Monday, September 19, 2011


BettySoo & Doug Cox

Rising Americana stars, BettySoo and Doug Cox, who arrive in Scotland this week, have been winning widespread praise on this, their first major UK tour.
Their album,“Across The Borderline” has been picking up a lot of radio exposure and positive attention, including featured album on this week's Celtic Country programme.
BettySoo, from Austin, Texas, and playing companion Doug, from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, fly back across the Atlantic immediately after their gig in Hawick on Sunday night.

Scottish Dates:
Wednesday Sept 21st: Edinburgh house concert (Douglas Robertson's Studio)
Thursday 22nd: The Old Library, Kilbarchan
Friday 23rd: Laurie’s Acoustic Music Bar, King Street, Glasgow
Sunday 25th: Heart of Hawick auditorium, Scottish Borders


Caithness 2012 line up announced

As the BBC Alba coverage of this years Caithness festival is set to begin this week, the main acts for next years festival have been announced. Moe Bandy will return to Caithness, alongside Joey & Rory, who supported Alan Jackson on his recent Norwegian tour. Also coming to Halkirk are Americans sisters Moore & Moore, Johnny Rodriguez and Jerry Kilgore. Dutch band Ashville, will be joined by Mary B & Family Band from Ireland, and Glasgow born, Donegal based Lisa McHugh.
The festival is held April 6-8th. Early bird tickets @ £75 will be available shortly.
Check out the festival website for more info.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Ceol Country returns

BBC Alba's Ceol Country TV series, recorded at the Caithness Festival (and later in the series from Bronco's Kelso Festival) starts it's run this Tuesday @ 9pm, with a repeat the following Sunday at 9pm.
BBC Alba is now available on Freeview, as well as Sky and Freesat platforms.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Scot leads Canadian awards again

The 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards rocked Hamilton during one of the most star-studded events in Canadian country music. It was the climax to a September weekend of Country showcases, parties and seminars.
Lanark born Johnny Reid set the stage for an outstanding night of performances with this opening number, "Let’s Go Higher"; and it was clear from the start that it would be a night to remember for the 2011 nominee. With his most recent album,*A Place Called Love" already announced as the Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year, Johnny Reid went on to collect three 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards for CMT Video of the Year (Today I’m Gonna Try And Change The World), Male Artist of the Yearand the coveted Fans’ Choice Award. Earlier this year, Reid was named recipient of a special CCMA humanitarian award for his work with World Vision, the Children’s Aid Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It was the third straight year that Reid has won the Fans’ Choice award, and the fourth year he's had the Top Selling Album. The Scot, who emigrated in his teens to Brampton, Ontario., has scored double platinum sales (200,000-plus) on each of his last two CDs and regularly fills concert halls across the country.
Of the three awards he collected on the night, the Tartan Army leader (that's what he calls his fan club) appeared to particularly treasure his CMT's Video of the Year award for his hit single "Today I'm Gonna Try and Change the World". During his acceptance speech, he got downright sentimental. The "one thing I know for certain is that one day I'll leave this world," he said, Scottish burr in full effect. "This song, this video is what I choose to leave behind."
The Canadian press, however, painted the night as belonging to BC native Dean Brody.
Dean took home two Awards throughout the course of the night;Single of the Year for "Trial of Life" and Album of the Year for "Trial of Life" as well. In both categories, he was up against Reid.
Terri Clark went home with Female Artist of the Year, trio Hey Romeo took Group or Duo of the Year. Chad Brownlee won his first CCMA for Rising Star.
Although Terri is no stranger to the CCMA stage, the former Fan Choice Entertainer, had a sentimental moment during her acceptance speech. "This is the first CCMA I've won that my mom hasn't been in the front row.", she cried,before lightening the tone by thanking her fans for their support, adding "You keep my dog fed".
Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Jimmy Rankin broke Corb Lund’s seven-year stranglehold on the roots category, beating out Lund, Ridley Bent, Shane Chisholm and Kirsten Jones for Roots Artist of the Year.

Fans’ Choice Award — Johnny Reid
Single of the Year — Trail in Life, Dean Brody
Album of the Year — Trail in Life, Dean Brody
CMT Video of the Year — Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World, Johnny Reid
Female Artist of the Year — Terri Clark
Male Artist of the Year — Johnny Reid
Group or Duo of the Year — Hey Romeo
Roots Artist or Group of the Year — Jimmy Rankin
Rising Star — Chad Brownlee
Songwriter of the Year — Dean Brody (Trail in Life)
Artist Hall of Fame inductee — Michelle Wright
Builder Hall of Fame inductee — Bill Langstroth

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Raintown at Celtic MusicRadio

Glasgow duo, RAINTOWN, who impressed at this years CMA Festival in Nashville, are guests on this week's Celtic Country. Listen Sunday 12 Noon, or Monday 1am, on 1530 AM in Glasgow, or online at
The programme is also available online for 30 days in the catch up section.
You can still download a copy of the duo's single, "Picture Of Us" at their website,


CMA announce award nominees

This week , nominees for November's 45th Annual CMA Awards were announced.
Topping the list of final nominees are four artists with five nominations each including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift. Right on their heels are The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, who each received four nominations as a group while individual members Kimberly Perry (of The Band Perry), Coy Bowles and Zac Brown (of Zac Brown Band) each earned a solo nod as a songwriter.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


Michelle Wright To Canadian Country Hall of Fame

The Canadian Country Music Association will induct two new members to it's Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night, during it's Country Music week. Recognized for her outstanding contributions to Canada's country music landscape, Michelle Wright has drawn rave reviews for her powerful voice for the last two decades. Selling nearly two million albums in North America and enjoying an international career she is the first Canadian artist in the modern era of country to have a Top Ten hit in America (Take It Like A Man, 1992) and a Number One video on CMT-USA. Michelle has performed in Scotland several times, most recently at the Caithness Festival in 2009.
Also being inducted is Bill Langstroth, the host of one of Canada's first talent showcases, "Singalong Jubilee," will have his outstanding achievements in television production celebrated in the Industry Builder category.
After their induction, Michelle and Bill will have their official plaques displayed at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame located in Merritt, BC. They will also be acknowledged within the collections of the National Music Centre, which is to be opened in Calgary, AB in 2014.

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