Thursday, December 14, 2017


C2C After Show parties

The c2c Festival in March continues to grow, with After show parties announced for the Friday (March 9th) and Saturday (March 10th) nights at nearby Finneston venue SWG3. Lukas Nelson, High Valley, Morgan Evans and Promise Of The Real have been announced as artists.
Doors open @ 11pm . Tickets are £16.50.


Year End Meeting Place

The year end Acoustic Nights@ the Meeting Place in Rutherglen is a special pre Hogmanay night featuring a variety of talented artists. Proceeds for this special night will go to The Salvation Army homeless unit Halfway, Burnside in Bloom and Grow73.
Featured will be hosts The Mairs Family Band, Joe McIver Dunn, Alan Knox, Tina March, Bernadette Collier and Blair Mathewson.
It all happens on Friday, December 29th at Stonelaw Church fro 7.30pm.

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. 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.

Saturday, October 07, 2017


C2C 2018 line up announced

The line up fornext year's Country2Country Festival has been announced, largely containing a list of  now regular touring acts to these parts.
The Glasgow event is now moving to The Hydro, on March 9-11th, with headliners Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Kasey Musgraves , and Little Big Town, whio have played Glasgow rwice in the past 10 days.
They'll be joined by Kelsea Ballerini and Kip Moore, who have both been in town this weekend, and Margo Price who was such a sensation at this years Celtic Connection Festival. Also on the bill is the legendary Emmylou Harris, and newcomers Midland and Luke Combs.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 20th October.


Former radio presenter caught up in Vegas shootings

Former MFR & Greatest Hits Network Country music presenter Helen MacPherson was caught up in last weekend's terrorist shootings at the  Route 91 Harvest Country music event in Las Vegas, which saw 58 people lose their lives.
Helen posted on Facebook, "Horrific ordeal, running with hundreds of hysterical fans, thinking the gunmen were behind us, bullets seemed close...ended up hiding in a staff portacabin until shooting stopped after about 10 minutes. Police arrived and then it was safe to get out... now appreciating peace, quiet and sunshine down by the Colorado river.."
Glad to hear that Helen and husband Jim are OK.

Friday, October 06, 2017


Bluegrass winners

The International Bluegrass Music Association revealed its 2017 awards winners on Thursday night (Sept. 28). In addition to big victories for the Earls of Leicster, Noam Pikelny and Sierra Hull, up-and-coming artist Molly Tuttle made history with her victory in the Guitar Player of the Year category.
Tuttle, who is signed to Compass Records, is the first woman to win the IBMA’s Guitar Player of the Year honor; she was also the first woman to be nominated in the category in the IBMA Awards’ 27-year history.
“I want to be inspiration to other women to play lead guitar,” Tuttle said in her acceptance speech.
Tuttle was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2017 IBMA Awards. Those honors went to Brooke Aldridge and Volume Five, respectively.
A complete list of 2017 IBMA Awards winners is below.
2017 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Winners
Entertainer of the Year: Earls of Leicester
Vocal Group of the Year: Flatt Lonesome
Instrumental Group of the Year: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Song of the Year: “I am a Drifter,” Volume Five (written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi)
Album of the Year: Balsam Range, Mountain Voodoo
Female Vocalist of the Year: Brooke Aldridge
Male Vocalist of the Year: Shawn Camp
Emerging Artist of the Year: Volume Five
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year: Gibson Brothers’ “I Found a Church Today” and Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers’ “Sacred Memories” (with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White) (tie)
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year: Michael Cleveland, “Fiddler’s Dream”
Recorded Event of the Year: “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You,” Bobby Osborne with Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Trey Hensley, Todd Phillips, Kenny Malone, Claire Lynch and Bryan McDowell
Banjo Player of the Year: Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers)
Bass Player of the Year: Alan Bartram (Del McCory Band)
Dobro Player of the Year: Josh Swift (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)
Fiddle Player of the Year: Patrick McAvinue
Guitar Player of the Year: Molly Tuttle
Mandolin Player of the Year: Sierra Hull

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Dean Brody leads Canadian Awards

Dean Brody was the big winner at this years CCMA Awards held in Saskatoon.
He won the Fan Choice Award, aloingside Song Of the Year for his hit "Time,
Other multiple winners included Bert Kizzell who won Male Artist, Video  and Interactive Artist, Mehgan Patrick, Female Vocalist and Rising Star, and Dallas Smith who won Album and Single Of The Year Awards. The long running Road Hammers were Group of The Year, and Paul Brandt was inducted into the Canadian Country Hall Of Fame.

Saturday, September 09, 2017


Helicopter crash claims Country star's life

Troy Gentry, one half of country duo Montgomery Gentry, has died following a helicopter crash in New Jersey. He was 50.The helicopter's pilot also was killed, authorities said.
Troy and Eddie Montgomery are  both natives of Kentucky. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry began performing in the 1990s as part of two different bands with Montgomery's brother, John Michael Montgomery. Although Gentry won a talent contest in 1994, he reunited with Eddie Montgomery after Gentry was unable to find a solo record deal, and Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999. The duo was known for its Southern rock influences, and collaborated with Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Five for Fighting, and members of The Allman Brothers Band.
Montgomery Gentry released six studio albums for Columbia Records which produced more than twenty chart singles for the duo on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.  In 2009, they were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.


Gentle Giant loss to Country music

The Country Music world mourns the loss of one of its’ most distinctive song stylists with the passing of Don Williams after a short illness. He was 78.
A native of Floydada, Texas, Williams was born May 27, 1939. He grew up in Portland, TX, graduating there in 1958. Music had always been a part of his upbringing, entering – and winning - a talent contest when he was just three years old. For his efforts, Williams received an alarm clock. While living in Corpus Christi in 1964, he formed the folk-styled trio The Pozo Seco Singers with Lofton Cline and Susan Taylor. They stayed together for seven years, with their biggest hit being “Time.”
After the group disbanded in 1969, Williams soon found his way to Nashville. By 1971, he had a songwriting contract with the publishing company owned by Jack Clement. The next year would see Williams ink a recording deal with Clement’s JMI Records. He made his chart debut with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973, and was soon hitting the charts time and again with a much more laid-back sound than a lot of the music coming out of Nashville at the time.
From that point all the way through 1991, each Williams single would hit the Top-40 on the Billboard Country charts. His 1970s hits included such chart toppers as “Tulsa Time,” “She Never Knew Me,” and “It Must Be Love.” His career grew steadily through label shifts to ABC / Dot, MCA, Capitol, and finally RCA. Williams also gained a devoted following overseas in such unlikely spots as the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand , and even South Africa and Kenya – where he reached superstar status. He was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1978. Though known for being very low-key and soft spoken, Williams did make two movie appearances – 1974’s W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings, and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II.
He notched up 56 Country chart hits, including 17 Number 1's. In the Britian, he had 2 chart hits, "I Recall A Gypsy Woman" and "You're My Best Friend".
In 2016, Williams decided that the time was right for his final performance, calling it a career after one of the most successful careers in the history of the Country Music business. "It's time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I'm so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support," the 76-year-old Williams said in a statement at the time. Last year also saw the final release of Williams’ career, a live CD and DVD recorded in Ireland.
He was managed by Robert Pratt's Glasgow based Chimes International.

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