Friday, 28 March 2014

Playlist & News week of 22nd March 2014


22nd March 2014 - BBC Playlist

Leah Seawright - Dixie Daughter | Album: Leah Seawright EP MP3 NEW Single Play MPE  
Don Williams - Healing Hands | Album: Reflections NEW CD - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music
Beth Nielsen Chapman - Maybe That's All It Takes | Album: Uncovered CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
Dakota Bradley - Won't Be Young Forever | Album: NEW Single Play MPE  
Roxie Dean - Remind Me | Album: Ms America (2005) CD - MP3 (March 23, 1974) BIRTHDAY
Hoyt Axton - The House Song MP3 (March 25, 1938;  Died October 26, 1999 (aged 61)) BIRTHDAY
Irene Kelley - You Don't Run Across My Mind | Album: Pennsylvania Coal CD - Smart Choice Music
The Toy Hearts - Baby That Sure Would Be Good | Album: Flyin' Too High EP Toy Hearts Store NEW
Chris Young - Lonely Eyes | Album: A.M CD - UK iTunes NEW Single
Jamie Lynn Spears - How Could I Want More  Single MP3 - UK iTunes
Ray Price - Beauty Lies In The Eyes of The Beholder | Album: Beauty Is NEW (out 15 April 2014) CD - MP3 -  
Charly McClain - Who's Cheatin' Who | Album: The Best of  Charly McClain (March 26, 1956) BIRTHDAY 
Erica Sunshine Lee - Georgia For This | Album: The South Will Rise Again MP3 - UK iTunes  NEW Single Play MPE  
Kenny Chesney - Lindy | Album: Life On A Rock CD (March 26, 1968) BIRTHDAY
Baillie & The Boys - Wilder Days | Album: Unplugged MP3 (Michael Bonagura - March 26, 2014) BIRTHDAY 
Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars | Album: Out Among The Stars NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Reba McEntire - She Thinks His Name Was John | Album: Read My Mind (March 28, 1955) CD BIRTHDAY
Eric Church - Talladega | Album: The Outsiders NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Trinity River Band - Better Than Blue | Album: NEW Single MP3 - UK iTunes
Alan Jackson - Buicks To The Moon | Album: Greatest Hits Vol II  MP3 
Sara Evans - Put My Heart Down | Album: Slow Me Down CD - UK iTunes - NEW
Vince Gill - Dear Old Flag | Album:  Divided & United: the Songs of the Civil War 2-CD Box Set ) CD - MP3 Listen to the whole project on 
Crash n Recovery - My Daddy Had A Cabin | Album: Post The Storm (2013) UK iTunes
Gene Autry - You're The Only Star In My Heaven | Album: Highlights From Gene Autry Vol. 1 MP3
The New Madrids - Hey Christine | Album: Through the Heart of Town (released Jan 15, 2014) MP3 - UK iTunes
Melinda Schneider - Goodbye House | Album: Family Tree (2004) CD

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (3 non consecutive weeks) " The Outsiders” Eric Church
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (2 weeks) **  “This Is How Me Roll” Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan
Country Airplay ** No. 1 (1 week) **  "I Hold On" Dierks Bentley
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** “This Is How Me Roll” Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan

  • Snapshot Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News - March 25, 2014 - March 28, 2014 
  • Petersfield, Hampshire Country/Americana duo ” twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward-Thomas sang live for Sir Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday March 23rd. The 19-year olds performed their new single “The Good and The Right” along with a delicate cover of Dougie McLean’s “ Caledonia”.  Listen to the Session
  • Wolvestock 2014 Axed: **Announcement ** It was announced that Wolvestock 2014 has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales - Source “be happy in the fact we all had 19 brilliant years to meet new friends listen to great music moan about the rain in our wellies while dancing, but most of all just being together” wrote Debbie Duncan on Facebook (Wolvestock Dance Master)
  • Singer/songwriter Brandy Clark made her debut performance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday, Mar. 24, performing “Stripes” from her critically-acclaimed album, 12 Stories.  Buckle up and view this stellar performance HERE
  • 35.4 million YouTube hits can't be wrong: Swedish DJ Avicii made his introduction to Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as >> "Hey Brother" bowed at No.59 last week. US digital sales for “Hey Brother” have now topped the 1-million mark.
  • Merle Haggard will be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award at the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas April 6
  • The Academy of Country Music also announced on March 21st that Toby Keith, Ronnie Milsap, Carrie Underwood, Kris Kristofferson, Rascal Flatts, the late Jack Clement, producer Dann Huff and songwriter Shane McAnally are among those receiving off-camera honors as part of this year’s ACM Awards:. Read all the ACM winners off-camera winners at
  • Vince Gill’s daughter Jenny Gill and her husband, Josh Van Valkenburg announced that the couple is expecting their first baby, a boy, in August. That means Vince will soon be a grandfather.
  • Indiana Boon - Rory Feek explained the naming of Joey+Rory's little girl in his latest blog
  • Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison declare 2014 'Our Year' with new album out 5/27
  • Dolly Parton has announced her performance as part of the Today Show Outdoor Concert Series, the very same day her album hits stores May 13th.
  • Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars: exclusive album stream at The Get the free download of I'm Movin' On (260kbps MP3).
  • Miranda Lambert performed her brand-new single "Automatic" live at the Grand Ole Opry with Gwen Sebastian on backing vox.
  • Martina McBride appeared on PBS-TV's Tavis Smiley to explain why she's charting new territory with forthcoming album Watch at
  • Bobbe Seymour, a longtime steel guitar passed away last week (March 20th). Seymour played with the likes of Ferlin Husky, Jean Shepard, Stonewall Jackson and Billy Walker.
New on The Show:
“Dixie Daughter” Off to an explosive start, and it’s alright by me - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

About: Leah Seawright
She was born and resides in Fort Payne, Alabama the home of southern rock band Alabama.
Leah was surrounded by music from birth; her parents are both musicians and singers. When she was in elementary school she developed a speech impediment and had to take classes, and was able to overcome it. In ninth grade she auditioned as a backup singer for a band and stayed with them for 2 years.
Leah wrote and recorded two gospel albums prior to her 2005 debut country album.
Leah and her drummer 
Mark Herndon
 at the 2012 CMA Awards
In 2004 a few months after the birth of her third child she entered a local singing contest and won best Solo artist. One of the judges was Frank Green who writes 7 of the songs, plays multiple instruments and acts as engineer on the album COUNTRY GIRL 101 which marked the first country release for the attractive mother of three. Another coup was in hiring Mark Herndon the former rock drummer who helped give the group Alabama its signature sound. Leah sweet-talked the former stick man to come to her husband’s studio and check out the music she had recorded. Herndon played percussion and added background vocals on a couple of tracks and wrote the liner notes, recounting Seawright as being “genuine and authentic.”

On the long path Leah has been treading, much to her credit it has resulted in her writing and co-writing 13 of the 14 songs on this country debut. Her talents have been recognized getting the call to open for some notable stalwarts including Mark Chesnutt, John Michael Montgomery, Restless Heart and John Anderson.
In describing Leah’s voice it’s as if Tanya Tucker, Pat Benatar and Janis Joplin had all taken a sip from the same cup of coffee. COUNTRY GIRL 101 (>> Watch the title cut YouTube ) showed much promise but the tracks were a bit too one dimensional.
Taste Of Country described her single ‘On the Backroads’ as a “strong dose of anthemic ’80s pop-rock blends with country throughout”
In 2012, Leah went into the studio again to complete her second country project (six song EP) a collaboration with producer Jeremy Stover (the wizard behind Justin Moore’s string of top Country hits). The first charting single released was Leah’s raucous 'Til Your Boots Are Dirty'. Leah wrote two of the six cuts in the new collection including 'Mama Prayed' which celebrated the redemption that comes from a mothers faith and unconditional love and 'Dixie Daughter' full of sassy southern pride. As part of the release promotion for the first single, Seawright teamed up with Montana Silversmiths, the world’s leading western buckle and jewelry maker as celebrity endorsee for the organization and brand.
Currently, Seawright has released a third single from the EP, “Dixie Daughter” described on her website as “full of Alabama soul that's tender and tough. The tune hooks you from the beginning, written from the viewpoint of the American "girl next door".

On March 17, 2014 “Dixie Daughter” was sent to radio and she is slated to follow up the release with nationwide radio promotion and ongoing performance tour. Look out for Leah, she is high octane!
BUY Leah’s music on: Amazon UK - UK iTunes - CDBABY

New on The Show:
 “Won't Be Young Forever”  Something new now to get up and dance to, written with The Warren Bros nice vibe to it - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

About: Dakota Bradley
A country/pop, singer/songwriter hails from St. Louis, Mo.
He grew up in St. Louis playing basketball, soccer, hockey and football.
He was listened to bands line Guns & Roses, Aerosmith and Motley Crue. But, his bio continues “ when he discovered the heart-tugging lyrics of country music a few years later, he had found a home.”

When Dakota was in eighth grade, he formed a band with some friends, and began playing in local clubs around town. He and his family moved to Nashville when he was in his early teens, but when he turned 16, he went through some trying times that gave him plenty of fuel to power his dreams of a bigger and better life. His home burned down to the ground, then his stepdad, who suffered from addiction problems, left the family. But his fortune quickly turned around when he met a manager who wanted to represent him. His manager hooked him up with another aspiring artist, and the two made a video of a song they performed together, “The Girl Is Mine,” that eventually became an internet sensation. From there he made his debut television performance on the high profile Ellen DeGeneres Show!
His first single, “Somethin’ Like Somethin’”, was produced by Tim McGraw and Byron Gallimore (who signed him to his new label, Soundstream Records). It debuted on the Billboard Country Airplay chart at No.60.
Dakota at the
2013 ACM's
The uptempo track was written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, and Shane McAnally. “Dakota is the real deal,” said McGraw. “He is a great young artist who defies the trends and lives for his music. His voice is unique and instantly recognizable, and his ability to convey pure emotion in his music draws the listener in from the very first word of every song. Working with him on this project has been a lot of fun. The single is a great summer song and I really think Country radio is going to dig it.”
I am truly blessed to have had Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw co-produce the single and my album,” said Bradley. “I pinch myself everyday to make sure this isn’t a dream. I am really thankful for them both and for Streamsound Records for taking a chance on me.”
He visited radio stations for three months on a national radio tour making impromptu appearances. He also appeared at the ACM Awards in 2013. Watch his ACM red carpet interview where with his T-shirt he displayed the country music version of Mount Rushmore!

Dakota describes his music this way — “I sing like a rock singer like Steven Tyler, but I sound country. I think people are gonna like me, because my music is honest and it’s real. I really sell it live…I take performing and my career really seriously, ‘cause I gave up a lot to do this.”
Now a 20-year old, Dakota’s latest single “Won’t Be Young Forever” was sent to radio on March 18, 2014. This, his follow-up to his Top 50 Hit, "Somethin’ Like Somethin’!" is again produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw.
BUY Dakota’s music on: Amazon UK - UK iTunes

New on The Show:
“Georgia For This” Another new single, I really like the vibe to this one, it sounds good to me, it’s a really good song - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

About: Erica Sunshine Lee
This Nashville Recording Artist has earned the reputation of "Hardest Working Woman in Country Music” due to her uncompromising work ethic, established during her up-bringing in rural Georgia.
Following the successful reception of Erica Sunshine Lee’s previous album, she spent the last six years playing shows and writing songs across the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Erica has toured with Australian Rock Band, "Turk Tresize" & "The Graysmiths", recording the background vocals on his latest album "SOUL CASINO" which also featured the singer Brittany Howard from The Alabama Shakes.
Erica has also performed with Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top, Bridget Tatum, Tommy Tutone, Eric Lee Beddingfield and Wayne Mills.
In late 2013 she promoted her single "Drinking and Driving Me Crazy" (from the album I’M STILL ME) (>> Official Video) on the European Hotdisc which was the 2nd single off Erica’s 4th studio album. It has enjoyed a 9-week chart run and peaked at #7 on the Hotdisc Top 40 chart.
Her latest single “Georgia For This” from January 2014 released album THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN, impacted country radio on March 10, 2014
Musically, Erica aims to take each album to new heights. "The South will Rise Again" is no exception. DJ’s all across Europe are reacting positively about Sunshine’s music. . She also puts her heart and soul in each ballad."
After writing over 65 songs with Australian artists on her first tour in 2012, Erica Sunshine Lee returned to tour in Australia at the famous Tamworth Country Music Festival this January, promoting her 5th studio album, featuring her duet written with Australia’s VIPER CREEK BAND’s lead singer Damien Baguley.

Whether she’s driving across the US, touring internationally with her band, or writing songs in her living room, you can rest assured there’s a bright future for her.
"Sunshine is a prolific hit songwriter with infectious and catchy lyrics and melodies, beautiful southern voice keeping the country in country music." Lee Williams, CEO CMA Nashville
BUY Erica’s latest album ”The South Will Rise Again”available on:
CD BABY  MP3 UK iTunes and Amazon

New on The Show:
“Hey Christine”  One of the finest UK releases I’ve heard  for some time, on the Alt spectrum, rich in pedal steel and country instruments” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

About: The New Madrids
Genre: Transatlantic country soul
This Independent band hail from Perth in Scotland and comprise Ian Hutchison, Owen Nicholson, Donny McElligott, Mo McPherson and Andrew Bonnar.
They cite their influences as Stones, Gram Parsons, Crowes, Lynyrd Skynrd, Hank Wiliams and Uncle Tupelo amongst many.

They have been writing & performing their blend of Americana, Blues, Country Rock & Soul since 2010.

Born from the founding members of $outhpaw & The Revivals, they bring their audiences soaring pedal steel, electrifying lap slide guitar, Telecaster guts &  gristle, an engine room of bass & drums, all of this behind two equally distinctive voices and songwriting styles.
They have been played on BBC Radio Scotland (Iain Anderson) and describe themselves as “Writing our own chapter in The Great Americana Songbook”
BUY The New Madrids album: MP3 - UK iTunes

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