Saturday, July 17, 2010


Cash for Fife Festival

The Big Tent Festival, billed as Scotland's Green Festival is held next weekend, July 23-25th in the beautiful Falkland Estate in Fife.
Amongst the musical entertainment is bluegrass group The Homecoming String Band, Sharon King & The Restless Angels and Rosanne Cash.
The Grammy award winning singer and songwriter is coming back to her ancestral home in Fife this summer. Rosanne has a deep affinity for Falkland, a place held in high affection by her father, the later country star Johnny Cash. She will be playing an intimate and acoustic set with her husband John Leventhal on Sunday on the Black Isle Main Stage at 6.10pm.
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Prairie star holiday show

The Prairie Star Country & Western Club will be in their usual venue in Weir Soc & Rec. Club, Church Street, Alloa, Saturday 24th July, with that good 'ole country music from 'Ellis County' . For details of this and any other event phone Dorothy on 01259724352.


Legendary songwriter Hank Cochran dies

HANK COCHRAN died July 15th at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74. He had cancerous tumors surgically removed from his pancreas and lymph node in 2008. and a grapefruit-sized aortic aneurysm removed in April 2010 this year..

To say that July 15th 2010 was the day the music died may sound like something of a cliché, but when you consider the songlist that Hank Cochran gave us, and to realise that there’ll be no more, then truly it is a sad day for Country music.
In a career spanning more than half a century, Cochran wrote or co-wrote hundreds of songs recorded by Eddy Arnold, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Marie Osmond, Ray Price, George Strait, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley, Jim Reeves and numerous others.

His legendary works of art include “I Fall To Pieces”, “Make The World Go Away”, “She’s Got You”, “The Chair”, “Ocean Front Property”, “Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurtin’ Me” , “Don’t Touch Me”, “Why Cant He Be You” , “A Little Bitty Tear”, “It’s Not Love But It’s Not Bad”, and “That’s All That Matters”.
Garland Perry Cochran was born during the Great depression on Aug. 2, 1935, in Isola, Miss. At age 12, he hitchhiked with an uncle to Hobbs, N.M., and spent two years labouring in the oil fields there. Having learned to play guitar from his uncle and having sung in church, he dreamed of making a living in music. He later travelled to California, and in 1954, he met soon-to-be-rock star Eddie Cochran and although they were not related, they billed themselves as the Cochran Brothers, appearing on the "Town Hall Party" TV show, and touring as an opening act with country great Lefty Frizzell.
When Elvis Presley's career started to break nationally, the Cochrans traded country for rock 'n' roll, but they couldn't score a hit as a duo and broke up. Eddie Cochran soon charted his signature hit, "Summertime Blues," while Hank Cochran moved to Nashville to pursue a solo career.
He was hired as a $50-a-week staff songwriter for Pamper, a music publishing company run by singer Ray Price, who also hired a young Willie Nelson on Cochran's recommendation. His breal came when Patsy Cline recorded "I Fall to Pieces," in 1961. The song, which Cochran wrote with Harlan Howard, another to be legendary name in country songwriting circles, became a No. 1 hit that stayed on Billboard's country singles chart for 39 weeks. Cochran's first royalty check stunned him: $11,000.
He promptly wrote Cline another song that became an even bigger hit, "She's Got You," which held the No. 1 slot for five weeks in 1962. That year he also scored a Top 20 hit as a recording artist with the song "Sally Was a Good Old Girl," one of seven he charted as a performer.
He was an inductee of the Nashville Songwriters Assn.'s International Hall of Fame., the CMA’s Walkway of Stars, and the Mississippi Music Hall Of Fame.
Hank was joined the evening before he died , by musicians Jamey Johnson and Billy Ray Cyrus and fellow songwriter Buddy Cannon, who sang songs with him at his bedside

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Mary Chapin returns

Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to the UK this autumn to perform a series of concerts, following the recent release of her latest album The Age Of Miracles.
Oct 25 Glasgow Old Fruitmarket
Oct 26 Edinburgh Queens Hall

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