Monday, 16 February 2015

Playlist week of 14th February 2015


14th February 2015 – BBC Playlist
The winners in the country categories from last week's 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Brand new music from Billy Yates and Darin & Brooke Aldridge, classics from Hank Locklin, Tammy Wynette and Pee Wee King. Plus a few Valentine's related songs.

Chely Wright - Heart Shaped World | Album: Right In The Middle Of It (1996) MP3
Toby Keith – Valentine | Album: Toby Keith (1993) MP3
Joey & Rory - The Life Of A Song | Album: The Life Of A Song MP3 (2008)
Hank Locklin - My Old Home Town | Album: Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On - The Best Of Hank Locklin MP3 (Feb 15, 1918; died March 8, 2009 (aged 91)) BIRTHDAY
Jennifer Crook – Cowboys | Album: Merry-Go-Round (2011) CD
Dan & Shay - Nothin’ Like You | Album: Dan + Shay CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -   
Darin & Brooke Aldridge - When He Calls | Album: Snapshots NEW (out Feb 17, 2015) MP3 - UK iTunes - 
The Dunwells - Show Me Emotion | Album: Show Me Emotion (4 Track EP; Sept. 2014) MP3
Tammy Wynette - Beneath The Painted Sky | Album: Higher Ground MP3
Jon Randall - Lonely For A While | Album: Walking Amongst The Living (2005) CD (Feb 17, 1969) BIRTHDAY
Ruthie Collins - Ramblin’ Man | Album: Ruthie Collins (EP; Dec 16, 2014) NEW Single MP3 - UK iTunes  
Johnny Bush - Bob Said ‘Aw’ | Album: Sings Bob Wills MP3 (Feb 17, 1935) BIRTHDAY 
Kathy Mattea - Battle Hymn Of Love | Album: The Ultimate Collection (2008) MP3
Billy Yates - She’s Got A Heart | Album: These Old Walls NEW Artwork - CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -

The Band Perry - Gentle On My Mind | Album: Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (EP) MP3 
(57th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Country Duo/Group Performance)

Rosanne Cash - Etta’s Tune | Album: The River & The Thread CD - MP3 (57th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Americana Album)

The Earls of Leicester - Big Black Train | Album: Earls of Leicester CD - MP3 - 
(57th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Bluegrass Album)

Dixiana - I Didn’t Think You’d Care | Album: Dixiana (1992) MP3
Bryan White - Tree Of Hearts | Album: The Right Place (1999) CD (Feb 17, 1974) BIRTHDAY Casey Weston - Before The Sun Came Up | Album: Young Heart (Self Release, out Feb 14, 2015) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Juice Newton - Ain’t Gonna Cry | Album: (Feb 18, 1952) BIRTHDAY
Pee Wee King - Tennessee Waltz | Album: Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys, Vol. 5 MP3  (Feb 18, 1914; died March 7, 2000 (aged 86)) BIRTHDAY
Joanie Keller - That’s My Life | Album: Its Me Again Mike Johnson Productions - Store
The Westies – Rosie | Album: Westside Story NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -
Baillie & The Boys - She Deserves You | Album: Turn the Tide CD
Collin Raye - Love Me | Album: Love Songs (2000) MP3
Jeanette Williams - Lonely Side Of Goodbye | Album: Cherry Blossoms in the Springtime (1999) CD
Erin Enderlin - Whole ‘Nother Bottle of Wine | Album: Erin Enderlin EP (2011) MP3

New on The Show

Ruthie Collins

“Ramblin’ Man” – “I think she's absolutely great with a voice not dissimilar to Lee Ann Womack...she's really put her own slant on it and that's what you need to do if you cover a song....I love her vocal, she's got a solid country voice, I really like it, a remake of course of old Hanks Ramblin' Man“ - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Country
Record Label: Curb Records
Short Description: Where vintage meets country...

Who drives an ’84 Wagoneer with wood paneling yet modernized it with a rear camera and iPod dock? Who takes on the road a ’75 Airstream trailer modernized with a stage, church pew seating and bar inside? Discover where vintage meets Country and the unique sounds of singer/songwriter Ruthie Collins.
Born and raised in western, rural Fredonia, NY, Ruthie Collins claims she is a clone of her parents, her father a storyteller by trade, her mother a musician. 
It was middle school when I fell in love with country music. For her this was 90s country at it’s best – artists like Garth Brooks, Jo Dee Messina and Faith Hill.
She attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and eventually landed in Nashville to pursue her career as a talented singer, songwriter, and musician.  Ruthie loves all things vintage - "I am a really old-fashioned person living in today.  I love taking old things and modernizing them to today."
“I am a really old-fashioned person living in 2014,” Collins says. “I drive a 1984 Jeep Wagoneer with wood paneling, but there’s a backup camera and an iPod dock. I am obsessed with rustic farmhouse decor. I have a garden. All these things are very country, we just don’t always think about young women in that way.” See Pinterest

Ruthie rehabed a 1975 Airstream trailer and got it >> ready to roll on a radio tour
True to this passion, Ruthie took the same approach to her debut single (Ramblin' Man), matching up a timeless classic with a modernized and memorable delivery. Collins penned the other 5 tracks on her debut, self-titled EP (Curb Records - MP3 - UK iTunes ) which dropped Dec 16,  2014.
The impressive six song offering is comprised of five songs written by Ruthie and the debut single, "Ramblin' Man", a modernized cover of the classic Hank Williams hit. Ruthie also co-produced the EP with Curt Gibbs. The single "Ramblin' Man" pairs timeless lyrics with a modern uptempo style, accompanied by a unique delivery unheard in today's country music. Selected as a SiriusXM Highway Find, the song has quickly risen into the channel's Hot 45 Countdown.
The single was sent to radio on Feb 10, 2015 by Sidewalk Records with an impact date of March 9, 2015.
Listen to a FreeLive Sampler on Noisetrade

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The Dunwells

“Show Me Emotion” - Perfect for Valentines and a perfect one for me to line dance to” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Hometown: Leeds, England
Members: Joseph Dunwell David Dunwell Rob Clayton Adam Taylor Hometown: Leeds, England

The Dunwells, drawn together by their shared love of bands like Bon Iver, Elbow and Damien Rice, they've been making music together since they first met in school. With one album under their belt and several rounds of successful touring in the US and UK, The Dunwells know their career is only beginning. Despite the hectic schedule of constantly being on the road throughout the last year, the band found time to write an all new set of songs, mostly during late nights in hotel rooms. Having been inspired to work with producer Steve Harris (Kodaline, Kaiser Chiefs) after hearing Kodalines High Hopes, the band set about tracking Steve down.
This EP Show Me Emotion (4 Track EP; Sept. 2014 MP3 ) is described as “marking a change in the band, a massive leap forward”
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The Westies

“Rosie” -  ”Guy Clark meets John Prine....I really love that..listening in the studio it sounds even better, great Alt Country music and such a strong narrative thread... I had all these images in my head...when I heard that song Rosie I thought WOW..a beautiful album” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

The Westies take their name from the real-life gang that reigned over Hell’s Kitchen on Manhattan's West Side in the not so distant past – think The Godfather but Irish-American.
The Westies album “ West Side Stories” is a song cycle inspired by the real life Westies “a ruthless gang of Irish mob punks that ruled Hell’s Kitchen in the 60’s and 70s". The gangsters serve as a metaphor for the dark side that lurks inside us all. The unexplained forces that cause internal struggles, destroy relationships and leave us clinging to love as just a memory....Read More
From the glamorous life of being a lauded young singer and songwriter to the life in the gutter in which he eventually ended up as a drug addict and alcoholic, Michael McDermott, songwriter and frontman of The Westies, has experienced plenty of personal and professional triumph and tragedy. His life story is a movie waiting to be made, but while waiting for Hollywood to come calling, this stellar storyteller has served up a brilliant 10-song soundscape, West Side Stories, worthy of comparison to some of the finest work by some of the premiere songwriters of all time....Read more Jim Villanueva interview Music.allaccess

What you experience while listening to The Westies debut CD is wholly original. Singer/songwriter Michael McDermott and his band follow in the tradition of Dylan and Waits and Springsteen, but they tread new ground. Lyrically, the ten songs on West Side Stories are haunting tone poems about loss and regret and trying to hang in there against insurmountable odds. The music is almost painfully intimate; McDermotts vocals ache with passion. Accompanied by backup singer Heather Horton, who swoops in with ethereal harmonies or the occasional chorus of her own, the arrangements are graceful and profound. These songs
will not only stir your emotions, they will make your heart bleed  - T.J. English  (New York Times best-selling author of The Westies and The Savage City)

The Westies have been working hard the last few years after it first got together in Nashville and made music touching on themes of fear, love and Americana.
It has been roughly two years since the group was formed and recorded these songs, and the collection of music recorded that one December night has eventually led to West Side Stories, 
The Westies’ debut album, dropped on Jan. 20, 2015
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The Westies’ Facebook page tells the story about how lead singer Michael McDermott met Heather Horton after just having avoided time in prison, among other struggles. One listen to the album and the interplaying themes of internal and external conflict become clear. Moreover, it becomes even clearer that McDermott has a knack for self-reflection in his songs, including but not limited to, nightmares about trains, falling in love with a woman who keeps her distance from him and dealing with devils.  West Side Stories seems to be just that: narratives. While the amount of truth to the tales is unknown, The Westies nonetheless shine in its ability to transport others into a sick, ghastly world abundant of loss and betrayal.
“Hell’s Kitchen” appropriately opens the album. The mid-tempo folk rock track follows McDermott as he reflects on life in Hell’s Kitchen, a New York City neighborhood that fostered many of his memories, but now seems unrecognizable to him. “Hell’s Kitchen” exhibits the most prominent elements of the album, including McDermott’s ability to illustrate a world within his

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