Sunday 22 February 2015

Playlist week of 21st February 2015

21st February 2015 – BBC Playlist

Brand new music from Ruthie Collins, Kip Moore, Gretchen Peters and Ashley Monroe
Plus classics from Johnny Cash & Faron Young.

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Down At TheTwist And Shout | Album: Shooting Straight In The Dark (1990) CD (Feb 21, 1958) BIRTHDAY
Steve Holy - Radio Up | Album: Best Of  CD (Feb 23, 1972) BIRTHDAY 
Ruthie Collins – Vintage | Album: Ruthie Collins (EP) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -
James Hand - I Wear The Scars | Album: Stormclouds in Heaven (Oct 2014) CD -  Ameripolitan Awards 2015: Top Honky Tonk Male
Sarah Gayle Meech - Gonna Break | Album: Tennessee Love Song (out 28 March 2015) NEW
Kip Moore - Drive Me Crazy | Album: UP ALL NIGHT (Special UK Deluxe Edition; 6 bonus tracks) CD NEW
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristen - The Real Peter Pan | Album: Songs Around the Kitchen Table (2014) MP3 - UK iTunes - CD Baby -  
Sasha McVeigh - Time of My Life | Album: TBA 
Sammy Kershaw - Yard Sale | Album: Sammy Kershaw Big Hits Volume One CD MP3 (Feb 24, 1958) BIRTHDAY
Claire Lynch – Moonlighter | Album: Moonlighter CD (Feb 20, 1954) BIRTHDAY
Faron Young & Margie Singletary - Keepin’ Up With The Jones’ | Album: Wine Me Up - the Best of the Mercury Years (Nov 2014; 2 CD ; 50 tracks) 2-CD  (Faron Young Feb 25, 1932; died Dec 10, 1996 (aged 64)) BIRTHDAY
Lucy Angel - Lightning In A Bottle | Album: Lucy Angel MP3 - UK iTunes  NEW
Ralph Stanley - If That’s The Way You Feel | Album: Clinch Mountain Country 2-CD (2005) (Feb 25, 1927) BIRTHDAY
Danni Leigh - Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart | Album: 29 Nights CD
Johnny Cash - The Big Battle | Album: (Feb 26, 1932; died Sept 12, 2003 (aged 71)) BIRTHDAY
Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Tennessee Flat Top Box | Album: Snapshots NEW MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Cody Jinks - We’re Gonna Dance | Album: Adobe Sessions (12 Jan 2015) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes  
Ashley Monroe - On To Something Good NEW Single 
The Westies – Bars | Album: Westside Story MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Gretchen Peters – Jubilee | Album: Blackbirds NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Elizabeth Cook - I Had Someone Else Before I Had You | Album: Asleep At The Wheel: Still The King : Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (Proper Records) CD NEW (Out 2 March 2015) 
Bernie Nelson - Saving That For You | Album: Blue CD - CDBaby - UK iTunes - 
Shannon & Heather Slaughter - Anything | Album: Never Just a Song NEW  MP3 - UK iTunes -
Jon Randall - Sweet Loretta | Album: Willin' (2000) CD
Lorrie Morgan - You Can’t Take That | Album: Shakin' Things Up (1997) MP3
Chris LeDoux - Dallas Days & Fortworth Nights | Album: Haywire (1994)

New on The Show

Lucy Angel

“Lightning In A Bottle” - “This is a really lovely song”...”beautiful harmony” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Lucy Angel are a family trio consisting of mother Kate Anderton and her two daughters, Lindsay and Emily.

Kate got into music when she met her husband in college and he entered her for the Wrangler Country Showdown which she duly won. This was a live-broadcast country music talent search show which preceded programmes like American Idol by some 20 years.

Kate fell for country music listening to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. She subsequently moved to Nashville and has appeared at The Grand Ole Opry in what she describes as “the bad hair era” of the 80’s.
Lindsay first performed at the tender age of 4 years old. When she reached 12 she sang professionally with her mum in another trio then after a move from Arizona to Nashville they formed a duo (see pic)
When younger sister Emily moved to Music City she didn’t want to sing but would watch mum and older sister perform. So much in life is about timing and around 2005 the timing was right and they became a trio. she says.

The first show LUCY ANGEL performed in this format was as opening act for Neal McCoy.
Apart from touring the United States, Lucy Angel has also performed internationally, visiting Japan, Switzerland and China. In 2006 they performed at the 13th Annual Country Sunshine Festival in Kumamoto, Japan and journeyed to China twice in 2009. The group are honored to hold the distinction of being the very first Western Hemisphere act to perform at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing before Chinese government officials and more than 280 international dignitaries and ambassadors. 2008 saw them take part at the Schützenhaus Albisgütli in Zurich, Switzerland.

The beauty of siblings and family members singing together is of course the unique close harmonies they create and it was the first single which opened doors.
The group first came to Europe’s attention in October 2010 with the track ‘Only Woman Left’. This was included on Hot Disc #142 (Rush Released) the promotional compilations distributed to the country music media in the UK and worldwide. This fabulous song sadly peaked at # 30 on the Hot Disc Chart but thankfully was making waves across the pond with the radio networks. On 25th April 2011 they were featured on Inside Music Row shown on Showcase TV (Sky Channel 201 and Freesat 403) when presenter Kelly Lynn hooked up with them.
In May 2011 strikingly good looking trio went on a Radio Tour delivering their then new single “Serious” to radio. The terrific up-tempo song was written by hit-making songwriters Anthony Smith (George Strait, Tim McGraw), Chris Wallin (Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney) and David Lee Murphy (Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley). Watch their hot video for >> “Serious” (2011) .While on the road visiting country radio stations across the country, they took a detour through the tornado ravaged town of Cullman, Alabama to help out a close family friend whose home was destroyed in the disaster.

In December 2012 they promoted and released holiday track "Mr Santa".
Nashville hit-maker Anthony Smith (Blake Shelton etc; Record Producer/ Musician/ Songwriter/ Beer Can Collector) and Lindsay Anderton, (one third of Lucy Angel) welcomed another little angel into the world in Jan 2013 with a baby daughter, McCartney Blaze Smith, weighing 8lb 12 oz.
In November 2014 “Country music’s most buzzed about emerging trio”, Lucy Angel made a debut with new single “Crazy Too” on SiriusXM’s The Highway. The upbeat and infectious tune from their self-titled album appeals especially to women with its relatable and lighthearted lyrics.
Co-written by award-winning songwriters including Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Karyn Rochel, and produced by heavy hitters, Noah Gordon(Colt Ford, LoCash Cowboys, Bubba Sparxxx) and Bobby Terry(Alabama, Trace Adkins), “Crazy Too” captures the effortless harmonies of the trio and exemplifies their personalities.
The single was released digitally on Nov 4, 2014 - MP3 - UK iTunes -  >> Lyric Video
‘Discovering Lucy Angel,’ a new docu-series reality TV show (Image ) featuring the trio premiered on Jan. 13, 2015. The series, produced by the same people who produced ‘The Osbournes,’ shows the family group, made up of sisters Lindsay and Emily and mother Kate Anderton, as they prepared to release their first full-length album.

“I feel like that’s a real strength, is that there’s such a variety of characters, and everyone in the family is such a personality,”
As the title says, Charlie’s Angels got nothing on this trio. They are just as feisty, smart, beautiful and talented and those other
angels but these angels are all related. They are mother with her two daughters. Their Charlie is Kate’s husband and Lindsay and Emily’s Dad, the Patriarch of the family they lovingly call G-man….. Press Release

Lucy Angel’s physical self-titled debut album (New Revolution/G-Force Entertainment) hit Walmart and Target shelves on January 27, 2015. 
The mother-daughter trio initially released the 13-track project digitally on January 13th alongside the premiere of their AXS TV docu-series.
Produced by Noah Gordon (Colt Ford, LoCash Cowboys, Bubba Sparxxx), the album showcases the trio’s tight harmonies while incorporating a multi-faceted sound that will appeal to all types of listeners. Lead-off single “Crazy Too,” also co-produced by Bobby Terry (Alabama, Trace Adkins), has received rave reviews and ratings from industry and fans alike. It includes a couple of covers “18 Wheels” (Leslie Stacher) and “Stripes” (Brandy Clark)

Watch their latest video and single “Crazy Too
Check out their debut album 13 Tracks/ Time: 43:22 MP3 - UK iTunes - Walmart (CD) -
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Cody Jinks

“We’re Gonna Dance” -  “A lovely track” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Country
Home Town: Fort Worth, TX
Current Location: Dallas Texas

The Adobe Sessions released on 12th Jan 2015 (Cody Jinks Music; 12 Tracks/ Time: 46:37 - MP3 - UK iTunes) is Cody’s 4th release overall.
A really solid album. What’s hard to deny however is his hunger for songwriting that is exhibited heavily on Adobe Sessions, and is worth a strong consideration even if nothing else is....(Read More Review 1 3/4 of 2 Guns Up - Saving Country Music)

When you hear Cody Jinks sing, you’ll pay attention. That’s a great quality for a musician because you’ll rarely lose the listener or audience’s attention. Jinks is just one of the many talented country artists to come out of Texas with his style of country music mixed with a little rock and roll. While many were paying attention to Justin Townes Earle and Ryan Bingham’s new records, Jinks just released a pretty nice album of his own.... (Read More Review 9/10  Country Perspective)

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Kip Moore

“Drive Me Crazy” -“18 tracks on the album which is great! ...There’s more when that came from” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Born: Kip Christian Moore on April 1, 1980 (age 34) in Tifton, Georgia
Genres: Country
Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter signed to MCA Nashville
Styles: Contemporary Country/ Country-Rock/ Heartland Rock
Labels: MCA Nashville

He spent four years in Nashville as a store manager for Abercrombie & Fitch before signing a record deal with MCA Nashville.
Facebook - 1.28 million Followers   Twitter: 529,000 Followers

Fun Fact: Kip has a big celebrity crush on Shania Twain. In fact, her "Any Man of Mine" video is his favourite of all time. Kip told in June 2014, "That's when I discovered that we were meant to be together. She just doesn't know it yet." Kip and Shania were on the same record label, so there's a good chance he might get to meet her one day. Unfortunately for Kip, Shania tied the knot with her husband, Fred, in 2011.

Blurb: Singer-songwriter Kip Moore combines a raw and rustic voice with compelling lyrics of honesty to create a unique sound that’s simultaneously hypnotic and edgy. His voice is weathered by life’s detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and determination. His music is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration. The boy who grew up daydreaming about life outside of the small town of Tifton, Ga., became a man who has been continually inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Kris Kristofferson to paint vivid portraits with his lyrics....Read More Facebook Bio

Like so many country singers from the Music City, Kip got started as a songwriter, penning tunes for the duo Thompson Square.
He co-wrote “All the Way” with Keifer Thompson  and “Let's Fight” with Westin Davis and Keifer Thompson which appeared on  Thompson Square's Feb 2011 self titled.
He also got a cut “Good Girl” (written with Dan Couch and Westin Davis) on Tracy Lawrence's 2013 album Headlights, Taillights and Radios and “Settin' the World on Fire” (co-written with Derek George and Chuck Jones) from Jake Owen's 2011 set Barefoot Blue Jean Night.

Chart Success

Moore explored his own experiences of growing up in a small Georgia town and working diligently for years to achieve his musical dreams to create his MCA Nashville debut album, UP ALL NIGHT released on April 24, 2012.
It made a debut at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #3 on the Billboard Country Albums when it sold 36,666 copies in its first chart frame. This was a week when two identically-titled albums appeared in the Billboard Top 10  with Moore and the UK’s boy band One Direction sharing the name! The No.1 Country album at the time was Lionel Richie with TUSKEGEE selling 78,345 copies leading the chart for a fourth week.
After 25 chart weeks “Up All Night” had past 200K sales with a 208,613 total, by 33 weeks it had reach ¼-millon sales (250,097) in March 2013 it was #20 on Country Albums having sold 300,881 and as of Aug 2013 it had sold 374,000 copies in the US.

Billboard rated the album a 67 out of 100, stating that "Moore spends much of his debut album, Up All Night, outlining the pleasures to be had from hot women and cold beverages”. All Music rated it 3 out of 5 STARS saying that “Moore displays a certain commercial savvy sculpting his tunes with care, polishing them until they gleam, writing about all the things country boys love -- faith, pretty girls, beer money, and partying -- throwing them all together in his hit single "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck,"
yet the album is executed so well it can nevertheless suck you in against your will. It's big and bright, shameless in its attempt to win you over, and -- given increased exposure -- that eager-to-please nature winds up ingratiating whether you like it or not.

The album, which became the best-selling debut by a US male in 2012 and 2013, successfully captures those unforgettable coming-of-age moments, especially for those longing for a life beyond a small town's borders, as well as the roller coaster of love and heartbreak at any age. He delivers these honest and deeply personal lyrics with a gravelly voice weathered by life's detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and unyielding determination. Listen to the >> Title cut

His debut single, "Mary Was the Marrying Kind", peaked at No.45 on Billboard Hot Country Songs. It did not make the final cut of Moore's debut album Up All Night but was included as a bonus track on the deluxe edition. Watch the >> Official Video

On September 27, 2011, he released his second single "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" >> Video. In May 2012 (chart issue dated June 2, 2012) it was No.1 topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs after 33 weeks on the chart, marking Kip first number one in his career with the first single from his debut album, UP ALL NIGHT.  The song, which led the chart for 2 weeks, was written by Tifton, Georgia born Moore and Dan Couch.
It was later certified PLATINUM by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales of 1-million copies.
Story Behind the song >>  YouTube The track is available on

On Billboard Country Airplay Chart (Oct 22, 2012) he scored his second and quickest top 10 as the artist’s third single, “Beer Money” (MCA Nashville), stepped 11-10 in its 18th chart week. His first to reach the upper tier was “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck,” which entered the top 10 in is 29th week on the May 5 chart, eventually spending the first two weeks in June at No. 1. The lead single from Moore’s rookie album, Up All Night, was “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” which peaked at No. 5 during a 19-week chart run in 2011.
First released on July 9, 2012 "Beer Money" reached #7 on Billboard Hot Country Songs, #3 Billboard Country Airplay and was
for the chart December 29, 2012 it was #1 on the Country Aircheck Mediabase chart. It went on to sell over 500,000 and was certified GOLD by the RIAA.

Third single from Up All Night titled "Hey Pretty Girl" (Kip Moore Dan Couch) was released in January 28, 2013
Watch the >> Official Video (7.2 million YouTube Views)
On the chart March 9, 2013 he snagged Most Added honours on Billboard Country Airplay chart when it sat at No.28 slot.
He claimed his third top 10 on Hot Country Songs when it rose 11-9. He previously competed in the upper tier with “Beer Money,” which rolled to No.7 in Dec 2012 and the two week No.1 “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck”.  
“Hey Pretty Girl” peaked at #8 on Billboard Hot Country Songs, #2 Billboard Country Airplay and on chart August 10, 2013 it was #1 on the Country Aircheck Mediabase chart.

On November 25, 2013 Moore released "Young Love" >> Video (Kip Moore, Dan Couch, Weston Davis), the lead single from a potential upcoming second album. It reached #22 on the Billboard Country Airplay and #26 on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
For the chart week of December 7, 2013 Moore took home the week’s Hot Shot Debut trophy matching his career-high debut on Country Airplay, when “Young Love” made its bow at No.51, repeating the opening-week rank set by “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck” on the Oct. 22, 2011, chart. 3 weeks later at No.29 it took the “Most Added” applause receiving 1,019 radio plays (+473) thanks to 42 new radio commitments (ADDS)

For the chart issue week of Feb 7, 2015 Kip scored a career-high bow on Billboard Country Airplay with his brand new single  “I’m to Blame” (MCA Nashville), which swiped the Hot Shot Debut at No.50. It was co-written with Justin Weaver (Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up") and Westin Davis (Moore's "Dirt Road"). He had twice previously debuted as high as No. 51, with “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck” (Oct. 22, 2011) and “Young Love” (Dec. 7, 2013). The new song previews Moore’s upcoming sophomore album.
“Blame” made a debut at #15 on Country Digital Songs (chart week 21/02/2015) selling 17,000 downloads. In his second frame on Hot Country Songs (chart week 28/02/2015) it fell 31-42 and on his 3rd week on Country Airplay it rose 49-39.
The track was digitally released on 3rd Feb available via and US iTunes

  • In June 2013 he joined and supported Toby Keith on his HAMMER DOWN TOUR 
  • Lady Antebellum announced the first leg of their US headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR and invited Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves to join the arena tour. 
  • In 2014, together with Cassadee Pope, Moore opened for Tim McGraw on his SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN TOUR.
  • On Jan 12, 2015 Dierks Bentley announced his plans for the 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR. Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith are set to stack the line up. The 40 city run will kick off June 5, 2015 in Raleigh, NC.
  • In 2013  at the CMT Music Awards "Beer Money"  was nominated for “Breakthrough Video of The Year”.
  • In 2014 he was nominated for Country Music Association Awards "New Artist of the Year"
  • In Dec 2014 Kip was awarded “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” at the American Country Countdown Awards on FOX.  Moore performed his newly certified PLATINUM No. one hit “Hey Pretty Girl" on the show before accepting his award.
  • In addition to the PLATINUM certification of "Hey Pretty Girl," Moore's smash hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" earned DOUBLE PLATINUM status marking sales and streams of over 2 million. 

C2C presents Kip Moore

Kip Moore and Brandy Clark will join seven-time C2C Country To Country headliners Grammy Award-winning Lady Antebellum on Thursday 5th March 2015 at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Buy tickets for Lady Antebellum on Ticketmaster UK - £84.00* (£75.00 Ticket + £9.00 Fees), £67.20* (£60.00 Ticket + £7.20 Fees) £50.40* (£45.00 Ticket + £5.40 Fees).

Saturday March 7, 2015 (Dublin, 3Arena) - Kip Moore joins Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert on the line up. The 3Arena is a 14,500-capacity amphitheatre located at North Wall Quay in the Dublin Docklands in Dublin, Ireland.

Sunday 8th March
Kip will play the C2C Country To Country 2015 Festival at London’s O2 Arena (Millennium Dome/ North Greenwich Arena; Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX) with a set time starting at 16.15 GMT.
Some Weekend Tickets: £161.50, £131.25 (includes fees) were still available atTicketmaster UK or AXS or gigsandtours

To coincide with his UK dates his debut album UP ALL NIGHT was released by Humphead/ Wrasse Records as a special Deluxe 18 track album out February 16th. 

The last 5 tracks featured are Live from Soundcheck, Nashville 2014 including “Beer Money”, “Come And Get It”, “Hang Awhile”, “Hearts Desire” and “Lipstick”

It’s available on CD from Amazon UK 
and digitally via UK iTunes

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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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