Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Playlist 17th May 2014

Playlist 17th May 2014


17th May 2014 – BBC Playlist

George Strait - Brothers Of The Highway | Album: Troubadour CD (May 18, 1952) BIRTHDAY
The Oak Ridge Boys - I’m Settin’ Fancy Free | Album: Album: Boys Night Out MP3 - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com
NEW  (Joe Bonsall May 18, 1948) BIRTHDAY
Ward Thomas - Take That Train | Album: Footnotes (EP) MP3 - UK iTunes
Troy Cassar Daley – Home | Album: Home UK iTunes (May 18, 1969) BIRTHDAY
Eli Barsi - Farm Girl | Album: Portrait of a Cowgirl (June 2013) UK iTunes
Mickey Newbury – Sunshine (May 19, 1940) BIRTHDAY
Amanda Shires - Angels & Acrobats | Album: West Cross Timbers MP3
John McNicholl & Sandy Kelly - Welcome Home NEW Single
Tia McGraff - Conductor For A Day | Album: Break These Chains CDUK iTunes  
Bryan Sutton - Been All Around The World Album: Into My Own CD - MP3 NEW More details at Sugar Hill Records
Cassadee Pope - I Wish I Could Break Your Heart | Album: Frame By Frame CD - MP3UK iTunes NEW Single
Alan Jackson - I’ll Try | Album: The Greatest Hits Collection CD
Joni Harms - Oregon Trail Let's Put The Western Back In The Country (2010) MP3 
Travis Tritt - That’s What Dreamers Do (May 13, 2014) NEW Single UK iTunes Tritt wrote it for the independent biopic film based on the early life of Walt Disney and narrated by Tritt
The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm | Album: The Common Linnets (released May 9, 2014) NEW CDMP3 - UK iTunes
Ilse Delange - Lonely Too | Album: World Of Hurt (1999) CD
Mac Wiseman - Little White Church | Album: 1st Recorded Live Concert MP3 (May 23, 1925) BIRTHDAY
Jessi Alexander - Drink On It | Album: Down Home (Lonesome Vinyl) MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com NEW
Hunter Hayes - Wild Card | Album: Storyline (released May 6, 2014) CD - Smart Choice Music NEW
Rhonda Vincent - Beneath Still Waters | Album: Only Me NEW CD - Amazon.com
Christy Moore - My Little Honda 50 (Single) MP3
Carrie Ann Carrolls - You Should Know | Album: You Should Know [Import] (March 4, 2014) CD - MP3 - UK iTunesCD BABY - Amazon.com
Shelly West - Suite Sixteen | Album: 2 on 1; West By West / Red Hot – Amazon UK (May 23, 1958) BIRTHDAY
Tania Kernaghan - Call Home NEW Single UK iTunes
Radney Foster - Mine Until The Morning | Album: Everything I Should Have Said NEW (CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music
Dolly Parton - Home | Album: Blue Smoke NEW CD - Amazon.com - Smart Choice Music
Kenny Rogers - Through The Years | Album: CD

New on The Show:

Ward Thomas

“Take That Train” - “Very Nice, new duo, Ward Thomas, some lovely harmonies going on there and as with The Shires a very professional sound and very current. 
That soft country sound, I think they’re going to do very well” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire. 

>> Listen Here:

Genre: Country/Folk/Pop music
Label: John Woollcombe and Roland Hill at WTW Music 

  • The English country/folk/pop music Hampshire duo, hail from Petersfield, comprise 20-year old test tube twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas. Birthdate March 28th.
  • A strong creative legacy runs through both sides of their family. Their grandmother Evelyn Anthony, the pen name of Evelyn Ward-Thomas, wrote over forty novels and their  great-grandfather Henry Christian Stephens was an inventor for the miltiary. Their parents, whom went through a divorce when Catherine and Lizzy were aged twelve, played in a band together and their mother has become a recognized painter for her visual art. Their brother Tom is an actor and a playwright.
  • Catherine (alto) and Lizzy (soprano) began singing in a choir in a convent singing classical songs. When aged 15 they became influenced by country music listening to The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and via the 2005 film Walk The Line, based on the early life and career of Johnny Cash.
  • It was during their 6th form school year at Hurtwood House, a boarding school for the arts based in Surrey, England, that Lizzy and Catherine began writing songs. During 2010 they gave their first public performance singing songs by Carrie Underwood to school friends. Their voice teacher sent a tape to Nashville producer, composer and musician Bobby Blazier and the recording process began, taking trips to Nashville during school breaks.
  • They represented the UK at “CMA Presents The Aristo Global Show” on Tuesday, June 4, 2013  at The Second Fiddle in Nashville, hosted by one of Australia’s top Disc Jockey’s Ben Sorensen (Australia). Further details Aristo PR Press
  • Following graduation, Ward Thomas returned to Nashville to begin their American introduction with a small market radio performance and promotional tour in October and November of 2013 visiting radio stations and playing venues in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.
  • In 2013 they began recording a country/folk/pop debut album in Nashville TN, co-writing with Matt Greaves and Ann Bailey. They worked with Chris Rodriguez (Producer, previously guitarist in Keith Urban’s band), Bobby Blazier (Producer), Jeremy Hunter and Dan Dugmore (Lap steel, Acoustic Guitar) with guest appearances from Michael Omartian and Vince Gill (Electric Guitar)! They have a live band 7-piece band of UK Musicians – “None of this backing track gubbins!” they said on their Facebook
  • Ward Thomas were the support for Mindy Smith on Sunday June 30, 2013 at The Bush Hall in London.
  • They signed with BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) on Nov 19, 2013 stopping by BMI Nashville to become a part of the BMI family. They also promoted themselves with a US radio tour and played a number of shows in the Country Music Capital.
  • They appeared at the C2C: Country to Country 2014 Festival Pop Stages and released their first UK 4 Track EP FOOTNOTES on 7th April (iTunes) with a debut full length album due to drop this Summer. Ward Thomas embarked on their first UK tour in February 2014.
  • The 4-song EP features three original songs co-written by the girls and recorded out in Nashville and a cover of Dougie MacLean’s classic ‘Caledonia’. They write and sing about family, friends and their continued string of wild adventures. Life's questions, cheerful moments, honesty, love and laughter is what inspires them to write their music stories. The first single ‘The Good & The Right’ displays a longing for a simpler time, discusses people’s relationship with technology, takes a subtle dig at radio whilst looking for a more inspiring message and lyrics. The song Take That Train is a true-life story about love lost and a chance for redemption, inspired by Lizzy’s brief encounter with a complete stranger on a train who confided in her. “We need to stop and realize even the small, everyday decisions we make become footnotes in our bigger life stories.”
  • Their new radio single “The Good and the Right “ was played on Weekend Wogan on BBC Radio 2 Sunday March 9th (see playlist) . They appeared live on the show on Sunday March 23, 2014 and performed “Caledonia” and “The Good and the Right” BBc Radio 2 Playlist
  • “The Good And The Right” was playlisted on the “B” BBC Radio 2 Playlist for 4 weeks commencing March 29th. It reached #10 on the UK iTunes Top 1500 Singer/Songwriter Albums Chart.
  • In April 2014 they flew off to America for a few months touring around the southern states. They will be back in the UK in the  summer to play more shows and do some of the summer festivals (Americana International Festival, Maverick Festival)
“Hampshire the home of country music, sensational country duo Ward Thomas” - Sir Terry Wogan
"They are blindingly good" - Terry Wogan (March 23, 2014) BBC Playlist Page

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