Saturday, November 25, 2017


Chase for King Tuts

US singer-songwriter Chase Rice, whose album 'Lambs & Lions' is released on BBR/BMG, will be over in December for his first UK/Ireland tour, including a sold out show in London. He will be kicking off these dates with a show at Glasgow's King Tuts  on December 1st.
Chase was part of the team which wrote the Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" hit.


Roots In The Round

Some of UK’s most exciting singer songwriters are getting together to tour across the UK, in Nashville style songwriters circle.
Dates include Glasgow's Glad Cafe on Sunday December 10th.
Roots in the Round is an exhilarating Nashville style songwriters circle, featuring award winning singer/songwriter Robert Vincent and acclaimed Scottish troubadour Dean Owens, with special guests up and coming indie-folk female duo Worry Dolls. Upliftingly melancholic songs, laced with rootsy Americana, country, blues and harmonies that will raise the hairs on your arms and warm the coals in your gut.
Conceived by Owens, based on his experience of songwriters circle events in Nashville, each act will take it in turn to sing, with the strong possibility of surprise collaborations, making Roots in the Round a unique showcase for some very special talents.


Country2Country expands / Country On The Clyde returns

More names have been added to the Country2Country festival in Glasgow's Hydro Arena next spring.  There was some disappointment that Midland were dropped from the initial line up, whilst on the London & Dublin bills. Now it has been that Midland will play Glasgow on the Friday night, on the same bill as Emmylou Harris, Margo Price and Little Big Town.  In addition, Brett Young, who was support act on the recent Lady Antebellum tour, has been added to the Glasgow & Dublin main stage line up's, as has previous c2c visitors Sugarland.
Glasgow is also getting the addition of Spotlight stages outside of the main arena this year, with Morgan Evans & Lukas Nelson (Willie's son) the first names to be announced.
Meanwhile, the daytime Country On The Clyde will return to The Ferry on c2c weekend March 10/11 2018, from 12 Noon-4pm both days, featuring UK and US acts, like Gary Quinn, Jade Helliwell, Jenn Bostic, Ashton Lane, Kenny Foster and Simon James.  Tickets on sale now.


The Coca Cola Cowboy passes

Country music lost another legend in Mel Tillis. Perhaps not one of the best known singers around, he did have a phenomenal list of Top 10 hits, from the 50’s through the 70’s.
He will probably be best remembered for his stutter, which developed during his childhood, a result of a bout with malaria. Although it saffected his speech, it never affected his singing.
Although Tillis charted on his own, he had more success early on, as a songwriter. He wrote the hits "I Ain't Never" for Webb Pierce,  Bobby Bare’s "Detroit City", Patsy Cline’s “Strange”, Ricky Skaggs “Honey, Open That Door”;  Jack Greene’s "Life Turned Her That Way", later covered by Ricky Van Shelton ; Charley Pride’s "The Snakes Crawl At Night"  and wrote "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town", which was a launched Kenny Rogers career.
He also was a regular featured singer on The Porter Wagoner Show.
Tillis achieved his biggest success with MCA Records, with which he signed in 1976. It started with a pair of two No. 1 hits in 1976, "Good Woman Blues" and "Heart Healer". Thanks to this success, Tillis won the Country Music Association's most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year, and was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He achieved another No. 1 in 1978 with "I Believe In You" and then again in 1979 with "Coca-Cola Cowboy", which was was included in the Clint Eastwood movie Every Which Way but Loose, in which he also made a cameo appearance. He also appeared in other movies, including Love Revival, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981), and comedy westerns Uphill All the Way (1986),
He acquired a number of radio station radio stations in Texas and Alabama, converting them from Top 40 and rock formats to Country stations All of his stations were sold after a time for a healthy return.
The Grand Ole Opry inducted Mel Tillis on June 9, 2007. He was inducted into the Opry by his daughter Pam. Along with being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, it was announced on August 7 that year that Tillis, along with Ralph Emery and Vince Gill, were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tillis had been unwell since January 2016 with various illnesses. On November 19, 2017, Tillis died of respiratory failure in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 85. He is survived by his six children including  singer-songwriter Pam Tillis,

Saturday, November 04, 2017


Prairie Star November meeting

The Prairie Star Country & Western Club will be in their usual venue at Weir Soc & Rec. Club, Church Street, Alloa, this coming Saturday 4th November, doors open 7pm-11.45pm, and this monththey'll have ‘Texas Express’ who are making their long awaited return visit to the club and will suit all our dancers and listeners alike.
For details of this and any future events,  including booking tickets for the forthcoming Christmas Buffet Dance on 9th December, you can contact Dorothy on 01259724352,
Note there is a Fireworks display in the West End Park on Saturday evening, which may affect access and parking in the vicinity.


Nashville names line up for 25th Celtic Connections

The world’s biggest Winter arts festival is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary in 2018, and, as ever Glasgow’s Celtic Connections is offering an array of Americana and Country names within the 17 day line up.
Amongst the highlights are the return of The Mavericks (Feb 4th Royal Concert Hall) and sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer (Jan 27th), in support of their haunting new album, “Not Dark Yet”, which we reviewed in the last CMDS. Dale Watson, who is the leader of the acclaimed Ameripolitan traditional music movement, is coming back to Scotland with his Lonestars band Jan 29th Royal Concert Hall)
Shawn Colvin (Jan 21st Royal Concert Hall) is celebrating her own anniversary. The recipient of the 2016 AMA Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award, having blurred the lines between folk, country and pop for the past 20 years.
Hayseed Dixie, a group known for sending up popular songs in a bluegrass style are back in town (Feb 1st, ABC), but if your bluegrass tastes are more traditional, you can catch the wonderful Sierra Hull (Jan 26th Mitchel Theatre). The Tennessee native released her first album on the renowned Rounder Records when she was just 16 years old. She won the Mandolin player Award for the second year at the recent IBMA Awards, as well as the Recorded Event Award for a duet with Bobby Osborne.
In a similar vein are Underhill Rose, who are sharing the bill with Louisiana’s The Deslondes (Jan 24th, Oran Mor) and The Railsplitters (Jan 30th Strathclyde Suite).
South Dakota born, but Bakersfield influenced Sam Outlaw has made several visits to Scotland in the past year. He returns to Oran Mor (Feb 3rd), the same night as Saskatoon troubadour Colter Wall plays The Tron Theatre.
Elsewhere, the stunning Yola Carter is in town with her soulful Country spirit (Jan 25th, ABC). Yola was last in Scotland, for Paisley’s The Spree in October. Josh Kelley plays King Tuts Feb 5th, Hayes Carll teams up with Canada’s Corb Lund (Jan 26th St Lukes) and Teddy Thompson teams up with Georgian songwriter Lera Lynn (Jan 25th Mackintosh Church).
But it’s not all touring acts coming in for Celtic Connections. “Northstar- Scotland Sings Canada”, the production which was one of the highlights of last year’s Southern Fried Festival, finds a place at Celtic Connections. One of its’ stars is Dean Owens, who also performs his own show, with his Whiskey Hearts at The Drygate Brewery Feb 2nd. The highly acclaimed youngster Katie Kross is part of a Songwriting Circle held at Broadcast on Jan 28th.
One of the regular Celtic Connections highlights is “Transatlantic Sessions”, hosted by Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas. It’s the stage show, which developed out of the old TV series, and is held over two nights, Friday 2nd & Sunday 4th February, at the Royal Concert Hall.  This year’s line up includes Suzy Bogguss, who released her American Folk Songs collection, before her current Merle Haggard tribute, The Secret Sisters and Shawn Camp.
Celtic Connections runs January 18th- February 4th at venues across Glasgow. Check out all the events at , and tune in to Celtic Music Radio, 95FM &, for unrivalled daily coverage live from the festival.

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