Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 

Shania's back

Shania Twain is back with a brand new single, “Life’s About To Get Good,” due out in June, and she’ll debut the new song for fans during a headlining set Saturday night at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. In September, Twain also plans to release her first new album in 15 years. The superstar revealed the big news during her appearance on NBC’s The Voice Monday night (April 24), where she served as a first-time-ever fifth judge on the show and key advisor to the remaining contestants.

 

Lisa McHugh band members in accident

Two of Lisa McHugh's band were injured in a road traffic collision in Tyrone last weekend. Daniel Martin and Simon Sheeran were hospitalised after the accident, but both are expected to make a full recovery.
Lisa was in another vehicle following them home from their gig in Dundalk,  and saw the crashed vehicles at 3am and stayed with them overnight at the hospital, Lisa cancelled her gig last Sunday night but will be back on the road this weekend, with a temporary drummer and guitarist.
And she'll be home in Scotland in September for dates, including The Strathclyde Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on September 1st.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

 

Southern Fried preview line up

Perth's Southern Fried Festival doesn;'t happen until 27th-30th July, but they've been busy leaking some of the headliners on social media this week, Andy Fairweather Low, Nick Lowe, Jim Lauderdale, Doug Seegers, Sam Outlaw, Loudon Wainwright III, Rodney Crowell, Ags Connolly, Jill Jackson , Chuck Prophet &  Rab Noakes are just a few of the acts lined up so far.
Weekend Passes go on sale Fri 21st April with general onsale following on Wed 26th.
Tickets will be available via www.southernfriedfestival.co.uk by phone on 01738 621 031 and in person at Perth Concert Hall.


 

Patsy remembered

The Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville opened last week, located above the Johnny Cash Museum.
Given Patsy ’s tragically shortened life — Cline died in a plane crash at the age of 30 — the country singer had a short-lived career which could have posed an issue for the curators.
Before her passing, Cline had done no known interviews, print or otherwise. Curators began to sculpt a fuller image of Cline though the singer’s history and correspondence with fans and family.
“She was a pen pal to a lot of people, just regular people,” ta spokesman explained, “Fans in the late 1950s would see a show or hear a record and they would reach out to her and she would write back to them. And not just ‘Thanks for writing. Best wishes, Patsy Cline.’ She would write them three page, front and back, handwritten letters about how her career was going and how life was as a mother and a wife.”
Along with never before seen home videos, the letters portray the life of the woman offstage. The museum displays pieces from Cline’s Nashville home that she purchased and decorated shortly before her death in 1963. She had referred to the house as her “dream home.”
The museum reaches even further into the singer’s past and features the actual booth from Gaunt’s Drugstore in Winchester, Va. Cline dropped out of school when her father left and worked at the diner as a soda jerk and waitress to help support her family.
Additionally, there is an entire wall at the museum de
dicated to Cline’s singles. The 45s begin with her 1955 recording of “A Church, a Courtroom and Then Goodbye” that appeared on her first EP “Songs By Patsy Cline.” Over 100 sides of records line the wall, displaying the remarkable legacy she left behind through her professional recording career.


 

Alabama's Jeff Cook confirms condition

Alabama member Jeff Cook will step away from touring due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. The band’s fiddle player and guitarist was diagnosed about four years ago but kept the condition private until now

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

 

Lisa McHugh autumn tour announced

Glasgow born Lisa McHugh returns to her homeland for an Autumn tour. Dates include :
30th Aug - Maltings Berwick
31st Aug - The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
1st Sep - The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2nd Sep - Howden Park Centre, Livingston
3rd Sep - Blairgowrie Town Hall

 

Country Hall Of Fame announces 2017 Inductees

The Country Music Hall of Fame has revealed its Class of 2017 inductees in a ceremony this morning, hosted by Vince Gill.
The three-member class includes Alan Jackson in the Modern Era category, the late Jerry Reed in the Veterans category and Songwriter Don Schlitz also named as part of the Hall’s newest class in the Songwriter category. Schlitz’s many hits include “The Gambler” for Kenny Rogers, “Forever and Ever, Amen” for Randy Travis and “When You Say Nothing at All” for Keith Whitley.
The Country Music Association created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to honor artists who have significantly impacted country music. Currently there are 130 members on the Hall of Fame roster, including icons such as Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. The official induction ceremony for the new members will take place later this year.

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