Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Bellamy's lose mum

Frances Bellamy, mother of famed country duo the Bellamy Brothers, Howard and David Bellamy, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24.
Mrs. Bellamy, age 85, was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at the time of her passing. A private funeral has already been held.


Martina's toilet seat

Martina McBride has designed a toilet seat that is currently on display in Times Square in New York City as part of promotion by a toilet roll firm.
McBride's toilet seat is colorfully decorated with the title of her 2003 hit, "This One's For the Girls." The toilet paper manufacturer is also sponsoring free restrooms during the shopping season. For each visitor, the company will donate one dollar to the celebrity's charity of choice, up to $10,000 per celebrity.


Signed guitars stolen

More than 60 guitars signed by country artists such as Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift were stolen from a storage unit facility in Garland, Texas, over Christmas. The guitars were being stored at a Self Storage unit prior to a fundraiser for the Friends of Purtis Creek State Park, with proceeds for equipment and children's activities for the park.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Jolene & Barry first foot The Prairie Star

Alloa's Prairie Star C&W Club open up their 2009 programme at Weirs Club, with a visit from Jolene & Barry on Saturday, January 9th.


Northern Nashville 2010

THe Caithness Country Festival will be held April 2nd-4th 2010, once again in Halkirk. Americans coming overthis year include Rick Trevino, Leona Williams, and amber Digby. Red Jenkins heads over from Sweden, whilst Irish acts Brendan Quinn and Thomas Maguire And Fhiona Ennis, and Lemon Grass, from Cumbria will join local favourites The Jacks, Kate Bain, Manson Grant and Slange Ava.
Tickets and accomodation info available at


Celtic Connections

As ever, Country music figures prominantly at Celtic Connections, the huge Glasgow festival which is held each January. Look out for Raul Malo,Holly Williams, Kim Richey, a Texas Songwriters show, and a tribute to bluegrass record label, Rounder. A full list of Country acts can be found on the Concerts link on the left.



The Fifestock Music Festival 2010 will take place at The Inn at Lathones from Feb 19th Feb until March 13th. The venue, by Largoward in Fife’s East Neuk, is the countries smallest festival venue, with a capacity of only 50. It’s a chance to see stars up close and personal.
The Line-up of artists includes Kieran Goss, Hank Wangford, John Miller, Finbar Furey, Iain Mathews and many more. The big interest for Country fans has to be a gig from Carlene Carter, who is staying on after appearing at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival at the end of February.

As the daughter of legendary and beloved June Carter Cash and Country Music Hall of Famer Carl Smith, Carlene is heir to one of the richest musical legacies of all time.
Carlene took the Carter sound and name in another direction, to another generation, as she mixed the traditional music of her heritage with the current rock & roll of the late 1970s. Carlene's biggest success came with her Grammy-nominated country hit "I Fell In Love" in 1990. She was married for a time to rocker Nick Lowe, and dueted with Dave Edmunds, on the amazing hit “Baby Ride Easy”
Mundell Music, the force behind Fifestock, and the events at The Inn At Lathones have also lined up five days of song from the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville with a Showcase of Nashville Singer songwriters later in the spring This is a unique event and a first for the World Famous Bluebird Cafe!
Artists will include, Kim Richey, Don Henry, Craig Carothers, Danny Flowers, Andrea Glass and Benny Gallagher.
The dates are Tuesday 13th- Saturday 17th April. Up to date details at

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Phil Vasser for Glasgow

Nashville star Phil Vasser is heading our way in the new year. He'll be at King Tuts on January 30th.


Country song for X Factor winner

"The Climb", written by Nashville singer songwriters Jessie Alexander and John Mabe, is reported to be the winners song on The X Factor, which concludes this weekend.
The song has already been a No.1 Country hit Stateside for Miley Cyrus. The Hannah Montana star's version had been nominated for a Grammy award next month, but has now been ruled out. The song had been shortlisted for the best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media prize, but because the track was not specifically written for the film, it has now been replaced by another song.
Writer Jessi Alexander was featured in the CMA's New From Nashville show at Celtic Connections a few years back. Although she has not recorded "The Climb" commercially, you can catch a video of her version on You Tube, and hear the song the way it was intended to be sung.

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