Sunday 29 November 2015

Playlist week of November 28, 2015


November 28, 2015 – BBC Playlist
Playlist week of November 28, 2015
ICYMI: Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Show playlist November 28, 2015

Toby Keith - 10 Foot Pole | Album: 35MPH Town  CD - UK iTunes -
Sweethearts of The Rodeo - If I Never See Midnight Again (Kristine Oliver; Nov 28, 1956) BIRTHDAY
Merle Travis - Sioux City Sue (Nov 29, 1917; died Oct 20, 1983 (aged 65) BIRTHDATE
Jewel - Family Tree | Album: Picking Up the Pieces Amazon UK - UK iTunes (30 Oct) - 
Chris Young - Sober Saturday Night | Album: I'm Comin' Over New CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Jody Miller - Johnny One Time (Nov 29, 1941) BIRTHDAY
Kathy Crinion - Tennessee Rain | Album: Lovin' What I Do New CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Stephanie Urbina Jones - Fiery Angel | Album: Fiery Angel New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - 
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - Small Town Blues
Mindy McCready - If I Don’t Stay The Night | Album: If I Don't Stay the Night Amazon UK  (Nov 30, 1975; died Feb 17, 2013 (aged 37)) BIRTHDATE
Jason James - I’ve Been Drinking More | Album: Jason James Amazon UK CD (6 Nov) - MP3 - UK iTunes (3 Sept) Google -   
Allison Moorer - Is Heaven Good Enough For You | Album: Essential Collection Amazon UK
Lisa Wright - Girl Like Me | Album: Before I Die (EP; Sept 2015) MP3 - UK iTunes - CD Baby - 
Hank Williams Jr & Eric Church - Are You Ready For The Country? New Single
Jeannie Kendall - The Color Of Her Eyes | Album: Jeannie Kendall (Feb 2003) Amazon UK (Nov 30, 1954) BIRTHDAY
The Wilburn Brothers - That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (Teddy Wilburn Nov 30, 1931) BIRTHDAY
Kim Richey - Breakaway Speed | Album: Thorn In My Heart Amazon UK (Dec 1, 1956) BIRTHDAY
Joe Diffie - Ships That Don’t Come In | Album: Playlist: The Very Best Of Joe Diffie Amazon UK
Andrea Zonn - Ships | Album: Rise CD - MP3 -
Hunter Sealy - Nashville Radio
Sibling Rivalry - Natural Thing | Album: First Light (EP) MP3 - UK iTunes -
Daniele Alexander & Butch Baker - It Wasn’t You, It Wasn’t Me | Album: I Dream In Color (Daniele Alexander; Dec 2, 1954) BIRTHDAY
Joey & Rory - Long Line Of Love | Album: Songs of Faith & Family 
Lila McCann - Changing Faces | Album: Lila (1997) Amazon UK (Dec 4, 1981) BIRTHDAY
Ferlin Husky - Timber I’m Falling
Chelsea Bain - The Power Of A Woman New Single
Vince Gill - Without You | Album: Next Big Thing Amazon UK
Jefferson Ross - Georgia Lullaby | Album: Dogwood Cats (Feb 2015) Amazon UK

New on The Show

Jason James
“I’ve Been Drinking More” -  “I think it's a wonderful one, great steel bridge, in Merle Haggard and George Jones vien of things, young artist with a cold solid country voice, I think he’s great” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Home Town: Texas City, Texas
The 13 track debut of the Texan Country musician Jason James comes with a mixture of traditional styled Honky Tonk songs, Country Rock and ballads! All 13 tracks were written by the artist himself.
Band Members: Jason James-vocals/guitar, Elvin Levins-Bass/backing vocals, Adam Berlin-Drums, Steel- Tony & Fiddler X - Brandi Clark
One of the finds of the year, this is absolutely essential (5 STARS Duncan Warwick | Country Music People)
Up and coming Texas artist Jason James is here to bridge the gap between the red dirt music we enjoy and the classic country we love.
Elements of country, honky tonk and blues are prevalent and flawlessly Jason James' self-titled debut, on the esteemed New West Records label, introduces a charismatic young artist whose effortless mastery of his chosen style serves as a deeply compelling vehicle for his vibrant creative spirit. 

The talented Texan writes rousing honky-tonk anthems, heart-tugging ballads and smart, sly-humored country-rock tunes that echo the vintage classics that are his touchstones, and sings them with a level of emotional urgency that makes it clear that he means every word. 

The 13 original compositions that comprise Jason James make it clear that the artist is making music that's timeless rather than retro, reflecting his interest in adding to country tradition rather than merely emulating it. A stellar supporting cast was recruited to bring James’ songs to life: producers John Evans (Hayes Carll, Corb Lund), Keith Gattis
(Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam) and engineer Steve Christensen (Steve Earle, Destiny’s Child) were at the helm, while the virtuosic talents of Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam), Glen Duncan (George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), Steve Hinson (Randy Travis) and New West labelmate Robert Ellis can be heard gracing the expansive, 13-song collection.
If you fell asleep about 40 years ago and are just waking up now, you might be a little puzzled by what they call country music these days. Even newbies Maddie and Tae note the change, singing “Conway and George Strait never did it this way.” Don’t be alarmed, it hasn’t all gone to rap and cornfield keg parties, there are new artists creating, or maybe recreating, the vintage sound of cowboy-hat (not baseball cap) wearing country artists from the by-gone days. Jason James is one of these....The
It wouldn't be out of line to lump in Jason James' "I've Been Drinkin' More" with such country drinking staples as Gary Stewart's "She's Acting Single (I'm Drinking Doubles)," Johnny Paycheck's "I Can't Quit Drinking" and George Jones' "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)." And for good reason: The 30-year-old Texas singer-songwriter cites all three of those artists as key influences on his brand of heartbreaking barroom country....The debut single from James self-titled debut album, due later this summer, "I've Been Drinkin' More" (>> soundcloud) isn't a celebration of booze, however, but in the style of classic country, a sorrowful mid-tempo ballad about self-medicating Read more:
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Lisa Wright
“Girl Like Me” -  ”I think she’s really talented..The EP is really lovely, this one's just a great track, another high quality homegrown EP, I think it’s great” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Country/Pop
Home Town: Essex
Short Description: Country singer-songwriter.
Long Description: Tempting the UK to country/pop music
Influences: Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Alison Krauss.
In 2012 she was given the thumbs up at the auditions of the Open Mic UK competition and performed at Towngate Theatre in Basildon in the live regional stages of the UK competition. She performed in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel for a place in the national final at the O2 arena in London.
Lisa Wright, 23, is your not-so-typical Essex girl (from Harold Wood, a suburb in NE London)
A country enthusiast at heart, she began singing and song writing at an early age and dons Alison Krauss as her idol.
Released on 17th Sep 2015 the 4 track was a “heavily anticipated” debut EP which takes what is great about country and mixing it with British charisma and character.
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Sibling Rivalry
“Natural Thing” – “I think its rather good” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
Country/ Indie & Alternative
"Home" Single Leading the Charge for Animal Welfare
(Houston, Texas) - FIRST LIGHT, the debut EP from Sibling Rivalry, the acoustic country duo consisting of brother and sister Olivia (16) and Mitchell Butaud (20) released Aug 21, 2015.
The six-track debut EP, produced by Shane Stevens and Neeki Bey was made available at major digital retailers.
FIRST LIGHT features songs co-written by the siblings alongside notable writers including Stevens, Joanna Cotten, Ken Johnson and Maria Christensen.
The EP's premier single, "Home," is a touching tale of homelessness featuring a video that brings attention to the plight of homeless animals. In a generous act of charity, Sibling Rivalry is donating personal proceeds from the sale of "Home" to the Cesar Millan Foundationand its efforts to promote animal welfare worldwide. The video is available for viewing on >> YouTube
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Wednesday 25 November 2015

Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Member Ted Harris Dies aged 78

Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction Year: 1990
Birth Name: Theodore Clifford Harris
Birth Date: 08-02-1937
Place of Birth: Lakeland, Florida

(24 Nov 2015) 
Condolences to family and friends of Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame member TED HARRIS, who passed away at his residence in Lewisburg, TN on Sunday November 22nd at the age of 78. This according to Hall of Fame executive director Mark Ford  and reported by The Columbia Daily Herald.
Ted Harris Montage CLICK to ENLARGE

  • Mr. Harris penned hits for Charley Pride, Dottie West, Ferlin Husky, Glen Campbell, and many others throughout his long-spanning writing and publishing career.
  • As a kid growing up in a small town in Florida, Ted Harris was surrounded by music. His dad played violin and guitar, and his mom played piano. Every Saturday night, the family tuned in to the Grand Ole Opry.
  • By the time Ted was eight years old, he was learning chords on the guitar, and at 12 he wrote his first song.
  • After high school, he started a job with the local newspaper, but his passion for music would not be denied.
  • In 1958, the 20-year-old Harris took a wild chance and moved to Nashville, not knowing a soul. Hank Snow was his favorite artist, so shortly after arriving, Harris dropped in to Snow's music-publishing company, Silver Star. Fate was on his side, because he met the late songwriter Ted Daffan (1912-1996; "Born to Lose," "I'm a Fool to Care"), who heard something in the kid's songs and took him under his wing to become the Nashville newcomer’s mentor.  "Whatever Ted said, I listened to, because he was successful," Harris said.
For the next seven years, Harris held down a job in the grocery business. Coming and going to work, he would write his songs in the car. A few small cuts came his way.
Then, in 1965, Carl Belew gave Harris his first big hit with "Crystal Chandelier" (the song went on to be recorded by many artists such as Pride, Mac Wiseman, Dickey Lee, Floyd Cramer, Johnny Russell and Billie Jo Spears, and in over 40 countries). 
First released by Carl Belew (July 1965; Single Art) it reached #12 on Hot Country Songs.

Harris’ successes were not limited to country music “Crystal Chandelier,” was also recorded by pop artists Vic Dana and Louis Armstrong.

In 1966 Ted Harris was Grammy Nominated for Best Country Song for "Crystal Chandelier" performed by Charley Pride.

Crystal Chandeliers
(Ted Harris)
Oh, the crystal chandeliers light up the paintings on your wall
The marble statuettes are standing stately in the hall
But will the timely crowd that has you laughing loud help you dry your tears
When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers.

I never did fit in too well with the folks you knew
And it's plain to see that the likes of me don't fit with you
So you traded me for the gaiety of the well to do
And you turned away from the love I offered you.

As his star rose, Harris co-founded his own publishing company, and his songs were recorded by the likes of Dottie West, Ferlin Husky ("Once"; Capitol Records ‎– 5775; Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM; 1967), Charley Pride ("The Happiness of Havin’ You”), Roy Drusky, Kitty Wells ("Once"; LP: Love Makes The World Go Around), Jack Greene ("Yesterday's Letters"; LP: Statue Of A Fool; Decca ‎– DL-75124; 1969), Jeannie Seely and Glen Campbell with special guest Steve Wariner on “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” (Rules The World).

Another classic from Harris’ pen was “Paper Mansions,” recorded most successfully by Dottie West, who had a Top 10 hit with it in 1967. Within a two-year span, it was also recorded by Kitty Wells, Warner Mack, Lynn Anderson (LP: Promises, Promises; 1968), Margie Singleton and Jean Shepard.

You and Me Against the World” written by Harris became a hit for Bobby Lord in 1970 reaching #15 on Hot Country Songs. This song has also been recorded by Roy Rogers, and as a duet by Jimmy Dean & Dottie West (1970) and Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely (1973).

By the end of the 1970s, he'd racked up 87 SESAC Awards, several NSAI Outstanding Achievement Awards and 120 cuts by major artists. Unusual for Nashville, then as today, Harris wrote by himself. He tried collaborating, but found that other writers didn't always agree with his standard for what made a great song. Simply stated, Harris defined that standard like this: "You find an idea, and you become a slave to that idea until you make it as absolutely amazing as you can."
Harris, uncommon in that he wrote almost all of his hits solo, called his 1990 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame "a mountain-top experience."

  • He retired in 2001 and sold his publishing company to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
  • He remained active on the Nashville scene, occasionally playing at songwriter showcases, writing and performing occasionally, but he was more excited about finding homes for what he calls the "lost treasures of his back catalog."
  • Ted Harris is survived by wife Jackie, by sons Bradley and Joshua and by three grandchildren.
Visitation was scheduled for Nov. 24th at the London Funeral Home in Lewisburg, Tennessee (4:00-8:00 p.m). The funeral service took place on Wednesday (Nov. 25) at the East Commerce Baptist Church in Lewisburg.

Sunday 22 November 2015

Playlist week of November 21, 2015


November 21, 2015 – BBC Playlist

Playlist week of November 21, 2015
Brand new music from Jewel, Stephanie Urbina Jones and David Bradley.
Plus classics from Jean Shepard, Eddie Rabbitt and Linda Davis.

Suzy Bogguss - Other Side Of The Hill What | Album: Voices In The Wind (1992) Amazon UK (Written by Chuck Pyle January 28th, 1945 - November 6th, 2015 who died earlier in the week)
Shedaisy - She Gets What I Deserve (Kelsi Osborne; Nov 21, 1974) BIRTHDAY
Jake Worthington - Just Keep Falling In Love | Album: Jake Worthington (EP) New  Amazon UK - UK iTunes - 
The McCarters - Gift Of Music | Album: The Gift (1990) Amazon UK
Whistler’s Father - Johnnie, Jack & Jim | Album: Highly Irregular (Aug 2015) New Amazon UK - UK iTunes -  Stephanie Urbina Jones - Rose In The Wreckage Heart | Album: Fiery Angel New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - 
Paddy O’Brien - Ballad of Bill Thaxton | Album: One of These Days (2015) CD 
Danni Nicholls - Beautifully Broken | Album: Mockingbird Lane New CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Bandcamp -  
David Bradley - Get A Hero Home (Single)
Amy Grant - That’s What Love Is For | Album: Heart In Motion Greatest Hits Amazon UK (Nov 25, 1960) BIRTHDAY
Vince Gill - She Never Makes Me Cry | Album: Next Big Thing (2003) Amazon UK
Mountain Faith - Someone Prayed | Album: That Which Matters Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Daryle Singletary - Spilled Whiskey | Album: There's Still a Little Country Left CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Loretta Lynn - Blue Kentucky Girl
Jefferson Ross - Not The Thunder | Album: Dogwood Cats (Feb 2015) Amazon UK
Erin Hay - Redneck, Alabama | Album: Lonnie Ratliff: Nashville Songwriter, Vol. 4 Amazon UK (Nov 25, 1970) BIRTHDAY
Joe Nichols - Old Things New | Album: Old Things New Amazon UK (Nov 26, 1976) BIRTHDAY
Rita Hosking - I See Storms | Album: Frankie and the No-Go Road UK iTunes - CD Baby
Hamilton County Ramblers – Copperline | Album: Hamilton County Ramblers New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - CD Baby -  
Jewel - Pretty Faced Fool Picking Up the Pieces | Album: Amazon UK - UK iTunes (30 Oct) -   
Dave Gibson - The Frog Song (Single, Oct 2015) Amazon UK Hotdisc #202 Oct 2015 Single
Jean Shepard - Go On With Your Dancing (Nov 21, 1933) BIRTHDAY
Tish Hinojosa - Drifter’s Wind Culture Swing (1992) Amazon UK (written by Chuck Pyle)
Linda Davis - There’s A Problem At The Office | Album: In A Different Light (1991) Amazon UK (Nov 26, 1962) BIRTHDAY
Eddie Rabbitt - Could You Love A Poor Boy Dolly (Nov 27, 1941; died May 7, 1998 (aged 56)) BIRTHDATE
Jacqui Sharkey - I’ll Be Missing You | Album: Shine (1 Oct 2015) New Amazon UK - UK iTunes - - Jacqui  
Chris Young - What If I Stay I'm Comin' Over | Album: I'm Comin' Over CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -

New on The Show 

Whistler's Father

“Highly Irregular” - A mean bit of harmonica..I thought that was rather good - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Americana/ Bluegrass / Folk
Byron Berline (fiddle & mandolin), Hal Ratliff (piano & keyboards), Roger Gillespie (drums), Rick White (electric guitars), Ernie Nunez (bass), Sean Vidrine (accordion), and Bradley Baker & Sir Louis (harmony vocals)

Whistler's Father, based in Orange County, CA, is a great example of the Americana music genre. Blending Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Rock, Blues, Cajun, and Jazz, the first Whistler's Father album of all original new music entitled "Highly Irregular" is available on Amazon, iTunes, cd baby, and numerous other music sites.

“Highly Irregular” was recorded over the course of a year and a half.

 The core members of Whistler’s Father, Tim Bennett – lead vocals, guitar, and harmonica, Dan Cartmell – banjo, finger-style guitar, and harmony vocals, and RJ Williams, bass and harmony vocals, were joined in the studio by a roster of talented musicians:
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Jake Worthington

“Just Keep Falling In Love” -  “Very country and a voice beyond his years, nice groove to it” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

At only 19 years old Jake Worthington has accomplished more than some Artist dream to achieve over the chorus of a career. 

In 2014 Jake was named "Runner-Up" on Season 6 of the hit NBC TV Show "The Voice". While on the TV Show Jake managed to release 2 songs that reached the Top 20 on Billboard Heatseekers: His cover of Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" hit #14 & his remake of Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes" ( >> Video) went to #17.
The 2 songs also reached the Top 15 on Billboard Country Top Digital Downloads. But perhaps the most impressve of the feats was when Jake's rendition of the Bryan Adam's hit song "Heaven" reached #3 on Billboard Country Top Digital Songs.

On Hot County Songs he made a debut No.49 with “Have A Little Faith In Me” (song by John Hiatt)
Following the success from the TV Show Jake joined the other finalists on "The Voice" National Tour where they played some of the largest venues and arenas in some of the biggest cities in the US.

Success from the TV show has led to a Social Media presense that reaches nearly 250,000 total people across the world! Resulting in numerous YouTube videos with over 1 Million views each.
In October 2015 Jake released his debut EP of original songs. The EP debuted: #6 Billboard South Central, #16 Billboard Heatseekers & #44 Billboard Country Albums (selling 900 copies).
His single "Just Keep Falling In Love" (Labels: Jerry Duncan Promotions / Marco Promotions) was sent to country radio with an impact date Nov 16, 2015
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Hamilton County Ramblers
“Copperline” - “Absolutely wonderful song” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Bluegrass
Band Members: John Boulware (Fiddle), James Kee (Mandolin), Roy Curry (Guitar), Josh Hixson (Upright bass) & Jim Pankey (Banjo(s)

A traditional bluegrass band playing a variety of related styles including traditional bluegrass, swing, old-time, country, and pop, all from a bluegrass perspective.

This is a band whose members come from several directions and several generations yet also from one place, both literally (the Chattanooga area, hence “Hamilton County”), and figuratively, in their shared appreciation for and emulation of the genuine, not stereotypical, aspects of the bluegrass tradition. 
They understand that music — this kind of music, at least — is an art and a craft (and a business), and that respect for it means digging deep at every turn.
In short, this is a debut from a group that has done what good bluegrass musicians of every generation do. And it shows.
"If bluegrass music is the quintessential Appalachian music, then Hamilton County Ramblers is the quintessential bluegrass band..." - Marc Michael, The Pulse
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