Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Playlist week of 21st June 2014

Playlist week of 21st June 2014


21st June 2014 – BBC Playlist

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Brand new music from Kenny Chesney, Sturgill Simpson, Joni Harms and Holly Williams.
Plus classics from The Highwaymen, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffett and Kathy Mattea.

The Bittersweets - Long Day | Album: The Life You Always Wanted (June 2006) UK iTunes
M Callahan - God's Green Earth | Album: Chicken On A Chain (EP; Feb 2014) Hotdisc #186 June Single MP3 - UK iTunes
Kathy Mattea - She Came From Fort Worth | Album: Willow In The Wind (1990) CD (June 21, 1959) BIRTHDAY
Sturgill Simpson - Voices | Album: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Claire Lynch - Pee Wee And Fern Voice | Album: Moonlighter (1995) CD
The Time Jumpers - The Woman Of My Dreams | Album: The Time Jumpers CD
Holly Williams - Railroads | Album: The Highway CD - MP3
Robby Hecht - Papa's Down The Road Dead | Album: Robby Hecht (25 March 2014) MP3 - UK iTunes
Cassadee Pope - One Song Away | Album: Frame By Frame CD - MP3UK iTunes
Jim Reeves - I'll Fly Away | Album: The Great Jim Reeves Box Set 8CD (H&H Records) 170 tracks (including 92 overdubs). For more information visit , see the track listings here and order from
Rose-Mary Lou - Million Dollar Cowgirl | Album: Million Dollar Cowgirl MP3 
Aoife O'Donaovan - Red & White & Blue & Gold (Single) Album: Acoustic Sessions Single MP3
Kenny Chesney - American Kids | Album: TBA NEW Single
Philip Claypool - Come On Back Home | Album: Come On Back Home UK iTunes  NEW Single
Jessi Alexander - Kristofferson | Album: Down Home MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.comIt’s great, great tribute, it’s a really brilliant album” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
The Highwaymen - Silver Stallion | Album: The Highwayman Collection (2000) CD (Kris Kristofferson; June 22, 1936) BIRTHDAY
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash - Don't You Think It's Come Our Time | Album: Out Among The Stars (June Carter June 23, 1929; died May 15, 2003 (aged 73)) BIRTHDAY
Reba McEntire & Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You | Album: Reba Duets CD - MP3
Jamie Lee Thurston - 15 Minutes | Album: I Just Wanna Do My Thing (2009) MP3 - UK iTunes  Hotdisc #186 June 2014 Single
Jeni & Billy - McHenry Street | Album: Picnic In The Sky CD Baby Live Review at Barnsley Folk Club
Lorrie Morgan - Strong Enough To Cry | Album: My Heart (1999) CD (June 27, 1959) BIRTHDAY
Bryan Mayer - This Is Me (Radio Edit) (July 2012) MP3 Hotdisc #186 June 2014 Single
Joni Harms - From Oregon to Ireland | Album: From Oregon to Ireland NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -
Jimmy Buffett - Havana Daydreamin | Album: Sun Sea and Magarettas NEW MP3 - UK iTunes
Blacktop Gypsy - Traci | Album: Whirlwind (Sept 2011)

New on The Show

Sturgill Simpson

Hometown: Jackson, KY
Record label: High Top Mountain Records / Loose Music
Current Location - Nashville, Tennessee
Sounds Like: Merle Haggard/ Waylon Jennings
Influences: Appalachian Mountain Music, Traditional Bluegrass, Traditional Country
Roots Country / Country Americana / Alt. Country

Formerly the leader of Sunday Valley, an energetic roots outfit that made some waves in the early years of the new millennium, Sturgill Simpson gained greater renown as a solo artist, thanks in large part to his muscular 2013 solo debut High Top Mountain. 
Sturgill Simpson's authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery. Bonafide mountain hillbilly soul.
Sturgill announced the release of his sophomore record, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (10 tracks) which  released May 13, 2014 via High Top Mountain Records. It nods to the genre-expanding Ray Charles 1962 classic Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. It hints at the psychedelic sounds found within, a departure from Simpson’s first album, which drew comparisons to the music of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. “I think that there is a lot of room in country music for progression and sonic oscillation, which is what I wanted to explore.”
It tells you he's going to fold country's conventions over on themselves as if he's trying to create some kind of musical space-time portal. Simpson’s longtime friend Jason Seiler, known for his illustration of Pope Francis XV1 for Time Magazine, was recruited for the album’s cover art. Check out his single “Living The Dream” 
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Billboard Charts:  For the chart issued May 31, 2014 Metamodern Sounds In Country sold 5,500 copies to land at #59 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #11 on the Billboard Top Country Albums
Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending May 24, 2014): “Metamodern Sounds In Country” made a debut at No.2 buoyed by a recorded session on Radio 2’s Bob Harris Country.
Previously his album HIGH TOP MOUNTAIN landed at No.19 fo week ending March 1, 2014.
Sturgill Simpson has been added to Zac Brown Band‘s ‘Great American Road Trip’ as support on select East Coast dates this summer.
On June 29th he will play the Acoustic Stage (Afternoon show) at the Glastonbury Festival. A Full Band UK & Irish Tour has been lined up: Tues 30th September 2014 (Nottingham, The Maze), Wednesday 1st October (Bristol, St. Bonaventure’s), Thurs 2nd October ( Liverpool, Leaf), Fri 3rd Oct (Cork, Triskel Arts Centre), Saturday 4th Oct 2014 (Dublin, Whelan’s), Sunday 5th Oct (Glasgow, Oran Mor) and Monday 6th Oct (Gateshead, The Sage)
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Jamie Lee Thurston
“15 Minutes” –  “Toby Keith vibe about it, really like that, great up-tempo, would be a great line dance” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Hometown: Waterbury, Vt.  Current Location: Nashville, TN
Record label: Snakebit
Influences: ZZ Top, Hank Williams jr., Waylon Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Reed, AC/DC, Johnny Cash,

Born the youngest of three and raised in New England, Jamie Lee comes by his talent honestly.
A third generation musician, Jamie Lee's father was a renowned bandleader fronting a variety of musical groups in Vermont. His grandfather and various uncles played fiddle and piano. As a teenager, Jamie Lee worked as a roadie for his Dad's band and right after high school, he graduated to play guitar.
Years of playing in bars and clubs across the Northeast and Canada soon drew the attention of a wider audience. Opening for superstar country acts such as the Dixie Chicks, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington, Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels, Jamie Lee was bitten by the Nashville bug. A 2003 collaboration with producer Gregg Brown led to a record deal with Warner Brothers, followed by another project with the legendary writer and producer Chuck Howard. A publishing deal with EMI led to songs being recorded by the likes of Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry.
In 2009 Jamie Lee scored his first major national airplay when Rodney Atkins covered "15 Minutes," an instant hit that Jamie Lee penned with his prolific writing partner, Tony Mullins.
Released to Europe in June 2014 “15 Minutes” made a bow at No.7 on the Hotdisc Top 40 chart and has climbed so far to No.6
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Robby Hecht
Singer/Songwriter  Hometown: Nashville, TN
Awards: 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour Winner
2008 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winner
Influences: Paul Simon, Jim Croce, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg, Otis Redding, David Gray, Joni Mitchell, Josh Ritter, Marc Cohn...

A proper artist struggles to influence life’s signal to noise ratio. Under the right kind of concentration, the static grows quiet. The extraneous and the superficial are pared away. And precious human qualities are held still, carefully turned over and inspected for illuminating details. 
In Robby Hecht’s case, this effort emerges as music that invites and even induces the listener to a similar place of serenity, clarity and patience. “When I’m writing by myself something can take three years until I get past my own self-editing phase,” says Hecht about his meticulous approach. “Everything I write I’m trying to capture some kind of truth that I haven’t heard anyone say in that way before.”
Raised by Midwestern Jewish parents in the conservative South, he became accustomed to – but never comfortable with – frequent questions about which (Christian) church he attended. His tastes in music in his teens ran the gamut from Def Leppard to The Grateful Dead.
For his third album, a self-titled collection of twelve lovely and insightful songs, Hecht turned to Nashville’s Lex Price, a low-key sonic master who’s worked with with k.d. lang, Mindy Smith and others, as producer. The honestly recorded, elegantly mixed record is well positioned to stir the hearts that have been stirred before and more besides....Facebook Profile
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Rose-Mary Lou
“Million Dollar Cowgirl” – “This one’s great, I really do like this title track” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Singer, songwriter,composer, Rose Mary is recognized a most accomplished performer. Her musical influences are mostly  rooted in Vocal Art, Musical Theatre, Americana Folk music,  Country, Blues, Gospel and Jazz.

Her Show also reflects her liking for, Celtic, Soul, Swing and Cajun & Tex Mex music. Rose Mary cut an exquisite  album she entitled »Million Dollar Cowgirl » in Nashville TN-USA . 

Her most accomplished to date, she penned and co-arranged ten out of the eleven engaging melody driven songs engineered by Eric Hellerman (Martina Mac Bride) and Gary Paczosa (Alison Kraus, Dolly Parton…) Featuring some of the Most renowned among Nashville outstanding session players (Paul Franklin-Stuart Duncan- Eddye Bayers, Brent Mason…).

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Aoife O'Donovan (pronounced “ee-fuh”)
“Red & White & Blue & Gold” – “Really nice voice hasn't she” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

AAA/ Americana/ Folk
The thing about fossils is that they take a very long time in the making, and it’s not an entirely intentional process.
2013 saw the launch of Aoife O'Donovan's solo career, the culmination of a decade spent playing in the celebrated progressive string band, Crooked Still, and collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Ollabelle, Sometymes Why, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Sara Watkins, Kathy Mattea and many more. FOSSILS was a mix of influences, sounds and genres, but remained firmly grounded in her folk roots. She served briefly as The Duhks' front woman in 2007.
Aoife spent the year traveling across the country for more than 250 shows, touring solo and with a full band as she shared the stage with The Milk Carton Kids, Ben Sollee, Prairie Home Companion, The Lone Bellow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Elephant Revival and more. Along the way, she also made stops to visit with friends at radio. A radio acoustic sampler was pulled from some of those stops, including NPR's Weekend Edition and her visit to the Americana Music Association's annual festival.
The track played “Red & White & Blue & Gold” (Single) is available for download at:
Amazon UK and UK iTunes
Aoife will be performing on Saturday, June 28 on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury and in London on 1st July at The Borderline.
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