Sunday, 27 December 2015

Playlist week of December 26, 2015


December 26, 2015 – BBC Playlist

Playlist week of December 26, 2015
More seasonal favourites along with the usual mix of new & old.

Michelle Wright - I Know Santa’s Been Here | Album: A Wright Christmas (Savannah BX1093)
The Johnny Staats Project - Christmas Mandolin | Album: Believe: A Christmas Collection (Giant)
John & Audrey Wiggins - New Mexico | Album: John & Audrey Wiggins (Mercury) (Audrey Wiggins; Dec 26, 1967) BIRTHDAY
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (with Rosanne Cash & John Hiatt) - One Step Over The Line | Album: Jambalaya: The Definitive Collection (Hump Head Hump 151)
Vince Gill - Buttermilk John | Album: Guitar Slinger (MCA) (John Hughey; Dec 27, 1933; died Nov 18, 2007 (aged 73) pedal steel) BIRTHDATE
The Judds - The Sweetest Gift | Album: Spiritual Reflections (Curb D2 77842)
Joe Diffie - LeRoy The Redneck Reindeer | Album: Mr Christmas (Epic)
Teea Goans - They Saw A King | Album: Memories To Burn Written by Larry Gatlin
George Jones & Tammy Wynette - Mr & Mrs Santa Claus | Album: The Classic Christmas Album (Epic 375897)
Rascal Flatts - Bless The Broken Road | Album: Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street) (writer Marcus Hummon; Dec 28, 1960) BIRTHDAY
Sunny Sweeney - One More Christmas Beer | Album: Big Machine Records Presents: Country Christmas Collection
The Slocan Ramblers - Elk River | Album: Coffee Creek
Joni Harms - The Gift | Album: Christmas In The Country
Gold Heart - Late December | Album: The Places I've Been CD - UK iTunes -
Aaron Tippin - A December To Remember | Album: A December To Remember (Lyric Street)
Jessica Andrews - James Dean In Tennessee | Album: Heart Shaped World (Lyric Street) (Dec 29, 1983) BIRTHDAY
Alan Jackson & Alison Krauss - The Angels Cried | Album: A Honky Tonk Christmas (Arista)
Suzy Bogguss - Two Step Around The Christmas Tree (Dec 30, 1956) BIRTHDAY
George Strait - Noel Leon | Album: Merry Christmas Wherever You Are (MCA)
Skeeter Davis - The Little Music Box | Album: The End of the World: Country Hits 1958-1972 (T-Bird Americana) (Dec 30, 1931 died Sept 19, 2004 (aged 72) BIRTHDATE
John Anderson - The Song The Mountain Sings | Album: Goldmine
Catherine Britt - Upside Of Being Down | Album: Too Far Gone (ABC) (Dec 31) BIRTHDAY
John Denver - Christmas For Cowboys (Dec 31, 1943; died Oct 12, 1997 (aged 53)) BIRTHDATE
The Burns Sisters - The Songs We Love | Album: Tradition (Philo)
Trisha Yearwood - There's A New Kid In Town | Album: he Sweetest Gift (MCA)
Roger Miller - King Of The Road
Claire Lynch Band - All Through The Night | Album: Holiday
Garth Brooks - Belleau Wood
Lacy J Dalton - Away In A Manger
Reba McEntire - Til The Season Comes Round Again | Album: Reason For The Season (MCA)

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Playlist week of December 19, 2015


December 19, 2015 – BBC Playlist

Playlist week of December 19 2015
ICYMI: Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Show playlist December 19, 2015
Lots of songs for the holiday season, together with the usual mix of old, new and Bluegrass

The WhiskeyBelles - Country Christmas | Album: Nothin Says Christmas Like Whiskey (30 Nov. 2013)
Bellamy Brothers - Old Hippie Christmas
Janie Fricke - Saddle The Wind (Dec 19, 1947) BIRTHDAY
Lee Roy Parnell - Love Without Mercy (Dec 21, 1956) BIRTHDAY
Joni Harms - Going Home
Kenny Rogers & Jennifer Nettles - Here It Is Christmas /Baby Its Cold Outside
Tim McGraw - How I’ll Always Be | Album: Damn Country Music New CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Rhonda Vincent - Christmas Time
Nathan Carter - Christmas Stuff
Mary Fletcher - I Called Him Dad (Single) New Single UK iTunes  
Hawkshaw Hawkins - Lonesome 7-7203
Patty Loveless - Christmas Time Is Comin’
Linda Davis - Snowed In At Christmas
Faron Young - I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You
Reba McEntire - Santa Claus Is Coming Back To Town
Red Steagall - Fiddle Man
Heather Berry - Christmas In Dixie
Bob Cheevers - Christmas In Austin Texas
Dale Ann Bradley - Christmas In Savannah
Elvis & LeAnn Rimes - Here Comes Santa Claus
Barbara Mandrell - Christmas At Our House
Steve Wariner - By Now (Dec 25, 1954) BIRTHDAY
Joey & Rory - The Diamond O 
T Graham Brown - Silver Bells
Trinity River Band - This Christmas
Toby Keith & Jimmy Buffett - A Boat For Sail
Lady Antebellum - This Christmas
The Burns Sisters - Little Drummer Boy
Wild Rose - Jingle Bell Rock
Susie Luchsinger - Christmas Medley

New on The Show

The WhiskeyBelles
“Country Christmas” – “Whatever kind of Christmas is there, but a country one” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Americana, Vintage Country
Band Members: Chrissy Dzioba (Guitar/ vocals), Kimmy Unger (Fiddle/ vocals), Sara Moilanen (Bass/ vocals)
Home Town: Milwaukee, WI
Short description: Roots Country born of Gin Hall and Juke Joints!

Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The Belles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their witty originals sprinkled in. They’ve been compared with the Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris & Linda Ronstadt).The WhiskeyBelles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline - they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.
The 'Belles started their musical shenanigans in May of 2011 and by July of the following year they released their independent debut album, WHISKEY WOMAN, which was named one of the 10 best local albums of 2012 by Milwaukee Magazine.

They released their second album on November 30th, 2013. This release is a raucous Christmas album aptly titled, NOTHIN’ SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE WHISKEY.
Both of their studio albums have received wide-spread radio play across the U.S. and as far away as France and The Netherlands. The title track from their debut album, Whiskey Woman, recently climbed to #8 on the monthly Freeform American Roots Chart (FAR). The chart is assembled of reports from 130 radio stations world wide. FAR is compiled by John Conquest for 3rd Coast Music Magazine, the essential eNewspaper for American Roots music.
Then in June, 2015 they released their third CD on June 12th, a live album titled Tales from the Bootleggers' Ball (UK iTunes). A fun-filled, larger than life album that gives the listener a taste of what it's like to hear the WhiskeyBelles in their element, performing live.
Besides starting a new studio album, the WhiskeyBelles have kept a busy schedule performing over 65+ shows a year.
They have also won the WAMI award for Americana/Bluegrass Artist of the Year as well as the coveted People's Choice Award and have opened for country stars such as Montgomery Gentry, The Lost Trailers, The Kentucky Headhunters and Cadillac Three.

Watch the Whiskeybelles perform a holiday song "Mama Never Liked Christmas":

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Mary Fletcher
“I Called Him Dad” -“Rather poignant..I think you’re going to like it” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Mary Fletcher is a Nashville recording artist and songwriter. Her latest album, Give My Love to You, is available on Pandora Radio, Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and Mary’s fans often call her the next Karen Carpenter due to her rich, deep voice.
Mary grew up on stage at the Cactus Theater in Lubbock, Texas. She has played countless venues, including the The Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner, the Nashville Hard Rock Café, the Billy Block Show, Dan McGuinness Pub, Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse, the Sounds of West Texas, the Grapevine Opry, Johnnie High Revue, Fourth on Broadway in Lubbock and many songwriter’s rounds.
After graduating from Lubbock’s Monterey High School in 2011, Mary moved to Nashville to pursue her dream. She studied commercial music at Trevecca Nazarene University before taking time off to work on her music full time.
Mary plays guitar and piano. Two albums, SOMEWHERE and CHRISTMAS IS HERE (Nov 23, 2010 UK iTunes), were produced at Caldwell Studios in Lubbock.

Her critically acclaimed new album, GIVE MY LOVE TO YOU (Amazon UK | UK iTunes), was released in June of 2013. Ten of the songs on the album were co-written by Mary and hit songwriter A.J. Masters. It was recorded in Michael McDonald’s studio in Franklin, TN.
"I Called Him Dad" (Red & Black Entertainment LLC) was sent to country radio on Dec 14, 2015. It is Mary Fletcher’s follow up single to her first single release in June 2015 "The Idea of You", which landed at #42 on Music Row’s Country Breakout chart.

 "I Called Him Dad", written by Mary Fletcher will be featured on her forthcoming EP.

** Free Download ** "White Christmas" (320kbps MP3), first released on Nov 30, 2015 (Amazon UK | UK iTunes) at
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Playlist week of December 12, 2015


December 12, 2015 – BBC Playlist

Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Show playlist December 12, 2015
Seasonal songs. Classics from Alabama, Charlie Rich and The Whites.
Brand new music from Tim McGraw, Cam, LeAnn Rimes and Jason James.

Rhonda Vincent - Dreaming Of Christmas
Jason James - Pullin’ Out The Suit | Album: Jason James Amazon UK CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Google -   
Katrina Elam - Flowers at the Side of The Road (Dec 12, 1983) BIRTHDAY
John Anderson - On & On & On | Album: Goldmine CD - MP3 - UK iTunes (Dec 13, 1954) BIRTHDAY
Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw (Dec 13, 1989) BIRTHDAY
Ryan Adams - How You Get The Girl | Album: 1989 Amazon UK
Joni Harms - Wearing Your Ring 
Jonas & Jane – Whispered | Album: Whispered (EP) New MP3 - UK iTunes 
Alan Jackson - Honky Tonk Christmas
The Whites - When the New Wears Off Of Our Love (Buck White Dec 13 & Sharon White Dec 17, 1953) BIRTHDAYS
Tim McGraw - Damn Country Music | Album: Damn Country Music New (Deluxe Edition) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Bonnie Lou - Seven Lonely Days R.I.P Mary Joan Okum (née Kath; died aged 91; Oct 27, 1924 – Dec 8, 2015), known by her performing name Bonnie Lou, was an American musical pioneer, recognized as one of first female rock and roll singers. She is also one of the first artists to gain crossover success from country music to rock and roll. Lou died in her sleep on the morning of December 8, 2015 at Hillebrand Nursing And Rehabilitation Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She had dementia and was in hospice care. Read Obituary
Alabama - Tennessee Christmas (Randy Owens; Alabama Dec 13, 1949) BIRTHDAY
Kellie Pickler - Christmas In Caroline New Single
Camille Sanders - Fiddlin’ Around | Album: Horizon (EP, Nov 2014) CD - MP3 -
John T Davis - Honeymoonshine
Charlie Rich - A Woman Left Lonely (Dec 14, 1934; died July 25, 1995 (aged 62)) BIRTHDATE
Cains - Merry Christmas To You New Single
The Carter Family – Medley (A P Carter; Dec 15, 1891) BIRTHDATE
Janet McGarry - A Carter Family Song | Album: Beneath a Painted Sky (Aug 2014) Amazon UK  
Frankie Ballard - It All Started With A Beer New Single (Dec 16, 1982) BIRTHDAY
Claire Lynch - It Came Upon The Midnight Clear | Album: Holiday! (Nov 2014)  MP3 - UK iTunes -
Tracy Byrd - Don’t Love Make A Diamond Shine (Dec 18, 1966) BIRTHDAY
Cam - Village | Album: Untamed New (Dec 11) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Brennen Leigh - Saginaw Michegan | Album: Sings Lefty Frizzell New Amazon UK MP3 - UK iTunes -  
Johnny Dan - A Truck Driver’s Christmas New Single Amazon UK - CD Baby
Mary Gauthier - Christmas In Paradise 
Aaron Tippin - He Said He Was Jesus
Cindy Church - Wheel Of Love
LeAnn Rimes & Gavin Degraw - Celebrate Me Home | Album: Today Is Christmas New Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

New on The Show

Jonas & Jane
“Whispered” – “I think it's really strong, really nice album....Really nice I think” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Surrey-based Jonas and Jane are an Americana Harmony Duo that consist of intricate bluegrass style guitar pickin', banjo and well thought out vocal harmony arrangements. "Absolutely beautiful, right up my street. They are superb." Steve Cherelle, BBC Essex

Southern American influenced Jonas and Jane take notes from the Texas and Nashville music scene from the early 70s, specific influences include The Everly Brothers, The Eagles, and the modern harmony duo The Civil Wars.

Jonas and Jane are an Americana Harmony Duo from the UK. In just 18 months together they have a mini tour of Houston, Texas under their belt and have played over 20 festivals including two stages at Maverick Americana Festival in 2015, and the main stage at Carfest South 2015 to over 35,000 people, following a live performance of their song 'Whispered' on the Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show in August 2015. In November 2015 they were also selected by BBC Introducing South to be their track of the day on BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex.
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Camille Sanders
“Fiddlin’ Around” - This next one’s great…how good would that be to line” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Camille Sanders started playing the piano with her grandfather at the age of three, and at age 9 she started playing the fiddle. During this time Camille and her grandfather, Howard Yeargan, started playing Gospel shows together around South Texas. 
When Camille turned 13 she started singing as a solo artist. Camille taught herself the guitar at 13 when she was asked to open for Gary P. Nunn at the House Pasture in Concan TX. She purchased the guitar and taught herself to play in less than a month. Camille plays the piano, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and is teaching herself the cello.

Camille has played for Gov. Dolph Briscoe, sung with Randy Rogers, Kyle Park, Cory Morrow, and many more. Camille has opened for Pat Green, The Bellamy Brothers, Joe Nichols, Tanya Tucker, Randy Rogers, and Barbara Fairchild to name a few. She has performed at multiple Opry shows around Texas, in Vail Colorado and at various singer/songwriter rounds in Nashville.
Camille played at the San Antonio Stock show and Rodeo where the band was born. The Camille Sanders Band performed on the Bud Lite Stage at the AT&T center.
Ronnie Huckaby (George Strait's keyboard player) co-produced on her first EP.
Camille appeared in the Lifetime Christmas movie with Dolly Parton “A Country Christmas Story” where Camille performed Fiddlin” Around written by Dolly. After filming the movie, Camille received a congratulatory letter from Parton, giving her permission to record Fiddlin” Around and Camille selected Joe Vulpis to produce it.
Her 6 track EP HORIZON was released April 9, 2014 (CD - MP3 - - Spotify ) which was tracked at Omni Sound Studios, Nashville TN.
Her single "Horizon" reached #5 on the Top 200 Adult Contemporary Billboard charts. Interview AP Music JPG
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Janet McGarry
“A Carter Family Song” - “An absolute joy..I think she’s got a great sound” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

For over fifteen years, Janet McGarry has continued to be a dominant presence in bluegrass music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages with some of the most revered performers of this genre, and of her time. With ten albums to her credit, each have earned her awards, accolades, and much deserved respect from the music industry. 
Her release "Wildwood Rose" won Album of the Year at the 2012 Eastern Canada Bluegrass Awards in Truro, NS. Among her most significant career accolades, Janet is now a "Daughter of Bluegrass", which is a leading group of female bluegrass artists. Janet appeared as a leading artist on the CD "Bluegrass Bouquet", the group's third collaboration on Blue Circle Records. Janet also appears on the newly released Box Set of the "Daughters of Bluegrass" project called "Pickin' Like a Girl". Janet is also a five-time "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards, the industry's highest accolade in Eastern Canada.

Coming from a musical family, her father, Peter, and brother, Raymond involved her in the local music scene as soon as they discovered her love of performing to audiences. Performing before live audiences in little country halls during those early years provided Janet with a strong passion to sing. These were the building blocks that led her to share her love of music and simply sing what was in her heart.
Encouraged by fans and friends she met along the way, she recorded her first CD in the year 2000, which was a collection of bluegrass songs from her idols, and new material penned by local songwriters. That same year, she met her long-time idol, Hazel Dickens, at IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association), in Louisville, KY. Janet found a treasured friend and mentor in Hazel. In her lyrics, Janet found words to live by and she would be compelled to include one of Hazel's songs in each of her recordings.
Janet has also appeared on the compilation CD "Bluegrass Bands / Helping Hands © 2009", "Wildwood Rose" is a special cd for Janet, her 10th recording. To celebrate this milestone, Janet called on some of the industry's finest to help her. Long time friends, Heather Berry-Mabe and Dale Ann Bradley, along with Steve Gulley provide superb harmony vocals, and the CD was mixed and mastered by Steve Gulley of The Curve studio in Cumberland Gap, TN.
Bluegrass/ Classic Country / Folk set “Beneath a Painted Sky” was released in Aug 2014 from the Prince Edward Island, Canada artist. With fourteen tracks in total, Janet selected a mixture of songs and fan favorites, ranging from traditional bluegrass and gospel written by such artists as Carter Stanley, Wynn Stewart and A.P. Carter, to great country classics “Healing Hands of Time” written by Willie Nelson, “I’ll Come Running”, written by Connie Smith, the always fun song “Applejack” written by Dolly Parton, to the title track “Beneath a Painted Sky”, a poignant song recorded by Tammy Wynette in the late 1980’s. “ A Carter Family Song” is an original song penned by Tom T. and Miss Dixie Hall, written to honor all the great music by the Carter Family.
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John T. Davis

Director John T. Davis was born in Holywood in 1947. He became a professional filmmaker in 1976 and since then he has earned considerable respect and acclaim for his distinctive style and sincere approach. “I believe in laying my own heart open before I start interviewing or filming” - Davis. 

His first major film success came with “Shellshock Rock” in 1979, which documented the Northern Ireland’s punk scene. 
This was followed by “Route 66”, a journey from Chicago to LA, which explored the music and attitudes of middle America along this celebrated highway.

His Own Trail : Trailer

John T. Davis : His Own Trail : Trailer from Paul McParland on Vimeo.

Belfast filmmaker John T Davis has long loved country music, enjoyed travel and imagery presented by tales and films of America’s west, now he has come up with his version. Not happy with one western album, but two as simultaneously he  releases Last Western Cowboy and Indigo Snow. Davis’ ability as a descriptive storyteller of old, a man raised on western movies and traditional country music both elements have long since seeped into his bloodstream has like a duck to water adapted to songwriting. He takes the listener back to past glories of the big screen.
The Last Western Cowboy has the Hollywood, County Down born Davis speaks on the opening track, title-track “Last Western Cowboy” of how he feels like an old timer, but still has the know how. Bathed in pedal steel (Richard Nelson), mandolin (Ian McAllister) and shuffling rhythm Davis sets the standard, not only for the album but budding western singers. Read More
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Johnny Dan
“A Truck Driver’s Christmas” -  “I thought that was rather lovely” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Johnny Dan is a singer, songwriter and multi-­instrumentalist originally from Michigan. 

He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. This song is dedicated to the hard working people who cannot be with their families during the holidays -

And a special shout out to the brave men and women serving in the armed forces. May God protect you and may you return home safely to your loved ones.

The single was sent to country radio and made digitally available to purchase on Nov 27, 2015 Amazon UK - CD Baby

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Playlist week of December 5, 2015


December 5, 2015 – BBC Playlist

Playlist week of December 5, 2015
ICYMI: Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Show playlist December 5, 2015
Brand new music from Tim McGraw, Jason James & Jewel. Classics from Brenda Lee & Johnny Rodriguez

Heather Berry - If We Make It Through December
Tyler England - Collect From Wichita  (Dec 5, 1963) BIRTHDAY
Cindy Church - Wichita
Gary Allan - Don’t Tell Mama | Album: Smoke Rings in the Dark (2003) Amazon UK (Dec 5, 1967) BIRTHDAY
Shari Rowe - Family Gathering (Single) | Album: Moonshine (EP; 26 May 2015) Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
New Single
Helen Cornelius - It’s So Easy  | Album: Frizzell & Friends present Buddy Holly Country Tribute: Remember Me CD - UK iTunes -  (Dec 6, 1941) BIRTHDAY
Chris Young - Alone Tonight | Album: I'm Comin' Over New CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Blue Genes - Second Hand Trailer From The Right | Album: Small Town Rumours (EP)  New Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Dave Sheriff - One Way Or Another | Album: Undecided New (Stomp Musi; out July 2015) MP3 - UK iTunes
Gary Morris - My Son
Jewel - A Boy Needs A Bike | Album: Picking Up the Pieces Amazon UK - UK iTunes - 
The Slocan Ramblers - Mississippi Shore | Album: Coffee Creek New MP3 - UK iTunes
Joey & Rory - It’s Christmas Time | Album: A Farmhouse Christmas (Nov 2011) MP3 
Bobby Osborne - It’s Gonna Be Raining Til I Die (Dec 7, 1931) BIRTHDAY
Ashleigh Dallas - I’ve Got You | Album: Other Side Of Town iTunes AU
Dawn Sears - Tell Me I’m Crazy (Dec 7, 1961) BIRTHDAY
Houston Bernard Band - Country Crowd | Album: Knockin' Boots Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Claire Lynch Band - Scarlett Ribbons | Album: Holiday! (Nov 2014)  MP3 - UK iTunes -
Lorraine Jordan & Marty Raybon - Darned If I Don’t, Danged if I Do | Album: Country Grass
Sylvia - Chance Encounter | Album: The Real Story (Dec 9, 1956) BIRTHDAY
David Kersh - Anything With Wheels (Dec 9, 1970) BIRTHDAY
Tim McGraw - Here Tonight | Album: Damn Country Music New (Deluxe Edition) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Allison Moorer - Alabama Song | Album: Essential Collection Amazon UK 
Kevin Sharp - Somebody’s Baby | Album: Measure Of a Man Amazon UK (Dec 10, 1970; died April 19, 2014 aged 43) BIRTHDATE
Brenda Lee - Your One & Only (Dec 11, 1944) BIRTHDAY
Jason James - True Blues More | Album: Jason James New Amazon UK CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Google -   
Jeanne Jolly - Good Man
Johnny Rodriguez - It Took Us All Night Long To Say Goodbye (Dec 10, 1951) BIRTHDAY

New on The Show

Shari Rowe
“Family Gathering” -  “Fitting for the season and it gets my vote” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Country/Pop Country/Bluegrass
Record Label: Lamon Records Nashville

With her summer anthem “Moonshine,” Lamon Records recording artist Shari Rowe introduced herself and intrigued country music fans through a clever play on words and catchy melody that stuck with you. 

With the summer months now behind us, Rowe takes us on journey as she reminisces back to those one of a kind family get-togethers through the picture painting lyrics of her new single “Family Gathering.” The acoustic country/bluegrass base provides the perfect accompaniment as it wraps around you and pulls you into the lyrics. 

As you close your eyes and listen, the picture clearly unfolds. She touches on the food and drinks singing of potato salad, her cousin’s homemade pie, and more than just lemonade in those Dixie cups. She also digs deeper into the people gathered and their personalities such as Uncle Jerry being late, her cousin showing up in a little dress with a brand new guy, grandpa talking about how things should be the way they were back in 53, and her brother Joe, who shipped out a year ago, calling home.
New Single “Family Gathering” (Lamon Records) was sent to Radio Nov 14, 2015 with an Impact date Nov 23, 2015
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The Slocan Ramblers
“Mississippi Shore” – “The final cut is my pick” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

The Slocans are: Frank Evans (Banjo), Adrian Gross (Mandolin), Darryl Poulsen (Guitar), Alastair Whitehead (Bass),
Emerging Artist Award”- Edmonton Folk Fest, 2015
“I love it – smokin’ bluegrass!”  BBC Radio

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

On their new album, Coffee Creek (2015) The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with the sawdust-thick vocals of singer Frank Evans, who takes lead on songs ranging from rowdy old-time numbers like “Groundhog,” to a Dustbowl classic like Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty.” “Toronto audiences don’t respond to a clean, polished Nashville sound,” tune composer and mandolinist Adrian Gross explains. “They dig a lot of energy in their music, a rowdy bar vibe. They’re hard to win over.” But The Slocan Ramblers have won them over, moving from a young ensemble of bluegrass pickers to one of the best known Canadian roots bands. They’ve done this by staying true to the roots of the music, not seeking to revive anything but rather to tap the rough and rowdy heart of the music.
Coffee Creek was produced by the band’s friend and mentor Chris Coole (The Foggy Hogtown Boys), a well-known banjo player and community leader in Toronto’s bluegrass and old-time scenes.
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The Houston Bernard Band
Home Town: Boston, MA
The band was formed in 2013 when Bernard, a well-established solo performer, crossed paths with an all-star cast of supporting musicians. “It just clicked,” says Bernard “I am very blessed to share the stage with these amazing musicians and people. We each come from diverse musical backgrounds and when we play it just fires up on all cylinders. The new album is all about capturing the sound and creativity of us as a band.”

HOUSTON BERNARD: Born in Oklahoma, Houston is a direct descendant of famous gunfighter George “Bittercreek” Newcomb, a member of the infamous Wild Bunch and a most-wanted man in the 1890s.
More recently, Houston's father and uncle played in country bands with stars like Tanya Tucker and Sleepy Labeef.
The group quickly gained a following in the Boston area of “not so typical” Country Music fans, earning them a nomination by the 2015 New England Music Awards for Country Act of the Year. The band played over 100 shows in 2014, opening for Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Josh Thompson, Cadillac 3, Delbert McClinton, Scotty McCreery, 38 Special and Pure Prairie League.
The Houston Bernard Band is a must see! The bad boy of Boston country has assembled a group of musicians that bring vitality and grit to modern country. Their brand of original country music is fresh and hard hitting. Houston delivers one crowd pleasing country anthem after another with both polish and passion, while the band cooks up the good stuff; tight, modern country beats, soaring harmonies and expertly crafted solos. The Houston Bernard Band will move you! Nominated for Country Act of the Year in 2015 and Having opened for Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Josh Thompson, Scotty McCreery, and Pure Prairie League, and performing at colleges, theaters, festivals, fairs, and New England’s most respected country nightclubs, the band is enjoying regional success while gearing up to rock the nation, one town at a time. With down-home sensibility and plenty of rock and roll energy, the Houston Bernard Band has re-imagined modern country with a new philosophy; country music is better raw than fried!
This powerful full-length debut Knockin' Boots from the up-and-coming New England Country band is sophisticated yet fun, featuring compelling and infectious songwriting that captures stellar vocals and intricate instrumental performances with high production values.
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