Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Playlist week of 28th February 2015


28th February 2015 – BBCPlaylist

Brand new music from Kip Moore, Gretchen Peters, Sunny Sweeney and Kimmie Rhodes,
plus classics from Alan Jackson, Davis Daniel and The McCarters

Jason Aldean - Laid Back | Album: Old Boots, New Dirt CD/DVD - Artwork - Product  (Feb 28, 1977) BIRTHDAY
Sarah Gayle Meech - Tennessee Love Song | Album:Tennessee Love Song (out 28 March 2015) NEW CD - MP3 -   Amazon.com
Alan Jackson - Dallas | Album: The Greatest Hits Collection CD
Holly Spears - Who Said | Album: Boots and Bling (20 Jan 2015) MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com  
Hank & Audrey Williams - Lost On The River | Album: Jambalaya MP3 (Audrey Williams Feb 28, 1923; died Nov 4, 1975 (aged 52)) BIRTHDAY
The McCarters - Mountain Memories | Album: Better Be Home Soon CD (1990) (Jennifer McCarter March 1, 1964) BIRTHDAY
Kip Moore - Beer Money | Album: UP ALL NIGHT (Special UK Deluxe Edition; 6 bonus tracks) CD NEW
Emma Jane - Drink You Away NEW Single
Stephanie Manns - Sloe Gin | Album: Fool Like Me (Feb 23) MP3 - UK iTunes
Clinton Gregory - Look Who’s Needing Who | Album: Best of the Best CD (March 1, 1966) BIRTHDAY
Sweethearts Of The Rodeo - Uphill All The Way | Album: Buffalo Zone CD (Janis Gill (Oliver) (Sweethearts Of The Rodeo) (1954),
Davis Daniel - She Could Make A Freight Train Take A Dirt Road (March 1, 1961) BIRTHDAY
Susan McCann - Buried Treasure | Album: Through The Years 3CD Boxset
Blackberry Smoke - Too High | Album: Holding All The Roses (Rounder) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Kimmie Rhodes - Me Again | Album: Cowgirl Boudoir NEW CD - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com  (March 6, 1954) BIRTHDAY
Doc Watson - Blue Railroad Train | Album: The Vanguard Years MP3  (March 3, 1923; died May 29, 2012 aged 89)) BIRTHDAY
Sunny Sweeney & Will Hoge - My Bed  NEW Single | Album: Provoked CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Larry Stewart - I Came Straight To You | Album: Down the Road (1993) CD (March 2, 1959) BIRTHDAY
Carrie Rodriguez & Emily Gimble - A Good Man Is Hard To Find | Album: Asleep At The Wheel: Still The King : Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys CD NEW
Skip Ewing - A Healin’ Fire | Album: A Healin’ Fire (1990) CD (March 6, 1964) BIRTHDAY
Petticoat Junction - I Want To Be Loved By You | Album: Lonely Old Depot MP3 (1993; Pinecastle Records)
Deborah Allen - Born and Raised In Your Arms | Album: Deborah Allen Best of (2000) CD
Wade Hayes - Old Dirt Road | Album: Go Live Your Life (27 Feb 2015) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Shannon & Heather Slaughter - Whiskey Coloted Dreams | Album: Never Just a Song NEW  MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com Gretchen Peters - Auburn Street | Album: Blackbirds NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
Trisha Yearwood - She’s In Love With The Boy | Album: First Ladies Of Country NEW 3CD Box Set
Faron Young - Another Woman’s Man | Album: Wine Me Up - the Best of the Mercury Years CD
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Moon and St Christopher | Album: Shooting Straight In The Dark (1990) CD

New on The Show

Holly Spears

“Who Said” -  “Boots and Bling I think is a great title for an album....I love to hear the originals and this one spoke to me...lovely piano note to end there” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Americana/Country
Band Members: Holly Spears: Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Songwriter   Band: Various players
Home Town: Wana, West Viginia
Record Label: Girl On A Mission Music, LLC
Long Description: Sheryl Crow meets Coldplay meets the Weepies meets undeniable awesomeness :D
Current Location: Cincinnati, OH
General Manager: God :D (also, Holly Spears )

“For so many years, I rejected where I grew up, chasing someone I wasn’t. Now, I am learning to be at home in my own skin and to embrace all the parts of me - the boots and the bling”.

Holly has loved music since she was just a little girl growing up in the small town of Wana, West Virginia. She found her voice as a little girl, accompanying her father on Sunday mornings in church choir. As she grew up she began to take her musical talents outside of the church walls, performing in multiple school choirs, musicals, festivals and fairs. To continue feeding the fire Holly’s mother saw in her daughter, she purchased her daughter a piano and scheduled lessons with a local instructor.
After graduating from high school, Holly moved to Cincinnati, began touring with Blessid Union, and opening for bands like The Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, Roger McGuinn (the Byrds) and the like, while persuing a degree in Audio-Video Production at Southern Ohio College (now Brown Mackie). Despite no label and very little promotional help, Holly found her music being shared on multiple MTV, MTV2, and VH1 shows and multiple radio and local TV stations.

Taking the next step in her music career, Holly moved to Nashville, raised the capital to start her own record label (Girl on a Mission Music, LLC) and put out a Christmas EP called “The Songs of Christmas,” a full-length album called “Heartache to Hope,” a Gospel EP called “Audience of One” and a single of the John Denver song, “Country Roads.”
Girl On a Mission Music (Holly’s label) represents what she likes to call Music that Makes a Difference. Spears likes to use her platform to share a positive message and her merchandise sales to help support a girl rescue from sex trafficking through Destiny Rescue and a Compassion International Child. Holly also likes to build into younger musicians both musically and spiritually, so she offers weekly music lessons from her home studio for beginner piano, guitar, and vocals.
She and her, now husband Doug Simpson, reside in Union, KY area along with their two puppy children, Nash and Hydro, and horse, Pretty Girl. (Bio)

On Jan 20, 2015 the Singer-songwriter announced the follow-up to her 2014 Christian set with the release of her first country EP, BOOTS AND BLING which was made digitally available via MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com  

The 8-song EP is her attempt to get back to my roots and embrace her grown. "I grew up in a little country town and dared to moved away from it at the young age of 18. I moved five hours away from everything I had ever known in pursuit of a music career. Back then, I couldn't wait to move to the city. Now, I can't wait to live on more property and get more horses. I grew up as a tomboy, and when I moved away, I became more ‘girly.' Today, I’m a good mix of the two.” she shared
Spears wrote five of the songs on “Boots and Bling,” many of which will be featured in the upcoming film. On her new EP, Spears examines her life with songs like “Brothers" and a song about her Grandpa called, “Sunshine.” Says Spears, "My ‘Pap' was the glue that held our family together. I could definitely see Jesus in him, as well as an ornery side, which made everyone love him!”
The EP also includes cover versions of John Denver’s “Country Roads," Paula Cole’s “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and the Dixie Chicks hit, “Wide Open Spaces” - which Spears calls the theme song of her teen years.

Whilst promoting her new album, Spears has been in Texas filming the upcoming faith-based film, “Nail 32” described as “an exhilarating and emotional true-life story of an ordinary man from north Texas who served an extraordinary purpose”. The film depicts the grueling travels of the rodeo circuit, from the backbreaking bull riding to the musical oasis of the honky-tonks. It portrays both the picturesque culture of the American rancher while dispensing cowboy pride and simplistic life solutions. Just as 32 nails attach the shoes to a horse, “Nail 32” clenches the importance of men being courageous, honorable, and truly God fearing. (Source: Press Release)
Watch the video >> "Cowboy Up" (Track 2 on Boots and Bling)

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