Monday, 18 August 2014

Playlist week of 16th August 2014


Brand new music from Sunny Sweeney, Donna Hughes & Lee Ann Womack and classics from The Gatlins, Eddy Raven and Justin Tubb
16th August 2014 – BBC Playlist

Ashton Shepherd - Seventeen Again | Album: This Is America MP3 - iTunes  (August 16, 1986) BIRTHDAY
Billy Joe Shaver - Music City USA | Album: Long In The Tooth NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - 
The Dixie Chicks - West Texas Wind | Album: Thank Heaven For Dale Evans (Dec 1990) Track By Track Details
 (Emily Erwin Aug 16, 1972) BIRTHDAY 
Vince Gill - A River Like You | Album: These Days (Little Brother CD) 4-CD Box Set
Donna Hughes – Walmart | Album: From The Heart NEW CD Baby  
Eddy Raven - You’re Never Too Old For Young Love | Album:  Right Hand Man (Aug 19, 1934) BIRTHDAY
Makena Hartlin - Young & In Love NEW | Album: TBA  FREE Download reverbnation / buy at 
Clay Walker - She Won’t Be Lonely Long | Album: Best Of CD (Aug 19, 1969) BIRTHDAY
Celia Bryce Band - Worker’s Song | Album: Links NEW (Dec 2013) MP3 - UK iTunes
The Gatlin Brothers - Sweet Becky Walker | Album: The Pilgrim / Rain Rainbow 2-ON-1 CD (Rudy Gatlin, Aug 20, 1952) BIRTHDAY
Lee Ann Womack - The Way I’m Livin’ | Album: The Way I’m Livin’ (out Sept 23, 2014) NEW Single (Aug 19, 1966) BIRTHDAY Jim Reeves - Where We’ll Never Grow Old | Album:The Great Jim Reeves Box Set 8CD (H&H Records) (Aug 20, 1924) BIRTHDAY For more information visit , tracklists here and order from or Smart Choice Music
Sunny Sweeney - Used Cars | Album: Provoked NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -
Brennen Leigh - If I Ever Get Married Again | Album:  >> YouTube
Justin Tubb - I’m Looking For A Date Tonight (Single) >> YouTube
Mila Mason - Let Me Cry | Album: The Strong One CD
Lowri Evans - Deep Inside (feat. Martin Simpson) (Single, March 2014) MP3 
Ricky Lynn Gregg - Bring On The Neon | Album:   (1993) CD (Aug 22, 1961) BIRTHDAY
Holly Dunn - Why Wyoming | Album: Cornerstone (1987) CD
Wayne Taylor - Sing With Me | Album: Moving On (April 2014) UK iTunes - CD Baby
Gwen Sebastian - Small Town Soul (Single) US iTunes  NEW Single 
Collin Raye – Galveston | Album: Still on the Line....the Songs of Glen Campbell (Dec 2013) MP3
Amanda Rheaume - AGB Bannatyne | Album: Keep A Fire (July 26, 2014) MP3UK iTunes
Cody Johnson - Me & My Kind | Album: Cowboys Like Me (Jan 14, 2014) NEW Single  MP3 - UK iTunes -  MP3 NEW Single
Donna Hughes – Gone | Album: From The Heart NEW CD Baby  
Kenny Rogers - There You Go Again | Album: CD (2000)

New on The Show

Celia Bryce Band

“Worker’s Song” -  ”Think Emmylou Harris meets Nanci Griffith with a bit of Kim Richey thrown’s a nice song...not often you hear a brass band on the country show  I think it really enhances that track ...I think that is a great addition to our show” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Hometown: North Shields
Record label: Vermillion Road

Celia Bryce is an award winning playwright and children’s author as well as a supremely talented singer-songwriter. 
Her musical career started in Gilbert & Sullivan at the age of 10 and has progressed through traditional folk, Irish music, soul and country in various bands.
All these influences come to bear in Celia's writing. She plays guitar and accordion and both her voice and song-writing is feted by many well-known and influential musicians as diverse as Al Perkins, Jez Lowe & Ray Laidlaw.
Band/ Album Credits: Tony Schofield (guitar; composed many of the tunes on the second album), Colin Bradshaw (plays bass, various acoustic guitars, harmony), Eddie Harris (drums), Lee Cramman (keyboards), Tony Davis (engineer, co-producer, keyboard player & harmony, Gary Young (arranged the brass parts) Emma Bartch (ensemble and solo cornet), Elliot Gray (trombone), Lucy Stadward & Barbara Nortyn (backing vocals and hand claps).
The band's full album LINKS released in the summer of 2014
"Just fabulous... raunchy, sexy, bluesy - every ingredient needed to drag British country kickin' and screamin' into the 21st Century" - Country Routes.
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Makena Hartlin

”Young & In Love”

ReverbNation Featured Artist Award July 2014, August 2014. Ranked #4 Bridgeview, IL Country / Country Rock

She is a young country singer-songwriter from Illinois in the process of making her debut EP
Won Best Country Act at the 2014 Chicago Independent Music Awards
From her website: Makena Hartlin has been cultivating her voice and songwriting for years, and it’s definitely paid off. Lilting, soulful vocals and charming instrumentals give this up-and-comer a dramatic edge.
>> Listen / Download the gentle, floaty and beautiful “Young & In Love” at reverbnation for an email share to get an MP3 (160kbps) or visit where you are able to purchase her tracks - Product Image
These six new tracks were produced, recorded and mixed by Neil Kernon for Auslander. They were recorded at Groovemaster Recording, Chicago, IL with music and lyrics by Makean.

Growing up in a quiet suburban town southwest of Chicago would not normally be the typical breeding ground for country singers, but the magic of this genre captured her from the moment the ringing of steel guitars and fiddles, and melodies of Gary LeVox’s voice in Rascal Flatts struck her ears in 2006. The essence of contemporary country music had struck a major chord with Makena, and she began to dig deeper into the roots of this vast, heartfelt area of music.
As an early adolescent, she idolized country queens such as the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert, and kings such as George Strait, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney.
In July of 2011, she took a bold risk and auditioned for season 2 of NBC’s “The Voice”, making it to the top few of over 10,000 that auditioned in her city, but unfortunately was not chosen to be a contestant on the show. That decision only fueled her desire to become a self-sufficient singer and song-writer.
From December 2012 to June 2013, she has opened for national acts and industry legends such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jo Dee Messina, Mark Wills, Steel Magnolia, John Michael Montgomery, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Keith Anderson, The Bellamy Brothers, and various other musicians.
Described as: Makena Hartlins powerful vocals, with a high range and unique clear tone, compliment her songs which range from high-energy, catchy foot-stompers, to tear-jerking ballads, all lyrically dense with honesty, humor, and the ins and outs, ups and downs of life as we know it.
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Amanda Rheaume

“AGB Bannatyne” – “Very nice track indeed....really refreshing album” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Folk / Roots/ Americana
Hometown: Ottawa

Amanda Rheaume is a powerful vocalist with just a touch of grit and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound. Her latest album "Keep a Fire"(2013), is a varied and evocative collection of mostly story-songs about her ancestors that more than lives up to the tradition of epic family-of-origin albums.
Rheaume’s life as a travelling musician has taken her down many roads. Performing over 160 shows a year, Amanda has delivered her unique blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks to audiences around the world, including the USA, Europe, Faroe Islands, Central America and more.
Hailing from Ottawa, Amanda Rheaume is of M├ętis heritage, which is to say her roots lie in one of Canada’s aboriginal peoples, a fact to which she pays tribute on KEEP A FIRE, her second full-length album and the first to explore a more electric sound.
A sort of musical Who Do Think You Are, the idea for the album arose from her travels across Canada, during which time she found herself encountering previously unknown branches of the family in such places as Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta, gathering together a wealth of stories along the way.
The album began to take shape with Ancient Rime, a folksy, acoustic based number evocative of Joan Baez, which was inspired by her maternal grandfather, Thomas Arthur Irvine, a crew member on HMCS Labrador, the icebreaker that charted the Canadian Arctic and the first ship to circumnavigate North America. Furthering her research led her to northern Manitoba, where her paternal French-Canadian great-grandfather, Origene, and Ojibway great-grandmother, Stella, were ostracised by both communities on account of their mixed-race marriage. This finds expression in Keep A Fire In The Rain, a song set in 1934, where she talks of her great-grandmother serving as the tribe’s midwife, she and her husband living, somewhat symbolically, in a cabin he’d built between the reserve and the mines....Read more in thhis album review at

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Wayne Taylor

“Sing With Me” - His 8th album..Dale Ann Bradley harmony vocals...I really do like it, the whole album is good” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Hometown: Washington, DC
Record label: Raincoe Music
Influences: Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, James Taylor, Marty Stuart, Bill Emerson, J.S. Bach
Band: Wayne Taylor - Vocals; Guitar / Emory Lester - Vocals; Mandolin /Scott Walker - Vocals; Banjo
Kene Hyatt - Upright Bass

Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa are a group of seasoned musicians that play a variety of
bluegrass music from Traditional to Contemporary. They have performed many festivals in the US and will make their third tour to Europe in July 2012.
Wayne was a former member of the US Navy Band in Washington, DC from 1987 till 2008. He has performed in 49 of the 50 states, at the Grand Ole Opry, in many foreign countries, and for four US Presidents at the White House.
A native of North Carolina, Wayne has produced his eighth project entitled, MOVIN' ON. This solo CD should prove to be one of his best! This diverse collection of songs features "Red Is The Color", a tribute to his friend Jim Red Cloud from South Dakota, who lost his son in 2010. Wayne draws from life's ups and downs to weave together a colorful tapestry of music.
Wayne formed the group in 2008 after retiring from the US Navy Band Country Current.
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Cody Johnson

“Me & My Kind” - “Just my kind of music” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Hometown: Huntsville,TX

Texas Country artist Cody Johnson’s 13 track COWBOY LIKE ME (K.I.C.-Keep It Country) made a debut at No.33 on the BB200 (#7 Country) selling 8,144 copies for the chart week of February 1, 2014).
Many Texas Music fans met Cody Johnson’s honest style through the radio singles from his Six Strings, One Dream album: "Nobody to Blame" (#6 on the Texas music charts in 2009);  #1"Pray for Rain" (2009 - 2010); and "Texas Kind of Way" (#6, late 2010 – 2011). At first opening for other artists, Cody has also taken the Texas dance-halls by storm. Increasingly, the Cody Johnson Band is the attraction, and an honest-to-goodness one...Read more .
The band consist: Cody Johnson, Miles Stone (Drums), Jody Bartula (Fiddle), Jeff Smith (Lead Guitar) and Joey Pruski (Bass Guitar)

Critical acclaim for Cody Johnson’s “Cowboy Like Me” - MP3 - UK iTunes - SPOTIFY
Billboard Update – Music Notes feature
Need a Cody Johnson Band point-of-reference? If you like Mark Chestnutt, George Strait and Country Music, you’re gonna love this. So, of course this week’s concerts will turn into huge album release parties for Cody and the guys. His show, by the way, was nominated for Live Act of the Year at the 2013 Lonestar Music Awards...Read More
countylifeonline - While the Nashville music scene has taken a different direction in sound, Johnson, an East Texas native from Groveton, has brought it back to the basics, delivering a powerful 13-song album of genuine country music. This album is full of rich love songs, slow dance ballads, rockin’ honky tonk rebellious fun and tear in my bear drinking songs that are reminiscent of the neotraditional country classics from artist like George Strait, Tracy Byrd, Clint Black, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chestnut and Alan Jackson........
>> Watch the video for “Cowboy Like Me” 
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