Sunday 26 October 2014

Playlist week of 25th October 2014

25th October 2014 – BBC Playlist

Marie Crichton Country BBC Show: Playlist week of 25th Oct 2014
Brand new music from Brad Paisley, Crystal Yates and Larry Cordle, plus classics from Lee Greenwood, T Graham Brown and Patsy Montana.

George Strait - Arkansas Dave | Album: The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium NEW CD - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -
Chely Wright - The Last Supper | Album: Woman in the Moon CD (Oct 25, 1970) BIRTHDAY
The Swon Brothers - Pray For You | Album: The Swon Brothers (14 Oct 2014) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -
Becky Buller - Amos & Sarah | Album: 'Tween Earth and Sky NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -
Keith Urban - Man Of The House | Album: Keith Urban In The Ranch (1997) CD (Oct 26, 1967) BIRTHDAY   
Baskery - The Fire | Album: - Little Wild Life (Jan 2014) MP3 - UK iTunes
Caddy Cooper - This Old Guitar | Album: Snapshot (Feb 2014) MP3
James Keelaghan - Cold Missouri Waters | Album: History: The First 25 Years (Oct 2013) CD / DVD
Lee Greenwood & Tanya Tucker - We’re Both To Blame | Album: Perfect 10 (1991) CD (Lee Greenwood, Oct 27, 1942) BIRTHDAY
Beccy Cole - Storm In A D Cup | Album: Wild At Heart CD (Oct 27, 1972) BIRTHDAY
Tim McGraw - Words & Medicine | Album: Sundown Heaven Town NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music  -
Pam Gadd - Farewell Wagon Master | Album: Benefit of Doubt (2008) MP3
Charlie Daniels Band - I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight | Album: Off the Grid- Doin' It Dylan  CD - Smart Choice Music (Charlie Daniels Oct 28, 1936) BIRTHDAY 
Reba McEntire – Daddy | Album: A Night With MP3 Reba’s father Clark McEntire died aged 86 on October 23rd.
Crystal Yates - Feels Like We’re Flying | Album: I Believe (out Oct 21, 2014) NEW Single MP3 - UK iTunes
Larry Cordle & Alison Krauss - Two Highways | Album: All-Star Duets
Karyn Rochelle - Summers Like That | Album: Karyn Rochelle MP3 - UK iTunes - 
T Graham Brown - Moonshadow Road | Album: Deja Vu All Over Again The Best Of .. MP3 (Oct 30, 1954) BIRTHDAY
Brad Paisley - Perfect Storm | Album: Moonshine In A Trunk CD - MP3 - UK iTunes (Oct 28, 1972) BIRTHDAY
Sara Petite - Someday I’m Gonna Fly | Album: Circus Comes to Town MP3
Charlie Landsborough & Nathan Carter - My Forever Friend | Album: Time Of My Life MP3
Patsy Montana - I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart (Single) MP3 (Oct 30, 1908, died May 3, 1996 (aged 87)) BIRTHDAY
Pam Tillis & Jon Wesberger - Where The Real Love Begins | Album: I've Been Mostly Awake (feat. the Lonesome Heirs) MP3 - UK iTunes -
Little Big Town - Live Forever | Album: Pain Killer (out Oct 20) NEW CD - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -

New on The Show

The Swon Brothers

“Pray For You” – “I really like their sound, very nice vocals and a nice catchy tune” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Started: 1988
Genre: Country/ Rock
Members: Zach Swon and Colton Swon
Hometown: Muskogee, OK

The Swon Brothers are an American country music duo who hail from Muskogee, Oklahoma, consisting of Zach Swon (born February 21, 1985) and Colton Swon (born August 17, 1988).

They spent their formative years growing up right down the street from American Idol champ-turned-country-superstar Carrie Underwood, and the three shared a stage many times throughout their childhood years.
Already naturals before they were even pre-teens, both Zach and Colton found that they were most at home on stage.

  • The brothers started performing when they were children, touring with their parents' Southern gospel group Exodus, and performing in various local events.
  • In 2007, Colton Swon auditioned for the seventh season of American Idol (aired 2008) and reached the Top 48.
  • Their first professionally recorded album ANOTHER DAY, which they described as modern country, was released in January 16, 2009 but failed to chart.
  • In 2013, they finished in third place on the fourth season of NBC's The Voice becoming the first duo to make it from the Top 12 live shows to the season finale. They teamed with judge Blake Shelton on “Team Blake” during the Season 4.  Shelton guided the duo and later became a close ally who helped them navigate the ins and outs of the music business when Nashville record labels came calling.
  • On November 1, 2013, the Swon Brothers signed a record deal with Arista (part of the Sony group)
  • On Dec 10, 2013 they released their first official single, >> "Later On" which reached #13 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and #21 on Hot Country Songs.
  • The Swon Brothers’ self-titled album made a debut at No.28 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and No.6 on the Billboard   Country Chart for the chart frame Nov 1, 2014 selling 10,288 copies in their first week. They co-produced it with Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood). Blurb: Spanning 11 songs in all it features fun-filled, energetic sing-alongs like “Later On” and “What I’m Thinking About,” but it also has its share of laid-back, dirt-road, classic country heart-wrenchers like “Chasing You Around” and “Same Old Highway.”
  • Their latest single "Pray For You", from the Arista Nashville release, was sent to country radio on Oct 20, 2014 with an impact date Nov 1, 2014.
  • They are 2014 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees.  
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Jon Weisberger

“Where The Real Love Begins” – “No stranger to the IBMA Awards, songwriter award, lovely to hear” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Bluegrass/ Americana / Acoustic Country
Birthdate: October 8th
About: Musician, songwriter, journalist, producer, husband, father, living where you can hear the cattle lowering in the lane.
Influence of greats like Lester Flatt and Carter Stanley;

Jon Weisberger was the recipient of the IBMA's first Songwriter of the Year.
He writes songs, plays bass, produces records and radio shows.

He has been interested in music for literally longer than he can remember having a photo of himself holding a recorder taken when I he was three. He was very absorbed in classical music as a child, taking up the oboe when he was in the 3rd grade and playing it until graduatating from high school.
Back in 1992, Weisberger along with Dwight McCall and Randy Pollard formed Union Springs. They approached Lou Ukelson at Vetco Records about making an album. He was receptive to the idea, but said he wanted some original songs, and that was incentive enough for Jon to start writing.
Weisberger moved to Nashville at the very end of 2002 – in fact, his first gig as a Nashville resident was as a member of the Sidemen at the New Year’s Eve Station Inn show welcoming in 2003.
Though he’s a classically trained composer and award winning music jouranlist who performs regularly as a bass player with bluegrass artists Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Roland White and others, Jon Weisberger is probably best known as the first recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year award. Starting with his first song, written some 20 years ago, he has become one of the music’s most prolific and frequently recorded writers.
Jon first gained prominence as a songwriter in 2001, when The Chapmans recorded two of his songs on their “Follow Me” release for Pinecastle records; one of them, “Losing Again,” became one of the most widely aired songs of the year on bluegrass radio, earning him a nomination for SPBGMA’s Songwriter Of The Year award. (Source - Music City Roots)
Read more Songwriter Profile – Jon Weisberger at Bluegrass Today

His latest 13 track project I'VE BEEN MOSTLY AWAKE (feat. the Lonesome Heirs) was releasedon Sept 29, 2014 (Wise Kings). It comprises 13 bluegrass and related singers/songwriters singing songs they've co-written with Jon Weisberger, backed by The Lonesome Heirs, an "all star" band featuring Jesse Brock (The Gibson Brothers), Andy Falco & Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters), and Ned Luberecki & Weisberger (Chris Jones & The Night Drivers). Thw album features writing and pewrformances with Jeremy Garrett, Dale Ann Bradley, The Gibson Brothers, Pam Tillis, Sarah Siskind, Claire Lynch, Kim Richey & Thomm Jutz, Jim Lauderdale, Sierra Hull, Chris Jones and Tim O’Brien.

On Wednesday (Oct 1, 2014) at the 2014 World of Bluegrass the Bluegrass Today website took the opportunity to chat with Jon Weisberger the Chair of the IBMA Board of Directors >> Watch the video.

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Monday 20 October 2014

Playlist week of 18th October 2014


18th October 2014 – BBC Playlist

Marie Crichton Country BBC Show: Playlist week of 18th Oct 2014:
Brand new music from Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Kenny Chesney.
Classics from Wanda Jackson, Grandpa Jones and Jeannie C Riley
New on The Show Feature: Sarabeth

Darius Rucker - Time For Change | Album: Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe NEW  MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - 
Joey & Rory - Back Home Again | Album: Country Classics: Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage CD - Smart Choice Music - 
Jeannie C Riley - Things Go Better With Love | Album: Things Go Better With Love (1969) MP3 (Oct 19, 1945) BIRTHDAY
Little Big Town - Girl Crush | Album: Pain Killer (out Oct 20) NEW CD - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - -
(Kimberley Rhoads; Oct 5, 1969 + Jimi Westbrook; Oct 20th)  BIRTHDAYS
Gene Watson - Count Me Out | Album: My Heroes Have Always Been Country (June 2014) CD  
Red Molly – Willow | Album: The Red Album CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Brandy Clark - Just Like Him | Album: - 12 Stories CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - - Smart Choice Music
Sarabeth - That’s The Sound | Album: Anything Is Possible (Oct 2013) MP3 - UK iTunes
Grandpa Jones - Eight More Miles To Louisville | Album: Neighbors Acres MP3 (Oct 20, 1913; died Feb 19, 1998 (aged 84)) BIRTHDAY
Anne Murray - I Wish I Could See Arkansas | Album: Yes I Do (1990)
Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter - Wild Child | Album: The Big Revival NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -  
Lindi Ortega - Jimmy Dean | Album: Little Red Boots (Oct 2011) MP3
Blake Shelton - Just Getting’ Started | Album: Bringing Back The Sunshine NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - 
Zoe Muth - Waltz of The Wind | Album: World Of Strangers CD  MP3 - 
Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White - Forever’s Not Long Enough | Album: Heart Like Ours (out UK Nov 3) CD - - US iTunes  NEW Single
Mel Street - Barbara, Don’t Let Me Be The Last to Know | Album: Country Soul CD (Oct 21, 1935 died Oct 21, 1978 (aged 43)) BIRTHDAY
North 40 - Whole Lotta Livin’ | Album: Sing Your Own Song CD - UK iTunes - Hotdisc #189 September Single
Shelby Lynne - I’m Not The One | Album: Restless CD  (Oct 22, 1968) BIRTHDAY
Aaron Watson - The Look | Album: The Underdog (due Feb 2015) NEW Single
The Band Perry - Gentle On My Mind | Album: From the motion picture soundtrack/ EP "Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me." NEW Single US iTunes
Dwight Yoakam - Who’ll Stop The Rain NEW Single
Crystal Yates - Goodbye Letter | Album: I Believe (out Oct 21, 2014) NEW Single MP3 - UK iTunes
Wanda Jackson - Love Of The Common People | Album: I've Gotta Sing MP3  (Oct 20, 1937) BIRTHDAY
Larry Cordle & Trisha Yearwood - Lonesome Dove | Album: All-Star Duets
Sara Petite – Ashes | Album: Circus Comes to Town (Jan 2013) Touring MP3

New on The Show


“That’s The Sound” - Contemporary country singer, this one is my favourite” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Born: Sarah Elizabeth Swagerty
Name my friends call me: SB, Sara-B, or Swags

Genre: Country
Hometown - Garland, TX
Record label -    Circle S Records
Current Location - Dallas, TX/ Nashville, TN
Her  most requested song?:  The National Anthem.  I have sung it more times than I can count!  My most memorable performance   was at the Houston Texans v. Denver Broncos game last year.

The familiar saying “everything is bigger in Texas” is earning some truth to its name as country music vocal powerhouse, SaraBeth, dusts off her boots and hits the Nashville music scene.
Born and raised in Dallas, the lovely and attractive SaraBeth is a contemporary country singer and budding songwriter who is seamlessly making her mark in Nashville as an all-American, sweetly southern artist with an edge. Smart, beautiful and tremendously talented, SaraBeth is the breath of fresh air the music industry needs.

When Dean Sams, member of award winning group Lonestar, first met SaraBeth, he knew he had just met a future star. He recognized her talent immediately and knew her robust potential. Soon after, Sams took her into the studio to produce the debut album ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE (released Oct 29, 2013 – UK iTunes), featuring her singles "Kickin' and Screamin'", "Miss You Anywhere", and "That's The Sound", creating a buzz across the US .
Her music videos found their home on GAC & ZUUS and in the UK have been show on the CM&T TV show on Showcase TV (Sky/ Freesat – Watch it on
With dates nationwide, she has shared the stage with Craig Morgan, Brantley Gilbert, Lonestar, Tate Stevens and has participated in both the 2013 and 2014 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge alongside Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge and more. Her current project, a 4 track EP OBSESSIVE, was released in Aug 5, 2014 (UK iTunes - Artwork) and features several self-penned songs.
She has appeared on a multitude of television shows including the nationally syndicated Daytime, Good Day Dallas, D The Broadcast (Dallas), Fox 26 Morning News (Houston), Great Day SA (San Antonio), More at Midday (Nashville), Tennessee Mornings (Nashville) and nationally syndicated radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, and continues to raise awareness to her budding music career.

Her single  “That’s The Sound” was promoted across Europe via the July 2014 Hotdisc 187 promo disc which debuted at No.19 debut and reached No.5 over a 13-week chart run, it can be heard on >> soundcloud
Her follow up second Hotdisc single Nowhere With You” (writers Sarabeth Swagerty, Ashlee Hewitt, Dean Sams) on Sept 2014 Hotdisc #189 landed at No.29 and peaked at #21 in five Hotdisc Top 40 chart frames.
Grand Union Promotions announced she would visit the UK to tour in late October. She will be joined by fellow Nashville artist Glen Mitchell, a British born singer/songwriter/guitarist award-winning musician. They will be joined by special UK Songwriters at each venue. Dates:
Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 (Culpepper Club, Basildon), Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 (Robin 2, Wolverhampton),  Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 ( Grand Old Opry, Glasgow) and Saturday, 1st Nov 2014 (Fort San Antone, Preston).

Watch the gorgeous songstress in her video >> "Kickin’ and Screamin’" and  “That's The Sound"”'

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Sunday 12 October 2014

Playlist week of 11th October 2014


11th October 2014 – BBCPlaylist

Brand new music from Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Lee Ann Womack & Gene Watson. 
Plus classics from Dottie West, Earl Thomas Conley and Lacy J Dalton.
NEW ON THE SHOW features: Brad Lee Schroeder and Crystal Yates

Tim McGraw - City Lights | Album: Sundown Heaven Town NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music  -
Highway 101 - Bridge Across Forever  | Album: Highway 101 (1988) CD (Paulette Carlson; Oct 11, 1952) BIRTHDAY
Gene Watson - Long Black Veil | Album: My Heroes Have Always Been Country (June 2014) CD (Oct 11, 1943) BIRTHDAY
Lady Antebellum - One Great Mystery | Album: 747 NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -
Old Crow Medicine Show - Sweet Amarillo | Album: Remedy CD - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -  
Dottie West - Memories For Sale | Album: Stars of the Grand Ole Opry MP3 (Oct 11, 1932; died Sept 4, 1991 (aged 58)) BIRTHDAY
Callaghan - The Only Thing Real | Album: Life in Full Colour  (May 2012) MP3 - UK iTunes
Dave Sheriff - Highway Number 9 | Album: Let's Dance (July 2014) MP3 - UK iTunes Hotdisc #189 September Single
John & Audrey Wiggins - She’s In The Bedroom Crying | Album: John & Audrey Wiggins (1994) MP3  (John Wiggins; Oct 13, (1962) BIRTHDAY
WestWend (Wendy Crowe & Jonathan Maness) - Smoky Mountain Living | Album: Linger for a While NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -
Smokie - Arms of Mary | Album: Greatest Hits Collection (2009) MP3  
Zoe Muth – History | Album: World Of Strangers CD  MP3 - 
Thomas Rhett - Make Me Wanna | Album: NEW Single
Rhett Akins - Carolina Line | Album: Somebody New CD - MP3  (Oct 13, 1969) BIRTHDAY
Dixie Chicks - Once You’ve Loved Somebody | Album: Wide Open Spaces (1998) CD - MP3 (Martie Erwin; Oct 12, 1969; Natalie Maines Oct 14,1974) BIRTHDAYS
Hal Ketchum - Midnight Works For Me | Album: I'm the Troubadour (Oct 7) NEW CD - UK iTunes - 
Lee Ann Womack - Chances Are | Album: The Way I'm Livin' NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music  - 
Lacy J Dalton - Beer Drinkin’ Song | Album: Lacy J. Dalton & Hard Times (2 On 1) CD
Brad Lee Schroeder - Run Devil Run | Album: NEW Single Play MPE UK iTunes
Willie Nelson & Ray Charles - Seven Spanish Angels | Album: The Essential Willie Nelson MP3
Rhonda Vincent - When The Grass Grows Over Me | Album: Only Me CD - 
Earl Thomas Conley - Your Love’s on The Line | Album: 16 Biggest Hits MP3  (Oct 17, 1941) BIRTHDAY
George Strait & Alan Jackson - Murder on Music Row | Album: The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium NEW CD - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - (Alan Jackson; Oct 17, 1958) BIRTHDAY
Blake Shelton - Anyone Else | Album: Bringing Back The Sunshine NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - 
Crystal Yates - Goodbye Letter | Album: I Believe (out Oct 21, 2014) NEW Single MP3 - UK iTunes

New on The Show

Brad Lee Schroeder

”Run Devil Run” - “Really nice song” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre:  Country / Rock
Hometown: Denver, CO
Record label: Stray Bullet Records
Awards: Independent Music Awards Nominee, Member of the CMA
Current Location: Nashville, TN

Blurb: With his debut single “EASY” reaching into the top 40's on Country radio charts, Bradis gaining attention, fans and popularity across the country.
To take a line from one of Brad’s latest songs “THAT KINDA COWBOY”, Brad is a devoted family man that proves he still “gets a little rowdy when he can”. Brad celebrates this balance in his music. With all of the different influences in Brad’s life, there’s a little bit of everything in his songs. From Country and Gospel, to Blues and good old down home Rock n Roll, everyone can enjoy Brad’s music. One listen to Brad Lee Schroeder’s music and it quickly becomes evident why he is one of the most popular country artists to emerge from the Mile High city of Denver. From taking over the stage at his high energy live performances, to just playing a few acoustic tunes for friends, Brad certainly commands attention.

His brand new single “Run Devil Run” was sent to country radio early October 2014
Listen in full and get a Free Download on the song for an email share at

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Crystal Yates

“Goodbye Letter” – “Saved the best till last, This one’s just terrific” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Country, Alt Country
Current Location: Dallas, TX
Sounds Like: Adele, The Civil Wars, Kari Jobe, Feist, Martina McBride

These are just some of the words used to describe the voice and music of Crystal Yates, a recording artist and singer/songwriter from McKinney, TX. Being in the music industry for nearly 15 years, Crystal is no stranger to writing, performing, and recording, having played across the US and Western Europe in the last 5 years. 

Crystal is a frequent songwriter, with not only her own original writing but also collaborations with #1 Country writer and CMA award winner Don Poythress, Dove Award winning songwriter Jennie Lee Riddle, Nashville songwriter and producer,Michael Farren, and others.  "They are all based on love, life, and relationships." says Crystal. "I write from my heart and what I have experienced and learned". 
2011 saw the release of her 11 track album LOVE WINS (Amazon UK)which garnered rave reviews and led to subsequent performances at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, and several TV appearances.

In 2012, "Christimastime for You and Me" was released, and in 2013, "Live At LoneStar Wine Cellars" was released, which featured an unplugged live performance in an intimate setting in Yates' hometown, McKinney, TX.

In January 2014, in a nationally televised program held at the legendary Ryman Auditorium and hosted by LeAnn Rimes, Crystal was named the winner in the National Country Showdown (>> Video Winner announced; Facebook Photo ) the biggest and longest running country music competition, whose past contestants include Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Sara Evans, and many more.  In addition to the grand prize of $100,000, Crystal was also named the Best New Act In Country Music.

 Watch Crystal Yates performing 
>> "Let That Record Play On" for the Texaco Country Showdown at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, January 2014.

Her new single "Goodbye Letter" was recently sent to country radio. 
Watch an >> acoustic performance (Published April 17, 2014)

Her latest country 5 track EP / mini album I BELIEVE was produced by Grammy winner Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Holly Williams) and will be released Oct 21, 2014.
Listen to her songs in FULL on her reverbnation page

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