Monday, 30 June 2014

Playlist week of 28th June 2014


28th June 2014 – BBC Playlist

Brand new music from Dolly Parton, Rodney Crowell and Joni Harms. Plus classics from George Morgan, Keith Whitley and Nanci Griffith

Alan Jackson signing label deal 25 years ago
Presley & Taylor - Kickin’ Back NEW Single
Alan Jackson - Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow | Album: Here In The Real World (1990) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes 
Kellie Pickler - Closer To Nowhere | Album: Woman I Am (Nov 2013) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes  (June 28, 1986) BIRTHDAY 
George Morgan - Room Full Of Roses | Album: CD  (June 28, 1924; died July 7, 1975 (aged 51) BIRTHDAY
Keith Whitley & Lorrie Morgan - I Just Want You | Album: A Tribute Album (2008) MP3 (July 1, 1954; died May 9, 1989 aged 34)) BIRTHDAY
Ward Thomas – Footnotes (Happy Ending) | Album: Footnotes (EP) MP3 - UK iTunes
Tony Joe White - That’s The Way A Cowboy Rocks & Rolls | Album: Live From Austin TX MP3
David Berkeley - Back To Blue | Album: The Fire In My Head (2013; Folk/Indie/Alt) MP3
Michelle Wright - The Wall | Album: Reasons Why (1999) CD (July 1, 1961) BIRTHDAY 
George Ducas - All Kinds Of Crazy NEW Single
Carolyn Martin - The Waltz You Saved For Me | Album: A Platter of Brownies: The Music of Milton Brown MP3 - UK iTunes
Felicity Urquhart - City Of Light | Album: City of Light (EP) UK iTunes NEW Single
Gator Park - Hayseed Highway | Album: TBA MP3 - NEW Single
Holly Williams - Giving Up | Album: The Highway UK Release 2 June 2014) CD
Johnny Lee - Cherokee Fiddle | Album: (July 3, 1946) BIRTHDAY
Raelynn - God Made Girls NEW Single
Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett - Five O’Clock Somewhere | Album: Greatest Hits Volume II CD
Dolly Parton - Miss You – Miss Me | Album: Blue Smoke NEW CD - Smart Choice Music (Deluxe Edition)
Aaron Tippin - When Country Took The Throne | Album: Call Of The Wild CD (July 3, 1958) BIRTHDAY
Joni Harms - West Texas Waltz | Album: From Oregon to Ireland NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -
Nanci Griffith - Ten Degrees & Getting Colder | Album: Other Voices Other Rooms (1998) CD (July 6, 1953 (age 60) BIRTHDAY
Rodney Crowell - The Flyboy & The Kid | Album: Tarpaper Sky NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Some really lovely tracks
Leslie Satcher - Love Letters From Old Mexico | Album: Love Letters CD - MP3
Jimmy C Newman - Alligator Man | Album: Cajun Classics CD UK iTunes (born August 29, 1927 - died June 21, 2014 in Nashville; aged 86) R.I.P
Mary Gauthier - False From True | Album: Trouble & Love NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music
Heather Pierson - It’s Time To Go | Album: The Hard Work of Living CD - MP3

New on The Show

Carolyn Martin

“The Waltz You Saved For Me” - “this was the one that particularly struck me, I love the fiddle and the steel on that particular track” -- Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Western Swing  / Swing / Country
Record Label: Java Jive Records

Singer Carolyn Martin has been described as “… a winning throwback to the days where emotion was measured and artful rather than loud and histrionic.” From European concert halls to intimate venues at home in Nashville, fans have come to know Carolyn as a vocalist with a unique sense of musical style, a charismatic stage presence and a voice that exudes passion and experience – the soulful elegance that is the very essence of music.
Carolyn Martin is a native Texan who has lived in Nashville for many years. She began singing professionally while growing up in Abilene, and began travelling and performing throughout Texas and the rest of the US a few years later.
Since settling in Nashville in 1985, she has had the pleasure of working with many of the most talented musicians and singers in the world.
Carolyn was a member of Nashville’s Time Jumpers, a western swing band comprised of Nashville’s finest session musicians and singers for 11 years.
Her music draws inspiration not only from the classic western swing groups of the 1930s through the 1950s, but also from the big band swing era, Broadway show tunes, and southern blues.
Her CD "Cookin' With Carolyn" was named the 2011 Best Western Swing Album by the Western Music Association while her prior project, "Swing" was named as one of the top Swing CD's of the year in 2009.
Carolyn was named the 2010 Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists and was nominated by the Western Music Association for 4 awards in 2010 (including, Album of the year and Female Vocalist of the Year) and was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame in 2011.

On Carolyn's latest project, the band and her decided they would tap into the roots of the genre – and that led them straight to the music of Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies.
In the end, the 16 songs on “A Platter of Brownies” are a fair representation of the Brownies’ varied repertoire. Their goal was not to duplicate the sound of the original recordings; the arrangements, which were group efforts done in the studio immediately prior to recording, were fashioned to suit their inclinations and musical tastes while trying to retain the energy and spirit of the Brownies’ wonderful versions.
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Gator Park

“Hayseed Highway” - “I really do like their sound” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Three voices. Two brothers. One best friend. Gator Park, a vocal trio steeped in the classic country tradition of storytellers like Rodney Crowell and Alabama, is proof that there’s strength in numbers.
Formed during the hottest days of a Tennessee summer, the band began as a casual jam session between friends. Bryan Hobbs and Kerry Justin Degman started swapping songs in “the treehouse,” a small shed nestled into the woods behind Bryan’s home. Within weeks, they were joined by Bryan’s younger brother, Andy Hobbs. Drawing on a mutual appreciation for old-school country tunes anchored by strong, linear storylines, the guys began creating their own material. Since everyone contributed to the song writing process, they decided to share the frontman role, too, with all three musicians sing.
By the end of the summer, Gator Park had written an album’s worth of material. Looking for a producer who shared their vision, the guys flew to southern California, where they teamed up with Max Collins, frontman of the ’90s alt-rock band Eve 6. After recording the bulk of their album at Collins’ L.A. studio, the entire crew flew back to Nashville, where Gator Park wrapped up the recording process at Blackbird Studio, one of the most famous studios south of the Mason Dixon Line. The band’s team expanded, too, with Chuck Ainlay (Steve Earle, Miranda Lambert) and Ben Folwer (Hank Williams, Jr.) doing the final mixes.
The result? The Lake, a sharp, sweeping debut album that paints the picture of three grown men who haven’t forgotten where they came from. It’s an album rooted in memories, anchored by three-part harmonies and sweetened by a combination of fiddle,  acoustic guitar, pedal steel and B3 organ.
Their single “Hayseed Highway” (First Base Records / Jerry Duncan Promotions) was sent to country radio on June 24, 2014
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“God Made Girls” – “Really like the vibe to this... Rather good I thought” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Billboard Feature 26 June 2014

20-year old Racheal Woodward, best known as RaeLynn (born May 4, 1994) in Baytown, Texas. 

Her musical roots are hereditary for she comes from a very musical family, constantly dazzling audiences singing at church. 
One of Rae’s many inspirations was her brother Jake who is in the Grammy nominated band “Leeland”. At the age of 11, RaeLynn’s love for country music was born. One afternoon after listening to “Me and Charlie Talking” by Miranda Lambert, she had her mother buy the album. RaeLynn still to this day looks to Miranda as her inspiration.
RaeLynn blew the judges away with her rendition of “Hell on Heels” by the Pistol Annies at the blind auditions for second season of The Voice. RaeLynn chose Blake Shelton as her coach. She continued to gain national attention and support with her twangy voice, bad ass country – rock performances, great fashion sense, and adorable personality. Rae was eliminated on April 18, 2012 during the quarter finals.
Her 2012 single "Boyfriend" reached #32 on Hot Country Songs
RaeLynn (Valory) has been working on her radio tour, and BMLG is prepared to release her first official country radio single >> "God Made Girls" in June 2014.
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Heather Pierson
“The Hard Work of Living” -  “A perfect one to go out with, really nice” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Location: Mount Washington Valley, USA  Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
Record Label: Vessel Recordings
Singer/songwriter/performer/adventurer. Honest, heartfelt, soulful.
Honest, stirring Americana tales of real life, despair and hope.

Born to a Scottish émigré mother and Navy veteran machinist father just west of the Ozark Plateau in Joplin, Missouri, Heather began in life in the single-traffic-light town of Galena, Kansas.  Music was constantly spilling out of the speakers of her parents’ stereo – a diverse playlist that included The Allman Brothers, Kansas, Cream, The Beatles, KISS, Cat Stevens, Mario Lanza, Jose Feliciano and Anne Murray.  
This diversity served to open Heather’s young mind to the rich and varied language of music and to lay the foundation for her future endeavours and experimentations.
Heather Pierson is a pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter and performer and winner of the 2012 New England Songwriting Contest. From New Orleans jazz to poignant folk narratives and Delta-style blues to soul-stirring instrumentals and chants, Heather’s live performances move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity. Her seventh CD, THE HARD WORK OF LIVING, features her Americana/folk/roots songwriting, including her award winning single “A Hard Man To Please”. It is the culmination of her explorations with the acoustic guitar – a delicately crafted collection of songs that have already been winning her entry into songwriting contests and listeners’ hearts all over the United States. From the gospel-infused “Let It Roll Off Your Back” to the heart stopping “I’ll Never Know Freedom Again” to the achingly beautiful title track, lovers of the honesty and passion of Americana and roots music will find a new emotional home in this album.....Read More Bio
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