Friday, April 29, 2016

 

Joe Boyle added to Spring Into Country & Opry gig ahead

Young Donegal singer Joe Boyle is making his mark on Scottish audiences this month. He plays Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry on sunday 15th May, in support of his self titled album, He has also been added to the line up at this Sunday's Spring Into Country at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Arkleston, Renfrew.

 

Laura fans to fund new CD

Laura McGhee, the singer songwriter and ace fiddke player from Monifieth, now living in Nashville Tennessee.  Her new album has been in the making for the last few years, and includes songs written with some of the most prolific Nashville songwriters, it also shares the story of how it felt for Laura to leave Scotland to venture across the Atlantic to pursue my dreams.
She self-funded her latest EP - "How Leaving Feels" in 2014 and after touring and promoting this EP in the USA and UK, she is ready to complete the project and release it as an album.
Now she's asking fans to help fund the studio time to finish the full album. Laura will continue to independently  fund the production costs, pressing and manufacturing of the finished product and covering costs for promoting the album. Her goal is $2500, and has raised 75% with two weeks to go.
Help support Laura here


 

Free London Countryfest

The inaugural Nashville Meets London music festival is scheduled for August 13-14, The 2-day event will bring together performers that represent Nashville and the UK with audiences from London and beyond to experience performances by established artists and exciting new talent. The event is free and open to the public.  Several acts have been confirmed and will be released in the coming weeks.
Performances will begin at 2 p.m. each day in the iconic setting of Canada Square Park, located in the heart of Canary Wharf and surrounded by over 300 shops, bar and restaurants.

 

Facebook streams Dolly parade.

Dolly Parton’s Homecoming Parade, Pigeon Forge’s annual salute to hometown superstar Dolly Parton, regularly attracts tens of thousands of spectators, but this year’s potential audience could be exponentially larger because it will be one of the first live stream feeds presented on Facebook.
Dolly will lead the parade atop a float themed for her new theater in Pigeon Forge, Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show , and the live stream will chronicle the entire event.
The parade steps off at 11pm  (UKtime) on May 6 (Friday) on a route that covers three miles of the famous Parkway through the heart of Pigeon Forge. The live stream will be from Dolly’s float and will show Dolly, the crowds along the Parkway, and views of the city and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains.
This will be the 31 st presentation of Dolly’s Homecoming Parade and the first time it will be streamed live on the Internet.
The stream will be on Dolly Parton’s Facebook page and Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show Facebook page. Streaming information is at LumberjackAdventure.com and DollyParton.com.

 

Country Pryde at 50

Charley Pride celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist this year. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of Country Music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first African-American to become a force within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time Grammy Award winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping Country hits, including Kiss An Angel Good Morning, a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971 and the Top Male Vocalist awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

 

The day we lost Merle

Country music tonight has lost one of its greatest song poets.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, bandleader and music legend Merle Haggard died today on his 79th birthday.
One of the most influential and revered artists in music, Haggard was a permanent fixture on the country charts for three decades. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Kennedy Center honoree.
His songwriting achievements include such classics as “Mama Tried,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “If We Make It Through December,” “Big City” and “Today I Started Loving You Again,” among many, many others.  
“The Hag,” as he was known, placed 112 titles on the country charts, scored 71 top-10 hits and had 38 No. 1 successes. He recorded more than 90 albums.
Merle accepted the Honorary President position at The Treble C C&W Club in Tullibody, the fore runner of todays Prairie Star club.


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