Thursday, March 26, 2015


Three new names for Hall of Fame

The Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed Brown and the Browns and legendary guitarist Grady Martin have been selected as the next inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee made the announcements Wednesday morning (March 25) during a press conference hosted by the Country Music Association at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.
The Oak Ridge Boys will be inducted in the modern era category, the Browns in the veteran era category and Martin as a recording and/or touring musician active prior to 1980.
The official inductions will take place later this year during a medallion ceremony in Nashville.
Jim Ed Brown has just released his first album since the 8o's , "In Style Again", and will be talking to Stewart Fenwick this Sunday on his Celtic Country programme on Celtic Music Radio.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


James House cancels UK tour - Caithness appearance OK

Nashville singer/songwriter James House has temporarily suspended his UK tour, following a very successful Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival appearance and six UK club appearances.
 No specific reason was given by his management company, Leadership Artists, other than “serious issues with our now former booking agent prevented the continuation of the tour as we had originally envisioned and designed. We were told one thing before we arrived only to find out the situation was altogether different and in the end unacceptable” according to Brian Smith of Leadership Artists.
According to James House, “I feel really bad for our UK fans and I’m just sick over this.  Anyone who knows me, knows I would never back out of anything if there were not a valid reason. I have never in my life missed a show, ever! I am hoping in time, I can completely share our side of the story and everyone will understand why we made the decision to cut the tour short. Because of bad business on the part of the booking agents representing me, my work was being seriously jeopardized here and I could not put the fans through that. I want to be able to come back and play these shows without this dark cloud hanging over it. I want to make this right but doing it honestly, fairly and without a third party jeopardizing that.”
House continues, “Our fans in the UK are amazing…and their support of our current record, Songwriters Serenade, has been overwhelming.  I just want to say to each and every one of them, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.  You’ve welcomed me with open arms and I look forward to coming back in the near future to finish what we started.  I was here in the first place because of the fans and the success we had last year with 'This Is Me Missing You'. I meant it then and I mean it now that I was touring again because of the fans. We will be back in Scotland for our Nashville North Caithness Country Music Festival on Sunday, April 5th, and we’re going to do our very best to reschedule as many of the dates as possible.”

Friday, March 20, 2015


Al Grant tours Jim Reeves show

Borders based Al Grant is touring his tribute show around Scotland next week, starting off in Inverness on Sunday. Together with his good lady, Isla, the show will also play The Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on Wednesday 25th March, Glasgow Pavilion on Thursday 26th and Edinburgh's queens Hall on Friday 27th.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Opry date for Laura McGhee

Laura McGhee,  from Angus, will be on the Grand Ole Opry stage , as part of The Celts, this Saturday night.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015


BBC Country

To coincide with London's Country2Country Festival , there will be a BBC Radio 2 Country DAB service, which will broadcast from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 March (midday to midnight) and will broadcast live C2C coverage from 4pm to 11pm/10.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Radio 2 presenters like Sara Cox, Tony Blackburn, Sally Traffic & Simon Mayo will present, as well as programmes introduced by Suzy Boggus, Cerys Mathews and Ricky Ross.
Rescan your DAB Radio to find the station, and check out the full schedule.


Ceol Country back on ALBA

As Country fans get ready for the Northern Nashville Caithness Country Festival next month, BBC Alba (Sky 143/ Freeview 8) start a re-run of their coverage of the 2010 Festival tonight @ 9pm. (repeated same time next Sunday)
Amber Digby, who returns to the festival this year, will be featured tonight, visiting The Castle Of Mey, as well as Rick Trevino, The Jacks & The Chicken Pickers.
Amber will also feature on next Sunday's Celtic Country on Celtic Music Radio 12 Noon-2pm .

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