Monday, 10 August 2015

Playlist week of August 8, 2015


8th August 2015 – BBC Playlist

Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Show playlist August 8, 2015
Brand new music from Tim McGraw, Jason Isbell & Ashley Monroe. Classics from Porter Wagoner, Jimmy Dean, Buck Owens and Connie Smith. A tribute to legendary producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill who died earlier in the week.
New on the show features: William Michael Morgan, Christina Kulukundis and Ella Mae Bowen.

Michael Johnson - Gotta Learn To Love Without You | Album: Michael Johnson (1991) CD (August 8, 1944) BIRTHDAY
Mel Tillis - Let Me Be The Keeper | Album: Me and Pepper CD (Mel Tillis August 8, 1932) BIRTHDAY
Hayden Panettiere – Disappear | Album: Original Soundtrack Season 3, Volume 1 Soundtrack CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Mark Willis - Jacob’s Ladder | Album: Mark Wills CD
The Stetson Family - Top Of The Mountain | Album: True North CD - UK iTunes - - Press Release
William Michael Morgan - I Met A Girl NEW Single iTunes  
Ward Thomas - Guest List | Album: From Where We Stand CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
Christina Kulukundis – Bloom | Album: Stars Behind Stars Behind Stars (1 Dec 2014; Sideshow Wonder Records) MP3 - UK iTunes 
Webb Pierce - I Ain’t Never (Born August 8, 1921; died Feb 24, 1991 (aged 69)) BIRTHDATE
T Graham Brown - From A Stronger Place | Album: Forever Changed CD - 
Ella Mae Bowen - Keep Tryin’ | Album: Ella Mae Bowen EP UK iTunes - (Nov 2014) # featured songwriter
Reba McEntire - I’ll Go On | Album: Love Somebody CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -   # (Written by Ella Mae Bowen with Tommy Lee James)
Jimmy Dean - Harvest of Sunshine | Album: Greatest Hits CD  (August 10, 1928; died June 13, 2010 (aged 81)) BIRTHDATE 
Kerri Powers - More & More | Album: You Me and a Redhead (2002) CD (writer Merle Kilgore; August 9, 1934; died Feb 6, 2005 (aged 70)) BIRTHDATE
Tim McGraw - Top Of The World NEW Single
Annie Keating - One Good Morning | Album: Make Believing CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
Logan Brill - Where Rainbows Never Die | Album: Shuteye MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road & John Conlee - Common Man | Album: Country Grass (Pinecastle Records) CD - MP3 -  (John Conlee; August 11, 1946) CD BIRTHDAY
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer - I’m Not Lonely Anymore | Album: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (1989) CD - Inlay 
Jason Isbell - Speed Trap Town | Album: Something More Than Free NEW CD - MP3 -
Ashley Monroe – Mayflowers | Album: The Blade CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Buck Owens - Sam’s Place | Album: (August 12, 1927; died March 25, 2006 (aged 76)) BIRTHDATE
Andy Griggs & Coley McCabe - Grow Young Along With Me | Album: Where the Heart Is (2000) CD  (Andy Griggs; August 13, 1973) BIRTHDAY
Connie Smith - I Don’t Believe That’s How You Feel | Album: Long Line Of Heartaches CD (August 14, 1941) BIRTHDAY
Angaleena Presley - Better of Red | Album: American Middle Class CD - UK iTunes -
Tyler Farr - Better In Boots NEW Single | Album: Suffer In Peace CD - MP3 UK iTunes - 
Tanya Tucker - Almost Persuaded # (Tribute to legendary producer/ songwriter Billy Sherrill)
Porter Wagoner & Pam Gadd - My Elusive Dreams | Album: 22 Country & Gospel Duets CD # Written by Billy Sherrill
Kerri Powers - Nolan’s Song | Album: You Me and a Redhead (2002) CD

New on The Show

William Michael Morgan
“I Met A Girl” – “Brand new name to me, I had a listen and I really do like it, I particularly liked it because you good hear all the words and it told a really nice story , beautiful” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Home Town: Vicksburg, Ms
Record Label: Warner Brothers Nashville

William Michael is a rising new talent out of Vicksburg, Mississippi. His booming and traditional vocals are representative of what the history of Country Music has been all about. He has been singing and writing music since he was a kid and his stage presence already echoes that of a seasoned professional.
At just 21 years of age, William Michael has just signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music and a recording contract with Warner Brothers Nashville. He is currently writing and recording music for his debut album which will be produced by Jimmy Ritchey & Scott Hendricks.
Debut single "I Met A Girl" (Warner Bros. Records / Warner Music Nashville) was sent to country radio on August 3, 2015 and was released digitally on June 24, 2015 available on iTunes and can be streamed on Spotify The song was written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Trevor Rosen and was produced by Jimmy Ritchey.
I met a girl
She made me smile, she made me wait
She crossed the street, she crossed my heart
She fixed her dress, she bit her lip, she let me up
I met a girl with crazy shoes and baby blues
The way she moves is changing my whole world
I met a girl
The sunshine waits for her to wake up, She’s a pony tail no make-up saturday
She don’t need umbrellas in the summer rain, she could catch the eye of a hurricane
In blue jeans and pearls

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Christina Kulukundis
 “Bloom” – “She’s really good, from the UK which is music to my ears, she really does have a lovely voice and vibe to the album…definitely featuring more” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Altcountry Americana Folk

Christina Kulukundis is a folk-alt-country songwriter and singer. She lives at the foot of Bredon Hill, Pershore, Worcestershire , England with her little family, two dogs and two ponies.
Her band includes Ben Church (guitar, banjo, dobro & harmonica) and Pete Bryden (bass guitar, piano, Hammond organ) and Christina has been writing and playing music together for the past four years.

Newbie alt-country singer-songwriter Christina Kulukundis (half English and half Greek) with “Too Long In The Country” (co-written with B Church/ P Bryden) made a #24 entry on the Hotdisc top 40 on Feb 8, 2015 and it eventually climbed to #15 to landed a No.1 on the British & Irish Chart.
Though born and raised in London, she spent summers at her grandparents place in Upstate New York, a mountainous region of the East Coast of America.  Here the country sound started to seep in.
“When you move down to the countryside from a big smoke city like London, your perspective, as you may know yourself, get distinctly oblique” she shared. She wrote the song four years after finding herself living in a tiny sleepy village.
Her 12 track album STARS BEHIND STARS BEHIND STARS was released on Dec 1, 2014 Amazon UK and iTunes.
See 4 STAR review R2 Rock n Reel Magazine March 2015 - Image

Her 2006 debut release received some critical impact with BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 plays, BBC Radio Scotland’s Record of the Week and a coveted 4 stars from Mojo Magazine.  Hardeep Singh Kohli sitting in for Clare Balding on Sunday morning (07 Feb) on BBC Radio 2 played her song “Keep Your Head”. Watch >> "Too Long In The Country"
Kulukundis impacted with second Hotdisc single “Big Baby Blues” (C. Kulukundis/ B Church/ P Bryden) at No.19 on April 12, 2015 which climbed to #16.
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Ella Mae Bowen
“Keep Tryin’” -  “Very nice sound to it, I thought that was lovely” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Walhalla, South Carolina native Ella Mae Bowen has been captivating audiences in Nashville and beyond for a few years now.
After beginning to write songs aged just 7, she moved to Music City as a teenager and played the Grand Ole Opry for the first time in 2011.
Since then she has picked up fans in Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Emmylou Harris and many more, winning at the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.
Of the nearly 20,000 entries from 120 countries “This Is What It Feels Like” has won First Prize in the Unsigned Artist category and “His Name Was Sam” received honorable mention in the Best Country Song category of the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
She got her cover of >> "Holding Out For A Hero" on the Footloose soundtrack (Released Oct, 2011 Amazon UK ) all as an unsigned artist and songwriter.

In fact, she was the only unsigned artist on the whole album, but it didn’t stop the song from receiving nearly 6 million views on YouYube.  Review - The most strikingly different take is on “Holding Out For A Hero,” originally cut as a disco/pop song. Here, 15-year-old South Carolina native Ella Mae Bowen sings well beyond her years with a touch of Tori Amos in her tender voice, accompanied by only an acoustic guitar and accordion on her slow, wishful version. Recent Big Machine Label Group signee, 15 year old Ella Mae Bowen debuts on the soundtrack with her take on “Holding Out For A Hero,” a song Bonnie Tyler took to #2 in 1985. Ella Mae certainly showcases a strong voice that fits the emotion of the song.
After releasing her self-titled EP she continued to play around town and earlier this year signed with CTM Writers INK Music Publishing.
This led to her cut on Reba McEntire’s album, for the song ‘I’ll Go On’ (co-written with Tommy Lee James)....
** Watch Ella Mae Bowen’s “Keep Tryin'” >> Official Music Video and a Lyric Video for >> “Girl On Fire
Ella Mae Bowen 6 Track EP was released Nov 18, 2014 - UK iTunes
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