Sunday, 13 April 2014

Country Bites News snippets March 31, 2014 – April 6, 2014

Country Bites News snippets March 31, 2014 – April 6, 2014

SOURCES / LINKS shown in RED

UK & IRISH News
Ward Thomas, twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward-Thomas remain on the “B” BBC Radio 2 Playlist with their new single “The Good And The Right”.
Meanwhile "Ward Thomas" - Janice Long (April 3) BBC Playlist Page
"The Good and the Right Ward Thomas" - Patrick Kielty sitting in for Steve Wright (April 3) BBC Playlist Page
"Those girls are good" - Richard Allinson (April 5) BBC Playlist Page
We've got The Ward Thomas twins here. The Good and the Right..Hey, welcome guests on this show, from Nashville Hampshire" - Sir Terry Wogan (April 6) BBC Playlist Page



Available for Download on Amazon UK, Enjoy!

Ward Thomas are currently back in Nashville playing gigs in Tennessee – See upcoming Tour Dates
You can now hear their song “Take That Train” on soundcloud  a true-life story about love lost and a chance for redemption, inspired by Lizzy’s brief encounter with a complete stranger. Their 4 track EP Footnotes (WTW Music Ltd) is now out released on iTunes & Amazon on April 6, 2014. Watch their official video for >> "Footnotes" (Happy Endings). Their EP is tagged as "Pop" on Amazon and Singer-Songwriter on iTunes. Has the "C" word i.e country been dropped? The EP has thus made its debut at #5 on the UK iTunes Top 1500 Singer-songwriter one place behind BBC The Voice UK finalist and Folk artist Sally Barker.
It is currently ranked Amazon Bestsellers: #793 in MP3 Albums and #10 UK iTunes Top 1500 Singer/Songwriter Albums Chart

>> Ward Thomas - The Good And The Right (Official Video)
The Good And The Right", from the "Footnotes" EP out now!


Elsewhere on the BBC Radio 2 playlist for week commencing April 5, 2014 saw Johnny Cash’s "She Used to Love Me A Lot" removed from the “B” list.

Adrian Duffy & The Mayo Brothers new EP/single "Someone Like You" has now been sent to country radio in America via Play MPE. They have previously enjoyed 9 weeks rotation on Ireland’s national RTE Radio 1 with 100s of spins across UK (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, BBC 6Music, BBC Scotland, BBC Ulster, BBC English Regions). They have landed spot plays on SiriusXM (Larry Flick) and KEXP (Don Yates). They have a US/Canada Tour pending with release plans for their next EP/single (July 2014) and a full length release scheduled for October 2014. They will be on tour working with First Aid Kit between 22 May and 14 June 2014.

James House has a new album, BROKEN GLASS TWISTED STEEL releasing on April 29th. His music has gained a resurgence in the UK, where he has three songs in the TOP 10 of the UK Country Music Dance Charts. It is sparking a month-long tour of the UK starting in July on Wednesday 16th and ending on Sunday August 3rd in Norwich at the Wild Stallion Ranch (193c Plumstead Road, Thorpe Street). See bandsintown.com for all his dates

Striking Matches who were a hit at the C2C Ferstival events will play The Borderline, London on 24th June 2014. Tickets on sale on Friday, 11 Apr 2014.

Sky 191 has been taken over by Irish TV and there has been a lot of rescheduling of ALL shows and with some gone altogether. The Phil Mack Country Show now have to produce two NEW shows each week. These go out on Sunday 10pm & Monday 9pm with a repeat of this show on Saturday 1pm.  Country Music shows:
The Lawrence John Show: Tues 10:00pm - 11:00pm (60mins)
The Phil Mack Country Show: Sats 1:00pm - 2:00pm (60mins), Sun 10:00pm - 11:00pm (60mins), Mon 9:00pm - 10:00pm (60mins)

Nashville Bound??! Jeannine Barry, the Brighton based attractive singer/songwriter, described by UKCountryRadio.com as “extremely talented”, was on a mission. She wanted to make Country Music more popular/commercial wishing to get her and her songwriting partner/guitarist to Nashville for about 3 weeks, to record, perform and network. She WAS looking for funding of around £15,000 via indiegogo.com. “Perks” started with £5 for a Shout out via social media (Twitter or Facebook) up to a Live performance in your home for a mere £5,000! This funding duration campaign has ended (January 31, 2014 - April 01) and it raised £795 in 2 months, £14,250 short of her target. 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 vanished. It can also be purchased on Amazon UK where it is ranked at #49,761 in MP3 Albums (was over #200K) so has picked up since sales.

UK CHART NEWS

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending April 12, 2014)
Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia) debuted at No.4 (19,347 sales). The album is Cash's highest charting studio album ever, only his 1969 live set Johnny Cash At San Quentin peaked higher, reaching #2.
More than a decade after his death, Johnny Cash scored his ninth Top 10 album - his third posthumously - with Out Among The Stars. Comprising 'lost' recordings made in 1981 and 1985, the album contains only two Cash compositions - I Came To Believe and Call Your Mother - among its 12 songs, alongside songs like Rock And Roll Shoes (a Ray Charles single penned by Brits Graham Lyle and Paul Kennerley), She Used To Love Me A Lot (a country hit for David Allan Coe) and Hank Snow's 1950 standard I'm Movin' On.
"I am thrilled to hear that Out Among The Stars has gone to Number 4 in the UK,” John Carter Cash told OfficialCharts.com. “A lot of care and attention went into restoring these recordings so that they could be released as a proper studio album, and it's great to know that Cash fans in the UK are enjoying listening to it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. To achieve this incredible chart position is a real tribute to my dad and I know he would be honoured and excited with this result."

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending April 12, 2014)
Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia) flew in at No.1
Keith Urban with FUSE made a 17-2 leap in his 12th week
Sheryl Crow with FEELS LIKE HOME (Warner Brothers) fell 1-3 in her 15th chart week.
Dan+Shay debut at No.11 with WHERE IT ALL BEGAN (Warner Bros)

On the Hotdisc Chart (April 6, 2014 Chart)

This week saw tracks from the latest Hotdisc #184 April 2014 disc impact the charts. None of the Hotdisc big names like Ray Scott, Billy Yates and the UK mighty Hotdisc champs Hayley Oliver Band crash in at the No.1 summit. This meant it was a head to head two way battle for the top spot between M Callahan (who had spent two weeks at the summit) and Bertie Higgins, who had been runner-up for the previous 2 weeks. It was Bertie, who has been known the world over for his early 1980s hit "Key Largo", that moved past M Callahan (1-2) by a narrow margin to secure the Top 40 No.1 with "Just Another Day In Paradise."

The top five slots were bunched together with the feedback from Hotdisc CEO Stuart Cameron is that any one of the top five could potentially have bagged the #1 given a little bit of movement in their direction. But ultimately it's the DJs in Europe and beyond who decide the outcome with their ratings, which come in on a regular basis. It was they who progressively decided over 4 weeks that Bertie would eventually take the top spot applause.

Jamie O'Neal (making her debut on Hotdisc) had the Hot Shot Debut coming in at No.3 with a cover of the Juice Newton hit "The Sweetest Thing" (written by Otha Young).
Ray Scott blew in at No.4 with "Gotta Quit Drinkin'" another witty offering from him which he co-wrote with Kendal Marvel.
Billy Yates with self penned “As I Kiss My World Goodbye”, another single from the ONLY ONE GEORGE JONES, made a bow at No.6. Jeff Griffith with his composition “She’s All I Ever Drink About” at No.7 and The Hayley Oliver Band with “Bright Side Of Life” (written by Tom Paden and Carol Elliott) make up the other Hotdisc 184 debutants inside the top 10 tier.
In the British & Irish Top 10 Katie Nicholas (3-5 on the Top 40) retained her #1 position for a third week with the quirky "Chemistry."

D K DavisWaitin’ On The Weekend” (Bryon Hill Odie Blackmon) at #15, Ireland’s Philomena Begley & Ray Lynam’s duet “The Fire Of Two Old Flames” (Seals/ Barnes) at #16, British artist Gary Curtis with “Crazy Love” (Anthony Smith, Jeff Ross, Nicole Witt) at #17 and US artist David Starr with his own song “Underneath The Clear Blue Skies” at #19 freshened the Top 20 slots. Starr actually eclipsed his previous single on the chart “Way Past Ready, which headed south with a 12-21 move.

UK COUNTRY ALBUM / SINGLE RELEASES




















Listen to Brad Paisley’s brand new single "River Bank".It’s’ a good-time country party laced with the singer’s signature guitar work and (later) some thunderous drums. The song — the first from an upcoming new album — should slide naturally into his summer set list. Why Fans Will Love It: ‘River Bank’ is typical Brad Paisley. It’s a good-time summer jam that will elicit a few chuckles. Strong songwriting leaves a lasting impression. Key Lyrics: “We got an inner tube / We got a trailer hitch / We’re near the river and far from rich / But we have got each other and gas in the tank / We’re laughing all the way to the river bank”

The C2C festival superstar geared up to his fans with a first taste at what's to come from him on his next album.


ENJOY !

The tune arrived at country radio on April 4, with an official airplay impact date set for April 14. Paisley also performed the song live on Sunday's (April 6th) 49th Annual ACM Awards. The performance of "River Bank" aired during a special segment from the Las Vegas MGM Grand’s Talent Pool as part of the awards. “Brad has given us a monster, up-tempo, rockin’ Country hit to start off the summer!” says Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton of the song Paisley co-wrote with longtime co-writer and friend, Kelley Lovelace.
 “River Bank” was released as a digital single on April 6 and is available to BUY on Amazon UK and Amazon.com
It sits at #36 on Amazon Country MP3 UK Best Sellers. The West Virginia native first released a >> teaser video, showing a bikini-clad woman loading a cooler, ice and an inner tube into the back of a pickup truck, followed by the words, “Get Ready for the River Bank.” This was followed up with a >> teaser 2 and a >> Lyric Video was published April 6th. The married father of two released his latest album, ‘Wheelhouse,’ in 2013. The 17-track album spawned four Top 40 singles, and also included the controversial tune, ‘Accidental Racist’ with LL Cool J.

(23 Mar 2014) Hank Wangford and The Lost Cowboys - Save Me the Waltz ($incere $ounds) 25 Tracks/ Time: 1:23:52 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes

(25 Mar 2014) Jerrod Niemann - High Noon (Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville)
13 Tracks/ Time: 44:34 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com 

(24 March 2014) "Medicine" Shakira feat. Blake Shelton from the Album Shakira. (Deluxe Version) MP3 - UK iTunes 

(31 Mar 2014) Peter Mulvey - Silver Ladder  (Signature Sounds) CD - MP3 

(1 April 2014) Merle Haggard - Okie From Muskogee 45th Anniversary (Capitol Nashville (Universal) 2CD Edition
38 Tracks/ Time: 1:20:22 CD - MP3 - Amazon.com 
(7 April 2014) Martina McBride - Everlasting   (Vinyl Records LLC)
12 Tracks / Time: 39:01 (Vinyl Recordings)
CD - MP3 - UK iTunes (2 Bonus Tracks) - Amazon.com >> Listen to "Wild Night

(7 April 2014) Charlie Landsborough - Here, There & Everywhere (Demon Music Group)
14 Tracks/ Time: 58:49 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes 

(8 April 2014 ) Carlene Carter / Carter Girl
12 Tracks/ Time: 46:06 CD - MP3 - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com

(8 April 2014 ) Ronnie Dunn - Peace, Love and Country Music (Little Will-E Records)
14 tracks/ Time: 52:55  MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

BLUEGRASS NEWS
Trinity River Band, featuring band members Sarah Harris (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Harmony Vocals); and Brianna Harris (Fiddle, Harmony Vocals) were proud to unveil the new cover art for their highly anticipated new album titled BETTER THAN BLUE releasing April 22, 2014. The artwork was designed by Anthony Ladd of Kneelin design who named the image
“faire demi-tour” from the French word meaning “turn around”

AUSSIE NEWS
  • Canadian country star Lindi Ortega has announced she's set to tour Australia for the first time in April. She'll be performing songs from Tin Star, the brand-new album from the Toronto born, Nashville dwelling singer-songwriter.
  • Jason Isbell will return to Australia in April 2014 for the first time with his full band, a brilliant new album Southeastern under his arm and new songs to play at shows in Victoria and NSW including Boogie Festival. Supporting will be Tift Merritt showcasing songs from her sensational new album Travelling Alone.
CANADIAN NEWS

  • Victoria Banks is in the studio putting finishing touches on her new album INDIGO. Check out a video sneak peek at the making of "Indigo" here:
  • Doc Walker has released a new single on Aprl 8th titled 'Shake It Like It's Saturday Night' on iTunes Canada
NEWS

  • Snapshot Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News - April 4, 2014 - April 8, 2014 
  • (April 1st, can this be true?) Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry of The Band Perry have inked an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV Nashville. The trio released its self-titled debut project on Republic Nashville in 2010;
  • Love Story: Nothing makes being in the hospital fun, but getting a visit from a superstar might come close. Enter Taylor Swift. She stopped by New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer center, and what was supposed to be a one-hour visit turned into five. She surprised the kids at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI, and even played a few songs for some of them.
  • Carrie Underwood is bringing her powerhouse vocals to the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony! The country star won’t be onstage alone; a slew of top-notch musical friends are joining the singer to perform a musical tribute in honor of Linda Ronstadt. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Sheryl Crow are also part of the tribute.
  • Jesse Keith Whitley, the son of country music icon, Keith Whitley, is bringing back the Keith Whitley Homecoming Concert to honor his father’s memory on May 9, 2014 in Sandy Hook, Ky. The day marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of Keith Whitley, who was 34-years-old at the time of his death. When Keith first achieved major success in the early 1980s, he began returning each year to his hometown of Sandy Hook, Ky. for what would become an annual Keith Whitley Homecoming Concert.
  • Lady Antebellum were honored at Wednesday night's Grammys On The Hill Awards (April 2) in downtown Washington, D.C. They were given the Recording Artists' Coalition Award for their artistry and charitable efforts for children.
  • Jesse Winchester, the American musician and songwriter entered hospice care on April 7th. His highest charting recordings were of his own tunes, "Yankee Lady" in 1970 and "Say What" in 1981. Winchester is probably best known as a songwriter, with his works being recorded by many notable artists, including Patti Page ("Brand New Tennessee Waltz”)
AWARDS


Sunday night’s ACM Awards broadcast on April 6th drew 14.17 million viewers. "King" George Strait took another victory lap at the 49th annual ACM Awards, held Sunday night in Las Vegas.  After picking up his third Entertainer of the Year trophy at the CMAs this past November, the retiring country legend won the same award from the Academy of Country Music. The night's big winner, however, was Miranda Lambert, who took home three trophies, including her history-making fifth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophy
Brief ACM Awards Winners List - ACM Awards 2014 Backstage Report -
The 49th ACM Awards 2014 #ACMs winners, Report and Performances
ACM Awards 2014 - Red Carpet Fashion & Photos What was your favourite #ACMs Awards 2014 red carpet look? Who rocked the carpet and pushed all the right buttons for you?

MUSIC NEWS
Ed Sheeran gave a special call to Dublin teenager Triona Priestley, performing her favorite song over the phone just moments before she tragically lost her battle with cystic fibrosis. According to Ireland's Independent (via the L.A. Times), the 15-year-old Priestley was seriously ill and asked to hear from her favorite singer, Sheeran, as her dying wish last week. With the help of her brother, Colm Priestley, a Twitter campaign based around the hashtag #SongForTri started last week and became a trending topic on Sunday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sheeran dialed Priestley and performed her favorite song, "Little Bird," over the phone. Soon after, Priestley -- who reportedly had been in intensive care for roughly two weeks -- passed away.

Glastonbury has revealed its initial lineup for its 2014 festival: Arcade Fire, Jack White, and Kasabian top this year’s bill, alongside The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Dolly Parton, Lily Allen, and Skrillex. Glastonbury 2014 which takes place June 27th – 29th in Pilton, UK is already sold out.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS

Lauren Fulbright self released her new single "Vegas" on March 27, 2014. It’s available on UK iTunes - CDBABY - Amazon.com
My next single will release early next month, on or around May 11.

Leah Turner, California native and Columbia Nashville newcomer will release her five-song, self-titled EP on May 6. Turner co-penned every song on the project, including her new single, “Pull Me Back.” The single "Pull Me Back" is already available on UK iTunes

Miranda Lambert has revealed the Tracklist for new studio album PLATINUM which is set for a June 3 release.
Miranda Lambert welcomes several guests brings fellow Country singers, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town, as well as bluegrass band The Time Jumpers. Lambert had a hand in writing eight of the album’s generous 16 tracks. Other songwriters include Natalie Hemby, Jimmy Robbins, Shane McAnally, Riscilla Renea, Scotty Wray, Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Monroe, Jessi Alexander, Luke Laird, Brett James, Brandy Clark and many others. It’s available for pre-order on UK iTunes

PRESS RELEASES

  • Natalie Stovall And The Drive knows how to throw a party!  The band, whose supercharged lead single, “Baby Come On With It,” is currently screaming up the charts, spent much of the last two weeks playing packed out Spring Break destination Panama City Beach, Florida.  The raucous college crowd at Spinnaker Beach Club clambered for more as the band wrapped eight nights of shows for 40,000 fans! They are also set to make their national live TV performance debut when they visit “Imus in the Morning” on Fox Business on Tuesday, April 15th
  • The Oak Ridge Boys celebrated the release of BOYS NIGHT OUT by offering Fans (In America) a chance to win the Ultimate "Fans Night Out".
  • The Americana Music Association announced plans to produce the 2nd Annual Cross-County Lines festival, presented by Nissan. It will be a one day celebration of roots inspired music, taking place on May 31, 2014 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN. Americana stalwarts Patty Griffin and John Hiatt will co-headline the two stage, seven hour musical dayfest that will also feature Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, Parker Millsap, Joe Pug and Luther Dickinson.
  • Ronnie Dunn has released a new album PEACE LOVE AND COUNTRY MUSIC
  • Craig Morgan is preparing to make his eleventh overseas tour to entertain U.S. troops serving abroad.
  • Irene Kelley April Fan Newsletter: Vintage Guitars - Aliens & Cops in TX - Top 20! 
  • Country Thunder, Arizona’s premiere music and lifestyle festival, is set to kick off with Academy of Country Music award winners…The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, and Jason Aldean.
  • Kellie Pickler is auctioning the Pandora charm bracelets she wore at charitybuzz.com to raise money for ACM Lifting Lives. Pickler received high praise for her ACM Red Carpet look, wearing a Romona Keveza gown, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and an array of Pandora jewelry (earrings, rings, and bracelets).
ARTICLES

  • CMA Close Up by Bob Doerschuk: New Artist Spotlight: Dallas Smith
  • thislifeilive.com by Rory Feek - Twelve years ago, when I got down on one knee and asked Joey if she would take my name, she said yes. A few years later when she asked if I would take her name… I almost said no.
  • Rollingstone: Miranda Lambert Gets Personal on 'Platinum'…..Inside the country superstar's fifth album: Campy fun and contemplative moments....."But I don't want to sound pretentious. It's about platinum records, but also the color of an Airstream, and the color of my hair. It's a campy, fun song."...With their strong female perspective and emotional complexity, Lambert's
  • songs are a corrective to Nashville's proliferation of babe-and-truck jams. "What are they calling it, 'bro country'?" she says. "I love those songs, but for a minute there, it felt like girls ran the show. We have to save this thing we've made"
  • LA Times: Emmylou Harris recalls her 'magical' album 'Wrecking Ball'..Harris channeled her mold-breaking bent into the 1995 album, including her choice of producer-collaborator: Daniel Lanois. "Wrecking Ball" is due out April 8 in a deluxe three-disc set; the first is a remaster of the original album, the second a disc with bonus material including unreleased songs and alternate takes, and the third is a DVD containing a making-of documentary. Beyond that, Harris and Daniel Lanois are doing a limited tour in support of the reissue, a rarity in the world of vintage recordings. "Wrecking Ball" , which peaked at No.94 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, was a bold departure from her country music base of operation — a sonic collaboration with producer, instrumentalist and songwriter Lanois, then best known for his work on U2's "The Joshua Tree." It felt and sounded like nothing that had ever come out of Nashville. As a result, the country audience didn't know what to make of it, and country radio programmers ignored it, although Harris' core following took to it over time it has since sold 365,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it Harris' second-best seller (behind "Red Dirt Girl" in 2000) of the era since SoundScan began tracking retail sales in 1991. For Harris, it arrived shortly after she'd left her two-decade home at Warner Bros. Records and signed with Asylum, which tried to reconnect her with the country mainstream with the 1993 predecessor to "Wrecking Ball," "Cowgirl's Prayer." …"They really tried with 'Cowgirl's Prayer,' and that was a good record," she said. "But it was obvious after all their effort that country radio was not interested in me — I was too old, or whatever.".....Read more
REVIEWS

C2C2014 Review London O2 Arena: In Country Music People p54 April 2014 Issue (now in WHSmith) by Duncan Warwick the editor of Top UK country music publication...."I really don't think I've ever enjoyed live music less..Sorry folks, I couldn't face the second day"....Read the Whole one page review!

Carlene Carter: CD Review CARTER GIRL
Kathryn Anderson: CD Review The Road Less Travelled
Frankie Ballard: CD Review SUNSHINE & WHISKEY
Mary Sarah & Friends: CD Review BRIDGES (Great American Country Duets)
Nickel Creek: CD Review A DOTTED LINE
Rodney Crowell: CD Review TARPAPER SKY
Mikki Daniel: CD Review GOTTA BE A COWGIRL preview of the album >> YouTube, first released Oct 11, 2013 available MP3 - CD BABY - UK iTunes

INTERVIEWS
Shantell Ogden a Nashville-based singer-songwriter released  her single “Looking for My Last” from her new album BETTER AT GOODBYE as a single to European radio on the March promo Hotdisc 183. In this recorded Nashville interview at the Country Radio Seminar she speaks to Lee Williams, first broadcast on CMR Nashville (Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station) on March 28th:

MAGAZINES

It’s the battle of the bottom shelf in W.H.Smith as Country Music People (April 2014 issue) and Maverick Magazine (May/June 2014 issue) go head to head in a country mag shoot out.



















The new May/June 2014 issue of Maverick Magazine is available in the chain store from April 11, 2014. The issue features an interview with Rascal Flatts prior to their performance at Country2Country in London, the largest country music festival in the UK and their upcoming album REWIND. It also features interviews with Martina McBride and The Band Perry following their performances at Country2Country, alongside a three page special on the event. Taylor Swift O2 live review, Sally Barker The Voice feature and this issue also features a special Festival preview of eight festivals in the UK that you may not have discovered before. More details - Maverick Country.com Look at the 6 Page sample  and page through a 6 page sample (CMA Songwriters / C2C festival) using the  +/- magnify tools to select/read each page

The April 2014 (Vol 45 No.4) issue of UK publication Country Music People: Sara Evans (6 page Cover Feature) Lucinda Williams (6 page feature talks to Michael Hingston), Jon Pardi (5 Pages; Douglas McPherson meets a rising star) , Eric Paslay (5 Pages; talks to Douglas McPherson) and a frank 1 page review of C2C Festival by editor Duncan Warwick. Plus: CD, book and DVD reviews, along with latest news, Americana and UK country charts. Available in WHS or via subscription:
Sample/ Browse the magazine by clicking this Direct Link
Best viewed FULL SCREEN using bottom right icon, Then in top toolbar select SINGLE PAGE (next to magnify icon), then use the slide feature to ZOOM. When finished press ESC.

LISTEN
  • The Shires "Nashville Grey Skies" (Decca) which was released April 4th on iTunes. “The first play anywhere I believe by a new duo called The Shires Ben [Earle] & Crissie [Rhodes] from Bedford, "their first single is terrific"..."  convincingly good aren't they, I think that's terrific, new single coming out ...getting them in for a session real enjoy them very much" said Bob Harris on his BBC Radio 2 Country show on April 3 – BBC Page
  • Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball has been a classic since its release in 1995. Now there's a rerelease via Nonesuch Records that expands it into a three-disc collection: the remastered original album, a bonus disc of previously unreleased bonus tracks from Harris, and a DVD of interview and studio footage. Stream he remastered Wrecking Ball along with the additional collection of bonus material at Paste Magazine
  • Martina McBride: Exclusive Album Premiere of new set EVERLASTING at Billboard.com
  • Stream  Rodney Crowell’s fine new album, TARPAPER SKY, at NY Times before its release on April 15th, on New West Records - Amazon.com. For his new release, Mr. Crowell reassembled many of the musicians who played on his 1988 breakthrough progressive country album, "Diamonds & Dirt." Mr. Crowell, who won a Grammy for best Americana album in January for "Old Yellow Moon," his collaboration with Emmylou Harris, will tour the United States this spring.
WATCH
  • Ashton Lane showcased a new song (co-written with Tony Gibbs) in their Kitchen Sessions with the probably titled "When We Were Young
  • Sheryl Crow "Callin' Me When I'm Lonely" (Live)
  • Lexi James "Stop" the lead single off her EP Stop, a heartbreaking song about the pains of falling out of love.
  • Scene from Nashville #211 featuring "Lately" by Sam Palladio (Gunnar) & Clare Bowen (Scarlett) written by Ashley Monroe, Sarah Siskind & Sally Barris.

COUNTRY FASHION
The 31-year-old Carrie Underwood wore a lacy grey ensemble while in attendance of the All-Star Salute To The Troops in Las Vegas on Monday April 7th. She's been a vocal supporter of American troops fighting overseas.

For her live “Keep Us Safe” performance she transformed from the grey frock into a fairytale princess. While dressed in her lacy grey dress, Underwood paired the dress with a pair of strappy peep-toe heels that hugged her tanned and toned pins, accentuating her slender physique.
She accessorised the outfit with a chunky beaded necklace, a pair of studded earrings, and her sparkling wedding ring.



COUNTRY GOSSIP

  • A drunk college freshman, in the back of a police car after getting arrested for driving under the influence, requested that the officers put on the local country station. The kid proceeded to sing along to Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton, which might be a more accurate test of intoxication than a Breathalyzer. He was pulled over when officers saw his Ford Explorer weaving all over the road and running into the curb. TMZ reports the songs in question on the radio while Sims was in the car were: "All About Tonight" by Blake Shelton and FGL’s "This Is How We Roll"!
  • Luke Bryan says movie popcorn’s his guilty pleasure and he always eats Lay's potato chips right before a show because the oils coat the throat for a long time.
  • Insiders say Taylor Swift’s mom and dad are “difficult and controlling stage parents” who are assuming total power over her career even tho they live in separate houses & rarely speak to each other. Taylor’s longtime publicist and business managers have just resigned because of them.
PHOTO

Ready to see the great Brad Paisley in private concert at the BBC, what a privilege (Phil Mack, Lisa Stanley, artist Lucy Leigh and Steve Cherelle BBC Radio Essex attend the special BBC showcase - Image
The McClymonts looking beautiful about to host the CMC Awards at Hope Estate! - Image
Carolynne Poole, C2C 2014 Pop Up stage and 2012 X Factor contestant - Image and Instagram photoshoot

BIRTHDAYS
April 7: Bobby Bare (1935)
April 9: The late Carl Perkins (1932; died January 19, 1998 (aged 65)), Hal Ketchum (1953) 
April 11: Jim Lauderdale (1957), Steve Azar (1964), Chalee Tennison (1969) 
April 12: Deryl Dodd (1964), Vince Gill (1957) 

R.I.P

  • Gladys Flatt the wife of bluegrass music legend Lester Flatt, passed away on March 31. She was 98. Lester and Gladys were married in 1931 when he was only 17 and she was 16. Gladys has maintained her interest in the music industry since Lester passed away on May 11, 1979.
  • Arthur Smith, who wrote “Guitar Boogie” and “Feuding Banjos (aka ‘Dueling Banjos’), died Thursday April 3, 2014 at the age of 93. The amiable Sunday school teacher with a honey-dipped Southern drawl also had a feisty side; he took on Warner Bros. after his novelty song “Feuding Banjos” , recorded in 1955, turned up uncredited as “Dueling Banjos” in the 1972 movie “Deliverance.” Smith filed a lawsuit and won a substantial settlement. >> “Feuding Banjos,” featured the interplay of Smith’s tenor banjo with Don Reno’s 5-string banjo. Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV, who worked with Smith on his syndicated TV show, called him a “good, decent man.” Read more at Charlotte Observer

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