Sunday, 27 April 2014

Playlist & News week of 26th April 2014


26th April 2014 – BBC Playlist

Brand new music from The Oak Ridge Boys, The Trinity River Band, Erica Sunshine Lee and Tim McGraw. Plus Classics from Johnny Horton & The Gatlin Brothers.

Kari & Billy - Are You Ready for the Weekend MP3 (released April 14, 2014) NEW Single 
Billy Ray Cyrus with George Jones and Loretta Lynn – Country Music Has The Blues  NEW Single originally on the Album Wanna Be Your Joe CD George Jones was not only a country music pioneer and superstar, he was my good friend. It was my privilege that he and Loretta Lynn honored me with this vocal collaboration. As we approach the anniversary of his death on April 26th, it is only fitting that we remind the country music world of our great loss.’ – BRC
Erin Enderlin - Finding My Voice | Album: I Let Her Talk MP3 - iTunes It’s just great she’s found her voice and it’s music to my ears - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
Herb Pedersen - Baby Had A Banjo | Album: Country Music For Kids (Disney; 1992) CD (April 27, 1944) BIRTHDAY
Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton - I Will Never Marry | Album: The Duets Duets (Rhino) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
Rascal Flatts – Rewind  NEW Single  MP3 (Jay DeMarcus: April 26, 1971)  BIRTHDAY
Karen Brooks & Randy Sharp – He Loves Me | Album: That's Another Story (1992) MP3 (Karen Brooks aged 60; April 29, 1954) BIRTHDAY 
Bernie Heaney – Boots NEW Single
Birds Of Chicago - Sugar Dumplin' | Album: Live from Space (released 5 Dec 2013) MP3 A Duo Allison Russell & JT Nero from  Chicago, IL Genres: Americana / indie folk soul. Find them on FACEBOOK for current UK tour dates.  Really like her voice, the highlight for me
The Oak Ridge Boys – Trying to Love Two Women | Album: Boys Night Out MP3 - Smart Choice Music  NEW  (Duane Allen: April 29, 1943) BIRTHDAY
The Trinity River Band – I'll Love You Just the Same | Album: Better Than Blue MP3 This follow up is equally as strong... Music to my ears, that soft acoustic sound, beautiful.....Fabulous group, really great that they're back, super - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
Johnny Horton - Honky-Tonk Hardwood Floor | Album: The Essential - MP3 (April 30, 1925; died November 5, 1960 (aged 35)) BIRTHDAY
Erica Sunshine Lee - Train Wreck | Album: The South Will Rise Again MP3 - UK iTunes A softer song that really suits her voice...Lovely Digi-pac with a great booklet with all the lyrics in -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
100 Mile House – Last Call | Album: Wait With Me (2013) CD Inlay The third full-length album from Canadian duo Peter Stone and wife, Denise MacKay originally from England, who moved to Edmonton
Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert -  She Was No Good for Me | Album: To All The Girls (Sony Music CMG) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes  (April 30, 1933) BIRTHDAY 
Kelley Nelson - The Son Is Always With Me in the Mine | Album: In the Waiting (Dec 2012)  CD - UK iTunes
Small Town Pistols – Easy As Breathing | Album: Self Titled Album CD - UK iTunes  (Tyler Wilkinson April 30, (1984) BIRTHDAY
Delaney And Bonnie - Never Ending Song Of Love | Album: Best Of CD  >> YouTube
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - Meanwhile Back At Mama’s | Album: Sundown Heaven Town (Out Sept 16, 2014) NEW Radio Single
Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman - Betelgeuse | Album: We Made It Home (Oct 2013) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Joey & Rory - In a Cowboy's Dreams | Album: Made To Last CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - - Smart Choice Music  (Rory Feek April 25) BIRTHDAY
Ty Herndon - Lies I Told Myself  Album: Lies I Told Myself  (FUNL Music) MP3 - UK iTunes - (May 2, 1962) BIRTHDAY
Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers - Sweet Becky Walker | Album: Pilgrimage CD (2009) (Larry Gatlin May 2, 1948) BIRTHDAY
Jennifer Nettles - Like A Rock | Album: That Girl CD - - US iTunes
Kevin Sharp -  Let Me Rock You to Sleep  | Album: Joey's Song: Country (Various artists) MP3  RIP Country singer Kevin Sharp died on Saturday (April 19, 2014) from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, his website confirmed. He was 43. Sharp, best known for his hit song “Nobody Knows”, battled with cancer as a teenager in the Nineties.
George Jones - The Rock | Album: The Rock (2001) CD

New on The Show:

Kari & Billy
Members: Kari Nelson and Billy Arnold
Hometown: Roseau MN, and Mulberry FL  Record label: Unsigned
Current Location: Nashville Tennessee
Todays country with traditional country music influences.
Kari & Billy
While Kari and Billy have both experienced personal success in their music careers, they have recently started taking the stage as a duo and have begun to weave their personal, unique talents together to create something truly special. Coming from opposite ends of the country, with very different backgrounds, the two met in Nashville and were drawn together not only by their similar taste and love for music but also their views on life.

Kari Nelson is a native of Roseau, Minnesota and has played violin since the tender age of 7. Her background training was in classical music and she took many years of lessons at the Manitoba Music Conservatory in Canada. Kari grew up playing music with her sisters at local events in Minnesota and North Dakota including county and state fairs. Kari's first band experiences came from playing with the Nite Riders in her hometown of Roseau. Kari packed her bags and followed her dreams down to Nashville in September of 2006. Kari is currently a member of the John Rich (of Big & Rich) band and has also played with artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Steel Magnolia's, Trace Adkins, and Joanna Smith. She has appeared in several music videos with John Rich and Big and Rich. Kari also performed fiddle and backup vocals for John Rich on the Celebrity Apprentice Finale in May 2011.

Billy Arnold was born in Tampa Florida at MacDill Air Force Base. He left home at the age of 18 and move to Georgiana, Alabama, a small town in Southern Alabama. He spent a lot of time there as a kid visiting his grandparents and moved there to be closer to them. At 22 years old he started singing and knew right away that he had found his calling. Billy joined a local band called "The Backwood Boys" and began traveling the country playing music.
Since then he has toured the U.S. playing any honky tonk, fair or festival that would hire him, or sometimes just feed him and his band. After a few years on the road he joined a band called "Common Ground". Between playing with Common Ground, The Backwood Boys and going solo, Billy has played shows from Florida to Maine and from Georgia to California. Billy moved to Nashville to further pursue his dream of being a singer songwriter. He plays at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on a regular basis along with road shows, charity events and acoustic dates. Over the years he has played shows with Craig Morgan, Tracy Byrd, Daryle Singletary, Rhett Atkins, Mark Wills, Vern Gosdin, Arron Tippin, Confederate Railroad, Chad Brock, David Kersh and many, many more.  Read More at

Check out Kari & Billy!   They released their debut album WHOLE LOTTA LOVE on May 25,  2012. It consists of 16 self written, self produced songs that range from high energy fiddle songs to beautiful ballads, saucy dance songs, and light hearted humorous tracks.

Kari & Billy announced the release of their second single to radio, "Are You Ready for the Weekend" (Amazon UKUK iTunes) - "This song is different than anything else we have recorded together and yet it still has all the elements that we find important in maintaining our identity as a duo and as artists." noted Kari & Billy in reference to the new song. The song was released to radio nationwide on April 14th 2014 and has already created quite a splash. 

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Bernie Heaney

“Boots” - "I think she's great..I think her voice and vibe is absolutely superb on this one....Wonderful stuff" - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre:  Country & Irish  Hometown: Newbridge,Co.Kildare,Ireland.

Bernie lives in Newbridge Co. Kildare on the edge of the beautiful Curragh plains. She spent a lot of her childhood moving between Ireland and England like so many other family’s that emigrated to find work at that time. Her mother is from Kildare and dad comes from Dublin. She was raised on country music dad played the pedal steel guitar, acoustic guitar and sang in the local pubs. He was known as the yodelling cowboy.
Bernie married when I she was nineteen years old and shortly afterwards I moved home to County Kildare. She has three grown up children and they all play instruments. Music was never far away and she has been playing the pub scene as a one women band. She met Chuck and June Owens from Granard, Co. Longford. This led her to be introduced to their son Jonathan. She is now recording her first album with producer Jonathan Owens at Spout Studios. It has been a long time coming but she never gave up on her dream. Read more at Facebook/Bernie-Heaney/

Her new single “Boots” is a cover of the Joey+Rory song taken from their album THE LIFE OF A SONG (2008)
Bernie’s >> video is produced and directed by Michael Bracken (

Kelley Nelson

“The Son Is Always With Me in the Mine” - Really like that little track there - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Bluegrass / Gospel / Contemporary Gospel 
Hometown:  Jonesville, VA  Current Location: Castlewood, VA
Record Label: Salvation's Song Music

Blurb: On December 18th, 2012 Kelley Nelson released her highly-anticipated all-gospel project, "In the Waiting" . This new album was produced by award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and recording artist Steve Gulley, and it includes the talent of many of the industry's top musicians and vocalists. The first gospel project from this talented Virginia native. With cuts from several accomplished songwriters, including Kim Williams, Mark Wheeler, and Marty Funderburk, among others, the songs on this album are sure to stand the test of time. The combination of top-notch songwriting, astonishing musicianship, fine production, and Kelley Nelson's heart-felt vocals prove that this album is well on it's way to establishing this artist in the realm of Bluegrass and Christian Music.
With roots that run deep through the Appalachian Mountains, Kelley Nelson was introduced to Bluegrass Music at a very young age by her grandfather, and learned to sing in her church choir as a child. She was also influenced by traditional Country Music of the 70's and 80's and now is a fan of many types of music, including Contemporary Christian. As a songwriter, she contributed one song to her current album entitled, "Call on Me". She co-wrote the song with Dave Woods, host of the "In the Country" radio program. Kelley is also co-writer on "Where My Darlin' Waits for Me", which was recently released by Rural Rhythm Records on Ray Edwards's Portrait of a Bluegrass Songwriter.
After performing in her own bluegrass band for the past 6 years, Kelley has decided to fully pursue Christian Music.
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