Saturday, May 31, 2008


Guildtown Bluegrass

The 22nd Annual Guildtown Bluegrass Festival will be held 18th-20th July.
This year's artists includes American's Special Concensus, Country Cocktail from the Czech Republic and home grown acts, Goldrush, Dapper McDan's & Louise & Alan Mairs.
Full details at


Americana in Perth

Southern Fried is the name of a three day festival of Americana being held in Perth's Concert Hall & Theatre between 1st-3rd August. The Friday night features a concert by Nanci Griffith & Dean Owens followed by a late show with Elizabeth Cook, Billy Joe Shaver & The Coal Porters.
On the Saturday night there's an evening of The Songs Of Hank williams.
A full schedule is on the website.


June dates

The Prairie Star have two dates this month. Their regular venue of Weirs Club, Alloa will host the club on Saturday June 7th, with music from Carson City. Later in the month, on Friday 27th, the club will set sail from Alloa dock for their second cruise up the Forth. Details on the club link on the left.
Maddison's San Quentin club meet on Friday 6th with Springfield, with the Polmont Linedancers meeting in the same venue on June 20th with Southern Boulevard. In between times, The No Angels club in Boness have a visit from Gemma Fairweather.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Eddy Arnold lives on

Eddy Arnold's song, "To Life," charted on Billboard's country airplay chart this week at Np.49 (the week's highest new entry), stretching his chart success into a seventh consecutive decade. Arnold recorded the song for his final RCA album, released in 2005. The label had planned to honor Arnold on his 90th birthday on May 15 by asking radio stations to help chart the single. However, he died on May 8. Arnold charted 147 country singles, including "Make the World Go Away," "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)," "Anytime" and "Cattle Call." He earned more Top 10 hits (92) and more consecutive Top 10 hits (67) than anyone in country history. Arnold is ranked as Billboard's No. 1 country artist of all time.
Hear the special version of "To Life" on this Sunday's Celtic Country on Celtic Music Radio.


ACM Awards were hard to bare

Kenny Chesney won Entertainer of the Year for the fourth straight time at Sunday's U.S. Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.With the win, Chesney ties Garth Brooks and is only one win behind the legendary country group "Alabama" which won five of the top awards in row.
Brad Paisley took the award for Top Male Vocalist, his second in a row. Carrie Underwood won the Top Female Vocalist prize, also her second straight.
However the live TV special was dogged by problems. It was evident during several of the performances, that the artists couldn't hear the band. Neither could viewers. Many of the singers vocals sounded very poor. The best performance was the tribute to Eddy Arnold, by Brad Paisley on guitar and Carrie Underwood singing "Make The World Go Away".
Garth Brooks miised his cue for "The Thunder Rolls" during of a medley of his hits, then thanked Miss Yearwood for presenting his Lifetime Achievement award, when it was actually Reba!
Other performances, had very little Country content, including Taylor Swift's spectacular strip off from hoodie to wet dress (as in wet t-shirt) show.
The full list of winners :
Entertainer of the year: Kenny Chesney
Top male vocalist: Brad Paisley
Top female vocalist: Carrie Underwood
Top vocal group: Rascal Flatts
Top vocal duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top new male vocalist: Jack Ingram (How long has he been around ?)
Top new female vocalist: Taylor Swift
Top new duo or vocal group: Lady Antebellum
Album of the year: "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Miranda Lambert
Single record of the year: "Stay," Sugarland
Song of the year: "Stay," Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles, composer)
Video of the year: "Online," Brad Paisley (Jason Alexander, director)
Vocal event of the year: "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," Tracy Lawrence with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney


John Hinshelwood gigs

John Hinshelwood and Sandra Gellatly have a few live gigs over the next couple of months before heading into the studios to record a CD in the summer.
Friday 30th May- State Bar, Glasgow ( with RB Morris )
Thursday 19th June - Tchai Ovna, Otago Lane Glasgow
Sunday 6th July- Wee Folk Club, Royal Oak Edinburgh.
The City Sinners also have a couple of dates lined up as follows-:
Saturday 31st May- Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Saturday 14th June- Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Legend Eddy Arnold passes

Singer and songwriter Eddy Arnold, known as the "ambassador of Country music," died Thursday in Nashville. He was 89. At the height of his career, Arnold was among the top recording artists of all time, with record sales of more than 85 million.
Known primarily as a Country music star, Eddy Arnold considered himself an all-around performer. He touched the hearts of his Country fans, while proving himself as a smooth, pop balladeer.
Born Richard Edward Arnold near Henderson, Tennessee, the son of sharecroppers, he had to leave school to help on the family farm. As Arnold grew up listening to blues and mountain music, his mother taught him to play guitar and sing. He soon became an entertainer at local dances and gatherings near his home. After making his Jackson, Tennessee radio debut in 1936, Arnold performed in Memphis, and played in nightclubs in St. Louis.
His big break came in 1940, when he landed a job as vocalist with "Pee Wee" King and His Golden West Cowboys. Arnold joined the Grand Ole Opry's Camel Caravan in 1941 and 1942, where he entertained servicemen, and was made a full-fledged member of the Opry in 1943.
As a tribute to his rural heritage, he was billed as the "Tennessee Plowboy." Eddy Arnold was offered a recording contract with RCA Records in 1944, and had his first hit in 1945 with a yodeling tune titled "Cattle Call."
Over the years, Eddy Arnold had 91 tunes in Billboard magazine's Top 10. Twenty-eight of those reached Number One on the Country chart.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Blue Boy suicide

George "Leo" Jackson — a guitar player who’s appeared on recordings by Country Music Hall of Famers Jim Reeves, George Strait and Tom T. Hall — died Sunday at his home outside of Nashville from an apparent suicide.
Leo, who was 73, had been diagnosed with cancer in 2002. Two years ago, he was told he had cellulitis, a rare skin ailment, in his thumb, preventing him from playing guitar again. He had undergone minor surgery last week and was on medication for a persistent back pain that flared up again the day he shot himself.
Leo played two stints as a member of Jim Reeves’ Blue Boys. He was, in fact, a guitarist in the band at the time Jim died in a famous plane crash in 1964.
He appeared at the Caithness Country Music Festival a few years back with Norwegian performer Arne Benoni.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Glasgow Americana

THE full line-up for the second and extended Glasgow Americana Festival has been announced by promoters, the Fallen Angels Club.
The first of eight gigs - compared with only three last year - at eight different venues will get under way on Saturday, May 24, finishing a week later (May 31) with the irreverent Kinky Friedman playing the Tron Theatre.
His show is already sold out so a matinee show has just been announced.
Kim Richey, Jason Ringenberg and Crooked Still will be joining fellow American Friedman on the Festival programme plus Canadians, The Wailin' Jennys who will be supported by Bob Harris favourite, Rachel Harrington.
And Glasgow's own Stevie Jackson is slipping out quietly from Belle and Sebastian's ranks for a rare treat solo set while rising Scots star, Yvonne Lyon will appear on the opening night, along side Mia Riddle who is also a huge favourite of Bob Harris.

The full line-up is:
May 24 - Mia Riddle and Yvonne Lyon City Halls - Recital Rooms 0141 353 8000 7.30PM
May 25 - Groanbox Boys/ David Ferrard - Tall Ship 0141 204 5151 8PM
May 26 - Kim Richey/ Linnhe Carson - Brel 0141 342 4966 8PM
May 27 - Jason Ringenberg - Blackfriars 0141 552 5924 8PM
May 28 - Doghouse Roses,Stevie Jackson & Stephen Maguire -The Wheel 0141 221 4851 8PM
May 29 - The Wailin Jennys - St Andrews In The Square 0141 559 5902 8PM
May 30 - Crooked Still (plus support TBC) - CCA 0141 352 4900 8PM
May 31 - Kinky Friedman - Tron Theatre 0141 552 4267 2PM & 8PM

Tickets available online from or 08444 77 1000
Tickets Scotland 239 Argyle Street Glasgow 0141 204 5151
Ripping Records Edinburgh 0131 226 7010
In person from venues except for St Andrews In The Square.

Saturday, May 03, 2008


Sold writer slays business partner

Songwriter Richard Fagan, 61, will enter an in-patient drug and alcohol treatment after being arrested in last weekend's slaying of business partner Gaetano Thomas Oteri. Oteri, 69, father of former Saturday Night Live star Cheri Oteri, apparently bled to death after his right wrist was slashed during an argument with Fagan at the home they shared in Nashville. His body was discovered Sunday (April 27). Fagan still faces the possibility of a criminal homicide charge after the case is heard by a grand jury. His songwriting credits include two of John Michael Montgomery's No. 1 hits, "Be My Baby Tonight" and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)."

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