Sunday, 1 April 2018

Playlist week of March 31, 2018

Marie Crichton Country Show BBC Radio Shropshire
Playlist week of March 31, 2018 - BBC Playlist

Brand new music from Kacey Musgraves, Ashley McBryde, Courtney Marie Andrews and Finbar Furey (of the Fureys).
Classics from Lefty Frizzell, Jim Ed Brown, Don Gibson and Merle Haggard and a few country gospel tunes for Easter week



Sarah Patrick – The Woman I Am (Single) 
Lefty FrizzellShine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday) | Album: The Road to Rock & Roll, Vol. 1: Jitterbug Jive Amazon UK BIRTHDAY 🎂 (March 31, 1928; died July 19, 1975 (aged 47))
Gina Jeffreys - I Don't Want Tonight To Be Over | Album: The Flame (1994) Amazon UK BIRTH (April 1, 1968) 
Kip Moore – Dirt Road (Single; 2014) BIRTHDAY 🎂 (April 1, 1980)
Hillary Scott – My Safe Haven | Album: Hillary Scott & The Scott Family (28 July 2016) Amazon UK BIRTHDAY 🎂 (April 1) 
Jim Ed Brown - How I Love Them Old Songs (1972) | Album: Best Of Jim Ed Brown/Jim Ed & Helen Greatest (2-On-1 Roughtrade) Amazon UK BIRTHDATE 🎂(April 1, 1934 died June 11, 2015 (aged 81))
Runaway June - Wild West (Single; 11 Aug 2017) Amazon UK BIRTHDAY 🎂 Jennifer Wayne (April 1, 1982)
Hannah Johnson - Gotta Get You from That Crowd | Album: Shaken Amazon UK 
Billy Dean – A Seed | Album: A Man of Good Fortune (28 Apr 2014) BIRTHDAY 🎂 (April 2, 1962) 
Ashley McBryde - Andy (I Can't Live Without You) | Album: Girl Going Nowhere (30 Mar 2018) Amazon UK 
Emmylou Harris, Mary Ann Kennedy & Pam Rose - Where Have They Gone | Album: A Tribute to John D Loudermilk (15 Sep 2017) Amazon UK BIRTHDAYS 🎂 Emmylou Harris (April 2, 1947) / John D Loudermilk (March 31, 1934)
Homer Hart – Buckle Up (Single) 
Kacey Musgraves - Love Is A Wild Thing | Album: Golden Hour (29 March 2018) Amazon UK   
Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont – Train Wreck | Album: Adam & Brooke (9 Feb 2018) Amazon UK Adam Eckersley BIRTHDAY  🎂(April 4, 1982) 
The Judds - Mama He's Crazy | Album: Wynonna & Naomi | Obituary spin, writer Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Member Kenny O'Dell Passes At Age 73 
Steve Gatlin – You Beat All I've Ever Seen | Album: Love Will Carry (August 16, 1994) 
Finbar Furey – Annabelle | Album: Don't Stop This Now (30 March 2018) Amazon UK 



Phillipa Hanna – Getting on With Life | Album: Come Back Fighting (24 Nov 2017) Amazon UK 
Montgomery Gentry – Better Me | Album: Here's to You (2 Feb 2018) Amazon BIRTHDATE 🎂 Troy Gentry (April 5; died Sept 8, 2017)
Mary Battiata & Little Pink - Sun That I Could Count On | Album: The Heart, Regardless (15 June 2017) Amazon UK - UK iTunes 
Snyder Family Band – The King | Album: The Life We Know (10 March 2017) Amazon UK 
Don Gibson - Why Don’t You Love Me BIRTHDATE 🎂 (April 3, 1928 died Nov 17, 2003 (aged 75))
CeCe Winans – Why Me | Album: Let Them Fall in Love (3 Feb 2017) Album UK 
Josh Abbott Band - Take Me Out to a Dancehall | Album: Dancehall Dreamin': a Tribute to Pat Green (5 April 2018) Amazon UK BIRTHDAY Pat Green (April 5, 1972)
Courtney Marie Andrews -  Two Cold Nights in Buffalo | Album: May Your Kindness Remain (23 March 2018) Amazon UK 
Merle Haggard - From Graceland To The Promised Land | Album: From the King to the Barrooms (Feb 2008 Humphead) Amazon UK BIRTHDATE 🎂 (April 6, 1937; died April 6, 2016 (aged 79))           
Leslie Satcher and the Electric Honey Badgers – Crown | Album: 2 Days in Muscle Shoals (9 March 2018) Amazon UK

Friday, 25 March 2016

Playlist week of March 19, 2016

Playlist week of March 19, 2016 - BBC Playlist
A round up of last weekend's Country2Country Festival.
Brand new music from Lonestar, Joey & Rory and a pop star of the 80s turned country star
Classics from Hoyt Axton and Jerry Reed




















Miranda Lambert – What About Georgia? 
Jerry Reed – Georgia Sunshine
Dori Freeman – You Say | Album: Dori Freeman (5 Feb 2016) Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
James House – Anything For Love (March 20, 1937; died Sept 1, 2008 (aged 71) BIRTHDATE
The Black Feathers – Take Me Back | Album: Soaked to the Bone (Blue House Music) Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Bandcamp
Lori McKenna – Your Next Lover
Charlie Worsham – Mississippi In July | Album: Rubberband (Amazon UK new UK 2016 release)
Gordon Hendricks - Stirring Up Feelings
Lorrie Morgan – Is It Raining At Your House? | Album: Letting Go... Slow New Amazon UK - UK iTunes  
Lonestar – Never Enders New Single
Alice Wallace – A Traveling Song | Album: Memories Music & Pride (Oct 2015) Amazon UK | UK iTunes | Amazon.com
Billy Yates – She’s My Country Girl Hotdisc #207 March 2016 Single
Maren Morris – 80s Mercedes | Album: Maren Morris - EP Amazon UK - Amazon.com - UK iTunes  
Steve Young – Seven Bridges Road Obituary Outlaw Country Pioneer Steve Young died at 73 on March 17th. The Georgia native was a noted contributor to the Outlaw movement in the 1970s
Cyndi Lauper – Heartaches By The Number New Single
Red Sky July – Walking Country Song New 
Alan West – Hillbilly Woodbines
Little Big Town – Sober
Lonesome River Band – Rose In Paradise | Album: Bridging the Tradition New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Roxie Dean – Cherokee Rose
Hoyt Axton – Nashville | Album: Joy to the World: The Definitive Collection (Humphead; 50 Tracks) New Amazon UK
Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
Andrew Combs – Nothing To Lose | Album: Various Artists: Country To Country Vol.2 (Humphead) Amazon UK
Frank Solivan & Megan McCormick – Mexico | Album: Family, Friends & Heroes New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 
Joey & Rory – Softly & Tenderly | Album: HYMNS: That Are Important To Us Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

New on The Show

The Black Feathers
“Take Me Back” -  "Really impressed, another lovely duo to come out of the UK, their voices blend so nicely, I think they've got a lovely sound" - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

The Black Feathers are an award-winning duo from Gloucestershire in England. The perfectly paired voices of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler intertwine effortlessly to create a sound combining elements of folk, roots, alt-country and americana.
They married in 2012, which also marked the beginning of their musical adventure as The Black Feathers. They designed the band logo on honeymoon and the music soon followed. This close collaboration became the backbone of The Black Feathers’ sound. 

Whether playing to a 1,500 strong audience at the Colston Hall in Bristol, or to 80 crammed in to the Green Note in London, The Black Feathers give an intimate performance that draws the listener in to a special, strong and unique bond between two people.
They have toured in Europe and in the USA including a sell out show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.
2014 saw the release of Strangers We Meet, the duo's debut 5 track EP. It gained national airplay on BBC Radio2, as well as warm reviews from national music press, including an interview in The Sunday Times. The Telegraph also listed it as one of the best albums of the year.

They released their album SOAKED TO THE BONE on Feb 26, 2016. All songs are written by Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes
except track 9 written by Bob Dylan and it was recorded at Strawhouse Studios in Oxford, England
Like their shows, this album is mesmerising and stunning in equal measure. 11 songs in total, 10 of them written by Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes themselves, the other written by Bob Dylan. And when I say that the Black Feathers own compositions stand shoulder to shoulder with Mr Zimmerman's "Make You Feel My Love", then this really is no exaggeration and gives you a good indicator of the strength and depth of their songwriting quality. This album ebbs and flows effortlessly, from the sublimely delicate "Homesick" to the harder edged "Blind" and from the breathtaking acoustic space of "Winter Moves In" to the slightly bluesier vocal inflections of "Spider And The Fly". There isn't a note wasted, nor a word out of place. It's a wonderfully balanced album that immediately insinuates its way into the listeners (sub)consciousness, and at time of writing shows no inclination to leave anytime soon.
"Soaked To The Bone" is an artistic triumph for a duo of undeniable talent - and that talent is there for all to see in terms of musicality, vocals and songwriting. - Fatea Records Review
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Playlist week of March 12, 2016

Playlist week of March 12, 2016 – BBC Playlist
Taking a took at the artists appearing on both the Main & Pop Up Stages at the weekends Country2Country Festival 2016
Classics from Gene Watson & Charley Pride

Phil Vassar - Carlene
Jessi Alexander - Honeysuckle Sweet
Gene Watson - Pick The Wildwood Flower
Charles Kelley & Miranda Lambert - Wish You Were Here What a great result it is as well
Ashley Campbell - Remembering "a real talent...quality music"
Malcolm Holcombe - Leaving Anna | Album: Another Black Hole www.malcolmholcombe.com
Crash n Recovery - Minefield
The Great Western Tears - The Late Great Man In Black
Ashley Monroe - Bombshell
Darius Rucker - Half Full Dixie Cup
Jan Howard - To Love A Rolling Stone (March 13, 1930) BIRTHDAY
Michael Martin Murphey - The Cosmic Cowboy (March 13, 1945) BIRTHDAY
Valerie Smith - Sweeter Fields of Clover
Sam Hunt - Leave The Light On
Jann Browne - Love's Gonna Live Here
Vince Gill - I'll Be Waiting For You
Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
Jerry Jeff Walker - What I Like About Texas
Carrie Underwood - What I Never Knew I Always Wanted
Glenn Williams - The Things That I've Done
The Evie Ladin Band - Drinkin' Bout You
Paul Overstreet - Seein' My Father In Me
Leslie Satcher - Love Letters From Old Mexico
Ron Pope & The Night Hawks - Southern Cross
Maddie & Tae - Fly
Charley Pride - In The Middle Of Nowhere
Bobbie Cryner & Dwight Yoakam - I Don't Care
Clinton Gregory - Chase Away The Lonely
Locust Honey String Band - McMichen's Breakdown

New on The Show

Sam Hunt

Hailing from rural Cedartown, Georgia, Sam Hunt quickly establishing a name for himself and became one of Nashville’s most talked about young talents.
Hunt had been writing songs and playing music since his days as quarterback at the University of Alabama Birmingham.  
Following graduation, Hunt made the move to Music City to pursue songwriting full-time.
Shortly after settling into the Nashville scene, Hunt was signed to a publishing deal and started working with some of the top writers in the business.  Hunt began to develop his craft and quickly gained recognition as a gifted singer-songwriter.
Since moving to Nashville, Hunt has garnered cuts with some of country music’s biggest stars including Kenny Chesney’s No. 1 smash “Come Over,” Billy Currington’s latest “We Are Tonight,” and Keith Urban’s “Cop Car.”
Hunt’s own eclectic style owes its roots to country music with influences in pop, folk and R&B music.  Sam has been winning audiences over throughout the southeast in recent years with his soulful sound, touring with David Nail and joined Little Big Town's summer tour.
Between tour dates, Hunt continued to write and record songs for his upcoming debut album.
HUNT’S ‘PARTY’
  • Sam Hunt’s introductory album, MONTEVALLO (MCA Nashville/UMGN), was the No.1 on Top Country Albums for 2015 (Based on multi-metric album consumption). 
  • It led the Top Country Album chart for 8 non-consecutive weeks
Released in late 2014, the set has produced three No.1s on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay: “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time” and “House Party.” Hunt, who won the multi-genre favourite new artist award at the American Music Awards on Nov. 22, is the top artist for 2015 on Hot Country Songs, Country Digital Songs and Country Streaming Songs, and was No.2 on the overall Top Country Artists tally. Plus, “Take Your Time” is No.1 on both the 2015 Hot Country Songs tally and Country Streaming Songs. “House Party” is No.3 on Hot Country Songs for the year.

  • In the 2015 Year-End Charts Sam Hunt was ranked #2 Top Country Artist (behind Luke Bryan)
TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2015 IN U.S. (Based on Total Equivalent Album Units)
** NOTE ** A track equivalent album equates to 10 tracks.
Track equivalent albums (TEA) is a term used to describe a method of converting the sale of individual songs (singles) into whole album numbers. In other words, every time ten units of a single are sold, those ten units are counted as one album sale.
Rank, Artist, Title, Total Units
#9 Sam Hunt, MONTEVALLO 1,378,000
TOP 10 COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2015 IN U.S.
Based on multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).  >> Top 75 Chart <<
#1 MONTEVALLO/Sam Hunt/MCA Nashville/UMGN
TOP COUNTRY ARTISTS YEAR END 2015 in US See >> TOP 50 CHART <<
#1 Luke Bryan/Capitol Nashville/UMGN
#2 Sam Hunt/MCA Nashville/UMGN
Top-Selling Country Albums, 2015
Country Rank, Artist, Title, Total Pure Sales (release date)
 #1 Luke Bryan, KILL THE LIGHTS 851,000 (released; Aug 7, 2015)
 #2 Sam Hunt, MONTEVALLO 757,000 (released; Oct 27, 2014)
BIG HIT
On Country Digital Songs:
Sam Hunt’sTake Your Time” finished at No. 2 behind champion Little Big Town’sGirl Crush” (Capitol Nashville) based on sales.
#1 Little Big Town, “Girl Crush” 1,925,000 sales | #2 Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time” 1,759,000 sales

Top 10 Country Digital Songs Artists of 2015 in U.S. see >> CHART <<
#1 Sam Hunt
Top-Selling Country Digital Songs, 2015
#1 Little Big Town, “Girl Crush” 1,925,000 (released; Dec 15, 2014)
#2 Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time” 1,759,000
#5 Sam Hunt, “House Party” 957,000

Top New Country Streaming Songs Year-End 2015 >> Top 25 Chart <<
#1 “Take Your Time”/Sam Hunt/MCA Nashville
#2 “Girl Crush”/Little Big Town/Capitol Nashville
#3 “House Party”/Sam Hunt/Mca Nashville
TOP 10 HOT COUNTRY SONGS Year-End of 2015 in U.S. See >> Top 100 Chart <<
Based on:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and c) Streaming
#1 Take Your Time/Sam Hunt/MCA Nashville
#2 Girl Crush/Little Big Town/Capitol Nashville
#3 House Party/Sam Hunt/MCA Nashville

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Joey Martin Feek Obituary

Pending

Playlist week of March 5, 2016

2016-03-05



Playlist week of March 5, 2016 – BBC Playlist
Artists appearing at next weekend's country2country festival
Brand new music from Lorrie Morgan and Martina McBride. Classics from Bob Wills and Townes Van Zandt.
Tribute to Joey Feek who sadly lost her battle with cancer.


Rita Wilson - Along For The Ride | Album: Rita Wilson (Deluxe) (11 March 2016) Sing It Loud New Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Bob Wills – Take Me Back To Tulsa (March 6, 1905; died May 13, 1975 aged 70) BIRTHDATE
Alice Wallace – Grateful | Album: Memories Music & Pride (Oct 2015) Amazon UK | UK iTunes | Amazon.com 
Skip Ewing – I Wish I Was Somebody Else (March 6, 1964) BIRTHDAY
Sasha McVeigh – When I’m Over You New Single 
Townes Van Zandt – Loretta (March 7, 1944; died Jan 1, 1997 aged 52) BIRTHDATE
Lorrie Morgan - What I’d Say | Album: Letting Go... Slow New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com  
Cooper & Davies – I Never Said I was Funny
Callaghan – Noah’s Song | Album: A History of Now CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 
TG Sheppard & Mickey Gilley  - Wine to remember, Whiskey To Forget (Mickey Gilley; March 9, 1936) BIRTHDAY
Brenda Best - Gun & Bible New Single
Frank Solivan – I Am A Rambler | Album: Family, Friends & Heroes New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 
Dori Freeman – Where I Stood | Album: Dori Freeman  Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com - Artist Store
Martina McBride – Reckless New Single
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Kris Kristofferson – Gold Watch and Chain (Jimmy Fadden March 9, 1948) BIRTHDAY
*** TRIBUTE ***  
Joey Martin – That’s Important To Me
Joey Martin – See You There
Joey & Rory – Jesus Loves Me
Joey & Rory – When I’m Gone

Frankie Ballard – Young & Crazy
Carrie Underwood – Chaser
Daryle Singletary – The Note
Tanya Tucker & Flaco Jimenez – Is Anybody Going To San Antone
TG Sheppard, Jimmy Fortune & BJ Thomas – 100% Chance Of Pain (Jimmy Fortune March 11, 1955) BIRTHDAY
Kellie Pickler – Mother’s Day

New on The Show

Alice Wallace

“Grateful” -  "I think it's absolutely excellent...every track a winner, a wonderful artist" - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Has become a shining light on the Los Angeles Americana music scene, sharing her songs of travel, adventure, life, love and loss in her authentic voice…as beautiful as the land she travels,” say the folks at California Country Records.
She was nominated and won a LA Music Critic Award (Best Country/Americana and Best CD - Female) for her album "Memories, Music & Pride" lamusiccritic.com
"She's stunning, and McQueen 'The Cincinnati Kid' cool" - Ray Wylie Hubbard
The crowd-funded MEMORIES, MUSIC & PRIDE (Pledge Music.com), the third album by Alice Wallace, found the Southern California-based Americana singer-songwriter exploring fresh musical terrain on striking self-penned material inspired by new emotional and geographical compass points. Released Oct 9, 2015 by California Country Records (Amazon UK | UK iTunes | Amazon.com) Alice explored fresh musical terrain on striking self-penned material inspired by new emotional and geographical compass points. 

It was co-produced by Kirsten Proffit, of the attention-getting L.A. Americana trio CALICO the band, and Steve Berns, who also helmed Calico's 2014 debut release Rancho California.
Wallace, whose powerful, elastic singing and melodic, literate song-crafting skill have helped her garner nominations as best Country/Americana artist and best live band from the Orange County Music Awards, views Memories, Music & Pride as a significant step forward – one that bears a more integrated yet all-embracing sound.  “This record is more cohesive, as far as style is concerned,” she said. “I like blues, I like folk, I like country. This one still touches on all of those. But with this album I feel like I was trying to bridge the gap between my influences in old-time country with newer artists like Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell, whose albums have opened my eyes to what modern country can be.”  
The album’s lone non-original is a cover of “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” a 1935 hit by Patsy Montana, the first major female country and western solo singing star. Wallace – who took up yodelling after hearing Jewel essaying the old country singing style on her early records -- reached back to the style of such earlier yodelling recording artists as Montana, Jimmie Rodgers, and Slim Whitman for her interpretation of the tune - See more at: alicewallacemusic.com
The 11-track collection – Wallace’s first release on Los Angeles-based California Country Records – succeeds two widely praised independent releases, Sweet Madness (2011) and A Thousand Miles From Home (2013).
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Cooper & Davies
Originating in Shropshire, Cooper and Davies (Rob Cooper and Si Davies) combined as a duo after some years of solo and band work. Drawn together by a desire to play rootsy Americana, they developed their own style and sound which draws on the traditions of country, blues, bluegrass et al.
Cooper & Davies are. The duo was drawn together by their love of rootsy, gritty, bare bones Americana.
On Aug 3, 2013 they released their 6 track EP Indie & Alternative; THE COACH HOUSE SESSIONS (Amazon UK), which apparently was a big hit on local radio. Their song “Seventeen”, from the EP, was BBC Radio Shropshire’s Song of the Month in April 2014 and continued to get plenty of regular airplay. Both multi instrumentalists, the duo incorporates grooving guitars, laid back bass, wailing harmonica and blistering banjo all held together with a rock steady back beat.
A very exciting opportunity for us Bridgnorthians to play at a prestigious event in the capital city! What a privilege to play on the same bill as Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town and The Shires!” they shared on Facebook.
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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Playlist week of February 27, 2016

2016-02-27
Playlist week of February 27, 2016 - BBC Playlist
Brand new music from High Valley, Joey & Rory and lots of new names.
Classics from Waylon Jennings, Doc Watson and Hank Williams.

Neon Summer - I Ain’t Leavin’ Till I’m Famous New Single
Hank & Audrey Williams - I Want To Live & Love (Audrey Williams Feb 28, 1923; died Nov 4, 1975 (aged 52)) BIRTHDAY
Jason Aldean - Tryin’ To Love Me (Feb 28, 1977) BIRTHDAY
Ashton Lane - One Kiss Later New (Special Single release along with 2 never heard before, BRAND NEW songs. "One Kiss Later" 5 track EP UK iTunes  “Definitely a fan favourite”
Waylon Jennings - The Dream
Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart - Hello Blue Sky | Album: Bennett Bowtell Urquhart New Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Gene Stuart - I’m Just Lucky I Guess R.I.P
Locust Honey String Band – Righten The Wrong
Clinton Gregory - If That Ain’t Jones (March 1, 1966) BIRTHDAY
The McCarters - Where Would That Leave Me (Jennifer McCarter March 1, 1964) BIRTHDAY
High Valley - Make You Mine New Single It’s really great, very current
Dori Freeman - You Are Still A Child | Album: Dori Freeman (5 Feb 2016) Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com - Artist Store
Davis Daniel - Somebody’s Gonna Lose (March 1, 1961) BIRTHDAY
Briana Tyson – Throwback New Single UK iTunes (9 Jan 2016)
Johnny Tolley – Countrified New Single Are you tired of other genres of music creeping into the country format? Then "Countryfied" will take you back to your traditional country roots with a fresh sound.
Sweethearts Of The Rodeo - I Don’t want You To Know (Janis Gill (Oliver) (Sweethearts Of The Rodeo) (1954) BIRTHDAY
Doc Watson - Blue Railroad Train (March 3, 1923; died May 29, 2012 aged 89)) BIRTHDAY
Jeannine Barry – Carousel | Album: Off The Hook (EP) UK iTunes - CD BABY - Google Play 
Larry Stewart - Boy Down The Road (March 2, 1959) BIRTHDAY
Malcolm Holcolme - Someone Missing
Joey & Rory - I Surrender All | Album: HYMNS: That Are Important To Us New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Sonny James - Empty Arms R.I.P BLOG Tribute
Stella Parton - Mountain Songbird | Album: Mountain Songbird (Jan 2016) Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
John Riggins - Lonesome Old Guitar New Single | Album: Outlaw Rising Amazon UK | UK iTunes | Amazon.com 
Catherine Britt – Dusty Smiles & Heartbreak Cures
Shane Owens - Where I’m Coming From
Lorrie Morgan - Lonely Whiskey | Album: Letting Go... Slow (12 Feb 2016) New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
CC Cooper - A Little Light

New on The Show

Neon Summer
I Ain’t Leaving’ Til I’m Famous” - “Rather an exciting sound, really like that” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Band Members: Marty and Angela Short, Anna Ash
Home Town: Stanley, Virginia
According to their website : Neon Summer, a power-house trio, consisting of Marty and Angela Short (Husband and Wife) and Anna Ash (Marty’s Sister) are literally taking the country music circuit by storm. 

Already making a name for themselves with a harmony blend that will send chills through you with a unique sound and stage presence that will captivate any audience. Neon Summer has appeared on the Grand Ole’ Opry during the CMA Fest week in Nashville Tennessee, with country music icon, Marty Stuart. Neon Summer partnered with Nashville Producer-Songwriter Billy Austin, who wrote many top charting songs, one being “Leave The Pieces” song by The Wreckers, sky rocketing to #1 in Pop and Country. He has produced Neon Summer’s brand new project.
One of the things that make Neon Summer special is their down-to-earth attitude towards people. With their drive, quick wittedness, and determination there is no slowing them down.
“The I Ain’t Leaving’ Til I’m Famous” single (Marco Music Group / Jerry Duncan Promotions) was sent to country radio with an
impact date March 10, 2016
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Gene Stuart
Irish country music legend was a favourite on the showband scene – died at his Co Tyrone home following a short illness.
armaghi.com  reported: Gene Stuart had one of the finest voices on the Irish showband and country scenes.
The County Tyrone musician, who also ran a record store for years at Irish Street in Dungannon, was 72.

The inimitable Gene Stuart had originally planned to join the priesthood but he was to take an entirely different path.
He travelled to England in the 1960s and, like many, spent time working on buildings sites around Birmingham, before returning home and teaming up with the Monaghan-based Ken Kennedy and his band.

He also played with the McGeough Brothers before he teamed up with Larry Cunningham and something special and hard to compare on the music scene was born.
The Mighty Avons (with Cunningham at the helm) were at the top of their game. Four years of huge success as one of the leading showbands toured all over Ireland and the UK, racking up hits and setting dance halls alight with their musical magic.
Gene’s first track – ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ – climbed to number three in the Irish top 10.

And it was followed by many more, including ‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning’, ‘Don’t Go’ and ‘Christmas in Connemara’.
Four years after it began and Gene fell ill with tuberculosis and, after time in hospital battling back to recovery, he returned to a different scene.
Mr. Stuart travelled all the way to the home of country music, Nashville in Tennessee, to record an album, one of 20 he would release during a remarkable career.
He was an inspiration to many fresh faces on the new and emerging country music scene.
Co Donegal singer Margo O'Donnell described him as "one of life's gentlemen".
Country star Nathan Carter said Mr Stuart was a "legend of Irish country music".
Discography: Amazon 
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High Valley

“Make You Mine” (RADIO EDIT) – “It’s really great, very current” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
Canadian brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel are High Valley.  These two young men are making what the music industry in Nashville has called “singular,” “seminal,” and “a perfect mix of radio, revision, and respect.” But they like to call it “popgrass”!  Growing up on a 1,400-acre farm in the far-northern reaches of Alberta, with music, farming and family as the basis of their entertainment, their musical language was formed at a very young age.
Their single “Make You Mine” (Warner Music Nashville / Atlantic Records / WEA )was sent to country radio on Feb 8th with an impact date of Feb 29, 2016
Watch Make You Mine (Official Music Video) published Jan 29, 2016 641K views.

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Dori Freeman
“You Are Still A Child” - “A very exciting new talent, I think she got a really, really nice sound, definitely what country music needs right now I could of played any track….I think that’s just lovely.. I think she is great” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

This is Country/ Bluegrass/ Alt-Country & Americana Dori Freeman's (Photo's) self-titled debut who hails from Galax, Virginia, a tiny Appalachian town that hosts an annual old-time fiddlers' convention that she's been attending all of her life, and until recently, she confined her ambitions largely to the local scene.
 "Between high school and now," she wrote, "I've just done a lot of stumbling around trying to figure out what I should be doing and how to turn my love of music into something sustainable. It's taken me several years to muster the courage to pursue writing and performing professionally. My confidence is starting to catch up."
Press Blurb: Listening to Dori Freeman for the first time is a Loretta Lynn moment. How could a voice this pure come out of the tiny Appalachian town of Galax, Virginia? How could a songwriter so powerfully attuned to a woman’s heart come out with an album this beautiful without having been discovered already? Dori Freeman’s debut album heralds the arrival of a major new name in Americana music.
Released on Free Dirt Records on February 5th, 2016, every song on this album is an original, and each one a window to a young woman in modern Appalachia, caught between the past, present, and future of one of America’s most fertile musical regions. That’s why Freeman can slip as easily into Nashville songwriting (“Go On Lovin’”), doo-**** swing (“Tell Me”), anthemic soul (“Fine Fine Fine”), or neo-classic pop (“Any Wonder”) as old-timey country (“You Say”) or gospel blues (“Ain’t Nobody”). A songwriting polymath, this kind of genre-bending would be impressive in any other young artist, but Freeman’s anchoring each of these excursions on two simple precepts: her stunningly beautiful voice and her deeply honest sense of songwriting.
Dori comes from a family rooted in art and tradition. Her grandfather is an artist and guitar player, and her father, a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor.
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Briana Tyson
“Throwback” (written with Bruce Wallace) – “Vince Gill particularly likes her…. Throwback is the name of her brand new single” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Born in 1992
Genre: Country/Blues/Soul
Home Town: Nashville, TN
Affiliation: William Morris Endeavor Agency
In the midst of Music Row, its live music venues, or in a quiet room with some of Nashville’s biggest writers, you will find Briana Tyson. Growing up in Orange County, Tyson knew that her love of country music wasn’t supposed to stay in California.
At the young age of 16, her and her family made the move to Nashville, chasing a dream that had been with Briana for years. As soon as she got to town, Tyson immediately took to the Nashville lifestyle, writing music daily, telling stories that 16 year olds normally do not tell. As she grew as a songwriter and performer, her hard work began to pay off as opportunities arose, giving her national exposure. As one of the youngest top 100 finalists on season 10 of American Idol, she gained a fan base and a new appreciation of the hard work it takes to make it in the music business.

At 22 years old, Briana’s career has just begun. She is currently writing and recording for her second studio album which she will be co-producing, and is set to release in 2016. Although new on the scene, Tyson brings with her traits that some of the most polished musicians in town still seek to acquire. “It’s hard to become successful without people trying to change who you are,” says Tyson. “But this is who I am, and I’m just going to sing until I find people who love me for it.” With her heart, humor, and determination, Briana Tyson is surely someone you will be hearing a lot about in the years to come.

On 1 Apr 2012 she dropped her BACK TO ME 5 track EP (Amazon UK | UK iTunes)
On 10 Dec 2014 she released a single “Moonshine (Amazon UK | iTunes) and released an official video (14K + views):


Briana attended the industry Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville in February to promote her new single and talked to the media including top representatives from the UK.
“Throwback” (Riverfront Promotions; written with Bruce Wallace) was released to country radio on Feb 2, 2016 with an immediate impact date. It was made available on ITunes (9 Jan 2016)
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 John Riggins
“Lonesome Old Guitar” - “Very nice sound, I really like that one” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

John Riggins grew up competitive in his hometown of Westfield Indiana. From sports and volunteering his time to those in need to performing the traditional Outlaw Country Music he loves, John has always been one to excel at everything he does. 
He started out solo with his guitar, picking for tips at any venue that would have him in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. From there he formed a band and competed against over 30 bands at Indy's biggest country music venue, the 8-Second Saloon which led to opening for national acts such as Daryl Worley, Jason Michael Carroll, and Mark Wills. So looking for a new challenge, in 2013, John decided to take on Music City!
He began performing regularly on the World Famous Broadway in Nashville, which led to a recording contract with Canadian label, Red Boot Entertainment which led to a new CD, which led to a merger with Red Boot Canada and Bell Records Nashville with single “90 Proof Prison” released in the US and Canada on January 1, 2016
In a short time John has also become a prolific songwriter having penned over half of his 12 track CD OUTLAW RISING (
Amazon UK | UK iTunes | Amazon.com) released on March 17, 2015. John is co-writing with songwriters Gary Gentry (David Allen Coe, Tim McGraw, George Jones, John Anderson),and SESAC Award Winner, Shawn Byrnes and others.

Like a Phoenix ascending out of the ashes "Outlaw Rising" by John Riggins is bringing country music full circle.
With songs like "90 Proof Prison", "He Shot The Radio" and "Doin’ Time With These Friends of Mine", taken from Outlaw Rising, you can almost feel the presence of Waylon Jennings in the words and music.
Check out "Scars" and "Big Red Truck" written by John for a glimpse at who this troubadour really is.

The new single "Lonesome Old Guitar" (Red Boot Entertainment / Bell Records Nashville) is a reflective mid-tempo ballad about the only thing a man has left when his woman is gone. It was sent to country radio on Feb 4, 2016
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