Sunday, 17 September 2017

Brent Cobb releases new single 'Ain't A Road Too Long'


Brent Cobb’s new single ‘Ain’t A Road Too Long’ premiered Tuesday Sept 12 on NPR Music.
The track is available to purchase HERE (Low Country Sound/Elektra Records/Atlantic Records).

Of the song, NPR Music’s Ann Powers praises, 
“…an anthem for the labourers who make music possible—a funny, sweet and funky talking blues in which Cobb counts his blessings while acknowledging the sweat equity it took to secure them… Cobb and his collaborators find transcendence in soul’s leavening and the grease of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Brent debuted the song at last night’s Americana Honors & Awards show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, where he was up for Emerging Artist of the Year.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, ‘Ain’t A Road Too Long’ is the first new music from Brent since last year’s widely acclaimed debut album, 
Shine On Rainy Day. The single also culminates “Long Live the Storytellers”—a new documentary-style video series created by Ram Trucks and filmed in Nashville with director Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier (Muscle Shoals). Watch the previous episodes here: EPISODE ONEEPISODE TWO and EPISODE THREE.

Brent explains, 
“[Being a part of Ram’s ‘Long Live the Storytellers’] campaign is important to me because I’ve been writing songs my whole life. I was born into it. Professionally, I’ve been making a living at it for over a decade and any breaks I’ve had along the way have been because of the songs I've written.”

“It takes drive to stay on that road, figuratively as well as literally. The first truck I ever toured in was a Ram. We toured in it all over the country. A lot of artists before me had used the same truck, so by the time it got to us it had been rode hard. As hard as it had been rode, it still got us where we needed to go.”

After recently wrapping a sold-out European tour, Brent is currently on tour as part of 
Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show and will cap-off 2017 with a special New Year’s Eve concert at Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre.
Full details can be found here.

Nashville music industry backing British Americana and Brits taking over the Americanafest Awards and Honors

US acts Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lindi Ortega to support UK Americana with intimate secret sets joining Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae at British Underground Bootleg BBQ at The Groove on Saturday 16 September.
Brits Van Morrison and Graham Nash Win Big, huge buzz around attendance of breaking British Country Soul Star Yola Carter at Americanafest Awards And Honors Ceremony
UK Americana panel reveals continued Internationalization of Americana Music with strong growth of UK Americana market achieving over 900K Americana Album Sales this year.

Bob Harris, Yola Carter and Angaleena Presley. 2017 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on September 13, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (CREDIT Source: Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America | Newest Images)

Thursday 14 September, NASHVILLE
Hot USA artists Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lindi Ortega were announced (Sept 14) as secret in store performers at British Underground's Bootleg BBQ, where Aaron will open the event at 12 noon with an intimate unplugged performance at record store The Groove, hosted by event media partner The Line Of Best Fit. Aaron Lee Tasjan stated, “I’m really honored to be playing the Bootleg BBQ at Americanafest supporting UK Americana and the great folks at British Underground and Line Of Best Fit, who help raise its profile across the world. I grew up listening to my Mom's Beatles records. When I was a teenager I listened to lots British Rock ‘n’ Roll, George Harrison solo albums, Jeff Lynn and Oasis so I’ve definitely been influenced by British music. ”

British artists have dominated Americanafest this year so far, with Van Morrison and Graham Nash claiming awards at Wednesday night (Sept 13) Americanafest Awards and Honors show, alongside performances from Billy Bragg and massive buzz around the red carpet attendance of breaking British artist, country soul superstar YOLA CARTER. Yola-mania hit fever pitch at the festival following an unprecedented public response to her unique mix of Country and Stax era Soul at the festival last year. Backstage, Yola chatted to Bob Harris and posed for photos with friend, Angaleena Presley. Yola attended fresh from 
NPR’s Southern Streams event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where she performed new music, alongside stars Don Bryant, Raul Malo and Joan Osborne.
Yola Carter (R) and Angaleena Presley (L). 2017 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on Sept 13, 2017 in Nashville, TN. (CREDIT Source: Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America | Newest Images)

Aaron Lee Tasjan added, “I’m a huge fan of Yola Carter, she is an incredible artist who will be playing Americanafest this year. I also love touring the UK and find audiences there are very welcoming to American artists. There are also some fantastic festivals like End of The Road, which I just played.  I’m hoping to go back and tour there a lot more in the future."

Commenting on her success Yola Carter stated, “Americanafest 2016 was an incredible launch pad for me, since I performed last year I’ve won artist of the year at the AMAUK Awards, toured the UK, Europe and Canada, playing international festivals and planning the international release of my debut album. British Underground and their team help propel British artists onto the international stage and its great to be able to support them again this year.”

Yola Carter will perform at 12th & Porter on Friday 15 September and The British Underground Bootleg BBQ (held on Saturday 16 September at The Groove Record Store from 12 Noon), alongside an all star all-female main stage line-up with high profile US stars: Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae. US artists are getting behind new British talent including rising UK stars Wildwood Kin, Danni Nichols, The Honey Ants and Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer who are all flying the flag for British Americana this year.

British focus at Americanafest reflects the internationalization of Americana, with various non American homegrown acts such as Australian Americana artist Kasey Cambers and Yola Carter gaining huge momentum in the USA as well as their own countries and UK hosted events such as the Bootleg BBQ becoming a major focus of Americanafest. Danna Strong Director of Operations at the Americana Music Association stated, “British Underground’s Bootleg BBQ has become one of the most important international events at AmericanaFest, a key networking space for US music industry and artists to connect with UK delegates and it plays a huge role spotlighting UK Americana and the fantastic musical talent coming out of the UK at the moment. Don’t miss it!”

The market for Americana continues to grow in the UK with many high profile artists including Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae finding the UK an effective launch pad for their global careers.
Supported by new statistics from the Official Charts Company which were revealed yesterday during a UK focused panel, confirming that the UK Americana record music market saw over 900,000 albums sold so far this year. The market saw a healthy overall increase of 35% on last year’s sales.  
The Official UK Americana Albums Chart was launched in 2016 to support the growing genre in the UK.
The weekly chart can be found here:

Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 14 September 2017)
8 September 2017 - 14 September 2017

This Week/ Last Week/ Title/ Artist
1 1 A Deeper Understanding War On Drugs #15 Official Top 100 Albums [Tagged Alt]
2 2 Adios Glen Campbell [Tagged Country] #17 Official Top 100 Albums
3 NEW GREATEST HITS LIVE Steve Winwood #34 Official Top 100 Albums [Tagged Rock]
4 NEW SONGS OF BOB DYLAN Joan Osborne [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
5 3 Legacy Cadillac Three [Tagged Country]
6 4 Beast Epic Iron & Wine [Tagged Alt]
7 New Other People The Rails [Tagged Singer/Songwriter Folk/Rock]
8 9 A/B Kaleo [Tagged Alt]
9 5 Life Love Flesh Blood Imelda May [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
10 6 Acoustic Classics 2 Richard Thompson [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
Outside The Top 10
11 11 10 Cleopatra Lumineers [Tagged Alt]
12 7 Turning Tides Wildwood Kin [Tagged Alt]
13 8 Crack-up Fleet Foxes [Tagged Alt]
14 NEW The Surfing Magazines Surfing Magazines [Tagged Alt]
23 10 In The Kingdom Of Dreams Ian Felice [Tagged Singer/Songwriter Alt/Folk]


British Underground confirmed final stage times for the fifth annual 
Bootleg BBQ in Nashville, held on Saturday 16 September, during AmericanaFest, in association with the Americana Music Association and Line Of Best Fit. The free entry industry networking and music event is held each year at East Nashville’s coolest record store - The Groove and showcases the UK’s best musicians influenced by Americana, alongside performances from the best USA emerging artists, hosted by BBC Radio 2 and Chris Country DJ, Baylen Leonard.

Full Line up to include:
AARON LEE TASJAN - 12.15 – 12.30  (instore stage)
LINDI ORTEGA – 1pm-1.15 (instore stage)
ERIN RAE (US) 1.15 PM TO 1.45 PM
THE HONEY ANTS (UK) - 1:45PM - 2 (instore stage)
BEN SMITH AND JIMMY BREWER (UK) - 2:30PM - 2:45 (instore stage)
YOLA CARTER (UK) 2.45 PM - 3.15 PM

Related BLOG POST (Aug 11, 2017): AmericanaFest Bootleg BBQ - Celebrating UK Americana with All Female Line Up

16th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards 2017

The winners of the 16th Annual Americana Honors & Awards 2017 were announced during th Honors and Awards show on September 13, 2017 held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The celebrated program was the capstone event of “AMERICANAFEST,” the Americana Music Festival and Conference, which runs from September 12-17, 2017.
Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on September 13, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (CREDIT Source: Rick Diamond/ Getty Images North America | Newest Images)

Each year, the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community with six member-voted annual awards and with Lifetime Achievement Awards, which will be announced leading up to the event.  
Described by Emmylou Harris as “the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere,” the Americana Honors and Awards show has been broadcast in the past on AXS TV, PBS, and via SiriusXM Radio, BBC2, WMOT, WRLT, WSM, Voice of America and
Performances from this year's Americana Honors and Awards were filmed for a special episode of "Austin City Limits" slated to air on PBS in November.

In Brief:
2017 Americana Music Awards Winners
Album of the Year: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson (produced by Sturgill Simpson)
Artist of the Year: John Prine
Group / Duo of the Year: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Song of the Year: “It Ain’t Over Yet”, Rodney Crowell (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White) (written by Rodney Crowell)
Emerging Artist of the Year: Amanda Shires
Instrumentalist of the Year: Charlie Sexton
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award: Graham Nash
Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Iris Dement
Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: Van Morrison
Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Robert Cray
Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist: Hi Rhythm Section
Lifetime Achievement Award, Executive: Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg

Held at the Ryman Auditorium Old Crow Medicine Show kicked off the 2017 Americana Music Awards preceedings which included three hours of star-packed performances and both emotional and sentimental awards acceptance speeches.
The annual event took place on Wednesday night (Sept. 13, 2017 ) in downtown Nashville.
John Prine snagged the prestigious Artist of the Year, Amanda Shires took home the Emerging Artist of the Year trophy

In their 16th year in 2017, the Americana Music Awards — officially dubbed the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards — recognized a diverse set of acts: Prine and Shires, along with Rodney Crowell (Song of the Year), Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (Group / Duo of the Year), an absent Sturgill Simpson (Album of the Year) and Charlie Sexton (Instrumentalist of the Year) all landing trophies this year in the awards show’s six main categories.
In addition, numerous Lifetime Achievement Awards winners were announced — Robert Cray, Van Morrison and Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash fame) were among them who were recognized with special speeches and performances.
Standout performances during the 2017 Americana Music Awards were slated to be from Emerging Artist of the Year nominee Aaron Lee Tasjan, Artist of the Year nominee Margo Price and Album of the Year nominee Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on September 13, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.(CREDIT: Rick Diamond/ Getty Images North America | Newest Images)

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry were on hand offering their version of Glen Campbell‘s “Gentle on My Mind” in tribute to the late legend.
The ceremony concluded with host Jim Lauderdale, Jack Ingram, Brandy Clark and others jamming to “Tulsa Time” by Don Williams, who died on Friday (Sept. 8).

A full list of category Winners and nominees for the Americana Music Association’s 16th Annual Honors & Awards is below:

Album of the Year:
(present by Elizabeth Cook and Lukas Nelson)
AMERICAN BAND, Drive-By Truckers, Produced by David Barbe
CLOSE TIES, Rodney Crowell, Produced by Kim Buie and Jordan Lehning
FREEDOM HIGHWAY, Rhiannon Giddens, Produced David Bither, Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell
THE NAVIGATOR, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Produced by Paul Butler
A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH, Sturgill Simpson, Produced by Sturgill Simpson * WINNER *
Artist of the Year:
Jason Isbell; John Prine * WINNER *; Lori McKenna; Margo Price; Sturgill Simpson
Duo/Group of the Year:
(presented by The Mavericks)
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry; Drive-By Truckers; Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives * WINNER *; The Lumineers
Emerging Artist of the Year:
(presented by Brandy Clark and Valerie June)
Aaron Lee Tasjan; Amanda Shires * WINNER *; Brent Cobb; Sam Outlaw
Song of the Year:
(presented By Lee Ann Womack & John Oates)
All Around You,” Sturgill Simpson, Written by Sturgill Simpson
It Ain’t Over Yet,” Rodney Crowell (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White), Written by Rodney Crowell * WINNER *
To Be Without You,” Ryan Adams, Written by Ryan Adams
Wreck You,” Lori McKenna, Written by Lori McKenna and Felix McTeigue
Instrumentalist of the Year:
(presented by Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne) >> Twitter Video
Spencer Cullum, Jr.; Jen Gunderman; Courtney Hartman; Charlie Sexton * WINNER *

Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award, co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Graham Nash (presented by Ken Paulsen)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Iris Dement (presented by John Prine)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: Van Morrison (presented by Emmylou Harris)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Robert Cray (presented by Vince Gill)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist: Hi Rhythm Section 
Lifetime Achievement Award, Executive: HighTone Records founders Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg (presented by producer Joe Henry)

Americana Music Association’s 16th Annual Honors & Awards Photos & Fashion

Picture Gallery: John Prine, Sturgill Simpson take home top honors at Americana Awards via @tennessean

Amanda Shires
BLOOMING LOVELY: She wore a fetching long sleeved red rose black floral print midi dress
Get the look with this Rose Print Keyhole Midi Dress at TOPSHOP, Dark Floral Dress for Everyday at Polyvore
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Yola Carter & Angaleena Presley on the red carpet

Get Angaleena’s fiery Americana look in her sleeveless black spaghetti strap Fire Print Flare Dress at
She added a chunky wide buckle belt gold and silver jewelry and sported good nails.

Elizabeth Cook – There to present Album of the Year she shone in a floor length plunging flimsy/floaty spaghetti strap gown which featured gold/silver/black button-coin-like piped detailing. She added a gold chain and bracelet, rings and cool shades and beachy hair completed her look.

Songwriters Brandy Clark and Lori McKenna sported similar black outfits. Brandy wore a plunging black smock dress with flared sleeves and cut-out slits across the shoulders and tasselled detailing at the front adding matching black pants. Lori wore a knee length dark navy blue v-plunge dress with long bell flared sleeves for a Boho look adding pointy beige shoes.

About The Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Epiphone, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Music City Networks, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.  

About AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference
The 18th annual AMERICANAFEST will take place Sept. 12-17, 2017. The event will once again bring together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw artist showcases by night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the hallmark event of the week's festivities and will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium on September 13. For more information and ticketing, visit

For more information on the Americana Music Association and to become a member, please visit: 
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Grammy Award nominee Jerry Harmon announces new single; “Grandmas Are Sexy Too”

Grammy Award nominee Jerry Harmon announces new single; Grandmas Are Sexy Too (FFO:  Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Hank Williams)

Grammy nominated Jerry Harmon announces new single “Grandmas Are Sexy Too”
Has performed with Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, and others

Grandmas Are Sexy Too single (Track 8) appears on his 10-track album WALK SOFTLY.
Release Date: 7 April 2017
Label: Humphead Records
10 Tracks/ Time: 32:11

Older fans of “real country” without a pop influence will really love Jerry’s latest release. The standout tracks are the tongue-in-cheek ‘Grandmas Are Sexy Too’, Man I Used To Be’, Love In The House’, Want To Come Home’, and the title track ‘Walk Softly’ -

Each song has a nice, warm feel to it with an old soul sound and in general it is a feel good album that is full of really good music. There is nothing flashy, no catchy pop, no autotune, in fact there is nothing generic about it at all. The songs have a strong traditional country sound blended with folk, bluegrass and in some songs like Grandmas Are Sexy too a bit of Rock and Roll....Well this album is full of traditional instruments and old soulful, country sounds that really hit you, it’s refreshing.... is music is engaging, captivating and soulful and totally different to what I usually listen to and I love that. -

"The Smoky Mountain Gypsy"

After years of success as a performer in America, sharing the bill with the likes of America's most celebrated musicians: Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, and others, Jerry has quickly gained recognition  as an amazing performer in the UK and mainland Europe performing at major events there.  He has appeared at such events as North Carolina’s renowned Merle-Fest, The Bath International Music Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival,and The Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Jerry Harmon was born into a rich family tradition of music. His home, deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge / Appalachian mountains, reverberated daily to the sound of music in many different forms.
Harmon’s musical career was launched at an early age, strumming a banjo fashioned from wood and groundhog hide by his uncle Gene. Radio programmes featuring Hank Williams Sr, Flatt & Scruggs and Ray Price also proved a lasting influence.
At the age of 12, with his Sears & Roebuck Truetone guitar in hand and an earnest determination, Harmon tackled the first of years of self given music lessons from a book by the famed North Carolina guitarist  Arthur Smith. It is this rich family tradition, these years of practice, and the multi-dimensional experience that gives us Jerry Harmon, the Smoky Mountain Gypsy.
Jerry shares his Smoky Mountain home with his wife, Maria, and their two Schnauzers--the infamous, "Shadow" and his new friend, "Rosie." Friends come often to the Harmon household, pulling up a chair, helping themselves to a cup a coffee or a cold bottle of water from the refrigerator. After you've been in the Harmon house more than five minutes, you realize you are no longer a guest--you are at home! Jerry gathers people around him like the mountains gather the clouds,-- at home together... as much as the man and his music and the traditions of his storytelling.

Jerry's new studio album WALK SOFTLY sees him team up with acclaimed producer Pat Holt (Dr. Hook, Keith Bryant, Darlene Austin) for a record that embraces both his songwriting heritage and the contemporary country scene.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

British Country Music Association Awards 2017: Nominations announced, Voting underway


(updated: 19 Sept 2017 The Adelaides not performing)
This year marks the 12th year of the British Country Music Association Awards (BCMA Awards; previously known as British Country Awards BCMAwards).
Nominations for the awards (“British Country Music’s Biggest Night”) have been announced and VOTING is underway!

Leading the British Country Music Association Awards pack are The Shires, Ward Thomas (both record breaking acts on the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart) and Darcy Crawford have each received 4 nominations.

Laura Oakes (Female Vocalist 2015-2016), Gary Quinn (Male Vocalist of the Year 2016), Jess and the Bandits (Entertainer of the Year and Group of the Year 2016) have snagged 3 nominations.

Director Secretary of the British CMA Jeanne Jordan welcomes Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle ( The Shires ) as Honorary Lifetime Members for their services to UK Country Music.

VOTING for the 2017 BCMA Award nominees began on September 1stt.
SCROLL DOWN for a list of all the nominees
You have to me a member of the British Country Music Association in order to vote.

You can join here to cast your vote. It also enables you to attend the Best Of British (pre BCMA Awards showcase) for FREE and you get 10% off the ticket price for British Country Music Association Awards 2017 show on Sunday 22nd October 2017.
Details below on the events and artists appearing.

Listen to his message from Lee Williams (President of British Country Music Association BCMA & CEO of CMR Nashville “Europe’s No1 Country Station”):

2017 BCMA Awards performer and Horizon Act of The Year Nominee Penny Jayne Black posts:

Best Of British
When: Saturday 21st Oct 2017 7:30:
Where: The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, WV14 7LJ Bilston
Performing: Raintown (Headliners), Darcy, Megan And The Common Threads, Simon James
Tickets: Members - FREE, Non-Members - £20

BCMA Awards 2017 
(The British Country Music Association Awards)
When: Sunday 22nd October 2017 7:00:
Where: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
Performing: Laura Oakes, Southern Halo (USA), Journey Home, The Adelaides, Jade Helliwell, Penny Jayne Black, Jenn Bostic & Sarah Darling
Host for BCMA Awards night is Mr Baylen Leonard

Tickets: Members - £22.50, Non-Members - £25.00, VIP - £50.00 (Includes pre-show reception with "meet and greet" and priority seating)

The BCMA are thrilled to announce the launch of their first BCMA Radio show hosted by secretary Jeanne Jordan (editorial team UP Country Magazine) on CMR Nashville. T
his show will showcase the very best in homegrown British artists as well as upcoming stars from across the pond. It will provide updated news on upcoming BCMA events and other news on the Country music scene. The BCMA have welcomed news correspondent Dan Wharton of Your Life in a Song (Blog/ Marketing Website) to the team, who will be providing monthly features on all things Country. In the latest show edition he speaks with reigning BCMA Award Female Vocalist Laura Oakes. Listen to the latest show HERE.

The BCMA Award 2017 nominees are:
* NEW * = New to the Category for 2017 compared to the 2016 nominees 

The nominations for the 2017 BCMA Awards.

UK Song of the Year
Dreaming - Laura Oakes (released April 2016)
If She Falls - Holloway Road (released 31 March 2017)
Little Too Country? Too Country For You - Darcy (released June 2017)
Body Language - Gary Quinn (released Sept 2016)
Better in Blue Jeans - Laura Oakes (unreleased)

UK Album Of The Year
MY UNIVERSE - The Shires (Released Sept 30, 2016)
CARTWHEELS - Ward Thomas (Released Sept 15, 2016)
HOOKED - Darcy (6 track EP, released June 13, 2017)
SMOKE AND MIRRORS - Jess and the Bandits (To be released Sept 15, 2017)
I REMEMBER - Gary Quinn (5 track EP, released Sept 2, 2016)
COMING BACK TO ME - Carolynne (5 track EP, released April 7, 2017)

International Song of the Year
Blue Ain’t Your Color - Keith Urban (released Aug 8, 2016)
Dirt on My Boots - Jon Pardi (released Sept 19, 2016)
Tenderheart - Sam Outlaw (released April 2017)
Makin’ Me Look Good Again - Drake White (released Aug 19, 2017)
Forever Country - Various Artists (released Sept 16, 2016)
Craving You - Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris (released April 3, 2017)

International Album of the Year
RIPCORD - Keith Urban
ADIOS - Glen Campbell
WELCOME HOME - Zac Brown Band

Entertainer Of The Year
The Shires
Thorne Hill * NEW * 
Jess and the Bandits
Ward Thomas * NEW * 

Musician of the Year
Justin Johnson (Drums, Parr Street Producer)
Tom Wright (Guitar; Thorne Hill) * NEW * 
Donna Marie (Guitar/Keys; Thorne Hill) * NEW * 
Luke Barratt (Drums) * NEW * 
Luke Thomas (Guitar) * NEW * 
Callum Wilson (Bass) * NEW * 

International Act Of The Year (Touring)
Jenn Bostic; Sam Outlaw; Charlie Worsham; Sarah Darling; American Young; Sonia Leigh; Southern Halo

Best Original Music Festival
FSA; Buckle & Boots Country Festival; Nashville Meets London; Summertyne Festival; Midwinterfest

Duo Of The Year
Ward Thomas
Holloway Road
Ashton Lane
Raintown * NEW * 
The Shires
Gaoline & Matches * NEW * 

Horizon Act of The Year
Emma Swindells * NEW * 
Penny Jayne Black * NEW * 
TC Country; Lars Pluto & The Reavers
Simon James * NEW * 
Backwoods Creek * NEW * 
Demi Marriner * NEW * 

Group Of The Year
Jess and the Bandits
The Southern Companion * NEW * 
Journey Home * NEW * 
Outlander * NEW * 
Morganway * NEW * 

Video Of The Year
Darcy - Hooked
Ward Thomas - Guilty Flowers
The Shires - My Universe
Jess and the Bandits - I Am Not Going Home
Emma King - Devil City

Male Vocalist
Ags Connolly * NEW * 
Gary Quinn
Darren Hodson * NEW * 
Kevin McGuire * NEW * 
Darcy Crawford * NEW * 

Female Vocalist Of The Tear
Laura Oakes
Clara Bond * NEW * 
Katy Hurt
Jade Helliwell * NEW * 
Carolynne Poole * NEW * 
Deeanne Dexeter * NEW * 

2017 Inductees into the BCMA Hall of Fame
Previously announced (5 May 2017)
Congratulations to
Gordon Davies DJ Promoter and CEO of Westwood Records
Susan McCann Singer
Ron Jones Singer and Promoter

Our Reaction & Comment

The nominations and voting criteria continues not to mirror the eligibility period and category criteria adopted by the CMA in America. Members of British Country Music Association DO NOT get to have the opportunity to vote in order to determine who the nominees are. They merely have the chance to VOTE on the names presented to them.
Why not have an eligibility period set to submit a body of work or achievement over a year. Then have ballot rounds to determine the nominations?
This year sees the expansion of some categories to 6 nominees with some tightening up compared to 2016 and a lot of new acts receiving nods.

There is still an unnamed industry panel who select the nominations.
As far as we can tell the panel most likely includes: Lee Williams (President of British Country Music Association BCMA), Jeanne Jordan (Secretary and a Director of British Country Music Awards), Wayne Hadlow (FSA Festival) 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 (Wolvestock Promoter/ Curator of the British Country Music Hall of Fame).
Others may include Karl Hancock (Buckle & Boots Festival founder) and Chris Country Radio may be involved with the International choices.
It is unknown just how many people actually determine who draw up the nominations and how many BCMA members will determine the 2017 winners. The non-transparency sadly still exists.
There also appears to be some supportive nods from people who have a direct association some of the acts through management and towards their publishing companies.

UK Album of the Year
Normally an album comprises 7 or more tracks.
HOOKED by Darcy (6 track EP, released June 13, 2017), I REMEMBER by Gary Quinn (5 track EP, released Sept 2, 2016)
Along with COMING BACK TO ME by Carolynne (5 track EP, released April 7, 2017) have only 5 or 6 tracks.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Jess and the Bandits had not been released (out released Sept 15, 2017 | Amazon UK) so only the committee had the chance to hear it and voters will not have heard it yet. This is like 2015 when Honey Ryder’s BORN IN A BOTTLE (Amazon) was nominated some 6 months before their crowd funders received it and 8 months before its commercial release in February 2016.

UK Song of the Year
This includes two nominations for the reigning Female Vocalist (2015-2016) Laura Oakes who is a big favourite with FSA’s Festival CEO Wayne Hadlow. In his July 6th interview with BCMAs Jim Duncan (country presenter 101.8 WCR FM “Playing the best for Wolverhampton) Wayne said: “One of the most talented ladies I’ve ever seen perform is a girl called Laura Oakes, she’s a cut above the rest, she is absolutely fantastic
Of the two songs nominated Dreaming was released in April 2016 and Better in Blue Jeans has yet to released! Only the BCMA panel can of heard it and how can the BCMA members consider something that hasn’t had any commercial output as yet!
With many singles A and B playlisted by BBC Radio 2 one might of expected to see the panel choose a single from The Shires or Ward Thomas but both are omitted from this category.

Darcy (Darcy Crawford) originally hails from Brisbane, Australia and was based at Compstall, Manchester. He is another big favourite with Wayne and Jim (“One of the great new acts”). Speaking about Darcy’s HOOKED EP Wayne said: “My good friend Darcy, he performs wonderfully, the album is fantastic, an amazing album. Nothing out of Nashville is better than it, the writing and material is just great, the songs are great. Anyone that wants a good country album go out and buy it” 
Released on 23 June 2017 Amazon UK) the 6-track Hooked, recorded in Nashville, made a debut at #17 on the UK Country iTunes Chart (#526 overall UK Albums chart), then fell to #28 (#1080 overall and quickly fell off the Top 200.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia (Current Location), Darcy is a Country Rock Recording artist for 4Quarters Records bringing the country scene over to the UK in style.
Introducing Darcy's EP "Hooked":
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Watch how Honky Tonk Outlaw Country Rockabilly artist Lars Pluto (Website) reacts to his deferred nomination for Horizon Act of The Year. Hoover over the video, set volume and tap to play:
When you spend years being unabashedly vocal about the sad state of the pop takeover of what they have the audacity to...
Posted by Lars Pluto on Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Best Of British & BCMA Awards 2017 Performers

The British Country Music Association Awards (BCMA Awards) will take place at the Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton while a Pre-awards show Best Of British will be put on at Bilston's Robin 2.
Set to perform at the Wulfrun Hall show are Laura Oakes, Southern Halo (USA), The Adelaides, Journey Home, Jade Helliwell and Penny Jane Black.
NEWS: The lovely USA singer-songwriters Jenn Bostic & Sarah Darling have been added to the line-up at the BCMA Awards on October 22nd!

Two-time BCMA Female Vocalist 2015-2015 Laura Oakes is a country and pop musician from Liverpool. 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.

Hotdisc chart toppers Cleveland, Mississippi US all-girl trio Southern Halo (Natalia, Hannah and Christina Morris) announced on Twitter they would be joining the lineup at the 2017 BCMA.
In March they played a short UK Tour starting on Sat 18th March 2017(London), then Nottingham (Bodega), Manchester (Gullivers), Glasgow (Hug & Pint) and Newcastle (Jumpin’ Jacks). You can watch highlights of their Newcastle show online in HD at (Cameras: Stuart Cameron and Ronald Yule; A StuMedia TV Prouction. It was broadcast on Keep It Country TV (Sky/ Freesat/Freeview)
They have added some more UK dates
Sunday October 22, 2017 - Wolverhampton - BCMA Awards - The Wolfrun Hall, 7 p.m.
Monday Oct 23-25 / Radio visits, interviews, television
Thursday October 26, 2017 - Elgin, Scotland - Ex-Services Club, 8 p.m.-12 midnight 
Friday October 27, 2017 - Dundee, Scotland - No1s, 9 p.m.
Saturday October 28, 2017 - Aberdeen, Scotland - Barra Castle Inverurie, 9 p.m. - 12 midnight

Journey Home (previously called Acoustic Journey) are an all-male four-piece band performing rock and country.

Singer/songwriter Jade Helliwell will also play the awards. She won the prestigious Yamaha Hoedown competition in February this year - securing her a slot at the UK’s biggest Country Music festival, Country 2 Country (C2C 2017) at the O2 in London.
An impromptu “Hallelujah” duet with busker Dawid Osial went VIRAL with over 16 million views! This resulted in Helliwell’s FORGET THE NIGHT (EP) climbing to #1 on the UK Country Album iTunes Chart and #8 on the overall UK iTunes chart
Jade’s Facebook Page Likes increase by 856,000%!! She now has over 65K Facebook Followers. She wants to be the UK's Taylor Swift!' She has signed up with RAW Management in London.
She was also nominated for the’s UK Country Music Awards for UK Country Artist Of The Year.

Joining the rest will be Penny Jayne Black, who has been nominated for 'Horizon Act Of The Year' by The BCMA Awards 2017. She hails from West Sussex, but now lives in Hampshire.

Playing the Best Of British pre-award show at Bilston, meanwhile, will be Glaswegian multi award winning Raintown who have won just about every top award on the British Country scene including BCMA Entertainer of The Year. They have bagged 16 awards in four years and just won Duo Of The Year for a second time at the UK Country Music Awards (presented by on September 1st

Darcy is a country rock act who originally hails from Brisbane, Australia.
Megan & The Common Threads, are led by Americana-playing Irish singer-songwriter and CMR Nashville radio presenter  Megan O'Neill, who was described by The Irish Times as 'The Irish Carrie Underwood'. In February 2017, Megan was selected as one of the top eight Americana songwriters in the UK and performed at the Americana Music Awards in London. She also performed at the all-star line-up HARVEST 2017, a new Country Music Festival, which took place in 2 different locations on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August 2017 at Westport House, County Mayo and Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

She performed in Nashville, TN on September 2nd at The Bluebird Café! She is also on the line up for the Country Music Week events and will be playing The Borderline with Sonia Leigh on Fri Oct 6, 2017.

Simon James has been writing songs for 25 years and hails from the North West. His style is described as country rock.
Published on Mar 22, 2017 (133 Views)
Video for Simon's first single, Broken Too Long. Filmed by Paradigm Photography.

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