a couple of extra club events on the calender.
The San Quentin kick off on Friday 5th, with a visit from Texas Express at the regular venue of Polmont Golf Club in Maddison..
Then on Saturday 13th, the club hosts the Scottish Western Re-enactment Association Dance at the same venue. Music will be provided by Rambling Fever
The Prairie Star also have two events this month. Their regular venue, Weirs Club in Alloa is the place to be on Saturday 6th to catch the visit of Roll the Dice, then on October 27th, the club are going back to their historic venue in Fishcross, now known as the Ochilview Lounge, where Nashville Skyline will be playing.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Mick Flavin Stirling bound

Ireland's Mick Flavin band were seen in the M80 rush hour traffic heading towards Stirling Wednesday evening. Actually the boys were heading for Stornoway, and dates in Invergordon, Forres and Dingwall this weekend.


Highland Gathering this weekend

A reminder (we told you here in July) that Donegal's Highland Radio are once again heading for Glasgow this weekend 28th, 29th,30th September . Scots fans are invited to join Highland Radio listeners (several busloads will make the trip) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the Famous Irish Music Weekend. Friday and Saturday Concerts with Philomena Begley ,Mike Denver ,Hugo Duncan ,Louise Morrisey ,Larry Cunningham ,Ray Lynam, T R Dallas,Frankie Mc Bride, and a Sunday Night Dance with Mike Denver and his band.Tickets are £17.50 for each concert and £15.50 for Sunday Night Dance.Available from the hotel.


Isla axes Dunfermline

Isla Grant has cancelled her Dunfermline concert next week, but other dates on the tour including Sept 28th The Tait Hall, Kelso., 30th The Ryan Centre, Stranraer, 4th The Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas , 5th The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr , 6th The Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, 12th The Maltings. Berwick.and 13th The Wellbank Centre, Wellbank, by Dundee, will all go ahead.
Isla will be back in Fife next May.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Garth breaks all records

Normally , a record takes several months of radio play before it tops the chart, but Garth Brooks has done it in one week. His new single, More Than A Memory, entered Billboard and R&R's Country charts @ No.1.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Emerson Drive home 3 Canadian Country Awards

It was Emerson Drive’s year at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards, which were presented in Regina. They won three awards on the TV special which was broadcast live in Canada, and later in the USA & Australia.
The band, formed in Grand Prairie, Alberta 12 years ago, opened up the showcase with their recent US No.1, “Moments”, and went on to collect Single of the Year, CMT Video of the Year and Group of the Year awards.
But the biggest surprise was probably hometown boy Brad Johner, who was presented with Male Artist of the Year.
The performance by Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Jimmy Rankin together was one of the highlights of the show, which followed CDJ’s award for Female Artist of the Year.
Other awards included Roots Artist of the Year to Corb Lund for the second year in a row ; Doc Walker took home Album of the Year, and B.C.’s Aaron Pritchett took home SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for his country anthem “Hold My Beer”.
THe Chevvy Rising Star Award went to Shane Yellowbird , and the biggest awards of the night – the Fans’ Choice Award – was won by Terri Clark
Scots born Johnny Reid had won the Independent Male Vocalist Award ; Patricia Conroy (Independent Female) and The Wilkinsons (Independent Group).
The Dixie Chicks were awarded Canada’s Top Selling Country Album of the Year.
There were three inductees into Canada’s Country Hall Of Fame.
Anyone who has been involved in Country music in Canada knows Sheila Hamilton. She is the long time former Executive Director of the CCMA, and is responsible for the stature of the CCMA and the strong position of Canadian Country music today. Sheila retired from her position a couple of years ago, but is still highly respected for her devotion to the music.
A distinctly Celtic flare was added to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame with the induction of the late John Allan Cameron. Fellow Cape Bretoner and musician Jimmy Rankin presented the honour. John Allan, a native of Glencoe Station, died in 2006, in a Toronto hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67. Known as the Godfather of Celtic Music, John Allan received numerous awards and honours during his prestigious career including the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Coast Music Association, an honorary doctor of letters from the University College of Cape Breton and he was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2003. Broadcaster Cliff Dumas of CMT Canada is also inducted into the hall this year.
The CCMA Awards rounded off a weekend of showcases and seminars at Country Music Week organized by the Canadian Country Music Association.
A full list of CCMA award winners is available at

Saturday, September 01, 2007


Mike Denver

Pinetree Promotions have Mike Denver coming over from Ireland and he is the most popular singer in Ireland at the moment. He played his first four dates in Scotland in April. Mike has a six man band and his style is Country with a bit of pop & irish on the side. Mike is different from all the other Irish acts as he presents a non-stop exciting show that suits the young and young at heart. To draw over 600 people on a Monday night in Ireland demonstrates his ability and popularity.
Mikes' Scottish dates are October 11th The Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, 12th The Magnum Centre, Irvine, 13th The Strathclyde Suite in The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 14th The Ryan Centre, Stranraer.
Mike has new album out called "Seasons in the Sun" .


Isla Grant tour dates

Scottish singer songwriter Isla Grant is a a popular touring act in Ireland, Australia & Canada, but is coming home for a short tour at the end of the month.
Sept 28th The Tait Hall, Kelso., 29th The Civic Hall, Whitehaven , 30th The Ryan Centre, Stranraer.
Oct 3rd The Carnegie Arts Centre, Dunfermline , 4th The Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas , 5th The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr , 6th The Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, 7th The Argyll Gathering, Oban , 12th The Maltings. Berwick.
and 13th The Wellbank Centre, Wellbank, by Dundee.


CMA Award nominees announced

Brad Paisley and George Strait lead Finalists for November's CMA Awards in Nashville, with five Nominations Each.
Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride each receive four nominations, whilst John Rich, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban each score three

Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Alison Krauss
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Josh Turner
Keith Urban

Horizon Award
Jason Aldean
Rodney Atkins
Little Big Town
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift

Vocal Group of the Year
Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Dixie Chicks
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Montgomery Gentry
The Wreckers

Single of the Year
“Anyway” - Martina McBride
“Before He Cheats” - Carrie Underwood
“Lost In This Moment” - Big & Rich
“Ticks” - Brad Paisley
“Wrapped” - George Strait

Album of the Year
5th Gear - Brad Paisley
It Just Comes Natural - George Strait
Long Trip Alone - Dierks Bentley
Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing - Keith Urban
These Days - Vince Gill

Song of the Year
“Before He Cheats”
“Give It Away”
“Lost In This Moment”
“Stupid Boy”

Musical Event of the Year
Reba McEntire / Kelly Clarkson“Because of You”
Tracy Lawrence/Tim McGraw/ Kenny Chesney“Find Out Who Your Friends Are”
Jimmy Buffett/ George Strait / Alan Jackson“Hey Good Lookin’”
Alison Krauss / John Waite“Missing You”
Vince Gill /Alison Krauss“The Reason Why”

Music Video of the Year
“Anyway”Martina McBride
“Before He Cheats”Carrie Underwood
“Moments”Emerson Drive
“Online”Brad Paisley
“You Save Me”Kenny Chesney

Musician of the Year
Eddie Bayers, Jr. – Drums
Jerry Douglas – Dobro
Dann Huff – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar
Randy Scruggs – Guitar

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