Saturday, August 21, 2010


Deborah Allen video shoot attracts police

When Memphis-born singer-songwriter Deborah Allen (best known for her virtual duets with JIm Reeves, and solo hits like 'Baby I Lied') returned to her hometown during Elvis Week to debut her new release, 'Amazing Graceland,' she and her video crew decided to take an off-road drive in hopes of finding a picturesque location to shoot a new video. Instead, they found themselves on the wrong side of the law!
Following a service road under the old Memphis Arkansas Bridge, Deborah and her manager, Raymond Hicks and video director, Mark Nicolosi came upon what looked like the perfect delta setting and were instantly swarmed by police officers and surrounded by flashing blue lights. Weapons drawn, the charging officers were shouting, "Stay in the car! Keep your hands on the dash! Keep your hands in sight and don't move!"
It seems Deborah and crew had unknowingly driven into an area heavily protected by Homeland Security and were risking a violation of the Patriot Act. Following an interrogation and search, the officers came to realize the singer clearly posed no terrorist threat. After the dust had settled, the officers even listened to Deborah's new song ... and then left with a personal invite from the singer to be her guests at her Sept. 10 performance at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center near Memphis.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Court Yard Hounds for London

Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, two thirds of the Dixie Chicks, will be making their UK debut as the Court Yard Hounds, on November 1st at the Union Chapel in Islington, London


Loretta to be honoured

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Loretta Lynn’s first single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." And she's still as busy as ever.
A star-packed Ryman Auditorium tribute is set for Tuesday, October 12, when Loretta will collect The Recording Academy President’s Merit Award in recognition of her half century in country music.
A tribute album to Loretta Lynn is also scheduled for November release by Sony Music. Titled "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn", the list of participating artists has yet to be announced.


Charlie Landsborough fine after car crash

Charlie Landsborough recently narrowly escaped serious injury when his vehicle was involved in a head on collision with a boy who had lost control of his vehicle.
The car was a write off but Charlie is fine and is now preparing for a busy Autumn tour, which sees him play Glasgow's City Halls (Grand Hall) on Thursday October 21st, Magnum Centre,Irvine on the 22nd and Rothes Halls, fife on the 23rd.
Charlie has recently signed to Demon Records, for his 21st album to be released next year.
Moreover Charlie has also recently released his autobiography, “Storyteller”, published by Trinity Newspapers which is already in reprint.
“Storyteller” details the early years in Birkenhead where he grew up (with all its attendant struggles) to his time in the army, his Christianity, the many years of teaching and, in his 50s, the taste of musical success. His rise was meteoric and since his first big hit, “What Colour Is the Wind”, he has never looked back.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Tammy's widower died secretly

The death of Tammy Wynette's widower, George Richey, was reported Monday (Aug. 16). The Arkansas native, who died July 31 at age 74 following a lengthy illness, had requested there be no public memorial service or an announcement of his death, according to Nashville's daily newspaper, The Tennesseean. He was buried near Wynette at Nashville's Woodlawn Memorial Park. Richey and Wynette married in 1978 and remained together until her death in 1998. He remarried in 2001. Richey served as Wynette's manager during the '80s and is credited with co-writing two of her No. 1 hits, "'Til I Can Make It on My Own" and "You and Me." Richey also co-wrote George Jones' "A Picture of Me (Without You)" and several of the duets Wynette recorded with Jones, such as "Southern California," "We Loved It Away," "(Let's Get Together) One Last Time" and "Let's Build a World Together." In addition to his accomplishments as a songwriter and manager, Richey also worked as a record producer and session musician. He assisted the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to assemble an exhibit, Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music, which opens Friday (Aug. 20).

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


More Country TV

In addition to the Country music programmes being aired on Rural TV (Sky 280), Showcase TV (Sky channel 201 & Freesat 403)has an array of Country music programmes, including Hot Country & Inside Music row, which were previously seen on RuralTV.
Times are as follows:
18:30 – Southern Psalms
19:00 – Music Row Profiles
19:30 – Country Vibe
20:00 – Hot Country
13:30 – Country Vibe
14:00 – Hot Country
20:00 – A Little Bit of Ireland (first week of every month)
14:00 – A Little Bit of Ireland (first week of every month)
19:30 – Southern Psalms
20:00 – Music Row Profiles
20:30 – Inside Music Row
14:30 – Inside Music Row
20:00 – A Little Bit of Ireland (first week of every month
20:00 – A Little Bit of Ireland (first week of every month)
13:30 – Country Vibe
14:00 – Hot Country
20:30 – Inside Music Row
18:30 – Best of Gospel Singing Jubilee
19:00 – Gospel Journey
19:30 – Country Vibe
20:00 – Hot Country

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