Wednesday, January 26, 2011

 

Opry loses two

This morning country legend and Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin passed away at the age of 83. He had been battling pancreatic cancer.
But this amazing man was still recording and performing. His latest album, "The Battles Rages On" was released at the end of last year.
Charlie, who with his brother Ira formed one of country music's best-loved brother duos, The Louvin Brothers, in the mid-'50s and featuring Charlie on guitar and lead vocals, while Ira played mandolin and handled high tenor harmonies, The Louvin Brothers scored a number of hits like Cash On The Barrelhead, I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby and If I Could Only Win Your Love.
The latter song was a breakthrough hit in 1975 for singer Emmylou Harris, whilst The Byrds, Elvis Costello and Uncle Tupelo are just some of the rock artists who cite The Louvin Brothers as an influence.
The duo broke up in 1963, and Ira died in a car accident two years later. But Charlie continued to record, and hit the charts with the singles I Don't Love You Anymore, Hey Daddy, Off And On and I Think I'll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself To Sleep.

Louvin's death comes days after MARGARET WHITING, a singer who sold millions of records herself in the 1940s and 1950’s passed away at her home in New Jersey. She was 86. her hits included "Moonlight in Vermont" and "It Might as Well Be Spring.”
Whiting was an ‘honorary’ member of the GRAND OLE OPRY, as Capitol Records paired her up with singing cowboy JIMMY WAKELY for Country hits such as 1949’s “I’ll Never Slip Around Again,” and “Broken-Down Merry-Go-Round.”

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

 

Australian bluegrass picker heading home

Stirling born INNES CAMPBELL continues to make a name for himself down under. He, and his band had a busy time at Tamworth last week. At the Bluegrass Championships, the band managed to get a first or a second place in every category - George won the fiddle and was second in banjo, Mick came second in mandolin and Innes managed to get second in guitar.
The former St.Moden's pupil is returning home in the summer playing at The Hebridean Celtic Festival in Lewis, and the Guildtown Bluegrass Festival in Perthshire.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

 

Kasey cleans up at Golden guitars

KASEY Chambers has dominated country music's night of nights taking home four Golden Guitars including Female Artist of the Year at the Country Music Awards of Australia.
Chambers won Single of the Year and APRA Song of the Year for Little Bird from her 2010 album of the same name at the awards ceremony tonight.
Her fourth award from seven nominations was for Love Like A Hurricane with Kevin Bennett in the Vocal Collaboration of the Year category, putting Chambers's Golden Guitar total at 12.
ARIA Award-winning country artist Graeme Connors took out the title of Male Artist of the Year for the track A Good Life from the album Still Walking which won Album of the Year.
Sister act The McClymonts won the trophy for Group or Duo of the Year for their album Wrapped Up Good

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