Sunday, 31 May 2015

Playlist week of 30th May 2015


30th May 2015 – BBC Playlist

Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Show playlist May 30, 2015
Brand new music from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell and John Anderson. Lots of new talent showcased.

Zac Brown Band – Homegrown | Album: JEKYLL + HYDE NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
The Judds - Old Pictures | Album: Heartland (1987) CD (Wynnona May 30, 1964) BIRTHDAY
Johnny Paycheck - The Man From Bowling Green | Album: The Essential Johnny Paycheck MP3 (real name Donald Eugene Lytle March 31, 1938; died February 19, 2003 (aged 64)) BIRTHDAY
The Cains - Journey’s End NEW Single
Brooks & Dunn - She’s Not The Cheatin’ Kind | Album: Waitin' on Sundown (1994) CD (Ronnie Dunn; June 1, 1953) BIRTHDAY
The Burns Sisters - Clare To Here | Album: Looking Back: Our American Irish Souls  MP3 - UK iTunes
Gerry Carney - Food On The Table  NEW Single | Album: Paddy (Nov 2011) MP3
Brian Wilson & Kacey Musgraves - Guess You Had To Be There | Album: No Pier Pressure (March 2015) MP3
Lorrie Morgan - I Guess You Had To Be There | Album: To Get To You, Greatest Hits MP3
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard - Family Bible | Album: Django And Jimmie (June 2015) NEW CD - MP3 - Smart Choice Music -  
Antique Persuasion - When Silver Threads are Gold | Album: Don't Forget Me Little Darling - Remembering the Carter Family MP3 - UK iTunes -  
Paul Costa - Buying Back The Farm NEW Single | Album: Wheels & Steel (July 2012) CD (Import)- UK iTunes
Michelle Wright - Laugh A Little (radio mix NEW Single | Album: Strong (July 2013) CD - MP3
The Bros. Landreth – Firecracker | Album: Let It Lie (out in UK 29 June 2015) CD - UK iTunes - (Jan 27, 2015)
The McCullough Girls - Not Like It Was Love | Album: Bad Daughter CD
Johnny Bond - John’s Other Wife (Cyrus Whitfield Bond June 1, 1915 died June 12, 1978 (aged 63)) BIRTHDAY
Jamie O’Neal - She Hasn’t Heard It Yet | Album: Shiver CD (June 3, 1968) BIRTHDAY
John Anderson - I Work A Lot Better | Album: Goldmine (May 2015) NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Her Hair Was Red | Album: The Traveling Kind NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -
Garth Brooks - Callin Baton Rouge | Album: In Pieces CD
The Malpass Brothers - Learn To Love Me Too | Album: The Malpass Brothers (May 2015) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -
Reba - She Got Drunk Again Last Night | Album: Love Somebody CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Ronnie Reno - Lessons Learned | Album: Lessons Learned NEW CD - MP3 UK iTunes -
Donna Ulisse - I’m In For A Long Ride | Album: The Songwriter in Me:The Demo Recordings (March 2015) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -  
Bobbie Cryner - Vision Of Loneliness | Album: Girl of Your Dreams (1996) CD 
Ward Davis - Last Monday In May | Album: 15 Years in a 10 Year Town Ward Davis Music - Shop

New on The Show

Antique Persuasion
 “When Silver Threads are Gold” – “Really nice project, a brilliant album” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire 

Tribute to The Original Carter Family
Antique Persuasion – is honoring the original trio of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle with this unique collection of Carter Family classics. Antique Persuasion, like The Carter Family, brings two female voices and one male voice together on a dozen of the Carters’ best songs. This tribute album includes “Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow,” which the Carters recorded at the original Bristol sessions and “You’re Gonna Be Sorry Cause You Let Me Down,” the last song ever recorded by The Carter Family.
Bluegrass fans will recognize familiar voices in Antique Persuasion: Brandon Rickman of the Lonesome River Band lends his talents on vocals, guitar, and mandolin; Jenee Fleenor, who can usually be found playing fiddle, mandolin, and guitar and singing background vocals for Blake Shelton & Larry Cordle, brings her talents to bear; and Austin, Texas-based artist Brennen Leigh rounds out the trio.
With the release of DON’T FORGET ME LITTLE DARLING, producer Jimmy Metts honors the timelessness of the original Carter recordings by gathering the talented Rickman, Fleenor, and Leigh around the mic to sing the old favorites using today’s best technology. The arrangements are similar to the original recordings, and the music rings true. Each member of Antique Persuasion sings lead on four songs.
Songs chosen include the first and last songs the Carters ever recorded, “Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow” and “You’re Gonna Be Sorry Cause You Let Me Down”, respectively, along with another ten songs they were known for performing...Read more Bluegrass Today
In the May 2015 issue of Country Music People is received a 4 Star review (Spencer Leigh)

Paul Costa
“Buying Back The Farm” -  “If it isn’t a line dance it should be, I think that was great” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire 

Genre: Country, Country Rock
Current Location: Gosford, New South Wales, Australia

Paul Costa is a multi award winning artist who has worked full time in the business for thirteen years and performed all over Australia at major events such as The Gympie Muster, the iconic Birdsville Races, Tamworth CM Festival, The Deni Ute Muster and more.

His career has also taken him internationally to Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and through Europe.
With the release of his 4th album WHEELS & STEEL it opened at #2 on the ARIA charts and scored #1 radio hits with the first two singles “Tractors & Bikes” and “Big End Of Town”.

Three Golden Guitar Nominations for the 38th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia including Male Artist along side Keith Urban, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand and James Blundell was another career highlight.

In late May 2015 he announced he had signed with WJO/ Universal Music Australia. He released a new single "Buying Back The Farm" with a 2CD Collectors Pack sklated for release on  17th July.

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The Bros. Landreth
”Firecracker” -  “A lovely album... the music is terrific, such a range of styles, the vocals are lovely, the songs are catchy, it really is beautiful” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire 

Members: Joey Landreth - Guitar, Dave Landreth - Bass, Ryan "Rhino" Voth - Drums, Ariel Posen - Guitar
Genre: Americana, Alt-Country, Roots
Hometown: Winnipeg

Slide guitar, blood harmony, and heart-on-your sleeve songwriting. The Brothers Landreth specialize in love gone bad and cowboy lullabies. Reviwew: Twenty seven years. Four bandmates. Two brothers. One album. Let It Lie, the debut release from Canadian roots rockers the Bros. Landreth, is proof that there s strength in numbers.
Anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the harmonized swoon of two voices that were born to mesh. 

At first listen, you might call it Americana. Dig deeper, though, and you ll hear the nuances that separate The Bros. Landreth whose members didn t grow up in the American south, but rather the isolated prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba from their folksy friends in the Lower 48.
The spirit of harmonious and melodious country rock burns brightly in Canada....Read More No

It's a little hard to believe that the Bros. Landreth hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba, because of how well they carry the Southern rock mantle of the Allman Brothers on their debut album, 'Let It Lie.' Led by David and Joey Landreth, the foursome does an admirable job of copping a style and a sensibility foreign to their own environs..   Read more Folk
Watch >> "Let It Lie"
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The Malpass Brothers

“Learn To Love Me Too” – “Sound is stone cold country, a gem of a track, blew me away” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire 

Genre: Country  / Americana / Country Americana
Band Members: Chris Malpass and Taylor Malpass
Home Town: Goldsboro, NC
Record Label: Hag Records

“This is who we are…
My brother Taylor and I do the type of music we do because this music speaks to us, and speaks to the souls of its listeners. For us, traditional country music is the ‘real deal’ – every song portrays life’s joys, heartaches, problems and happiness. It comes from the heart, and has depth and truth. Nothing is sugar coated. Our goal, really, is to see this music be revived, to help ensure it doesn’t fade away. It is so encouraging to have young people come to our shows with a new interest in our ‘old music.’ Being able to introduce what we love to another generation feels like a great accomplishment for us. We want his music to be around for our children’s children…” — Christopher Malpass

The first time you meet the Malpass Brothers it doesn't take long before you realize they are as close to real traditional country music artists as you can get these days.

The Malpass Brothers were steeped in country music from an early age when their grandfather began teaching them how to play songs by Hank Williams, Sr., Merle Haggard, Porter Wagoner, Kitty Wells and Ernest Tubb on the guitar.
With traditional country music ingrained into them, it only seemed fitting that they would carry on that family tradition. Little did they know that one day it would lead to a steady gig of performing on stage with one of the country music legends their grandfather admired.

Chris and Taylor Malpass began opening for Merle Haggard in 2008, and continue to follow Haggard all across the U.S. and into Canada broadening their musical talents and comedic whit to audiences all across America and into parts of Canada.

The brothers continue to perform with their own band across the country when not on tour with the Hag. Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Elvis Presley, Faron Young, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins, the Louvin Brothers, the Wilburn Brothers and many other artists from that era, the brothers have been able to fine tune their performances into a unique, but current style of traditional country music and comedic banter.
They have also opened for Ray Price, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent and Willie Nelson.
"Memory That Bad" was released in the spring of 2011. The album includes originals by the Malpass Brothers, Haggard, and Joss - along with a few covers of some of the brothers' favorite songs from the past.
They signed an exclusive recording contract with Crossroads’ Organic Records, with the new recording produced by Bluegrass legend, Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson.  The self titled album was released May 26, 2015.  The label signing came in the same week as the NC brothers’ performance during the World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh.
Christopher and Taylor tackle brotherly harmonies with covers of the Wilburn Brothers' "Which One Is To Blame" and the Louvin Brothers' "Satan and the Saint," as well as the original tale of unrequited love "I Found Someone to Love."
Christopher supplies the strongest lead vocals as on the Malpass' other original "Learn to Love Me Too," a ballad with touches of Merle Haggard and Gene Watson that deals with self doubt . Other highlights are the Jerry Lee Lewis rockabilly classic "It'll Be Me" delivered here by Christopher with a vocal that sounds more like Carl Perkins, and a pair of Hank Williams covers "Baby, We're Really In Love" and "I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin'" on which the vocals sound more like a young Hank Jr.
See Album review (7/10) on Music News Nashville

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Playlist week of 23rd May 2015


23rd May 2015 – BBCPlaylist

Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Show playlist May 23, 2015
10th Anniversary show, listener requests.
New music from Kacey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes.

Nanci Griffith - Listen  To The Radio | Album: Storms (1989) CD (The song that opened up the show 23rd May 2005)
Mac Wiseman - My Little Home In Tennessee | Album: Fire in My Heart - The Songs of Mac Wiseman MP3 (May 23, 1925) BIRTHDAY
Tanya Tucker - Tennessee Woman | Album: Tennessee Woman (1990) CD (Marie’s fav artist of all time)
Dar Williams - Weight Of The World | Album: Emerald NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Hunter Hayes – 21 NEW Single (For Lee in Crewe)
Rosanne Cash & Bobby Bare - No Memories Hangin’ Around | Album: Hits 1979 – 1989 MP3 (1979) (May 24, 1955) BIRTHDAY
Ags Connolly - I Met James Hand | Album: How About Now CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
The Haley Sisters - When I Stopped Dreaming | Album: The Early Years (1990)
Dominic Kirwan & Mary Duff - Paradise Tonight NEW Single Touring show "Together In Concert" (DK Records 2015)
Bobbie Cryner - You Think He’d know Me Better | Album: Girl of Your Dreams (1996) CD 
Jim Reeves - The Blizzard | Album: The Essential Jim Reeves MP3 
Petticoat Junction - What A Change One Day Makes | Album: Lonely Old Depot MP3 (1993; Pinecastle Records)
Clint Eastwood – Rowdy | Album: Collection Supreme Clint Eastwood MP3
Joni Harms - Hometown Girl | Album: Hometown Girl CD (1990) 
Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm | Album: The Common Linnets MP3UK iTunes -
Kacey Musgraves - High Time NEW Single | Album: Pageant Material CD (out 23 June)
Daryle Singletary - Say Hello To Heaven | Album: There's Still a Little Country Left NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -
Donna Ulisse - Papa’s Garden | Album: The Songwriter in Me:The Demo Recordings (March 2015) NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -
Dan Seals - God Must Be a Cowboy | Album: Rebel Heart MP3
Joey & Rory - He’s a Cowboy | Album: His and Hers (2012) CD
Fayssoux Starling McLean & Tom T Hall - I Made A Friend Of A Flower Today | Album: I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (2011) CD (Tom T Hall; May 25, 1936)
Steve Earle - Johnny Come Lately | Album: Copperhead Road (1989) CD
Vince Gill - Which Bridge To Cross, which Bridge To Burn | Album: When Love Finds You (1994) CD
Kathy Mattea (w/ Emmylou Harris) - What Could Have Been | Album: Time Passes By CD
Gary Stewart - Ten Years Of This | Album: The Essential CD (May 28, 1945; died Dec 16, 2003 (aged 59)) BIRTHDAY  
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – Names | Album: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer CD
Delta Reign – Thankful  | Album: Nothing But Sky NEW MP3 - UK iTunes -

New on The Show

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

“Names” -  ”Just our kind of country this” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: GRAMMY Winning folk/swing/old time & kids music
Home Town: KENSINGTON, Maryland
Record Label: Community Music, Song Shop, Rounder
Influences: Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bob Wills, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Alice Gerrard & Hazel Dickens, Patsy Montana....

Two-Time Grammy Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music.
Marie's super obscure
discovery (1989)
They have been nominated for a total of ELEVEN Grammy Awards, and won two GRAMMY Awards for BON APPETIT! MUSICAL FOOD FUN and “cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins”, in the Best Musical Album for Children category. In 2003, they were nominated for three Grammy awards, including their eclectic CD, “POSTCARDS” in the Best Traditional Folk Album category. Also nominated in Trad. Folk for "Live in the UK: Tom Paxton with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer".

Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the acoustic & electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, percussion and many other instruments. Top it off with a witty stage presence and warm audience rapport and you’ve got a well loved music duo.
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer Discography

Their latest album DANCIN' IN THE KITCHEN was released on March 10, 2015 ( - Review) This first of its kind CD celebrates diverse families, including one parent and two parents households, grandparents raising their grandchildren, gay and lesbian parents, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children, extended family like cousins and uncles, adoptive families, mixed race families, identical twins, blended families and even pets. The album not only reflects the growing diversity of family structures in the U.S. and around the world, it highlights the idea that families are bound by love...
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Marie Crichton’s BBC Radio Shropshire Country Show celebrates 10 YEARS

This Saturday,  23rd May 2015, BBC Radio Shropshire’s very own Country Show DJ Marie Crichton will celebrate 10 Years presenting her programme on the BBC!

Yes after some 520 programmes and over 13,500 radio spins Marie will reach a personal landmark  along the country road!
In September 2002 Marie started as a young trainee DJ with a Community Radio Station in Walsall.
When a vacancy became available, following the retirement of the previous host, in May 2005 Marie took over the Country Show on BBC Radio Shropshire (then broadcast on Mondays 19:00-21:00), which for her was a dream come true.

As a guide for her listeners she started logging her 2 hour playlists from 6th June 2005 with the tri-cast show broadcast being heard additionally on BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Hereford & Worcester. First spins were Maria McKee "I've Forgotten What It Was In You" and Blue Country's "That Summer Feeling" (Curb) rounding out the 2 hours with  Patty Loveless "On Your Way Home".
Popularity in her show quickly spread with her loyal listeners really supporting it, by voting, to bag her Favourite Radio Station & Presenter at the UK Country Radio Awards (sponsored by Southern Country Magazine and voted by listeners) on Sunday Feb 4, 2007 held at The Lakeside Club Frimley Green, Surrey (The home of World Darts). She repeated this snagging the award for the second year running celebrating on Sun Feb 3, 2008 
>> Watch back from 6min 30secs

After avoiding the BBC Trust specialist music show cuts in January 2013 her show then switched to Saturdays 18:00 – 20:00 with BBC Radio Shropshire (The station listeners figures currently boosts 105,000 adults per week).

Marie keeps her audience up to date with all the country news and gigs (Read out between 18:30 – 18:40) as well as playing the best new tracks and albums and some old classics too. To ensure a diverse mix of artists and styles birthday features are included each week and sometimes a songwriter spotlight.
Marie prides herself on finding the more obscure but quality artists from around the world which embrace both Country, Bluegrass, Americana and singer-songwriters.  As the lone female BBC country presenter and one of the few across the UK  Marie is a strong advocate for supporting the “Women of Country”.

Are you a recording artist who has been played or interviewed on the show over the last 10 years?

Are you a record label or promoter who sent in music for consideration?

Are you a regular listener? If so which artists or songs has Marie introduced you too?  

How to get involved in the 10 year show

To give feedback or send congratulations

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Or TWEET c/o @CRoutesNews
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Or if you have a GOOGLE account Reply to this BLOG post

You can Listen Live on FM or online to the 10 year May 23rd show HERE and Listen Back for 28 days using the BBC iPlayer.
Marie Crichton's Country Show - Click this BBC Link
Latest episode - Click this BBC Link

Messages received will be LOGGED here, THANK YOU for the support 

What the artists are saying?
  • Congrats wishing many more years! - Elaine Roy from (The Roys Bluegrass Duo ) CD - UK iTunes -
  • Congratulations from Crash n Recovery !! Olof Olle Söderlind UK iTunes
  • Hi Marie congrats on your 10 years - great achievement - keep up the good work ... Dave Sheriff x MP3
  • Congratulations Marie! Thank you for all the spins! - Donna Hughes MP3 - UK iTunes - CD Baby
  • Congratulations in celebrating 10 years in radio. Such a great achievement and so many more to come. - Santos Vasquez (manager to Brian Collins) UK iTunes -
  • Congrats, Marie! Job well done! - Will Banister and The Modern Day Ramblers Amazon UK
  • I am writing with Ms Pam Tillis next week, So deserving Bernie Nelson  CD - CDBaby - UK iTunes -
  • Congratulations on 10 years Marie!! And thank you so much for playing me all of these years! - Lisa O'Kane Facebook
  • Congratulations Marie!! You are the BEST!!! Thanks so much for all of your dedication and support to independent artist like myself!!! I love and appreciate all you do! Keep it up!!! - Holly Norman CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - CD BABY
  • Here's to your NEXT 10 YEARS on the air, Marie!! Thank you for all you do for indie Country artists around the globe! - Jessie Lee Cates  Amazon UK - MP3 - CD BABY
What the listeners are saying?
Happy 10th Anniversary Marie, we are looking forward to a great 2 hours of country music - Yvonne & Jim
Happy Anniversary Marie, look forward to your show every week. Have a great one tonight. - Tracy
Happy anniversary! We love the mix of songs, enthusiasm and styles you choose and for us listeners its like visiting a friend every week. Warm Regards - Richard Edward

(Poem by listener Stephen Eckles)
Country songs for you and me
It's great to listen to Marie
To the best she finds of different kinds
Her hands have clapped, are feet have tapped
To different singers, different bands
Uniting country music fans
After a decade of country shows
Just think how quickly 10 years goes

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Playlist week of 16th May 2015


16th May 2015 – BBC Playlist

Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire Show playlist May 16, 2015
Brand new music from Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire and Billy Currington. Classics from Rick Trevino and Mickey Newbury

Sara Evans - Suds In The Bucket | Album: Restless (2003) MP3
Rick Trevino - City Lights MP3 (May 16, 1971) BIRTHDAY
Erin Enderlin - His Memory Walks On Water | Album: Erin Enderlin (2011) MP3 - UK iTunes 
Asleep At The Wheel & Friends - Red Wing | Album: Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys (1993) MP3  Tribute to Legendary fiddle player Johnny Gimble, died Sat ( May 9, 2015)
Shantell Ogden - Blossom In The Dust | Album: Ghosts in the Field NEW MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Troy Cassar-Daley - Dad’s Song | Album: Freedom Ride (March 2015) CD (Import) UK iTunes  (May 18, 1969) BIRTHDAY
Foghorn String Band - 90 Miles An Hour | Album: Devil In The Seat Devil In The Seat (Jan 2015) CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Brett Huckfield - Here Again | Album: City Blue (Dec 2011) Folk/Pop MP3
Kim Richey - Something More | Album: Thorn In My Heart (April 2013) CD
Billy Currington - Don’t It | Album: Summer Forever NEW (out June 2, 2015) CD - US iTunes - 
Ronna Reeves - The Letter | Album: Only the Heart MP3
Randy Travis & BB King - Waiting On The Light To Change | Album: Heroes and Friends (1995) CD Tribute to bluesman B.B. King who died Thursday (May 14, 2015)
Hunter Hayes – Storyline | Album: Storyline (May 2014) CD
Whitney Campbell - Life Is Sweet | Album: Life Is Sweet  MP3 - UK iTunes - - CD Baby - Bandcamp
George Strait - Let It Go NEW Single  US iTunes (May 18, 1952) BIRTHDAY
Dawnett Faucett - Slow Dancin’ (Single) | Album: Taking My Time
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind | Album: The Traveling Kind (out 12 May 2015) NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -
Canaan Smith - Hole In The Bottle | Album: Canaan Smith (EP) NEW US iTunes - 
Reba McEntire - Love Land | Album: Love Somebody NEW CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music (Target Store Exclusive) - 
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard - Unfair Weather Friend NEW Single | Album: Django And Jimmie (out 1 June 2015) CD - MP3 - Smart Choice Music  -
April Verch - I Heard The Bluebirds Sings | Album: The Newpart  NEW Artist Website - CD Baby
Mickey Gilley - The Future’s Not What It Used To Be | Album: An American Trilogy MP3 (May 19, 1940) BIRTHDAY (for Michael Wood and mum Naomi)
Trick Pony - Pour Me | Album: Trick Pony (2001) MP3
Chris Young - I’m Comin’ Over NEW Single 
Ruby Lovett - That Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore | Album: Ruby Lovett (1998) CD
John & Rudy Rodman - When The Day Is Over | Album: A Place Called Love/ Back To Back MP3 (May 23, 1951) BIRTHDAY

New on The Show

Whitney Campbell

“Life Is Sweet”  - Going back to her roots, soft bluegrass just the way I like it” -- Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Whitney Campbell currently plays bass with Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters, of which she is a founding member.
Having started out on guitar, she now plays primarily bass since the band moved to Nashville.

On her first solo album titled LIFE IS SWEET which released May 12, 2015, Whitney goes back to her roots. She plays both guitar and bass, and sings her favorite originals written over the last couple of years.

Life Is Sweet is decribed as: "an earnest, soulful, delightful, refreshing first album from singer/song writer Whitney Campbell. Featuring a mix of original tunes ranging from blues to bluegrass, folk, swing, and honky tonk".
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Canaan Smith

“Hole In A Bottle“ (Canaan Smith, Brett Beavers, Dan Couch) – I think this one is the most accessible, it’s called “Hole In The Bottle” -- Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Genre: Country
Hometown: Williamsburg, Virginia
Born: Canaan Lee Smith on  August 24, 1982 (age 32)
Canaan Lee is singer-songwriter signed with Mercury Records (division of UMG Recordings, Inc). His debut single, "We Got Us" (#44 Hot Country Songs) was released January 24, 2012. His sophomore single, >> "Love You Like That"  (5 million+ views on YouTube) came out on July 21, 2014 which charted at #13 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and #12 on Country Airplay.
He was a reality television contestant on The Amazing Race, Smith and his girlfriend at the time, Mika Combs, were the sixth team to be eliminated in the 15th season.

In 2014 Smith became engaged to his long time girlfriend Christy Hardesty and Smith took the words of his romantic single "Love You Like That" to heart when he tied the knot with her over the Labor Day Weekend (Aug 30, 2014). The couple got married on the front steps of a venue called The Taylor Mansion in Columbus, OH. Smith said his new wife was “fun and can outdrink most of his guy friends. "She holds the parking lot record at Ohio State for shot gunning beer, so she's a trooper," added the proud groom.

Website Blurb: Smith is an intriguing blend of the everyday working man and rowdy thrill seeker with a poet’s heart and pirate’s ambition. A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, he grew up singing along to everything from George Strait to Rage Against the Machine. He relocated to Nashville during college and began to perform around Music City’s local bars. He landed a publishing deal with Disney Music and teamed with Brett Beavers (Dierks Bentley) to produce his Mercury Records debut.
In addition to writing for his album, Smith co-wrote Love and Theft’s top ten hit “Runaway” and co-wrote Jason Aldean’s “Black Tears” with FGL’s Tyler Hubbard as well as “Party Wasn’t Over” with Hubbard and Cole Swindell.
Canaan Smith is a songwriter of considerable depth and authenticity, and he possesses a voice that drives audiences to their feet dancing one minute and can have them crying in their beer the next. “I’m an everyday guy, but I want people to see the layers,” he said. “I’ve known my share of pain and I’ve got a lot to say.”

Smith released a self titled 5 track  EP (MCA Nashville) on March 24, 2015. He co-wrote all five tracks with Brett Beavers.
He will join Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer 2015 tour with Kip Moore.  
Canaan has a new album BRONCO set for release on June 23, 2015 - Amazon UK - 

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