Saturday, March 31, 2012


Goodbye Earl

Pioneering banjo player Earl Scruggs, who is credited with helping create modern country music, has died aged 88.
The musician died of natural causes at a Nashville hospital on Wednesday (March 28th).
Scruggs was known for his unique banjo playing technique, which involved just three fingers. It later became known as "the Scruggs picking style".He rose to prominence when Bill Monroe hired him to play in the Blue Grass Boys, one of the defining groups in the bluegrass musical genre.Scruggs later teamed up with Lester Flatt to form the Foggy Mountain Boys, also known as Flatt and Scruggs.
One of their most well known records included Foggy Mountain Breakdown, which featured in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde.
It was their recording of The Ballad of Jed Clampett that was used in The Beverly Hillbillies.
In 2001, he released his first album in a decade, Earl Scruggs and Friends, featuring collaborations with other artists including Sir Elton John, Dwight Yoakam, Sting and Melissa Etheridge.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Jones hopspitalised

Country Music Legend George Jones was admitted into a Nashville area hospital with an upper respiratory infection and was expected to stay overnight for observation.
Web searchers may have been excited that George has a date in Glasgow. According to tour portal Pollstar, the Possum has a date in Glasgow, United Kingdom on May 19th.
Dont get too excited- the venue is the John Brother McDonald Stadium, and it's actually in New Glasgow,Nova Scotia!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Rachel Harrington & The Knock Outs

Seattle based singer songwriter Rachel Harrington has teamed up with some girl musician pals to bring an All-Girl band on her current European tour, promoting the album "Rachel Harrington & The KnockOuts". The tour hits Scotland this week,
Mar 30 Links Hotel , Montrose
Mar 31 Cromarty Arts Centre
Apr 1 Bogbain Farm, Inverness
Apr 3 Leith Folk Club
Apr 4 Red Rooms, Perth
Apr 5 Tolbooth, Stirling


Chicken Pickin' Country

The Chicken Pickers' are a young 5 piece band from Caithness who have been together for around 2 years. With a large variety of music, such as rock 'n' roll and country, they have impressed audiences at the Northern Nashville Festival, and other places they've played. They have just been voted the Northern Nashville Club's Local Band of The Year, and will launch their debut album,at the Northern Nashville Festival, where they'll finish off the Sunday afternoon show.
They'll also be guesting on Caithness FM this Sunday 7-9pm.


Nashville Union for Perth

Billed as The New Country Band Of The Future, Nashville Union, will be playing at The Cheyene CMC, at The St.Johnstone Social Club on Sunday May 13th.


Home date for Lisa

Donegal based LISA McHUGH is home in Scotland next weekend. The Glasgow born singer, who made her Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville earlier this month, will play for dancing at The Redhurst Hotel, Giffnock on Saturday April 7th. Limited tickets are available Tel 078 3122 2908.
Then it's off to the Northern Nashville Caithness Festival in Halkirk to open the Sunday night there.
Lisa has a new album due for release next month, and is currently getting airplay with a promotional single entitled ‘In the Glow of the Light’.The song is co-written for Lisa by Joe McShane/Margo O’Donnell/James Thacker and is her first release on the Rosette Record Label.
Lisa will be talking to Stewart Fenwick on this Sunday's Celtic Country programme on Celtic Music Radio (12 Noon-2pm)


Meeting Place for New Redwing

Glasgow based bluegrass trio, New Redwing will be playing at The Meeting Place this Friday night. The venue, at Stonelaw Church in Rutherglen, hosts an acoustic music evening on the last Friday of the month.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Garth & Connie to Hall of Fame

The Country Music Association on Tuesday named three stars for induction into its Hall of Fame including superstar Garth Brooks and veterans Connie Smith and Hargus "Pig" Robbins.
Brooks, who has sold more than 128 million albums worldwide in his career, became a superstar of the 1990s with albums such as "Ropin' the Wind" and "No Fences" and was heralded for his live stage acts. He took a break from heavy touring in the early 2000s, but in recent years has been performing more often.
At Tuesday's announcement in the Nashville-based Hall of Fame, Brooks said it was an honor to be named but added it seemed premature with others such as Randy Travis, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs still not inducted.
Piano player Hargus "Pig" Robbins was announced in a category for recording and touring musicians. He was among the most sought-after music artists in Nashville for what became known as the "Nashville sound" of the late 1950s and 1960s.
Robbins, 74, also was part of an elite group of studio session musicians known as the Superpickers. He played with hundreds of artists including Haggard, Jones and Reba McEntire.
Connie Smith, 70, was selected in the Veterans Era artist category. She rose to fame in the 1960s and saw her debut single, 1964's "Once a Day," claim the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine's record chart. It was the first time a female country singer reached No. 1 -- a feat that went unmatched for 20 years.
In the late 1990s, she married singer Marty Stuart and by the 2000s had returned to singing and recording again.
The induction of Brooks, Robbins and Smith will take place later this year at the Hall of Fame's Ford Theater in Nashville.

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