Saturday, March 23, 2013


Jack Green to Opry in the Sky

Jack Greene, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star who earned fame with hits “There Goes My Everything,”  & "Statue Of A Fool" died on last Thursday at his home here. He was 83.
“There Goes My Everything” reached No. 1 on the Billboard country chart and No. 65 on the pop chart in 1966. It earned the deep-voiced Mr. Greene awards for single of the year and male vocalist of the year from the Country Music Association in 1967. That same year he began performing regularly at the Grand Ole Opry.
Mr. Greene was born in Maryville, Tenn., where he started in radio at WGAP. In addition to singing and playing guitar, he played bass and drums in various groups. His big break came when the influential singer-songwriter Ernest Tubb hired him as his drummer in the early 1960s.


Prairie Star 25th Anniversary

Dorothy updates us in details of The Prarie Star's 25th Anniversary show in Weirs Club, Alloa.
"Just to let Y'all know that our lineup for the 6th April is as follows......Tequila...Bill Alexander...Jolene & Barry....Carson City...its gonna be a great night of country music and dance, plus a club quiz and raffles etc. The Chuck Wagon will also be open for stovies, pies etc, tea & coffee, if you need tickets just phone me or just get in touch, hope to see Y'all to help us celebrate 25years of friendship, music and lots of happy memories, you sure have been great giving us your support, love Y'all....Keep it Country!!!!!!! xx"

Thursday, March 07, 2013


Stompin Tom dies

One of the true legends of Canadian music has died.
Stompin' Tom Connors was 77

He was born in Saint John, N.B., on Feb. 9, 1936 to an unwed teenage mother. According to his autobiography, "Before the Fame,'' he often lived hand-to-mouth as a youngster, hitchhiking with his mother from the age of three, begging on the street by the age of four. At age eight, he was placed in the care of Children's Aid and adopted a year later by a family in Skinner's Pond, P.E.I. He ran away four years later to hitchhike across the country.
Connors bought his first guitar at age 14 and picked up odd jobs as he wandered from town to town, at times working on fishing boats, as a grave digger, tobacco picker and fry cook.
Legend has it that Connors began his musical career when he found himself a nickel short of a beer at the Maple Leaf Hotel in Timmins, Ont., in 1964 at age 28.
The bartender agreed to give him a drink if he would play a few songs but that turned into a 14-month contract to play at the hotel. Three years later, Connors made his first album and garnered his first hit in 1970 with "Bud The Spud.''
Hundreds more songs followed, many based on actual events, people, and towns he had visited.
But he had strong convictions about the music industry and declined induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
Accolades he did embrace included an appointment to the Order of Canada in 1996, and his own postage stamp.

MichelleWright wrote on her Facebook., "We lost one of our great Canadian legends tonight. He did some livin' and was absolutely one of a kind who wrote about and celebrated the Canadian ways in his songs. RIP Tom"
.Long-time friend Brian Edwards said the musician, rarely seen without his signature black cowboy hat and stomping cowboy boots, knew his health was declining and penned a message for his fans a few days before his death.
"The man stood for everything that Canada stood for and he was very adamant that he stayed a Canadian and made it very apparent that he never left the country to advance his career and stayed very, very true to who he was.''


Voice of Dr Hook returns to DVD setting

DENNIS LOCORRIERE makes a welcome return to the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow on March 22nd as part of a major 34 date UK tour.
 Dennis Locorriere has a voice that’s instantly recognised. He was the lead singer of Dr Hook (and the only band member to be on all their records and tours) and with them amassed over 60 gold and platinum awards.
When the group disbanded in 1985 Dennis embarked on a solo career - it was one of the best things he ever did. Touring as a solo performer and releasing albums in his own right has gained Dennis legions of fans across the world and the  last 10 years has seen him go from strength to strength.
 His latest CD, “Post Cool” has also been released as a live DVD filmed at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, “Post Cool – Live”.


Home gig for New Redwing

This month's Acoustic Night at The Meeting Place @ Stonelaw Church in Rutherglen is on 22March 7.30pm
Come along for an evening of  bluegrass - featuring New Redwing family band with Phil Sakerski.

Friday, March 01, 2013


One month to Caithness

It's now just four weeks till all Country roads lead to Caithness for the UK's real Country Music festival.
Acts like Will Bannister, Connie Smith and Bobby Flores are flying over from the States to perform during the Easter weekend event in Halkirk. They'll be joined by local North of Scotland favourites like Slange Ava, Manson Grant & The Dynamos and The Chicken Pickers. .
Celtic Music Radio has already featured interviews with several of the visiting artists. This Sunday, March 3rd, on Celtic Country (12 Noon-2pm), Stewart Fenwick talks with Evi Tausen, who is coming in from The Faroe Islands, and next week, Texan Rance Norton will be interviewed from Texas.
The festival attracts TV coverage from BBC ALBA, for their popular Ceol Country series.
Check out the website for the full line up and accomodation details.


Mavericks Webcast on Sunday

The Mavericks UK tour in May will be announced next week but in the meantime the band  will be doing a live webcast this Sunday, March 3rd in Grimey’s New and PreLoved independent music store in Nashville.  
The live event will be broadcast through a platform called StageIt and enables fans from all over the world to sign up, purchase virtual tickets in their own currency (price is less than $1 US dollar) and watch the show at the assigned time of 7.30pm UK.

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