Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Country Bites News snippets February 10 - February 16, 2014

Country Bites News snippets February 10 – February 16, 2014

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For the week commencing 15 February 2014 on the BBC Radio 2 Playlist saw C2C Country Festival headliner Brad Paisley now climb from the “B” to the “A” playlist with “The Mona Lisa” as Chris Young with “Lonely Eyes” leaves the “C” playlist. Rosanne Cash’s new album THE RIVER & THE THREAD will be made Radio 2’s Album of the Week. The Deluxe edition was released Feb 10 in the UK - CD [Deluxe Edition] - MP3

C2C Country to Country 2014 Pop-Up Acts just got a WHOLE lot HOTTER! New additions are the stunningly gorgeous Carolynne Poole, Jersey's lovely Frankie Davies and its go east to see Alan West! The "Mighty" Gary Quinn is also a late #C2C2014 entrant. 
Carolynne Poole
#C2C2014 Bound!
See updated C2C2014 Blog post for details of their profiles, music and ways to connect.

Yes 3 more acts have been added to make it a now round 30 names for the Pop-Up stages. Frankie Davies is an Isle of Jersey singer-songwriter and Alan West is an renowned West Country singer-songwriter. Carolynne Poole of Fame Academy and X Factor 2012 fame is playing both days at the Free C2C pop up stages! - Carolynne will also be joining Sandi Thom on 2 of her UK tour dates as a special guest to perform a very special duet!

When & Where: Weds 9th April 2014 (Nottingham Arts Theatre, George St, Nottingham, NG1 3BE) and Thurs 10th April 2014 (Egremont Market Hall, Main Street, Egremont, CA22 2DB see Flyer)

Gary Quinn is celebrating his invitation to play on the Country2Country Pop-Up Stages in London's O2 Arena in March. Join him for a C2C Special StageIt Event when he will perform some of the self-penned songs that he intends to showcase in London as well as a selection of songs made famous by those set to headline the C2C Festival, including Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts!

UK Gig and Tour dates added for: Anais Mitchell, Alan West, The Webb Sisters, Iain Matthews, Jessica Campbell, Sandi Thom, Sam Baker, Dougie Maclean and Eve Selis - Tour Dates Page

Talia Smith was in the National Papers again on Sat Feb 15 in The Sun (Page 33), ahead of her appearance on  The Voice UK on BBC 1. The show saw the return of country music in the form of John Rafferty and Talia who had a successful Blind Audition - Ain’t she done good,  The Girl From The Backwards! Read the full report

Nathan Carter to appear at the Circus Tavern , Purfleet , Essex on Saturday 29th March 2014 . Book your tickets now call 01708 733110 (Ref: The Phil Mack Country Show)

Legal action threat over Garth Brooks concerts: A nearly five-year-old agreement to host no more than three yearly concerts at Croke Park in Dublin is at the center of a debate over the five Garth Brooks shows scheduled for July. Residents living near the stadium are upset that a written agreement is being ignored. And there’s indication they plan to take their protest further. According to the Irish Times, a meeting between residents and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) turned ugly this week. The five Brooks shows were sold before a license was granted, but promoters have 10 weeks to turn in that application. The Evening Herald reports residents have five weeks after that to protest.

C2C present CMA Songwriter Series takes place at the Indigo2 in Greenwich on Fri 14 Mar 2014, 19:00. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster

Music City Roots, Nashville’s weekly radio broadcast for Americana and roots music, will air a webcast from the United Airlines 10th annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast, Ireland on March 1. The event will be filmed and featured on Music City Roots’ second season on American Public Television.
As part of our global vision, we’re very excited to be planting our first flag in the U.K.,” said Music City Roots co-founder and executive producer John Walker. “It’s important to acknowledge the roots of our roots. Also, it’s giving us the opportunity to interface with the BBC, something that we’ve wanted to do for quite some time.” Music City Roots went international last year with its trip to the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia. Jim Lauderdale will host and perform in this year’s event, which will also feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Donovan, American songwriter Chip Taylor and Belfast songwriter Gareth Dunlop. BBC Radio Ulster host Ralph McLean will emcee the event, and Music City Roots co-host and journalist Craig Havighurst will report on the event and interview artists.

Bluegrass vs. The World! A night of entertainment like no other as country and bluegrass artists unite to take on the world of music by covering a range of different genres. Expect to hear your favourite pop, rock and rap songs like never before alongside bluegrass and americana classics. With special guests Big Red and The Grinners, Lee Paul Band and many more.
Where: The Sage Gateshead, Hall Two When: 8PM Monday the 28th April - Event Detail

Give Me Something: Jeannine Barry, a Brighton based Singer/Songwriter, is on a mission. She wants to make Country Music more popular/commercial and accepted in the UK as well as show that the UK has its own original Country Music talent which can reach international success! 
In order to get her and her songwriting partner/ guitarist to Nashville for about 3 weeks, to record, perform and network she is looking for funding of around £15,000 via
“Perks” starts with £5 for a Shout out via social media (Twitter or Facebook), £10 for a signed photograph with a personalized note to a Live performance in your home for a mere £5,000!  So far, in 2-weeks, £495 has been pledged with 44 days left.
Jeannine released a much delayed (11 months) official debut EP release 'GIVE ME SOMETHING' back on 31st October 2013.
Available on UK iTunes it did appear at #1192 on UK iTunes Country Album Chart but no longer charts. It can also be purchased on Amazon UK where it is ranked at #207,060 in MP3 Albums. The attractive singer, described by as “extremely talented”, was recently a cover girl on the front cover of Southern Country Magazine.

Official UK Singles Top 100 (Weeks Ending Feb 22, 2014)
Avicii‘sHey Brother” which features uncredited vocals from Dan Tyminski moved 10-13

Official UK Albums Top 100 (Weeks Ending Feb 22, 2014)
Rosanne Cash new album THE RIVER & THE THREAD (Decca) entered the chart at No.25 with sales of 4,267 copies. It’s her 13th studio effort since her eponymous 1978 debut but her first for Decca/Blue Note, and surprisingly her first to chart. 
Rosanne of BBC Breakfast

The 58 year old country singer/songwriter's made a visit to Britain to promote it with a seven minute spot on BBC's One's Breakfast (Weds 12 Feb >> Watch Clip) which helped lift sales along with a Bob Harris recorded session broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday Feb 13th with the station now making it their Album of the Week.

Sheryl Crowe’s FEELS LIKE HOME (First released Sept 10th by Warner Brothers) slipped back 30 places 21-51 in her third week on the chart with sales around 2,300 copies. 
Taylor Swift’s RED fell back 21 slots, 39-60, in her 69th chart week (sales close to 2,000 copies).

Official UK Country Album Chart  (Week Ending Feb 22, 2014)
Rosanne Cash new album THE RIVER & THE THREAD makes a bow straight in at No.1!
Sheryl Crowe with FEELS LIKE HOME (Warner Brothers) moved 1-2 on her 8th chart week.
Kacey Musgraves’ SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK (Decca) slipped by one place 2-3 in her 44th week.
Thomas Rhett is new on the chart landing at No.10 with IT GOES LIKE THIS (Valory Music)

On the Hotdisc Chart (February 16, 2014 Chart)
Billy Yates retained the No.1 spot on the Hotdisc Top 40 for a second week with his self penned “The Man I Used To Be"
Branch & Dean, who have never yet failed to get a #1 with their previous three singles made a move with "Glad She's Not An Angelwhich climbed 4-2.
Andy Griggs cover of the Hank Williams song “Ramblin’ Manslipped by one notch 2-3.
David Starr made a 3 place stride (10-7) with "Way Past Ready" in his second week.
David Wood with his cover of an old Dean Martin song, "Memories Are Made Of This" rose 9-8 with Fergal Flaherty right behind him with "Hey Son" (writer Brenda Lee Heathcote) which made a impressive 17-9 hop which easily secured the British & Irish Chart No.1 for a second week with former No1 Sam Hollyman’s 3-week No.1 “Where I Wanna Be now back as a non-mover at #19. The indicators are that Flaherty is set for multiple weeks atop the chart.

Levi Riggs with his title cut “I’m Good” made the upper tier with a 5 place leap (15-10).
Chris Higbee’s “Wild And Crazy” (14-11), female duo Moore & Moore with “Mississippi Missing You” (18-14) and Lisa Lambert’s title cut “Come On Home”, co-written with Scott Nunley (22-16) all made positive advances on the Top 40 with singles from the February #182 promo disc.


(4 Feb 2014) Tim McGraw - Love Story (Curb Records)
14 Tracks / Time: 57:58 MP3 -
(4 Feb 2014) Whiskey Myers - Early Morning Shakes
12 Tracks CD - - US iTunes
(4 Feb 2014) Moonshine Bandits - Calicountry [Import] (Average Joe's Ent.)
15 Tracks/ Time: 52:36 CD - MP3 - iTunes - 

(10 Feb 2014) Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread Deluxe Edition  (Decca (UMO)
14 Tracks/ Time: 47:14 CD - MP3  (Trailer) YouTube
 (17 Feb 2014) Blackberry Smoke - The Whippoorwill [3 bonus track] [Deluxe Edition] CD - MP3
Sample the bonus tracks at Spotify Blackberry Smoke – The Whippoorwill
(17 Feb 2014) Dan Seals - The Definitive Collection ((Wrasse Records/ Humphead)
40 Tracks / Inlay CD - UK iTunes -

(18 Feb 2014) Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Bloodshot Records) Americana/ Rock & Roll/ Pop-Rock/ Explicit
10 Tracks/ Time: 42:17 CD - MP3 

(17 Feb 2014) The Music Of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 2, Volume 1 (Decca (UMO)
 17 Tracks CD - Smart Choice Music - (£17.99 This Deluxe edition Smart Choice Music/ Target stores version)
Alan Cackett CD Review BMRNV0200A / 4 STARS / Big Machine Records

(18 Feb 2014) Cole Swindell - Cole Swindell
(18 Feb 2014) Kristy Cox - Living For The Moment (Pisgah Ridge Records)
10 Tracks/ Time: 33:46 MP3 - iTunes - 
(17 Feb 2014) Suzy Bogguss - Lucky (Proper Records)
12 Tracks CD - UK iTunes -
Suzy Bogguss didn't set out to craft a Merle Haggard tribute record. Some might call that serendipity; she just calls it "Lucky."

  • Taylor Swift will bring "THE RED TOUR" to Southeast Asia later this year. Stops will include Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore >> Announcement
  • Teen country band Jetset Getset’s newest radio release offers a message of hope to bullying victims and others who have been put down or picked on. “Stronger (Than You Seem),” from the album “Saturday Night” (Playback Records), is already being used by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, as part of a bullying prevention program in schools
  • Can you imagine hearing Katy Perry singing "Follow Your Arrow" instead of Kacey Musgraves? It turns out Kacey almost co-wrote that song with Katy for possible inclusion on the pop star's latest album, PRISM. Says Kacey, "When I played the idea, Katy said, ‘That sounds like something you’d really be great at. I think you should keep it for yourself.’ I’m really glad I did."
  • Miranda Lambert's new, nostalgic single, "Automatic," brings back memories of her simple childhood back home in Texas. She says, "It’s about slowing down and remembering to take a breath, and what it’s like to be a little bit more simple, and not really about changing and going back there, but just reminiscing about what it was like." The song's references to using a laundry line to dry clothes and learning to drive her '55 Chevy help Miranda keep from stressing out with her day-to-day work demands. She explains, "When I hear it, it reminds me to take a deep breath and think about those good memories and try to instill them in my hectic life right now.”
  • The Band Perry will be the featured entertainment for the 2014 Symphony Fashion show, to be held Tuesday, April 29, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
    The event supports the Nashville Symphony’s education and community engagement programs, which annually serve 100,000 children and adults across Middle Tennessee. The runway show will highlight Christian Siriano’s Fall 2014 collection. Taylor Swift caught the attention of many in her Wonderstruck fragrance campaign wearing a dress from Christian Siriano's Spring 2011 collection
  • Taylor Swift took what could have been a scary incident and handled it like a pro when a fan rushed the stage at her show in London on Saturday (Feb. 1). The ‘Begin Again’ singer was finishing up her concert at the O2 Arena and the final bows were sweeping the stage when, out of nowhere, a male fan — desperate to make contact with Swift — scrambled onto the stage. Dressed in a baggy shirt, jeans and Converse sneakers, the fan pounced onstage and ran up the large starcase toward Swift, who gracefully smiled at him, shook his hand and took his note before security carried him offstage >> YouTube
  • The CMT Music Awards will be held June 4 in Nashville, the day before the 2014 CMA Music Festival starts.
  • "CMA Music Festival’s" nightly LP FIELD concerts have sold out 15 weeks prior to the annual event that will take place in NASHVILLE on Thurs, June 5th through Sunday, June 8th. "Tickets to LP Field sold faster than ever before- a record nine weeks sooner than in 2013... and before we announced a single artist performing during the nightly concerts," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.
A baby is on the way for country music star Bucky Covington and fiancée, Monarch Publicity’s Katherine Cook! The couple, who have been inseparable since they met in early 2007 and became engaged in 2010, just found out they will become three with the arrival of their first child this fall. The pair broke the news on

Crib Note: Joey+Rory+Baby!: Congratulations to the excellent Country duo Joey + Rory who welcomed baby daughter Indiana Boone Feek into the world on Feb 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm She weighed 8 lbs 2 oz.
"God has blessed us w a special gift. Her name is Indiana Boone. Mama and baby are both doing well" said proud father Rory on Facebook
Sisters Heidi Feek says her new little sister Indiana, is perfect in every way! (photo) and shown here with big sis Hopie. Indiana is the couple’s first child together, Rory two daughters , Hopie and Heidi were from a previous marriage, and they were right there amidst all of the excitement to welcome their new J+R addition.

UK Music Sales for 2013

Rock music overtook Pop in UK album sales in 2013 year, winning a bigger share of the market for the first time in five years.
Rod Stewart's Time was the best-selling album to be classified as rock by the Official Charts Company, followed by Arctic Monkeys and Bastille. In total rock accounted for 33.8% of album sales, compared with 31% for pop, said industry body the BPI.
However, Pop records still held the lead in single sales.
Some 36.2% of all single track sales were classed as pop, led by the likes of Katy Perry, Pink and Ellie Goulding.
The biggest hits of last year were out-and-out pop songs: Daft Punk's Get Lucky and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines; while the biggest-selling album was Emeli Sande's brazenly mainstream Our Version Of Events.
Rock's resurgence is helped by the Chart Company's rather woolly definition - which includes Mumford and Sons (surely a folk-pop band) and Rod Stewart (better suited to the MOR category).

MOR/Easy Listening was responsible for 8.1% of album sales, buoyed by big-selling releases from Robbie Williams and Michael Buble. But R&B dropped to its lowest share since 1995 with 5.7%, while hip-hop accounted for 3.6% of album sales.

Speciality genres – So what about COUNTRY MUSIC ?

Heading the ‘Speciality’ genres is Classical music, which remains steady at 3.2 per cent of the albums market, ahead of Country (1.7 per cent), Jazz (1.3 per cent), Folk (1.2 per cent) and Blues (0.9 per cent).  Reggae has a 0.7 per cent share of albums sales, with the remainder of the list made up by Children’s (0.2 per cent), World Music (0.2 per cent), Spoken Word (0.1 per cent) and New Age (0.1 per cent).

Country music’s share of 1.7 per cent (up 0.2% on 2012) of the Album market = 1.6 million albums (Physical + Digital)
Country music’s share of 0.5 per cent (No change on 2012) of the Singles market = 911,000 sales
Country music’s share of 1.3 per cent (up 0.4% on 2012) of the Compilations market
Download the full BPI report here [PDF file]
  • Across all music genres physical and digital, UK album unit sales declined 6.4% to 94 million last year. It was the first year since the early 1980s that no album sold a million copies.
  • Single sales dropped for the first time in recent history by 3.4% to 182.2m (Annual revenue generated was down 1.6% to £167.8m)
  • Albums market dropped 3.6% to £772.1m
  • Sales of CD albums were down sharply yet again, by 12.8%.
  • A BPI survey also shows that more of us now want our music-related gifts to come in digital form.  When asked which formats they would like their music-related gifts to be on, up to 25% selected digital among their choices - either as download credits (19%), such as through an iTunes voucher, or as a subscription to a streaming service (6%) such as Spotify and Deezer.   
iTunes does not always represent a perfect gauge of an album’s performance in the overall marketplace. However 2013's American Idol Winner Candice Glover better hope this is one of the digital retailer’s rare off weeks.
Millions of Americans watched for months but Candice's debut album “Music Speaks” had only ascended to #8 on the iTunes Album Sales Chart. As a point of weekly comparison, Bronwood, GA country artist Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut, which also hit shelves Tuesday, is already #1 on US iTunes.
Responsible for only 39,000 sales in its opening week, Lee DeWyze’s “Live it Up” currently represents the weakest debut offering by an “American Idol” winner (post-victory). Phillip Phillips’ “The World from the Side of the Moon” and Scotty McCreery’s “Clear as Day,” the last two debut releases from “Idol” winners, moved 169,000 and 197,000 first week copies, respectively.
Glover’s Pop/R&B coronation song “I Am Beautiful” (19 Recordings) sold only 48,291 copies in the week following the show’s finale. Co-written by Joleen Belle and Jaden Michaels, “I Am Beautiful” made a debut at No.39 on Hot Digital Songs and entered the Hot 100 at No.94. It was the lowest chart debut ever for a coronation song by an Idol winner. It represented the lowest first-week sales tally for the coronation song by an Idol winner since Taylor Hicks’ “Do I Make You Proud” started with sales of 38K back in 2006.
Phillip Phillips’ “Home” started with sales of 278K copies in 2012 (52 week total of 4,489,265). Other first week Idol sales include Scotty McCreery’s “I Love You This Big” (171,000), Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does” (122,000) and Carrie Underwood with “Inside Your Heaven” (171,000).
Kree Harrison the American Idol finalist and runner up in 2013 made her Digital country bow at No.22 with her debut single “All Cried Out”. It also bombed with sales of just 24,325 and quickly disappeared. It peaked briefly at #34 on Hot Country Songs and no album has so far materialized.
Watch Keith Urban on Wednesday (2/19) and Thursday (2/20) on American Idol (Season 13) on FOX TV. For UK viewers it can be seen on Channel 5 on Sat and Sun Feb 22nd & 23rd at 5:00pm (CH131 Freesat) who have officially secured the UK broadcast rights.

Carlene Carter will release a new project that revisits Carter Family classics and original songs that relate to Carter’s connection with her musical roots on her upcoming album, CARTER GIRL, which releases April 8 on Rounder. She says it has been a lifelong goal to complete this project. “The songs on the album cover three generations of Carter Family music,” she notes. Willie Nelson guests on “Troublesome Waters” and Kris Kristofferson joins on “Black Jack David,” while Vince Gill is heard harmonizing on “Lonesome Valley 2003” with “Blackie’s Gunman” being a duet with Elizabeth Cook.

BettySoo has a pledgemusic campaign to help fund a new 12 track album: When We're Gone, her first set of original songs since 2009. So far 16% of the goal has been reached, from 44 pledges, with 49 days left
Terri Clark's new Studio Album has so far reached 73% of her pledgemusic goal, with 402 pledges, with 39 days left. A TC ringtone message starts at $30 to a $25,000 Private House concert.

  • Lorrie Morgan is pleased to announce an exclusive endorsement relationship with Bedell Guitars. The American-based company (Bend, OR), reputable for its exceptional acoustic guitars, has outfitted Morgan with one of its six custom-handcrafted instruments—the Red Swarovski Crystal Bedell Guitar designed with over 3,000 crystals from the limited Two Old Hippies (Nashville, TN) boutique collection...Read More and Right Click Save as to download /stream "I Am A Woman" - HI RES Photo
  • Sammy Kershaw utilized his Official Facebook Page and YouTube for releasing New Lyric Video, "Can't Put My Finger On It"
  • Grab your “Red Solo Cup” and get ready to “Beat This Summer” with country superstars Toby Keith and Brad Paisley at the inaugural Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa, May 24-25, 2014.
  • The Roys, award-winning brother/sister duo, were named Top Bluegrass Artist at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) on Wednesday.
CMA Close Up by David Scarlett:  Eric Church Looks Inside The Outsiders….Extract: Eric Church has spent nearly two hours in an old church-turned-recording studio in East Nashville, playing his new album, The Outsiders, for a group of
Nashville media reps gathered to hear his latest offering. And when the listening session ends, the sense of satisfaction and, yes, pride that Church exudes as he answers questions about the project is undeniable. And justified.........“When I make albums, I want to lay my head on the pillow 20 years from now and not regret one thing,” he noted. “I want to have stayed true to my musical and moral compass, because that’s what I trust, regardless of what’s popular or whether you get rich or famous. It’s about looking back and being proud of the work you’ve left behind. “I may be the most rock ‘n’ roll-influenced artist in the format,” Church concluded. “I’ll admit I love to listen to Pantera. But I revere Country Music. I don’t just do it. I revere it. And I want to make albums to put up on the Country Music shelf with all the Country records I revere and go, ‘This is what we did.’”

Alan Cackett: Eric Church - The Outsiders (4.5 STARS)
Fatea Records Suzy Bogguss:Lucky - 14/2/14
Fatea Records - Transatlantic Sessions (Venue: The Sage)
Telegraph UK - Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London: review   ..The 2014 Transatlantic Sessions, featuring Americans Sarah Jarosz and Shawn Colvin, was another impeccable night of music that delighted a Royal Festival Hall crowd.... - Jennifer Nettles gets her solo career off to a solid start with sold-out Hard Rock Live show (Review)

Telegraph UK (Rating; 3 STARS) Taylor Swift, O2  Extract: Taylor Swift's exuberant stage show drowned out the simplicity of her appeal, says Alice Vincent.....Swift did not whoop or leap, she bowed slowly and spun with grace from within countless subtly rhinestone-covered outfits. 
An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, she was at her best when she accompanied herself: on a banjo to play her double-platinum country hit, Mean, 2011’s adolescent backchat ode to bullies; on piano for Red’s poignant ballad All Too Well...Alas, this simplicity was lost in an overproduced show. 
Her voice disappeared among the gothic castles, bucking violinists, clowns on stilts and a chorus of 1930s paparazzi for Lucky, which was so similar in sentiment and styling to Britney Spears’ 2000 release of the same name that it must have been an homage. The set-up for her performance of Trouble replayed her show-stealing 2013 Brit Awards turn, but the onstage costume change and raunchy dancing had lost its shock factor. Suffolk singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran popped up to join Swift on an underwhelming rendition of his own song, Lego House – although the duet drove the pubescent crowd to near-hysteria. Alas, this simplicity was lost in an overproduced show. Her voice disappeared among the gothic castles, bucking violinists, clowns on stilts and a chorus of 1930s paparazzi for Lucky, which was so similar in sentiment and styling to Britney Spears’ 2000 release of the same name that it must have been an homage. The set-up for her performance of Trouble replayed her show-stealing 2013 Brit Awards turn, but the onstage costume change and raunchy dancing had lost its shock factor.

Setlist- old pal Ed Sheeran was the surprise guest
State of Grace, Holy Ground, Red, You Belong with Me, The Lucky One, Mean, 22
Acoustic on B stage: Fearless, Sparks Fly, Lego House (with Ed Sheeran)
I Knew You Were Trouble, All Too Well, Love Story, Treacherous, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

International Bluegrass February 2014 Newsletter  

Song Premiere: Catie Curtis, “Flying Dream”, the title track off of the Boston-based folk songstress new album, out in March.
It was co-written with and produced by Sugarland’s Kristen Hall – Listen on

For users of this online music streaming service here are some of the more recent additions and recommendations.
When it’s free and easy on Spotify who needs music piracy?
Jon Pardi – Write You A Song - Released 14 Jan 2014
Tim McGraw – Love Story - Curb Records release on 4 Feb 2014
Dan Seals – The Definitive Collection - Released by Humphead Records on 17 Feb 2014

Holly Norman – Appalachian Angel - 12 Tracks, released 25 Jan 2014
Krista Detor – Flat Earth Diary - 12 Tracks released 14 Jan 2014

Miranda Lambert – Automatic – New Single at radio published February 5, 2014

Emma Jane – L.O.V.E – New EP out Jan 31, 2014 from Glasgow born , London based artist

Country Routes Playlist Country Love Songs #1

Note: The Playlist below requires you to already have your SPOTIFY application
installed, and OPEN, and is ONLY for users of the online music streaming service.

Hannah Jane Lewis "Seventeen Again". She plays the C2C 2014 Pop Up-Stages. It’s from her self titled EP which currently has no ranking on UK iTunes Top 1500 Country albums and on Amazon Ranked at #73,406 in MP3 Albums such is the plight of UK country artists at online retail. Coinciding with the release of her music video XTheFrog have delivered the official website for her.

Taylor Swift showed off her new shorter hair while shopping in Los Angeles on Feb 13th wearing a H&M Jersey Dress ($14.95, her Dolce & Gabbana Sara Pebbled Frame Shoulder Bag ($2,295.00) and her favourite Ray-Ban Wayfarers
($150.00) - Fashion Pic

Taylor snapped some polaroids with good friends Cara Delevigne and Ellie Goulding backstage on the final night of the Euro RED Tour wearing a soft, slouchy long sleeve plaid shirt by Rails Hunter which features a buttoned placket with a single patch pocket at bust (

Blast From The Past: Taylor Swift in Marie Claire magazine July 2010 photo shoot wearing a Marchesa Fall 2010 dress, such beauty and delicacy - Image


Trick Pony are back together having broke up seven years ago. Comprising Heidi Newfield, Keith Burns and Ira Dean, they say they will have a record out this year and a tour

Back in January, Olympic athlete Nick Goepper briefly met Taylor Swift on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards.  Well, now that he's a medal winner, he's gotten up the nerve to ask her an important question. The 19-year-old, who just won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in the Men's Slopestyle event, posed for a photo that NBC's Olympic Twitter feed posted on Friday. It shows him with his medal around his neck, holding up a sign that says, "Taylor Swift, will you be my valentine?"
So far, Taylor hasn't responded; she's more focused on Olympic skater Gracie Gold, tweeting about checking the schedule so she can watch her skate. But others have taken to Twitter to warn Goepper against getting involved with Ms. I Knew You Were Trouble.

Garth Brooks won in a 3-Day Court Trial: A jury of four men and three women deliberated for an hour before deciding Garth won. His former employee Lisa Sanderson has to pay him $226,000 plus interest for six years, legal fees and collection costs.

A sinkhole under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY broke Brad Paisley’s heart because it swallowed eight Corvettes in a hole 40 ft wide by 30 ft deep of which he owns two.

Carrie Underwood is prepared to get dirty..... when she works at an animal shelter. The 'Blown Away' singer revealed: "I went to my parents a few weeks ago and spent two days cleaning out some pretty messy pens at an animal shelter, Happy Paws. It was long and gruelling, but the people that run the shelter are wonderful."

taylorswift London, I could never thank you enough. See you next time! PS: short hair, don't care. (!
Yes Taylor celebrate the end of her RED tour on Tuesday by cutting off her long locks, in front of dozens of people.
Taylor posted a Instagram photo showing her, with her hair now a shoulder-length bob -- hugging British singer Ellie Goulding.
So, for now, no more impressive hair-whipping while performing her song "All Too Well"

Tamara Stewart I feel proud to have met a woman that inspired the very course of my life.
Last night I got to say "Thankyou Dolly Parton". Photo

February 17: Jon Randall (1969), Bryan White (1974)
February 18: Juice Newton (1952)
February 19: Niki Dean (1983)
February 20: Kathie Baillie (Baillie & The Boys) (1951), Claire Lynch (1954), Chris Thile (1981)
February 21: Mary Chapin Carpenter (1958), Eric Heatherly (1970) 
February 22: Sherry Lynn
February 23: Rusty Young (Poco) (1946) 

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