Friday 28 October 2016

Brandy Clark releases special version of “Hold My Hand” with legendary Dwight Yoakam


Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four-time GRAMMY nominee Brandy Clark, and 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner, Dwight Yoakam release a recorded version of their highly-regarded duet performance of Clark’s “Hold My Hand” today.

The two teamed up at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, where Clark was nominated for Best New Artist, for a beautiful performance of the song - then for a recording of the duet after that. The original version of “Hold My Hand” is off Clark’s debut album, 12 Stories, which was GRAMMY-nominated for Best New Album the year they performed. The pair’s compelling version of the “affecting ballad” [Billboard] releases today.
Brandy Clark & Dwight Yoakam
Song: Hold My Hand
Release Date: 28 Oct. 2016
Label: Warner Bros.
Time: 3:39

Yoakam has been part of well-known collaborations in the past, including his rendition of “Same Old Train” that featured Clint Black, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs and Marty Stuart and earned him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Collaboration with Vocals. Yoakam contributed his unmistakable harmonies on the “Hold My Hand” recording, and when they got together for a show in Arkansas in August, 2016 they revisited the recording. Ultimately, they decided it was too good not to release.

“Dwight added something so special to 'Hold My Hand' both at the GRAMMY performance and then on the track itself," said Clark. "We had both forgotten about it until we had a show together. In catching up backstage one night we came up with the idea to put it out - for no other reason than we both loved it so much and thought it was a shame to just be 'sitting on a shelf.' Music is made to be heard and we definitely wanted this version to be shared.”

Brandy Clark
Photo Credit:
David McClister
Known for being a “first-rate songwriter” [Los Angeles Times] long before she was critically recognized as an artist, Clark has been respected in the Nashville community for years. Clark was asked to be a special guest with Yoakam on Eric Church’s Outsiders World Tour, so when she was asked who she would like to be paired with at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, Yoakam, who said it was “a joy” to perform with her, was her first choice.

Dubbed “one of the wittiest songwriters working in country today” [NPR] Clark recently wrapped a sold-out U.K. tour and has been listed on several 2016 “best” lists including NPR and Rolling Stone, for her sophomore album, Big Day in a Small Town. 

The Jay-Joyce-produced album has garnered national attention with Wall Street Journal calling it an album that presents “country-song genius on the order that Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard got us used to,” and Rolling Stone saying it’s “music tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops.”

You can find the special version of “Hold My Hand”:
Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

The Morton, Washington-native received her first of four career GRAMMY nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category for co-writing the Miranda Lambert No. 1 hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award for “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and was also named the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Academy of Country Music voters nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015.

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Dwight Yoakam has recorded more than 22 albums and sold more than 25 million copies worldwide with five reaching the No. 1 spot on Billboard. He is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. In 2013 he was awarded The Americana Music Association Award for Artist of the Year. He has collaborated with everyone from Beck to Kid Rock, ZZ Top, Hunter S. Thompson and Jack White. He has toured with the likes of Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and Hüsker Dü. His most recent album Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars... was released this fall to critical acclaim with NPR proclaiming, “You can hear Yoakam making masterful choices on every phrase of these new versions.” The record hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart and No. 1 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass Chart, No. 6 on their Country Current Chart.
Photo Credit:  Emily Joyce

In 1977, Yoakam left Kentucky for Nashville to embark on a music career but found that the Music City was moving away from traditional country roots to more pop-country. He found himself better suited to the post-Bakersfield movement and became one of the founding fathers of the “L.A. Cowpunk Scene” influenced by second-wave rockabilly and punk alongside X, Los Lobos, The Knitters, Rank & File and The Blasters. Yoakam is managed by ROAR, a Beverly Hills-based artist and brand management company. He is also represented by CAA, public relations firm Sacks & Co and strategic digital marketing agency Girlilla Marketing.

The Shires hit America! Big Machine Label Group President/Ceo Scott Borchetta signs The Shires


Oct 28, 2016 Expanded Press Release



The Shires: Ben Earle (L) & Crissie Rhodes (R)
celebrate signing to DOT Records

UK country duo The Shires (“leading British-born country act”), make music history today by signing a ground-breaking record deal with the Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group under the historic Dot Records imprint.

The Shires, whose second album MY UNIVERSE became the fastest-selling UK Country album of all time (* based on 1st week sales) in the UK upon release three weeks ago, today joined the ranks of prominent US Big Machine Label Group Country artists, including Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett, by signing an exclusive recording deal with the leading US Country music record label. The Shires are BMLG’s first ever UK signing.

Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes of The Shires stated: “We are absolutely thrilled to sign with Dot Records in the USA. The UK is our home and we are proud of our success so far, thanks to Decca Records, but it’s always been a massive goal for us to build our presence and make a name for ourselves in the USA. Scott was one of the first people to approach us as a band, after hearing our original demos nearly three years ago. His advice back then was clear, to break the UK first and come to the US with a story. We took his advice and are extremely excited to be working with him and his team in the US. It is the home of Country Music and what better label could any act ever hope to sign with than Dot Records! Scott, Chris and their team are incredible at what they do and have worked with some of the biggest names in Country music history – we can’t wait to get started!”

Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, commented, “I’ve been watching The Shires closely and from afar, and now the time is right to have them join the family. I can’t wait for America to experience The Shires!”
We’ve been lucky enough to have seen them perform many times, from our first gig in their local pub to their debut at Grand Ole Opry, we know their success has been hard-earned and we hope they are the first of many British country artists to break the USA!

Dot Records Roster:
1. Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground/John Varvatos Records/Republic Records)
2. Maddie & Tae
3. Drake White
4. Tucker Beathard
5. Steven Tyler
6. Aaron Lewis
7. The Shires !!!!  ** NEW **

Dot Records is an American record label founded by Randy Wood that was active between 1950 and 1979. The label was reactivated in 2014 through a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and the Republic Records unit of Universal Music Group (which owns the original Dot Records catalogue). It is based in Nashville, TN.
The label's first signees include Maddie and Tae, Drake White, and Steven Tyler.

The Shires have already had significant success on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US, they have graced the stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry, adding their names alongside Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Garth Brooks and a veritable who’s who of Country music who have all played at the famous Nashville landmark venue. Regulars to Nashville, The Shires have already worked with top country music writers, and their current album was recorded at Sound Stage Studios, one of the most prestigious recording studios in Nashville, which has cut records for other Country superstars such as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum.

Formed three years ago, following a Facebook plea by Earle for a singer to join him, they were championed by Whispering Bob Harris (OBE) on his BBC Radio 2 country music show.

Decca Records signed them up in the UK and tireless touring, plus appearances at the Country to Country Festival in London, assisted with building a large British fan base.
Their debut album BRAVE was the first UK country music album to break Top 10 in the UK.

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The Shires Publishing Company wrote:

The Shires make history becoming first UK Country act to sign to High Profile USA based country Record label

So is this true?

Olivia Newton John if we can claim her as one of her own was born in Cambridgeshire, UK on Sept 26, 1948 (now aged 68)
In 1954, when she was six, Newton-John's family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia.

In the United States, Newton-John's career floundered after 1971 single If Not For You.
Subsequent singles including "Banks of the Ohio" (No. 94 Pop, No. 34 AC) and remakes of George Harrison's "What Is Life" (No. 34 AC) and John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (No. 119 Pop) made minimal chart impact until the release of "Let Me Be There" in 1973. The song reached the American Top 10 on the Pop (#6), Country (#7) and earned her a Grammy for Best Country Female and an Academy of Country Music award for Most Promising Female Vocalist.
She was voted Best British Female Vocalist two years in a row by the magazine Record Mirror.

THE LONG LIVE LOVE album was released in the U.S. as IF YOU LOVE ME, LET ME KNOW (MCA Records ‎– MCA-411; recorded at EMI in London) with the six Eurovision songs dropped for four different, more country-oriented tracks intended to capitalise on the success of "Let Me Be There". The title track was the first single reaching No. 5 Pop, No.2 Country (her best country placement to date).
The next single, "I Honestly Love You" (soft/rock), became Newton-John's signature song. Written and composed by Jeff Barry and Peter Allen, the ballad became her first No.1 Pop (two weeks), and third Top 10 Country (#6) hit and earned Newton-John two more Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance-Female. The success of both singles helped the album reach No.1 on both the Pop and Country (eight weeks) Albums charts.

Newton-John's country success sparked a debate among purists, who took issue with a foreigner singing country-flavoured pop music being equated with native Nashville artists.
Olivia was also named the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974, defeating more established Nashville-based nominees Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker, as well as Canadian artist Anne Murray.
Newton-John recorded her 1976 album, Don't Stop Believin', in Nashville.

Olivia Newton John Album Chart Success in America

LET ME BE THERE (1973) Label: Festival Records | #37 UK #1 US Top Country Albums
IF YOU LOVE ME, LET ME KNOW (May 1974) Label: MCA Records | #1 US Top Country Albums
HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW R(Feb 12, 1975) Label: MCA Records | #1 US Top Country Albums
CLEARLY LOVE (1975) Label: MCA Records | #6 US Top Country Albums
COME ON OVER (Country, pop rock; Feb 29, 1976) Label: MCA Records | #2 US Top Country Albums
DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'  (1976) Label: MCA Records | #7 US Top Country Albums
MAKING A GOOD THING BETTER (1977) Label: MCA Records | #13 US Top Country Albums * Newton-John was in a dispute with MCA Records at the time of the recording and was in negotiations to be released from MCA, thus the label did not promote the album. Olivia Newton-John went on to sign on to do the movie Grease, and came to an agreement to stay with MCA Records, though her recordings from the movie were on RSO Records.
BACK WITH A HEART R(May 12, 1998) Label: MCA Nashville | #9 US Top Country Albums Back with a Heart was recorded in Nashville and marked Newton-John's return to the US Country chart after an absence of almost twenty years.

Best Country Vocal, Female, 1973
Record of the Year, 1974 (I Honestly Love You)

American Music Awards
Fav. Single - Country, 1974 (IHLY)
Fav. Female Vocalist - Country, 1974
Fav. Album - Country, 1974 (Let Me be There)
Fav. Female Vocalist - Country, 1975

Academy of Country Music
Olivia Newton John wins Promising Female Vocalist of the Year (1974)

Favorite Female Country Singles Artist, 1975
Favorite Female Country Album Artist, 1975

In the late 70s a “terrific group” from Lancashire, Poacher, were not only signed up by Nashville but also had a single Darlin’ on the Billboard charts (US top 90 country chart).
Albert Lee, Stu Stevens, The Hillsiders, Tammy Cline, Raymond Frogatt and Peter Sayers not all were on Nashville labels, but they were American.

British Country band Poacher were formed in Warrington, Cheshire in 1977 by guitar and singer Tim Flaherty (b. 1950).
The original line-up featured Flaherty (vocals), Adrian Hart (lead guitar), Allan Crookes (bass), Pete Allen (steel guitar), Pete Longbottom (banjo) and Stan Bennett (drums). Within months of being formed, Poacher won a heat on UK television’s New Faces and then the all-winners final with a new British country song, ‘Silver Dollar Hero’.
Their first single, Darling’, made a minor impact on the UK charts and a few months later the song was a hit for Frankie Miller. Other versions come from Tom Jones and Barbara Mandrell, but Poacher’s original made number 86 in the US country charts, no mean achievement for a British group. Despite several singles (‘Star Love’, ‘You Are No Angel’), Poacher did not reach the UK charts, although they were a very popular cabaret and country club act.
Dave Warwick, who managed Poacher, said: "They had a huge hit in America with a song called Darlin' and Tom Jones actually covered it."
Weymouth born Oscar Stewart Blandamer forged a successful songwriting career penning such tunes as "I'll Mend Your Broken Heart" for Phil Everly and Cliff Richard and "Tomb of Memories" for Paul Young. Despite writing "Darlin" in 1970, it wasn't until 1977 that the song was recorded by the Poacher. Despite a great deal of airplay it flopped in the UK though it did make #86 on the US Country charts.


The Hillsiders played country when country was not cool in England!
As the UK’s leading country band, they helped introduce thousands of people to the music. The band’s origins went back to 1959 when the late Kenny Johnson (b. Dec 11, 1939 – Oct 13, 2015) , Liverpool, England; lead vocals/guitar) formed the Country Three. Johnson, joined by Joe Butler (b. 12 January 1939, Liverpool, England, d. May 2007; guitar), changed the group to Sonny Webb And The Country Four, taking his stage name from the American country stars Sonny James and Webb Pierce. In 1961, following an argument, Johnson regrouped as Sonny Webb And The Cascades.
The Hillsiders were recognised as one of Britain's top Country bands for over 3 decades, playing major venues and touring the GI bases both at home and in Germany. They opened for many of Country Music's major artistes such as Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Watson and Glen Campbell. 
The Bobby Bare tour was brilliant for them. Bobby liked the harmonies that the Hillsiders had (who had a #1 hit record at the same time). At the end of the tour they brought him back to do a show at The Grafton in Liverpool. And then after a party at my house, Bare said - "When I get back to the states, I'm gonna see Chet Atkins, and we're going to do an album together".  The man was true to his word, he went back to Nashville, saw Chet Atkins, got The Hillsiders a deal with RCA, and they flew out and recorded the album, and it was said it got to #17 (?) in the Billboard Hot 100 Album charts.  

The Hillsiders recorded an album "The English Countryside" (LP, Mono | RCA Victor LPM 3896 (M); LSP 3896) in 1967 with him on the RCA Nashville label, produced by the renowned Chet Atkins. "The English Countryside" made a debut at No.44 (chart dated Dec 23, 1967), then climbed to #31 and peaked at #29 (chart dated Jan 13, 1968) for 3 weeks on the US Billboard Hot Country Album Charts and received a silver disk for sales. The novel combination of one of America's top country singers and a Liverpool quintet made for fine versions of songs such as Tom T. Hall's "I Wash My Face in the Morning Dew." The 8 cuts that featured Bare with the Hillsiders were the best numbers. Other gems included "Six Days on the Road,", “You all Come" and "Sweet Dreams".
The English Country Side (RCA Victor RD7918) stood for many years as a well-crafted example of Liverpool-recorded country music. George Hamilton IV and The Hillsiders became firm friends and performed together on Hamilton's BBC TV Series and recorded an album together in 1971 HERITAGE (RCA Victor | LDP4609).

Pete Sayers (born Nov 6, 1942, in Bath): The only British performer ever to appear as a regular guest on Nashville's legendary Grand Ole Opry.

Pete Sayers on dobro. Peterborough Festival of country music 1980

Not for want of trying, no English performers have become stars in American country music, but Pete Sayers got closer than most. He was an engaging performer, able to sing serious songs and indulge in comedy banter, as well as being a multi-talented musician. (Source Independent UK; snapshot of article that appeared on 27 Oct 2016 )

As a teen he formed the Bluegrass Cut-Ups, possibly Britain's first bluegrass band, and by the age of 18 he was regularly playing with the U.S. singer Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys.
By 1966 Sayers was ensconced as the host of his own country music series on Tyne-Tees Television. That same year, he took a brief holiday to visit Nashville, and ended up remaining there for the next five years. Within weeks of his arrival in Music City he was hired as an Opry warm-up artist, a gig he held until 1969. Sayers frequently appeared on the show itself as well, additionally hosting a Nashville-based morning TV program. Upon returning to England in 1971 he toured with George Hamilton IV before founding the Grand Ole Opry (England), which staged its shows in Newmarket's Kingsway Cinema. His debut solo LP, Bye Bye Tennessee, followed on Pye Nashville International in 1973. Two years later, he returned with the Transatlantic label release Grand Ole Opry Road Show, followed in 1976 by Watermelon Summer.
After a long battle with cancer, he died on February 11, 2005.

The late Stu Stevens (b. Wilfrid Pierce, Sept 25, c.1937 -  June 13th 2016 (died aged 79), Annesley Woodhouse, Kirkby-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
In the late 60s, as Stuart Stevens, he made his first recordings for EMI Records, including the release of a single (‘Soft Is The Night’/‘Tender Hearted’). He also appeared on the Lonnie Donegan television show. In March 1970, he was booked to entertain at a reception for the American country stars of the Wembley Festival. Performing as Willard Pierce, he created such an impression that it led to him appearing at the Festival itself the following day - seemingly the first British artist to do so.
In 1973, he performed at a disc jockey convention in Nashville, subsequently appearing at many major venues, including the Grand Ole Opry and on network television. Meetings with Elvis Presley and John Wayne inspired him to greater things.
He was getting plenty of airplay in the States when he was signed by Cliffie Stone to the US Granite label in 1974, who released his YOUNGBLOOD album in the USA and in Europe.
His version of Marty Robbins' "My Woman My Woman My Wife" drew praise from Marty himself, but it was when he released (on his own Eagle label) the single "The Man From Outer Space" that things really started to happen.
Sadly Stu never quite made it to his 80th year and he died on June 13th 2016 aged 79 of pneumonia following an illness.

Tammy Jones (b. Marilyn Margaret Croff, 16 June 1953, Hull, Humberside). The teenage Croff was performing in working-men’s clubs in the Hull area and gave up her job at a starch factory because the chemicals were affecting her voice. She met her husband, Rod Boulton, when she sang with a local band, the Falcons.
After the birth of their daughter they became a duo and, on a whim, Rod named them Tammy And Dave Cline. Although not intentional, it was the ideal name for Marilyn Croff, whose strongest influences were Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline.
Tammy Jones in a stunning outfit impresses the crowd with a Jean Shepard classic "Slipping Away", at the Peterborough Country Music Festival (UK) 1983:

Tammy recorded in Nashville - one single for the UK market, ‘Love Is A Puzzle’, and another for the US, ‘I Don’t Know How To Tell Him’. Although chart success eluded her, she was voted Britain’s Top Female Country Singer for five consecutive years. 

Road To The BCMAwards: Cortni Bird & Jeanne Jordan Radio Interviews

Ahead of the British Country Music Awards US singer-songwriter Cortni Bird and Jeanne Jordan Secretary and a Director of British Country Music Awards (BCMAwards) spoke with WCRfm 101.8 FM presenter Jim Duncan who kills two “birds” with one stone!

Cortni Bird

US Singer-songwriter Cortni Bird has flown into the UK to do a radio promotional and will appear at the British Country Music Awards on Sunday 30th October 2016 at The Heston Venue (formerly the Concorde Suite; Heston Sports Ground, Crane Lodge Road, Cranford, Middlesex TW5 9PQ) to both perform and present the awards. She is the replacement for Stacia Watkins (USA).

Luke Thomas from BCMAward winning duo Luke & Mel has joined Cortni on her tour as her back up guitarist.

Cortni & Luke video clip performing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”
Cortni Bird UK Schedule
17 Oct 2016 - Interview/ Session with Mike George on Wythenshawe WFM 97.2
21 October 2016 - The Core At Corby Cube.
Saturday, October 22nd 2016 - Chandos Arms Pub in Colindale.
Oct 25, 2016 - Interview with Geoff Ruderham and 107.8 Black Diamond FM.
Oct 25, 2016 -  Filmed for the Country Sessions (CM&T Showbiz TV; SKY 266) interviewed by Pete Kennedy (Photo)
Thurs 27 Oct 2016 - British Forces Broadcasting Services, BFBS Radio and Richard Wyatt.
Sun 30 Oct 2016 - Performing and presenting at the 2016 BCMAwards

Listen to Cortni performing and being interviewed on WCRfm 101.8 FM (Wolverhampton Community Radio "The station with a lot more for Wolverhampton") with presenter Jim Duncan (BCMA panelist, BCMAward Hall of Fame curator and Wolvestock Festival promoter)
Cortni Bird Audio, Press Play twice:

"Pistol, it's a tremendous great song" - Jim Duncan

About Cortni Bird
She shares: Music is my outlet and I am fortunate enough to do it for a living. In 2015, after a 3 year hiatus, music reeled me back in. I co-produced and wrote my first album a few years ago. Which was followed by an East Coast Tour. However, it was a different genre. Now, I have entered the world of country music!
I write music for all to relate and enjoy. What it means to me maybe different for the listener. This is exactly what I want. I want fans to hear it in a way that they can truly relate. Something personal about me, "I write from my own experiences, but also am inspired by friends around me, and their stories.'

Today I live on the gorgeous Emerald Coast in Navarre, FL. Impassioned by the music culture here, beauty and incredible people, I am ready to rock the beaches, bays and country side. I have an incredible passion and love for music that can only be satisfied by taking the stage!

At just 19 years of age, Singer-songwriter Cortni Bird wrote and co-produced her first album and toured the east coast of America. Prior to releasing her “Karma’s Got Me Now” Cortni appeared at the CMA Music Festival and then shortly after caught up with her leading producer, Mark Moseley, to work on more music for her upcoming, and as yet untitled, album.

Cortni has been a co-owner of her own annual Country music concert event entitled Country on the Sound held in Navarre, Florida. The concert took place on the beautiful Navarre Beach and has featured such headliners as Trace Adkins and Big & Rich.

(First POP Album; Credits): Cortni Potapowicz (Singer/Songwriter/BGV's),
Rudy Hall (Producer/Co-Writer/Lead Guitarist), James Ford (Co-Writer/Rhythm Guitar/Drums-"High on a Sunday"),
James Kelley(Keys/Strings), Josiah Hooper (Drums), Lindsay Winters (Bass), Ben Cornutt (BGV's-"A Toast")

She released track "I Can't Tell You" on March 1, 2016 (Amazon UK | UK iTunes)

Released on the same date "Karma's Got Me Now" (Amazon UK | UK iTunes) self penned by Cortni was promoted on the March 2016 Hotdisc #207 by President of the British Country Music Awards Mr. Lee Williams (CEO of Django Promotions and owner of CMR Nashville (“Europe’s #1 country music station”).
It made a Hotdisc Top 40 debut at #34 (chart dated March 6, 2016) and reached #22 (chart April 3, 2016)

Her follow up European edgy single "Pistol" is full of angst and a compelling listen and a song which builds. Again this was promoted by Django Promotions on the September Hotdisc #207 made a debut at #28 (chart dated Sept 11, 2016) and climbed to a peak of #20 (chart Oct 2, 2016) on the Hotdisc Top 40.

The video aired on the Hotdisc Top 20 TV show broadcast on Keep It Country TV (Sky TV 389, FreeSat 516 and FreeView Channel 87). 

Watch the “Pistol” Official Video - 2016; Filmed in Destin and Navarre, FL:

Get to know Cortni Bird EPK - 2016

The country/ rock single 2016 released on C-Hawk Records 31 Aug 2016 and is available on Amazon UK and UK iTunes
Her forthcoming 12 track album, including 2 covers, will be released sometime in 2017.

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Jeanne Jordan spoke with presenter Jim Duncan on WCRfm 101.8 FM (Wolverhampton Community Radio "The station with a lot more for Wolverhampton")

Jeanne took over the role of British Country Music Awards (BCMAwards) Secretary and Director in early July 2016. Previously the position was held by Roger Wild (Broke Spoke Festival/ Copper Kettle Promotions).

From a secretarial point of view Jeanne described the forthcoming awards as: 
"Absolutely amazing....were got an amazing stage set we've had some new members as directors, bit of shake up, new blood and great ideas coming's going to be an amazing weekend...£20 well spent and it's the biggest event of the year"
"It's has had some dodgy presenters over the years the BCMAwards, it's suffered because of that" - Jim Duncan
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Jeanne Jordan:
Singer circa 2011
Jeanne got her lucky break in the 1970s when she was working in Blighties in Farnworth, Manchester and met a member of a very famous local family.

 Jeanne recalled: “I was singing and Tommy Cooper was on the same bill and Barbara Gibb was in the audience. After my set she came over to speak with me had we had a chat. A week or two later I was doing recordings and meeting all the boys. After that I was backwards and forwards to Vegas and Miami but I couldn't break ties with England. I love Nashville but I don’t want to live there.”

Ten years ago, Jeanne and BJ Thomas (her husband) began performing their own show as the Legends of Country and four years ago, their latest show, Dolly, came into being and it won best show in the British Country Music Awards.
Jeanne joined CMR Nashville (“Europe’s #1 country music station”) hosting the monthly UC Magazine Country Show on the last Wednesday in the month.
B J Thomas and Jeanne Jordan comprise the Editorial Team for UP Country Magazine (Website)

The new Solid Gold Country Legends show was a Celebration of the Best in Country Music and proved popular on both sides of the Atlantic. Led by Country Stars Jeanne Jordan & B J Thomas together with Luke Thomas and Melanie Greggain BCMA Duo of the year plus the Outlaw Country Band. Solid Gold Country Legends brought a perfect mix of old and new country hits from the classics of Patsy Cline Willie Nelson Tammy Wynette to Dolly Parton Kenny Rogers and Shania Twain and Lady A to name just a few.
Jeanne Jordan: BCMA 2016 Secretary
After a career which has been anything but 9 to 5, singer Jeanne Jordan revealed singing her heart out as Dolly Parton was more fun than work.

And Jeanne laughed that she would never take the drastic steps the American country legend has to enhance her looks with plastic surgery, it's all Jeanne audiences see in her tribute set Dolly: The Show.

The singer revealed that she doesn't need to wear the big blonde wigs Dolly likes - she's got her own big curly hair.

And she didn't feel the need to augment the cup size of her own "assets" the way Dolly has done. Nor will she be wearing her nails as painted talons, Dolly-style…..Read More Dolly show beats 9 to 5! (Highland News July 18, 2011)
Give country music a chance!
Like Tammy Wynette, Jeanne stood by her man – literally, on stage. One of the other lead vocalists in the Solid Gold Country Legends show is her husband BJ Thomas, while son Luke also sings and plays guitar.
But she has also performed with her brother, singer John Paul Evans, and she added: “My sister does my wardrobe and hair, my youngest son is the stage manager and Luke’s girlfriend is the merchandise manager”.
Jeanne admitted that country music had a bit of an image problem, especially among younger generations. But she hoped passionately that it would become more widely accepted – and was excited that the numbers of British fans seem to be growing…..Read More News And Star (dated Nov 2010)

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UK country duo Grant & Forsyth have been asked to present the Entertainer of the Year Award at this years British Country Music Awards!

“Making a push to play country music in the UK….they play a nice traditional style of country music” - Lee Williams President of the British Country Music Awards, CEO of Django Promotions and owner of CMR Nashville (“Europe’s #1 country music station”).

Their new single “Keep It Country” was played on CMR Nashville on Friday Oct 28th!
Listen to it here: 


Grant & Forsyth KEEP IT COUNTRY on BBC Breakfast