Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Kacey Musgraves At The Sage Gateshead LIVE REVIEW

Kacey Musgraves At The Sage Gateshead LIVE REVIEW

Monday 9th November 2015 (by Brian Clough)
The Texas native Kacey Musgraves announced a 6 date UK tour in November, and those in the North East were delighted that The Sage Gateshead was her first tour stop.

Albeit that we head into the winter months a breath of spring blew into the North East on Monday night with the arrival of country artist Kasey Musgraves who played the first date of a mini tour at The Sage Gateshead.
It also seemed as if Christmas had arrived early with a stage set of snowflake and star lights accompanied by her five piece band whose suits were adorned with static/flashing mini lights .

Resplendent in her sparkly tights and Tutu styled outfit she launched into her ninety minute set with the title track of her last album ‘Pageant Material’…and looked the part.
Hit after hit followed, from “Biscuits’ through ‘Step Off”,’Blow Some Smoke,’Family’,’High Time’, and an acoustic solo performance of ‘Same Trailer-Different Park ‘ from her first album release in 2013.

Often known for her controversial lyrics in the conservative country music genre it mattered not to the packed to capacity audience …It was plain to see that her music and awards had preceded her.

Injections of fun featured when she introduced the band members to display their other talents apart from their musicianship which was honed to perfection.

Apart from her obvious singer/songwriter talent Kasey Musgrave proved that she is a formidable entertainer who enjoys what she does which was more than appreciated by a tumultuous standing ovation at the end of a brilliant show.
A special mention must also go to the sound and lighting engineers who added a memorable lighting display and atmosphere to the show.

Top marks to the Sage Gateshead for having the insight to give the North East a chance to see a superstar of longevity.
Other shows in Birmingham and Glasgow are already sold out whilst limited tickets are available for Manchester Albert Hall (16th Nov) and London Royal Albert Hall on November 18th.

The Sage Set List:
Pageant Material, Biscuits, Step Off, This Town, Silver Lining, Mama’s Broken Heart, No Scrubs  [TLC Cover], Fine, Dimestore Cowgirl, Family Is Family, Stupid, It Is What It Is, Yellow [Coldplay Cover], Somebody to Love, Merry Go ‘Round [Solo],
High Time, Silver Lining, Blowin’ Smoke, Late to the Party, Die Fun, Follow Your Arrow,
These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ [Nancy Sinatra Cover]
Encore: Happy Trails [Roy Rogers Cover]

Available for Purchase:
Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material (Mercury Records) released June 23, 2015
14 Tracks/ Time: 46:02 (Country Music People June 2015; 4.5 Stars)
PAGEANT MATERIAL made a debut at No.11 on the Official UK Country Album Chart (7,284 sales; chart week July 4, 2015) during a 5-week chart run. 
It then fell to #29, then #40, then #63, then #100.

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Kacey Musgraves's Country and Western Rhinestone Revue Tour captivates an audience at Sage Gateshead

The diminutive Texan, who was nominated three times at the recent Country Music Awards played a treat of a gig on Tyneside
Strip away the shimmering veneer and Kacey Musgraves emerges as much more than the poster girl for country music’s 21st century revolution.

On the surface the diminutive Texan’s immaculate hair, Barbie-doll dress and flashing cowboy boots scream style over substance, shallowness over depth.
However, that’s the glorious juxtaposition where this fascinating performer is concerned.
A revealing set painstakingly unearthed layer upon layer of heartfelt emotion: Musgraves made a point of thanking her British audiences for meticulously dissecting her lyrics and her words really do matter. Listen carefully and it’s likely the 27-year-old has a rhyming couplet or two just for you.

The first stop on the UK leg of the Country & Western Rhinestone Revue Tour delivered in every respect. If the staid Sage crowd initially surprised Musgraves, the accomplished musician swiftly overcame the audience’s reluctance to rise from their seats and party.

This was no ‘yee-haw’ stomp through country’s clich├ęd past. Far from it. Musgraves has built a reputation on dealing with the real-life issues that really matter. All wrapped up in clever word-play, her refreshing take on liberalism – she tackles same-sex relationships, religion and recreational drug use – might shock country music’s died-in-the-wool conservatives but her unique brand of biting reality worked a treat on Tyneside.

Surrounding herself with a sparkling band – the majority of whom had a trick or two up their sleeves – this was Musgraves in her element.
Flying solo on an affecting version of breakthrough hit Merry Go ‘Round, the Mineola native served up a potent reminder that less really can be more. The a cappella version of Roy Rogers’ Happy Trails reinforced the point and proved to be a fitting finale to a fantastic night.

If covers of TLC’s No Scrubs and Coldplay’s Yellow briefly threatened to break the mould, then a glorious rendition of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are made For Walkin’ referenced Musgraves’ country roots in spades.
However, it’s the singer songwriter’s original material that consistently hits the mark and marks her out for future glory.

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Ain’t Nothing Dimestore Cowgirl About Kacey Musgraves 
Gateshead (09/11/2015) by Samantha Stanley
For the most part the crowd were quite subdued initially, something Kacey addressed after performing her first three songs by saying she could tell Gateshead were a polite crowd but they needed to get over that and asked if people could stand for at least half a song. It broke the ice and from then on she had the sold out crowd eating out the palm of her hand.....Despite the crowd being quite a mix of ages, one thing everyone loved in Kacey’s set was her unique choice in cover songs — the first being the R&B track No Scrubs by TLC, followed by a lovely version of Coldplay’s Yellow......Read More

Support - Sugar & The Hi-Lows

Following the release of their sophomore album, High Roller, which dropped on June 23 on Ready Set / Milkglass LLC, Nashville duo Sugar & The Hi-Lows announced a US/UK fall tour supporting Kacey Musgraves.
10 Tracks/ Time: 36:49 Indie & Alternative MP3 | UK iTunes | | SPOTIFY  
Sugar & The Hi-Lows might have called their album ‘High Roller’ as a more collective embrace of everyone’s idiosyncrasies, but it ultimately stands as their own self-fulfilling prophecy, a true description of what they have achieved.)
Read Full Album Review at  For The Country Record
Top Tracks: ** Morning Joy, * Graffiti Hearts

The band will ring in the new year at the Jack Daniel’s Bash On Broadway in downtown Nashville alongside Kings of Leon, The Whigs, Wild Cub, and Kelsea Ballerini, followed by a week of shows aboard the Cayamo Cruise this January. 

After hundreds of co-writes together, things clicked one day in 2012 when Nashville singer-songwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup penned “This Can’t Be The Last Time.” Already critically successful songwriters in their own right, when the two combined to form Sugar & The Hi-Lows the accolades quickly followed. After the release of the group’s self-titled LP in 2012, USA TodayRolling StonePASTE Magazine, and American Songwriter all lauded the duo’s vintage and vibrant sound. On this latest release, High Roller, Trent and Amy opened up the writing process for the first time, penning the album’s title track with famed songwriter Barry Dean (Ingrid Michaelson, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Nikki Lane, Carrie Underwood). USA Today highlighted the “High Roller” single remarking that, “The latest from this Nashville duo gives of just the kind of vintage rock ‘n’ soul vibe you want to hear when you feel like beating the house in Vegas.”

*Supporting Kacey Musgraves
Thurs 12th November 2015 - The Academy, Dublin, IE (57 Middle Abbey Street)*
Sunday 15th November 2015 - O2 ABC, Glasgow (9300 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JA) *
Weds 18th November 2015 - Royal Albert Hall, London (Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP)

November 20 / Knust / Hamburg, Germany*
November 22 / Melkweg / Amsterdam, Netherlands*

Monday, 9 November 2015

Dianna Corcoran Announces New Album, In America, and sets January 29 Release Date

Dianna Corcoran Announces New Album, In America, and sets January 29 Release Date  
In America Now Available for Pre-Sale

(Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 9, 2015) – Country artist Dianna Corcoran will release her debut stateside album, In America, on Jan. 29, 2016. 

In America, self- produced by Corcoran and recorded at Nashville’s Ocean Way, Warner and Fool on the Hill Studios, is a 12-track collection of songs that brings the best of Australia's country flavor stateside.
Infusing pop into Country, Corcoran contributes a unique sound and feel to the genre with her impressive songwriting and agile vocals. From the upbeat fun of “God Did Good” to the subdued, angelic vocals of “A Better Me,” there's a song for every Country fan.
"In America is a collection of true stories,” commented Corcoran. “It's all real, from the first note to the last raw guitar strum. I hope that by sharing honesty through my music, I'll have the chance to connect with people across the world."

Leadoff single “God Did Good” hit radio in August and is available for download on
Test Drive this terrific lead off single
The upbeat love song features Corcoran's clever songwriting skills and vocal prowess. With its catchy hook and infectious melody, “God Did Good” sings the praises of Corcoran's love interest and how 'God did good' when he made him. The video, which recently took the No. 1 spot on Taste of Country’s Top 10 video countdown, can be viewed here. 

An Australia native, Corcoran is no stranger to success in the Country format. With numerous awards to her name, including two Australian Country Music Association Golden Guitar Awards, Corcoran has proven her talents in Australia and across the globe.
Working extensively in the songwriting community throughout Stockholm, London, Germany, Australia, and the U.S., it was only a matter of time before Corcoran took the leap and brought her Country stardom to America.
Now that Corcoran is here, America and Country music are much better off for it. Country stars better watch out, because it's Corcoran's time to shine.

Fans can
Pre-order In America now on US iTunes and UK iTunes

“Blame Carolina” – “I think this one’s a great song...heard her voice and I thought WOW!” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Jan 24, 2015 – BBC Playlist
“Not Ready To Lose” (Birthday spin!, Dianna Corcoran; June 20, 1979 in New South Wales) “really lovely track this.. I think that’s absolutely stunning….what a story” 
Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire June 20, 2015 – BBC Playlist

CONNECT with Dianna Concoran:

In America Track Listing:
1. GOD DID GOOD (Written by Dianna Corcoran, Jeff Cohen and Kristian Bush)
2. THANK YOU FOR CHEATING ON ME (Written by Dianna Corcoran, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Rachel Thibodeau)
3. BLAME CAROLINA (Written by Dianna Corcoran and Jenn Schott)
4. THERAPY (Written by Dianna Corcoran and Trey Bruce)
5. WHEN THESE WHEELS HIT TENNESSEE (Written by Dianna Corcoran, Jeff Cohen and Kristian Bush)
6. NOT READY TO LOSE with Gary Burr (Written by Dianna Corcoran and Gary Burr)
7. HOLD ON LOVER (Written by Dianna Corcoran, Jeff Cohen and Kristian Bush)
8. FEELS LIKE HOLLYWOOD (Written by Dianna Corcoran, Andrew Fromm and Brian White)
9. OTHER SIDE OF LETTING GO (Written by Dianna Corcoran and Blake Bollinger)
10. GHOST IN THE PASSENGER SIDE (Written by Dianna Corcoran, Ben Stennis and Blake Bollinger)
11. SUGAR (Written by Dianna Corcoran, Jeff Cohen and James Slater)
12. A BETTER ME (Written by Dianna Corcoran and Jeremy Spillman) 

Scotty McCreery Releases Brand New “Southern Belle” Music Video

McCreery Enlists Belmont University and Lipscomb University Cheerleaders along with the Vanderbilt University Spirit of Gold Marching Band for Latest Video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Nov. 9, 2015) Multi-Platinum-selling country music star Scotty McCreery released his brand new video for “Southern Belle” across all platforms today. View the new video:


Scotty teased the video last week revealing behind-the-scenes footage of the antics on set and McCreery belting out his latest tune surrounded by cheerleaders and marching band members from all over Nashville including cheer squads from Belmont University and from Lipscomb University along with the Vanderbilt University Spirit of Gold Marching Band.
In the short clip, the director promised the full video to be “very dramatic,” with McCreery explaining it’s an edgier look at him. We soon see that the singer is surrounded by cheerleaders and marching band members. Cheer squads from Nashville’s Belmont and Lipscomb University, as well as the Vanderbilt University Spirit of Gold Marching Band were selected to be part of the music video. “Obviously they are pretty girls and all that, but what was really important to me was showcasing the strong aspect of those girls and their athleticism,” McCreery told Rare Country. “I just wanted to showcase strong ladies and strong women and this music video was a great way to do that.”
View the behind-the-scenes footage:

“Southern Belle,” produced by Frank Rogers and written by Sean McConnell and Jason Saenz, is the lead single off McCreery’s highly-anticipated third studio album on Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records, due out in 2016.
 Fans can preview “Southern Belle” (Released: Aug 17, 2015 | 19 Recordings)
Purchase “Southern Belle”: by visiting US iTunes - UK iTunes
In its first week, it sold 7,000 copies and debuted at #36 on the Country Digital Songs charts.
It debuted at No.58 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of October 3, 2015 and as of the chart dated Nov 7, 2015 had a #48 highest peak.
Need a Scotty Lyric Vid? Published on Aug 31, 2015 (69K Views on Youtube)

Scotty “The Hotty” McCreery was voted "2015's Sexiest Man in Country Music" by the readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine, as revealed in the current issue on stands now.

He recently wrapped up the Riot Tour 2015 with Rascal Flatts and he continues his own headlining dates through the end of the year. In addition to “Southern Belle,” the ACM and CMT Award-winner performs his Platinum-selling fan-favorites on tour including “See You Tonight,” “I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble With Girls,” his most recent Top 10 Gold-selling hit, “Feelin’ It” and many more.

McCreery also recently announced the May 3, 2016 release of his very first book, Go Big Or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, which narrates the young star’s journey from a kid imitating Elvis on the school bus to 30 million viewers across the country tuning in to see him win Season 10 of “American Idol” to building a successful country music career. The book will be available for pre-order beginning Nov. 15.

For more information, images, tour dates, music and more, visit

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

2015 British Country Music Awards Winners

Brit Country Music’s BIGGEST Night!

The Ascot Lawyers British Country Music Awards were back for 2015, with a fresh brand new look and feel.

Thank You:
The Awards were organised by a hard working committee led by Lee Williams, CEO CMR Nashville, CEO of Django Promotions and President of the BCMAwards and British Country Music Hall of Fame
The organisers and sponsors/ partners who helped to make it possible:

Ascot Lawyers, CEI Events, 
Chris Country Radio, CMA, CM&T, 
CMDS Magazine, Copper Kettle Festival, Digital Rodeo TV, Hotdisc,
JRoom3 Productions, 
JSH Vintage Guitars, 
KEMC (Global Music Marketing), 
Quick Draw Festival, M.T.Allan Audio, 
NAM (National Artist Management), 
Next Big Thing Entertainments (Nashville), Puddleduck Publishing Ltd, 
Tennessee Tourism, Think Country, Travelling Time and W21 Music. 

Please follow the links to the sponsors at

This year marked the first time viewers had live access to the event. Digital Rodeo TV and WhereverTV's Over the Top platform in conjunction with Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), the global leading Content Delivery Network services, made the broadcast possible to watch on any device connected to the internet anywhere in the world. Scroll down for more information on them.

CMR Nashville reported that: 
The Ascot Lawyers BCMAwards were a huge success in London on Sunday to a sold out audience, also live from Digital Rodeo TV. We are waiting for the official viewing figures, but first indication show they are very high!

Firstly Many Congratulations to all the winners!
Ascot Lawyers BCMAwards 2015 WINNERS Montage
The WINNERS of The Ascot Lawyers British Country Music Awards for 2015:
Entertainer of the Year: The Shires
Group of the Year: Raintown
Male Vocalist of the Year:  Ben Earle (The Shires)
Female Vocalist of the Year: Laura Oakes
Duo of the Year:  Ward Thomas
Musician of the Year: Iain Bradshaw
Horizon Act of the Year: Outlander
UK Song of the Year: Luke & Mel (“Something About A Woman”)
UK Album of the Year: The Shires (BRAVE)

Hotdisc Award (Awarded to the Single of the Year, a song which has performed better than any other on the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart over the past 12 months): 
Frank Jennings - Rose Of El Paso 

CM&T Award (Most voted International Video on CM&T): Jess and The Bandits (“My Name Is Trouble”)

The Club Awards
People’s Choice: Solo Act: Donna Wylde
People’s Choice: Dance Act: Richard Palmer 
People’s Choice: Act of the Year: Texas Tornados
People’s Choice: Festival of the Year: Quickdraw Festival

Hall of Fame Inductees: Lloyd Coles, Jackie Storrar, Stu Page

Services to Industry
UK Services to Industry - Les Evans
International services to Industry - Bobbi Boyce (CMA)

International Awards
International Song of the Year:  Brandy Clark (“Stripes”)
International Album of the Year: Darius Rucker (SOUTHERN STYLE)
International Act of the Year: Striking Matches

** Scroll for full details listing on all the 2015 BCMAward nominees and sponsors for each award.

The 10th British Country Music Awards (BCMAwards 2015) show was rebranded in 2015 as the Ascot Lawyers British Country Music Awards.
Ascot Lawyers (Website | Facebook) has its office in Ascot, Berkshire (Ascentia House, Lyndhurst Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 9ED), and handles legal matters throughout the UK. Over the past years they have been a strong supporter of the BCMAwards and sponsor the Lee Williams show of CMR Nashville on "Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station". At various times throughout 2015 Lee conducted Q & A interviews with Ascot Lawyers representatives offering useful advice on such matters as bicycle accident claims, probate and wills.

On Facebook Ascot lawyers posted: Thank you to everyone at the BCMAwards for making last night's British Country Music Awards such a success. Congratulations to all of the artists who received their awards and thanks to Neil Somerville and Derek Harte for presenting two of the awards [Which were Entertainer of the Year and People’s Choice/ Act of the Year respectively] 

They added special congratulations to Charlie Green [Quickdraw Festival], winner of Ascot Lawyers vintage guitar which was signed by many of the winners.

The awards took place on Sunday October 25th 2015 (7 PM GMT, or 2 PM Eastern Time) and were held once again at the Concorde Suite, London (Crane Lodge Road, Heathrow, TW5 9PQ) where the winners were presented with a trophy.
18 awards were presented and over 45 bands and artists were honoured. There were two Services to Industry Awards presented, one for the United Kingdom and one for International.

The nominees for awards were originally announced on Tues 11th August 2015 with the Decca Nashville and UK’s Hottest Country act The Shires (Ben Earle & Crissie Rhodes) leading the way with six nominations (Entertainer, Duo, Male & Female Vocalist, Album and Song of the Year). The 2014 BCMAward Entertainer of the Year winners, husband & wife Glasgow act Raintown received four nominations (Entertainer, Duo, Group and Female Vocalist categories) the latter being won in 2014 by Claire McArthur-Bain (Raintown).
Headlining the show:
All the way from Nashville, the ceremony welcomed Branch & Dean joined by US acts Beau Fuller and Kayla Adams.

Live Performances, in order of appearance included BCMAwards hosts Steve Cherelle, Caddy Cooper followed by Laura Oakes, Luke & Mel, Raintown (Scotland; played new songs “Writing On The Wall” and “Nineteen Again”), Carolynne Poole (“Standing On Top Of The World”), Beau Fuller (USA; set included “Dang Girl”), Richard Palmer (performed covers 'Goodbye Time' by Blake Shelton and Eagles’ “Take It Easy”), Honey Ryder (set included new single “What if We've Only Got Tonight”) , Kayla Adams (USA) and Branch and Dean (USA) finished off the night with “Glad She's Not an Angel' and a cover of Brooks and Dunn’s “Brand New Man”
BCMAwards 2015 Montage Performances

A house band were present to back all the acts. Wayne Lee was playing keyboards. Lee who is the son of Albert Lee is a former member of the Hayley Oliver Band and plays keys for Liv Austin’s band playing at The Brooklyn Bowl for the 2015 C2C Festival. On drums was American producer Justin Johnstone (now a UK resident) who replaced Lee Guyler who was unable to attend. Justin works and producers records at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. He produced Raintown’s new album and was recently part of their band in a short 5 date UK October tour. 

The show was hosted by Chelmsford native for BBC Radio Essex (Eastern Counties) Country Radio Presenter and Singer/Songwriter Steve Cherelle and leading Perth, Western Australia acoustic/ folk singer-songwriter and host of Caddy's Country Kitchen, Caddy Cooper (Caddy Claire Hopper).
Steve Cherelle (L) Caddy Cooper (M)
Lee Williams (R)

To give both Steve and Caddy a much need break recorded TV interviews with Lee Williams and Edward D.Ciofani (CEO of WhereverTV) were broadcast. 

For the BCMAwards Hall of Fame (website) and Industry award presentations Jim Duncan took over the hosting. Jim is a CMA member (of America), a BCMAward panellist and well-known to UK country fans as the Wolvestock Festival promoter/ organizer and Country radio presenter on WCR FM 101.8 (Wolverhampton Community Radio). He was previously on the board of the defunct British Country Music Association which was disbanded many years ago.
The BCMAwards are NOT the BCMA awards: This confusion still it seems exists with disagreement and confusion regarding its title reported back in Country Music People May 2011 (reported by David Allan)
PEERS: The British Country Music Awards is a self-appointed committee of directors whose names are not widely public knowledge on the British scene with secrecy as to how acts are nominated, how the votes are gathered and just how many votes are actually cast. This question has been continually asked with no replies. It was noted that some of the nominees have a connection to someone on the panel.
As far as the winners go the committee panel got the balance about right.
As far as we can tell the panel is Lee Williams (President of BCMA), Malc T. Allan (chairman of British Country Music Hall of Fame), Rob Davis (Publisher & Editor; Up Country and Cross Country magazines), Roger Wild (Secretary of the BCMA/ Broke Spoke Festival/ Copper Kettle Promotions), Les Evans (NAM agency) and Jim Duncan. It is unknown just how many people actually determine who the winners are. See more The Road to the BCMAwards 2015 (Blog Post):


Chart dominating UK Country duo The Shires won big at British Country Music Awards after delivering a triumphant sell out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire the night before. This was further confirmation of their whirlwind success this year, which also saw them become one of the biggest break through acts of 2015.
Theshiresuk THAT'S A WRAP!!! What an amazing tour. Thank you to each and everyone of you that came out to see us. Every gig was so special for us and to end up at Shepherd's Bush was just a dream. We have the best fans in the world. Thank you. B&Cx - Instagram - Sold out crowd Photo: Twitter
See Live Review: The Shires (O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London)
The Shires at Shepherd's Bush Empire

Last year they were nominated for UK Song of the Year (“Nashville Grey Skies”) and nominated and won the BCMAward 2014 Horizon Act of the Year. This year they bagged 3 awards out of 6 nominations. The Shires (Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle) celebrated a hat trick winning Entertainer of the Year, Best Album (BRAVE) and Best Male Vocalist of the Year.
Their headline sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire show was less than a year after supporting Little Big Town at the same venue.
The band stated: “Thank you so much to everyone. Over the moon! What a great end to the tour.”
BCMAwards 2015-Ben Earle (L)
with Jess Clemmons (R)

Ben Earle stated: “We can’t believe how quickly things have progressed. When we started the band, we always hoped things would develop fast, but we never anticipated we would be headlining Shepherd’s Bush Empire so quickly. It just goes to show how loyal the UK country scene is. They are some of the most loyal and dedicated fans in music, and we owe everything to their support and encouragement.”

The Shepherd’s Bush Empire triumph, recent chart dominance and monumental performances at C2C Festival at the 02 earlier this year are further examples of how country music continues to assimilate into British culture and become a stronger focus for the UK music industry. As Billboard declared earlier this year, “The Shires sing, "We can build our own Nashville underneath these grey skies." The lyric may prove prophetic as the United Kingdom develops its own vibrant country music scene”.

Released on 2nd March 2015 BRAVE opened at No.10 on the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending March 14, 2015) with first week/ pre-order sales of 9,516 copies. 
The Shires 9,516 sales BRAVE debut bettered most the US country “superstars“ by quite some margin who charted during 2014. On the chart Week Ending Oct 29, 2015 BRAVE (Decca Nashville) fell 25-41 in their 31st Top 100 chart frame with sales estimated at 2,300 and a 34 week tally of 80,400 copies.
The Shires "Brave" Official UK Top 100 Album Chart 31-week run (beginning week March 14, 2015):
Additionally on the Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending Oct 29, 2015) BRAVE held at No.1 in their 34rd week including 27 weeks at #1!
Purchase Brave (Decca) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
Crissie Rhodes was not at the awards ceremony as she was away attending a wedding. Ben Earle was there to accept the three awards. He seemed humbled by their progress having only formed 2 years ago. He said it was an honour to be recognized by his industry peers and thanked the Association (even though there isn’t one) for their support.
Raintown’s Paul Bain kindly stood in for Bobbi Boyce (from the CMA) to announce the winner for Male Vocalist.
Host Steve Cherelle questioned Paul if he won this award before and he said he hadn’t been lucky enough. In fact Paul is yet to be nominated in the category.
Paul Bain (R) announces the Male Vocalist Winner

Ascot Lawyers very own Neil Somerville (Member, APIL Managing Director Entertainer Profile) was on hand to present the most prestigious prize of the evening the Entertainer of the Year to Ben Earle. When asked by Cherelle why Ascot Lawyers choose to sponsor the awards an enthusiastic Neil said he had witnessed the growth in country music in the UK and that the quality of the performances and the awards show itself has continued to improve with every year.
Theshiresuk on Instagram posted WE WON 3 @BCMAwards. Celebrating with @w21music - Can't believe it. 'Entertainer of the Year', 'Best Album', and 'Best Male vocalist of the year'. Thank you so much to everyone. Over the moon! What a great end to the tour.

Raintown have just about all the country awards there is to win. At the 2013 British Country Music Awards they won Duo of the Year and last year McArthur-Bain won Female Vocalist and the duo were crowned Entertainer of the Year.
Nominated for 3 awards this time they took home the Group of the Year to add to their BCMA collection. This will have lifted their spirits having returned home a day early from another fantastic holiday (Rome, Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi Coast line) to find the front 2 tyres on their car were flat and had to get them repaired very early Sunday morning before travelling down to London.
Raintown win Group of the Year

Unlike the awards in America there seems to be no clear guidelines regarding both the Duo and Group/Band BCMAs.
Quite rightly Raintown were nominated for Duo.
But....A group should be defined as an act, composed of three (3) or more people, all of whom normally perform together and none of whom is known primarily as an individual performing artist. This Award is based on the musical performance of the group as a unit on an album. 
Raintown are still officially a duo with 2 named members with a variety of musicians who step in as a trio or band format.

 Although it's myself and Paul that pick this award up tonight for "Group of the Year" we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved who help make it all work. You guys ROCK! Posted Claire on Facebook

Their brand new album WRITING ON THE WALL, crowd-funded by fans using the Pledge Music platform was only released on Oct 9th which was many weeks after the nominations were announced. It has received widespread acclaim from radio presenters, websites, magazines and by two major players who sit on the BCMA panel. It's already a BCMAward contender for Album of the Year 2016. 
Available for purchase: CD - UK iTunes >> Test Drive on SPOTIFY

Apart from the Official Scottish Album chart (one week at No.36 before falling off the top 100) it hasn’t charted as yet on the Official UK Charts and only very briefly peaked at #11 on the UK Country iTunes chart. Outside of their 400 Pledgers there has it seems been small sales for the album despite their 18,000 followers on FACEBOOK, BBC and Internet country radio exposure. With the album now getting distribution nationally in HMV stores and the live worldwide BCMA stream maybe things are about to change? (presenters/subscribers) who previously named Raintown their first UK Artist of the Year in 2014 and Duo of the Year in September have made "Writing On The Wall" their Album Of The Week.

Laura Oakes nominated for the first time at the BCMAwards took home the title getting the nod ahead of Claire McArthur-Bain (Raintown); Sasha McVeigh; Crissie Rhodes (The Shires) and Carolynne Poole, quiet an achievement!

Laura who is a talented British Country Music singer from Liverpool comes from a huge Liverpudlian family, where everyone sings or play an instrument. So it was only a matter of time before Laura caught the music bug.
Laura Oakes (R) accepts the Female Vocalist Award

She learned how to play the guitar, started to write songs and after discovering Carrie Underwood and the Dixie Chicks at age 14, it was Country Music that had her heart. Laura graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2012 with a first degree in Popular Music. 

After graduating, she began recording her first single ‘Don’t Let It Hit Ya’, which was released in September 2013 and landed in the Top 20 on the iTunes Country Chart. Her second single ‘Snakes & Ladders’ followed in 2014 with similar success.
On June 25, 2015, Laura released her first 4 track EP (MP3 - UK iTunes | SPOTIFY), including brand new songs along with her two previous singles.
Watch >> “Snakes & Ladders” first published on Nov 3, 2014 (4,100+ views on YouTube) This young UK country artist appeared at the C2C 2015 Country To Country Festival. Find her on Facebook
On Facebook Laura posted: Thank you so much to everybody who voted for me in the Female Vocalist of the Year category at the British Country Music Awards last night! I am so happy to be a part of the British Country Music family! To everybody who has sent congrats messages today - Thank You, I'm overwhelmed!! ‪#‎ukcountrymusic ‪#‎britishcountry ‪#‎lauraoakes ‪#‎Dreamin

Last year Ward Thomas (Catherine and Lizzie Ward-Thomas) received just one nomination winning the UK Album of the Year: for FROM WHERE WE STAND. 
On the Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending Oct 29, 2015) it was placed at #16 in their 66th chart week and 60 of those weeks were in the Top 10. This year they played some major festivals including BBC Radio 2’s Hyde Park event. 
Nominated this year for Entertainer of the Year, Duo and CM&T Award (video “Town Called Ugley”) they were the winners of the Duo of the Year category. Neither of the twin sisters were there but in one of the more humorous parts of the evening Lizzie sent a thank you videocast from Zambia! Ape named “DeDe” (aka Catherine) who had been singing with her all week she referred to as her African Catherine. “Thank you so much to the BCMA Awards for awarding is The Duo Of The Year!!! So sad we couldn't be there! Thank youuuuuu Catherine was overwhelmed and couldn't talk getting chocolate even though she's allergic” -

Musician of the Year was awarded to Iain Bradshaw (who plays in Gary Quinns band) last year he lost out to Lee Guyer.
Gary Quinn tweeted ‏@GaryQuinnMusic Huge congrats to my main man and my keys player Iain Bradshaw on picking up @BCMAwards Musician of the Year!!!

Nominated for the first time the Horizon Act of the Year went to Outlander who won over other young acts Katy Hurt and Toria Lynn (CEI Events), Wolverhampton’s very own Emma Swindells and Belfast based Pop/Country/Rock/Acoustic outfit The Rising who have recently supported Jess and the Bandits on tour.
Outlander are a 5 piece Country-Rock comprising Ali Garner (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Alex Young (Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals, Keys), Brian Boyd (Mandolin, Banjo, Guitars, Vocals), David Roughton (Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals) and Phil Tyrrell (Drums & Percussion). They hail from the North East of England (Gateshead) and are probably best-known for their cover of Hunter Hayes of >> “I Want Crazy”.

Formed from former members of Lee Paul Band, Outlander are at a new beginning with their sound, harnessing more energy than ever before.
They apparently went down well at The Wolvestock Festival in Wolverhampton in July impressing BCMA panellist and festival promoter Jim Duncan.
The winner was announced by award sponsor W21 Music (Website) and the band gave a shout out to “social media guru” Ken Meakin for getting them radio airplay around the UK.
Outlander Socials: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER  
Facebook Post: We won! Outlander posted are now officially The British Country Music Horizon Act of the year. Thanks to everyone for all the support!
Outlander tweeted ‏@OutlanderBandUK Thank you so much @Country_Box and to everyone who voted for us! Feeling good at #BCMAs 
(CountryBox Team: Bringing all the latest in today's Country Music. From UK tours, to UK releases and upcoming releases to all the latest news).

Luke & Mel (Luke Thomas & Melanie Greggain) took home the award for Song of the Year for “Something About A Woman” written by Ann “Thunderlungs” Bailey and Matt Greaves.
Quickly recognised by the British Country Music Awards Luke & Mel won the Horizon Act of the Year (Sponsors. Digital Rodeo) and in 2014 they snagged the Duo of the Year.
At last year’s BCMAwards one of the standout performances was certainly  “Somethin' about a Woman” >> YouTube
They also got to perform at the 2014 ceremony alongside multi Grammy award winner and Grand Ole Opry star, Steve Wariner.
Luke & Mel are a multi-award winning singer-songwriter duo and have been hailed as one of the hottest bands to hit UK Country Music in recent years. Formed in 2012, having met through performing in the UK's top touring theatre show, Country Legends, the pair combine haunting harmonies and fine musicianship creating a sound that is both unique and authentic.

Charlotte Elizabeth Board from CEI Events (Facebook, Charlotte Elizabeth International; event planner and Management service for bands and musicians) who sponsored the Song award was there to announce the winner and presented the trophy.

Luke & Mel invited the attractive Ann Bailey, who hails from Gladwin, Michigan now London based to the stage and for the press photo.
Luke (L) with lovely Ann Bailey (C) &
Melanie (R)

Ann Bailey and Matt Greaves are the duo that also crafted the songs on the 2014 BCMA award-winning album FROM WHERE WE STAND by Ward Thomas which proved a hit on Sir Terry Wogan’s Weekend Wogan BBC Radio 2 show. He also supported a song titled “Trouble” by German-born 19 year-old Charly on his Sunday 26th July 2015 programme co-written by Charly alongside Ann and Matt.

Ward Thomas’ “'The Good And The Right” and “Push For The Stride”, peaked at #1 on the UK Country Album Chart and Country Singles Chart. 

Session Singer/Songwriter/Vocal Arranger “Ann Bailey is an accomplished and first rate vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer - an absolute joy on stage or in the studio” wrote Chris Rodriguez (photo) the producer of the Ward Thomas’ album and recording artist, guitarist (Kenny Loggins, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain)
For more information on Ann Bailey visit: | Facebook

On Facebook Luke & Mel posted: We are SO PROUD to have won the BCMAwards Song of the Year!! Thanks to Ann Bailey and Matt Greaves for Co-writing this with us! We were honoured to be in the same category as The Shiress, Laura Oakes, Honey Ryderr and Carolynne Poole - all such amazing songwriters! Congrats to everyone involved! L&M x
They also added: It was a great night at the BCMAwards Songwriter Show. Thanks to Gary Quinn, Katy Hurt - KT, Alan West, Steve Black, Acoustic Journey, Kayla Adams, Branch and Dean and Beau Fuller for sharing your awesome songs. Also thanks to W21Music for all your work and Vintage Guitars for sending us another V52 to give away tonight.
W21Music commented: We are so proud of Luke & Mel, Congratulations on winning another BCMAward, well deserved, we love you x

The BCMAwards stated (Up Country Magazine Press Release) that the general consensus amongst the committee was that the award categories should be shared between the club acts and the aspiring young hopefuls who ply their trade in theatres and honky-tonk style venues around the UK as well as on the international stage.
The 2015 BCMAwards included "part fan and part industry voting for the very first time. The 2015 nominees were chosen by popular votes via the British Country Music Awards website (?) and via the Country music press."
* Note: We found no evidence of voting via the website clarified by W21 Music who designed it. The public voting appears to have come from readers of Cross Country Ltd/ Up Country Magazine and CMDS Magazine Country Music & Dance in Scotland.
The awards evening provided the opportunity where the “two camps” met. In recent years there seems to have been a split with acts playing the singer-songwriter listening club gigs and those that play the CMC (Country Music Club) scene and C&W Festivals to a dance/ line dance crowd. A few acts play both circuits and very few club acts have to date played the C2C Pop Up stages.
BCMAwards 2015 Montage People's Choice Club Awards

Popular for many years at the club and festival events Donna Wylde who last year was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year this year picked up the People’s Choice Solo Act award much to her surprise winning over Jim Worton; Darren Busby; Chris Mezza and Bob Keeley.
Donna tweeted @DonnaWylde1 @BCMAwards thanks to everyone who voted always means a lot when the fans and peers have that faith in you

Richard Palmer who last year won the Line Dance Act of the Year picked up People’s Choice Dance Act beating out Glenn Rogers; Paul Bailey; Alan Gregory and Natalie Thurlow.
Kayla Adams (lady in red) & Richard Palmer (L)
On Facebook Ricard posted Well what a night it was last night at the British Country Music Awards! I was very proud to receive the Dance Artist Of The Year award again, and this year it was 'people's choice' which makes it extra special to know that people voted for me to win it- thank you so much! And also it was an absolute honour to sing for the third year in a row with an absolutely fantastic band! I can't describe how much I enjoyed that! What an honour. A big well done to everyone who won awards, especially my beautiful friend Donna Wylde who won Solo Artist Of The Year- so pleased for you babe!! And thank you to my lovely friend and chaperone/driver/calmer downer Lorna Dennis! It was a great production, so a big well done and thank you to the BCMA team. And it's great to hear that the global television screening was a big success and it was watched by over 1 million people worldwide!! I'm just pleased I didn't know that before I sang- I was nervous enough as it was! Haha. See you all again next year!

The People’s Choice/ Act of the Year went to Texas Tornados winning over Henry Smith Band; The Thrillbillies; Gary Perkins & The Breeze and John Permenter Band.
The London based band consists Peter Stothard (Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Stuart Payne (Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals & Harmonies) and Roger McKew (Lead Guitar). Find them Website | Facebook
Formed late in 2004 out of a long-standing dream of Pete Stothard the Texas Tornados suddenly hit the country music scene like a ..... well, like a 'tornado' really! Within less than two months the circuit was buzzing with reports and recommendations about the exciting new outfit that already had its own fan-base growing larger as each week passed. By the summer of 2009 not only had they rocketed up the ladder to one of THE most sought-after bands in the UK but they found themselves as nominees for the BCMA "Band Of The Year" awards in September 2014 (won by John Taylor Band). This year they went one better!
They posted: Wow... Thank you every one! We've just won people choice act at the BCMA's.

Finally Festival of the Year went to the Quickdraw Festival (Website) winning over Kelso Festival; Rock Ridge Festival; Northern Nashville Festival and Broken Spoke Festival. As a further bonus Charlie Green from Quickdraw Festival was the winner of Ascot Lawyers vintage guitar in the prize draw!

All three winners sent a recoded video cast message thanking the BCMAwards
Despite the fact that Brandy Clark’s Stripes” dates back to April 2013 (a track which helped to discover her) she won the 2015 International Song of the Year overhauling nominated Toby Keith (35 Mph), Little Big Town’s 2015 smash hit (Girl Crush), Miranda Lambert (Little Red Wagon) and Darius Rucker (Homegrown Honey)

Brandy’s writing talents have been heard on respectable cuts such as Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,”  while her name appears all over the co-writer credits on Kacey Musgraves’ excellent Mercury Records debut Same Trailer Different Park and her album Pageant Material.  “Stripes” a brash up-tempo number wouldn’t sound out-of-place on a Miranda Lambert album and has been covered by trio Lucy Angel.
An exceptionally talented singer-songwriter, “Stripes” does not disappoint. It was an ambitious, energetic debut and the >> video published on Jul 8, 2013 has received 1.45 million views. Brandy played the Indigo O2 and O2 Arena for the 2015 Country To Country Festival in March 2015.

Darius Rucker with SOUTHERN STYLE (Universal Nashville) won International Album of the Year winning over Striking Matches (Nothing But The Silence), Lee Ann Womack (The Way I'm Livin'), Reba McEntire (Love Someone) and Brandy Clark (12 Stories). The only album of those nominated to chart on UK Official Top 100 Albums at No.96 (chart week April 4, 2015) was Striking Matches with NOTHING BUT THE SILENCE.
For the chart dated April 18, 2015 SOUTHERN STYLE was #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums opening with 51,580 copies. In the UK it was released by Humphead Records and failed to sell enough copies to make the Official Top 100 and made a debut at No.2 on Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending April 11, 2015)
Released on March 31, 2015 (13 Tracks CD - Smart Choice Music - ) it was produced by Frank Rogers and Keith Stegall named after one of the songs. Darius said it was reflective of his approach to this project, which was to have a little more fun than he had on previous albums, which have leaned heavily on love songs.

International Act of the Year went to Striking Matches beating out Luke Bryan, Brandy Clark; Lee Ann Womack and Darius Rucker. 

The music of Striking Matches (Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis) occupies that sweet spot at the intersection of country, rock and blues, where all of the elements blend to form an authentically raw and rootsy sound that has a timeless and international appeal.
They posted: Dear UK Friends, Our appreciation for the love and support we've received from you cannot be overstated. We are beyond THRILLED to receive the British Country Music Award for International Act of the Year!!
Thank you all from the bottoms of our hearts!! We can't wait to celebrate with you all in a few weeks!!

This was awarded to the Single of the Year, a promoted song which performed better than any other on the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart over the past 12 months
Taking the 2015 BCMA Hotdisc Award honour was veteran Frank Jennings with “Rose Of El Paso” which led for 7 weeks atop the chart.
On the July 5, 2015 Chart) it marked debuts from a sprinkling of the 19 newly promoted singles on the July 2015 Hotdisc #199 (Rush Released) promotional disc. Taking home Hotdisc Hot Shot debut honours blasting in with a new entry on the Hotdisc Top 40 at No.2 was Jennings with his re-issued 20-year old favourite “Rose Of El Paso”. In so doing the former Opportunity Knocks “star”, who was slated to return to America to record a final album, bagged the No.1 on the Hotdisc British and Irish chart.

The song was written by American singer/songwriter, bassist, guitarist, mandolin player Sam Weedman and was released by Mel Tillis as ‎7" single (RCA PB-14175 >> Video) appearing as the lead off track on his album California Road (RCA Victor AHL1-5483) back in 1985.
Frank Jennings ‎first released “Rose Of El Paso” on the album of the same name as a Vinyl, LP (Grasmere ‎– GRALP 11) in 1988 and it was mastered at Abbey Road Studios and recorded at Woodcray Studios.

From the Hotdisc charts dated July 12, 2015 Jennings led the Top 40 for 5 weeks and the British & Irish chart for 7 weeks. He even held onto the top spot on the charts dated August 9, 2015 securing a fifth successive Top 40 week. This chart frame witnessed new entries impacting the chart from the historic Hotdisc 200 August 2015 promo disc. This special anniversary triple CD (Hotdisc #200, HD200A and HD200B) marked Hotdisc's 200th edition and no less than 49 newly promoted releases were unable to remove Jennings from the top spot.
At the presentation ceremony Ian Highland (Photo) picked up award on Frank Jennings behalf who was unfortunately ill.

Texan Jess Clemmons the lead singer of Anglo/ US band Jess and the Bandits got straight off a plane from Ireland to represent her Brit Bandits!
Jess and The Bandits with “My Name Is Trouble” won the CM&T Award for most voted International Video on CM&T (Website)
The video published on Youtube on Aug 21, 2014 has to date received over 35,000 views:

Jess and the Bandits tweeted @JesstheBandit Always great to see our friend @ChrisCountry! Having a great time so far at the @BCMAwards! #BCMAs #BCMAwards
On Facebook she posted: Wow! Video of the Year for 'My Name Is Trouble'!! Totally unexpected! On behalf of myself and the Bandits, Thank you to the BCMAwards, CM&T and all of the fans for this! Come see us perform it on the last week of our tour starting in Bristol on Tuesday!
Sonnet Music tweeted well deserved video of the year @BCMAwards winner @JesstheBandits  
CM&T (Country Music and Travel) produced by Lee Williams is brought to you by Travelling Time, CMR Nashville and Deep South USA. Described as a fast moving Country Music Show it features a blend of the best Music Videos, News and Travel from the USA. Fans can vote online for their favourite videos to compile a top 5 monthly chart
The show goes out on Sky 192, Freesat 402 and online There are no presenters just country videos and associated advertising from sponsors.

The music awards, affiliated with the Country Music Awards in America, recognise the contribution of professionals within the country music genre.
Before the inductions Jim Duncan spoke about the recent death of Kenny Johnson the former BBC Radio Merseyside presenter and country singer who died in Spain aged 75, on Tuesday night Oct 13, 2015. This apparently was at the end of a country music week that the group West Virginia put on. Jim said it was part of a Cloud 9 Entertainers event (website) and that Kenny collapsed whilst performing and required an emergency operation.

Lloyd Coles has been a presenter of the country show “Countrified “(Mondays 7 – 10pm) on Swansea Sound (Website; Swansea Sound, 29, North Street, Pembroke Dock, Wales) since 1975 and is regarded as one of the top Country music presenters in the UK. One of his dreams was to bring a commercial radio station to his native Pembrokeshire.

As of Feb 2006 the popular Monday evening Countryfied became available on the internet after he celebrated 30 years of broadcasting country music offering listeners a mixture of music ranging from the latest Nashville releases and Independent record companies, hits from the past, a taste of bluegrass, local club news and tour dates. 
At the induction ceremony it was said that back in the early 90s that Lloyd covered the major American CMA Awards before BBC Radio 2 ever broadcast it.
In order to present his show each week it involved a round trip of 112 miles and Lloyd worked out that he had travelled 3 million miles to present on Swansea Sound over a 40-year span.
Lloyd was in hospital and unable to attend. 
Jim Duncan (L) with Tony Byworth (R)
Fame Induction - Lloyd Cole 25 Oct 2015

The award was accepted on his behalf by Tony Byworth who has been involved in country music for over 35 years, working initially as a country music journalist with columns in various publications and editing the consumer publication Country Music People. 
Working within the industry, he was Creative Manager for Acuff-Rose Music (1974–76), and in 1983, founded Byworth-Wootton International. A founding member of the BCMA (British Country Music Association) consumer organisation in 1969, Tony Byworth was twice elected Chairman of the trade CMA (Great Britain) in 1975 and '76. 

Kirkcaldy’s own dame of country has been honoured for her lifetime’s work by the British Country Music Awards.
Brought up in Kirkcaldy, Jackie Storrar she has seen her career as a singer/songwriter take her to over 80 countries including stints as a radio presenter.
She hung up her headphones to concentrate on her singing career but returned to the airwaves in Spring 2007 when she was asked to join the original team to launch Smooth Radio Scotland.
Following on from the success of that, Jackie took up the opportunity of hosting the popular "The Country Cafe" on CMR Nashville (Europe's No1 24/7 Country Music Station) from 2009-2011 a show I regularly listened too and loved.
The lovely Jackie Storrar
with her Hall Of Fame Award

Jackie’s radio experience is considerable and goes back many years. 
Her first words behind the microphone were in Hospital Radio: Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Radio Network.
After reaching the finals of the local “Voice of 85” competition, Jackie was offered her own Country Show on Radio Tay (in Dundee, Scotland). 
She became the station’s first female country presenter, hosting a show aptly named “Country Girl”.
It was during the rise of the popular Irish record label “Ritz” and Jackie found herself championing artists such as Daniel O’Donnell, Mary Duff and Charlie Landsborough. Without a doubt, she helped turn them into household names all over Tayside & Fife.
Due to the success of that, she was asked to present another show called “Feelings”, where she became one of the stations’ most popular broadcasters. ”I didn’t realise just how much this show meant to people until one day I received a BBC “Hearts of Gold Award” from Esther Rantzen. I had been nominated by one of my listeners. My show had become a lifeline for him and so many other broken and lonely hearts.”
In 1994 Jackie packed her bags, leaving her native Scotland, to take up a job with Radio Calypso in Malta
It was whilst working on one of these ships that she met the man who would prove to be the most influential person in my life. He was a musician called Steve Thiebault. Having just returned from working in Branson (USA), he understood her love of country music. They decided to form their own duo act called “Foreign Affair”. After Steve’s meeting with Jackie singing on cruise ships, the couple’s work turned into romance and they married in June 2003.

Jackie was delighted to be awarded the British Country Music Hall Of Fame distinction: 
It is the biggest honour. I have spent 30 years of my life devoting it to country music. “The nicest thing is the recognition that the award brings for all the years of working hard and giving my all.”  “It’s been a great honour to work with my husband for the last 15 years - it’s been an absolute joy,” said Jackie. “He’s been a big influence on my life and a complete rock.”
Sadly a serious health diagnosis forced Jackie to take a step back from the limelight and she now counts her current battle with cancer as a full time job.
She said: “Every day is a fight to stay alive but that doesn’t mean I don’t have dreams and plans for the future, they are just on the back burner and the most important thing is to keep living.”
Jackie was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2010, when aged 44, and in an exclusive interview (Oct 10, 2010) with the Fife Today Press, she said it was the worst moment of her life."My GP referred me to Queen Margaret Hospital where they did a mammogram, ultra sound and a biopsy on the same day. When the results came back, they confirmed it was breast cancer. 
Jackie released a single 'My Angel' which she first wrote with her husband six years previous as a tribute to popular television presenter Caron Keating.
Jackie admitted that on the list is completing a new album. “That has always been on my mental bucket list, I want to be well enough to record another album and be back out on the stage singing. “I’m a performer, an entertainer and that’s what I love to do.”
This is an acknowledgement of what she’s done and Jackie is a very welcome addition to the Hall of Fame,” said Jim Duncan, in late August 2015, curator of the British Country Music Hall of Fame.
She has a wonderful, clear voice, has contributed significantly to country music in the media - she literally ticks all the boxes!”
At the award ceremony she gave thanks to her husband Steve for his devoted support. She spoke about the toughness of the music industry and urged the audience and fellow musicians to support one another. She gave a shout-out to a friend at Irish radio and spoke about the joys of once having dinner with Vince Gill!

The late British guitarist and songwriter who died aged 58 was honoured
Stu Page (born 12 May 1954 Leeds, West Yorkshire; died 28 April 2013) was one of Britain’s finest guitarists and singer/songwriters on the country music circuit. 
Stu Page's widow (C)
After slipping on ice in December 2012 it resulted in a fractured vertebrae. Complications following his accident led to surgery and it was discovered he had lung cancer and had to go through intensive chemotherapy.
At 2011 the 4 piece rock n roll / country Stu Page Band consisted of Stu Page (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Roy Wike (Drums), Tom Page (Acoustic Guitar & Backing Vocals) and Ian Hawkins (Bass).
Stu’s influences included Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons & The Byrds, Alan Jackson, Hal Ketchum, Albert Lee, Nanci Griffith, Elvis, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs.
Associated acts included the band Whistler, Leeds based six piece band Midnight Flyer, he formed his own band Remuda, which was an early incarnation of The Stu Page. In 1995 with the aid of fellow guitar player and band member Andy Whelan (Link), Stu put together an Eagles tribute band The B'Eagles.
Stu’s widow Janet Page (married Stu 11 February 1976) was present at the induction ceremony and she shared that she fell in love with his guitar playing before she fell in love with him.

The BCMAward 2015 Nominees and Winners (shown in BLUE) are:

Entertainer of the Year: (Sponsor: Ascot Lawyers)
Winner: The Shires
The Shires; Ward Thomas; Nathan Carter; Raymond Froggatt; Raintown.

Group of the Year: (Sponsor: JSH Vintage Guitars Website; presenter Jean Jordan)
Winner: Raintown
Dexeter; Raintown; Honey Ryder; Henry Smith Band; Gary Quinn Band.

Male Vocalist of the Year: (Presented by Paul Bain in Bobbi Boyce absence CMA International Director)
Winner: Ben Earle (The Shires)
Richard Palmer; Gary Perkins; Ben Earle (The Shires); Nathan Carter; Alan West.

Female Vocalist of the Year:
(Sponsor: Puddleduck Publishing Ltd (Cross Country Ltd/Up Country Magazine); presenter Rob Davis)
Winner: Laura Oakes
Laura Oakes; Claire McArthur-Bain (Raintown); Sasha McVeigh; Crissy Rhodes (The Shires); Carolynne Poole.

Duo of the Year
(Sponsor: Think Country Website; presenter Leslie Hastings proud member of the Think Country review team)
Winner: Ward Thomas
Ward Thomas; The Shires; Luke & Mel; West & Black; Raintown.

Musician of the Year:
Winner: Iain Bradshaw (keyboards)
Lee Guyler; Justin Johnson; John Permenter; Iain Bradshaw; Andy Kingston.

Horizon Act of the Year: (Sponsor: W21 Music Website)
Winner: Outlander
Katy Hurt; Toria Lynn; Emma Swindells; The Rising; Outlander

UK Song of the Year: (Sponsor: CEI Events Facebook)
Winner: Luke & Mel (Something About A Woman); 
Luke & Mel (Something About A Woman); The Shires (Made In England); Honey Ryder (Born In A Bottle);
Laura Oakes (Snakes And Ladders); Carolynne Poole (I Love You But Shut Up).

UK Album of the Year:
Winner: The Shires (BRAVE);
The Shires (Brave); Chris Raddings (Coming Out Of The Shadows); Honey Ryder (Born In A Bottle);
Sasha McVeigh (I Stand Alone); Alan West (All Things For A Reason).

Hotdisc Award (Awarded to the Single of the Year, a song which has performed better than any other on the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart over the past 12 months)
Winner: Frank Jennings (“Rose Of El Paso”) 
Tony Clarke (Tomorrow Never Comes); Frank Jennings (Rose of El Paso); Megan Adams (Travellin' Soldier)
Charlotte Black (Politicians); Ian Highland & Frank Jennings (Pride)

CM&T Award (Most voted International Video on CM&T Website)
Winner: Jess and The Bandits (“My Name Is Trouble”) >> Video
SaraBeth (“Nowhere With You”), Ward Thomas (“Town Called Ugley”); Jess and The Bandits (“My Name Is Trouble”); Josh Goodlett (“Why You Gotta Be That Way”); 
Sonia Leigh (“When We Are Alone”)

Hall of Fame Inductees: Lloyd Coles, Jackie Storrar, Stu Page

The Club Awards:
People’s Choice Solo Act: (Sponsor: Next Big Thing Entertainments Nashville [Beau Fuller])
Winner: Donna Wylde
Jim Worton; Donna Wylde; Darren Busby; Chris Mezza; Bob Keeley. 

People’s Choice Dance Act:
(Sponsor: CMDS Magazine Country Music & Dance in Scotland Facebook)
Winner: Richard Palmer 
Glenn Rogers; Paul Bailey; Alan Gregory; Natalie Thurlow; Richard Palmer

People’s Choice/ Act of the Year:
(Presented by Derek Harte from Ascot Lawyers)
Winner: Texas Tornados
Henry Smith Band; The Thrillbillies; Gary Perkins & The Breeze; John Permenter Band; Texas Tornados.

People’s Choice Festival of the Year:
Winner: Quickdraw Festival
Kelso Festival; Rock Ridge Festival; Northern Nashville Festival; Quickdraw Festival; Broken Spoke Festival.

International Awards

International Song of the Year:  (Sponsor: Quick Draw Festival Website)
Winner: Brandy Clark (Stripes);
Toby Keith (35 Mph); Brandy Clark (Stripes); Little Big Town (Girl Crush);
Miranda Lambert (Little Red Wagon); Darius Rucker (Homegrown Honey)

International Album of the Year:
(Sponsor: Chris Country Radio [Chris Stephens])
Winner: Darius Rucker (SOUTHERN STYLE).
Striking Matches (Nothing But The Silence); Lee Ann Womack (The Way I'm Livin');
Reba McEntire (Love Someone); Brandy Clark (12 Stories); Darius Rucker (Southern Style)

International Act of the Year:
(Sponsor: Tennessee Tourism; presenters Branch & Dean)
Winner: Striking Matches
Luke Bryan; Striking Matches; Brandy Clark; Lee Ann Womack; Darius Rucker. 

w21Music is described as “The Hub for UK Country Music, supporting UK & International Country Artists and sharing their music with the World”
The team recovered from what they described as “an epic weekend”. They celebrated their 1st Birthday on the awards night and couldn't be prouder with all the things they have achieved in such a small amount of time. 
w21Music's Pete Woodhouse starts the 1st Birthday Bash as
Acoustic Journey, Emma Swindells and Katy Hurt look on

We would just like to say a massive thank you to the BCMAwards, it has been an honour to be part of it all and can't wait to do it again next year” they shared on Facebook. See all the photos
They have a new w21STORE where you find Accessories, Clothing, Music from their favourite UK and International artists.

This year marked the first time viewers had FREE live access to the event using this link
It is believed 5 cameras were employed to give a variety of views of the mainstage live performances and two for the award presentation stage in the rear of the venue.
Lee Williams, the President of BCMA and CEO of CMR Nashville ("Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station") said, "The audience for country music is now global. And Europeans have enjoyed country artists for years. This is our 10th year honouring artists with the British Country Music Awards in London and it will be the first time it airs live. We are proud that Digital Rodeo TV has become our long term Live Broadcasting Partner for The Ascot Lawyers British Country Music Awards (BCMAs). Broadcasting the Awards Show ‘Live' to the world will continue to raise the awareness of the popularity of Country Music in Great Britain and around the world, and showcase some of the great talent we have to offer."

WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp (OTC:TVTV), an emerging leader in delivering Over the Top live-streaming music events and subscription television services to internet connected devices announced (Oct 20) that it had agreed to sign an exclusive agreement to be the only long term live broadcaster of the British Country Music Awards (BCMAs) sponsored by The Ascot Lawyers.
The initial term of the agreement is for 5 years, including this year's 10th anniversary British Country Music Awards ceremony.

Digital Rodeo TV and WhereverTV's Over the Top platform in conjunction with Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), the global leading Content Delivery Network services, made the broadcast possible to watch on any device connected to the internet anywhere in the world!
Viewers could watch it directly on their PC or on smartphones and TabletPCs by accessing a download of the WhereverTV app in the Google Play Store or the Apple Store.  Read More: Press Release (Oct 20, 2015) 

Description: Digital Rodeo TV brings you Country Music's Favorite Legacy & Hottest Up and Coming Artists.
Aim: To deliver a content rich mixture of music and videos from independent country artists, current artists and legacy artists. Digital Rodeo TV intends to broadcast interviews, videos and live streaming and recorded concert events. The agreement is expected to be finalized within the next several weeks. Digital Rodeo TV is a joint venture between Fox Hill Records, Inc. and key people from Digital Rodeo, LLC. Find Digital Rodeo: Website | Twitter

Edward D. Ciofani, CEO of WhereverTV stated, "As country music continues to grow in popularity the ability to access content across any platform and on any device has become the wave of the future. 
WhereverTV's Global OTT Television platform will merge country music and Internet TV to create a venue worthy of country music's artists and fans everywhere. I am excited about this relationship with Digital Rodeo TV and its desire to give striving and thriving country music artists increased visibility and an opportunity to be heard internationally by their fans. This is just the beginning for all facets of music and entertainers”.
Mr. Ciofani brings 28 years of public company and public market experience including 18 years of experience in Financial Markets with an emphasis on Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, and the trading of stocks.
Read More: Press Release (April 27, 2015) | Digital Rodeo - Press

Issues Watching the Live Broadcast
You were able to join the live stream at 19:00 in the UK to catch the ending of host Caddy Copper’s set on playing the mainstage.
The running of the show seemed a little disjointed at times and didn’t seem to flow.
Perhaps too many awards were presented on the night? It seemed to jump around from a batch of two or three presentations to a 3 song mainstage performance.
On a 2MB broadband connection there were issues of the connection being lost and having to frequently refresh the website and reboot the PC. 
This seemed to be the case for others on a BCMAwards Chat Facebook Group  
In CMA tradition videos were used with commentary from Lee Williams to announce the nominees for each awards. This was quite slick and professional but the sound levels were much louder than the microphone levels in the Concorde Suite.
Edward D. Ciofani, CEO of WhereverTV has said that a repeat show will be available for broadcast in the weeks and months ahead as it will require a considerable amount of editing. Whether this will require a subscription remains to be seen.

Caddy Cooper
More Caddy and less Cherelle: Whether attractive co-host Caddy Cooper, wearing in a fetching low-cut, sleeveless black floor-length elegant gown choose to be more in the background I’m not sure? 

Steve Cherelle appeared to dominate the proceedings. Caddy seemed to be on hand to stand beside Cherelle holding the award envelopes and was more eye-candy for the audience and indeed some of the winners who commented on her beauty!
Read more about Caddy Cooper and her music: The Road to the BCMAwards 2015: Spotlight on host Caddy Cooper -

There were teething problems with the live broadcast and lessons will be learned. The new live broadcast was a big leap with a potential massive online audience adding to the pressure. The BCMAwards, sponsors and hosts are to be congratulated for their time, effort and determination in moving the event forward and greatly raising its awareness.   

At times I think the hosts forget it was a live broadcast. There was a few minutes delay/ confusion over the Album and Male Vocalist awards. Steve Cherelle towards the end of the show got Bl**dy excited swearing on stage. He messed around with a mobile phone having fun with Raintown’s Claire Bain. Was he trying to do the “Periscope thang”?
Live TV: What was Cherelle up to?

Earlier in the year it was known that Steve Cherelle has been in conversation had meetings with BBC Radio 2 as he has a desire to present a country show on National radio. He used the live BCMAward platform to let this be known saying the British Broadcasting Corporation should be championing British country acts. He said he had “enough material to do a 1 hour show for 10-years”.  
The fact is that BBC Radio 2 and Bob Harris have been doing just that. It was they that approached Decca to get them to sign The Shires. They have playlisted The Shires (5 times), Ward Thomas (4 times) Honey Ryder (Playlisted + Live session), Callaghan (twice), Jess and the Bandits, Carolynne Poole, Lucy May and Millers Daughter. BBC Radio 2 have strongly supported the C2C Festival, invited The Shires and Ward Thomas to play the last 2 years at the Hyde Park Concerts and recorded sessions for Bob Harris Country. The format of the existing Big Country show by Steve Cherelle on BBC Essex simply wouldn’t work as it is more “listener request” biased with Steve saying its “your show” and as a result along with the Pop Goes to Country and Country connection segments there is very little in the way of brand new tracks and new artist worldwide introductions. Indeed the show is popular with regular listeners but it simply is not a show to tune into in order to discover new music. Too much presenter chat and not enough music, too much conversation led.


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The Road to the BCMAwards 2015: Spotlight on host Caddy Cooper