Sunday, 28 February 2016

Playlist week of February 27, 2016

Playlist week of February 27, 2016 - BBC Playlist
Brand new music from High Valley, Joey & Rory and lots of new names.
Classics from Waylon Jennings, Doc Watson and Hank Williams.

Neon Summer - I Ain’t Leavin’ Till I’m Famous New Single
Hank & Audrey Williams - I Want To Live & Love (Audrey Williams Feb 28, 1923; died Nov 4, 1975 (aged 52)) BIRTHDAY
Jason Aldean - Tryin’ To Love Me (Feb 28, 1977) BIRTHDAY
Ashton Lane - One Kiss Later New (Special Single release along with 2 never heard before, BRAND NEW songs. "One Kiss Later" 5 track EP UK iTunes  “Definitely a fan favourite”
Waylon Jennings - The Dream
Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart - Hello Blue Sky | Album: Bennett Bowtell Urquhart New Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Gene Stuart - I’m Just Lucky I Guess R.I.P
Locust Honey String Band – Righten The Wrong
Clinton Gregory - If That Ain’t Jones (March 1, 1966) BIRTHDAY
The McCarters - Where Would That Leave Me (Jennifer McCarter March 1, 1964) BIRTHDAY
High Valley - Make You Mine New Single It’s really great, very current
Dori Freeman - You Are Still A Child | Album: Dori Freeman (5 Feb 2016) Amazon UK - UK iTunes - - Artist Store
Davis Daniel - Somebody’s Gonna Lose (March 1, 1961) BIRTHDAY
Briana Tyson – Throwback New Single UK iTunes (9 Jan 2016)
Johnny Tolley – Countrified New Single Are you tired of other genres of music creeping into the country format? Then "Countryfied" will take you back to your traditional country roots with a fresh sound.
Sweethearts Of The Rodeo - I Don’t want You To Know (Janis Gill (Oliver) (Sweethearts Of The Rodeo) (1954) BIRTHDAY
Doc Watson - Blue Railroad Train (March 3, 1923; died May 29, 2012 aged 89)) BIRTHDAY
Jeannine Barry – Carousel | Album: Off The Hook (EP) UK iTunes - CD BABY - Google Play 
Larry Stewart - Boy Down The Road (March 2, 1959) BIRTHDAY
Malcolm Holcolme - Someone Missing
Joey & Rory - I Surrender All | Album: HYMNS: That Are Important To Us New Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Sonny James - Empty Arms R.I.P BLOG Tribute
Stella Parton - Mountain Songbird | Album: Mountain Songbird (Jan 2016) Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
John Riggins - Lonesome Old Guitar New Single | Album: Outlaw Rising Amazon UK | UK iTunes | 
Catherine Britt – Dusty Smiles & Heartbreak Cures
Shane Owens - Where I’m Coming From
Lorrie Morgan - Lonely Whiskey | Album: Letting Go... Slow (12 Feb 2016) New Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
CC Cooper - A Little Light

New on The Show

Neon Summer
I Ain’t Leaving’ Til I’m Famous” - “Rather an exciting sound, really like that” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Band Members: Marty and Angela Short, Anna Ash
Home Town: Stanley, Virginia
According to their website : Neon Summer, a power-house trio, consisting of Marty and Angela Short (Husband and Wife) and Anna Ash (Marty’s Sister) are literally taking the country music circuit by storm. 

Already making a name for themselves with a harmony blend that will send chills through you with a unique sound and stage presence that will captivate any audience. Neon Summer has appeared on the Grand Ole’ Opry during the CMA Fest week in Nashville Tennessee, with country music icon, Marty Stuart. Neon Summer partnered with Nashville Producer-Songwriter Billy Austin, who wrote many top charting songs, one being “Leave The Pieces” song by The Wreckers, sky rocketing to #1 in Pop and Country. He has produced Neon Summer’s brand new project.
One of the things that make Neon Summer special is their down-to-earth attitude towards people. With their drive, quick wittedness, and determination there is no slowing them down.
“The I Ain’t Leaving’ Til I’m Famous” single (Marco Music Group / Jerry Duncan Promotions) was sent to country radio with an
impact date March 10, 2016
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Gene Stuart
Irish country music legend was a favourite on the showband scene – died at his Co Tyrone home following a short illness.  reported: Gene Stuart had one of the finest voices on the Irish showband and country scenes.
The County Tyrone musician, who also ran a record store for years at Irish Street in Dungannon, was 72.

The inimitable Gene Stuart had originally planned to join the priesthood but he was to take an entirely different path.
He travelled to England in the 1960s and, like many, spent time working on buildings sites around Birmingham, before returning home and teaming up with the Monaghan-based Ken Kennedy and his band.

He also played with the McGeough Brothers before he teamed up with Larry Cunningham and something special and hard to compare on the music scene was born.
The Mighty Avons (with Cunningham at the helm) were at the top of their game. Four years of huge success as one of the leading showbands toured all over Ireland and the UK, racking up hits and setting dance halls alight with their musical magic.
Gene’s first track – ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ – climbed to number three in the Irish top 10.

And it was followed by many more, including ‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning’, ‘Don’t Go’ and ‘Christmas in Connemara’.
Four years after it began and Gene fell ill with tuberculosis and, after time in hospital battling back to recovery, he returned to a different scene.
Mr. Stuart travelled all the way to the home of country music, Nashville in Tennessee, to record an album, one of 20 he would release during a remarkable career.
He was an inspiration to many fresh faces on the new and emerging country music scene.
Co Donegal singer Margo O'Donnell described him as "one of life's gentlemen".
Country star Nathan Carter said Mr Stuart was a "legend of Irish country music".
Discography: Amazon 
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High Valley

“Make You Mine” (RADIO EDIT) – “It’s really great, very current” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
Canadian brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel are High Valley.  These two young men are making what the music industry in Nashville has called “singular,” “seminal,” and “a perfect mix of radio, revision, and respect.” But they like to call it “popgrass”!  Growing up on a 1,400-acre farm in the far-northern reaches of Alberta, with music, farming and family as the basis of their entertainment, their musical language was formed at a very young age.
Their single “Make You Mine” (Warner Music Nashville / Atlantic Records / WEA )was sent to country radio on Feb 8th with an impact date of Feb 29, 2016
Watch Make You Mine (Official Music Video) published Jan 29, 2016 641K views.

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Dori Freeman
“You Are Still A Child” - “A very exciting new talent, I think she got a really, really nice sound, definitely what country music needs right now I could of played any track….I think that’s just lovely.. I think she is great” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

This is Country/ Bluegrass/ Alt-Country & Americana Dori Freeman's (Photo's) self-titled debut who hails from Galax, Virginia, a tiny Appalachian town that hosts an annual old-time fiddlers' convention that she's been attending all of her life, and until recently, she confined her ambitions largely to the local scene.
 "Between high school and now," she wrote, "I've just done a lot of stumbling around trying to figure out what I should be doing and how to turn my love of music into something sustainable. It's taken me several years to muster the courage to pursue writing and performing professionally. My confidence is starting to catch up."
Press Blurb: Listening to Dori Freeman for the first time is a Loretta Lynn moment. How could a voice this pure come out of the tiny Appalachian town of Galax, Virginia? How could a songwriter so powerfully attuned to a woman’s heart come out with an album this beautiful without having been discovered already? Dori Freeman’s debut album heralds the arrival of a major new name in Americana music.
Released on Free Dirt Records on February 5th, 2016, every song on this album is an original, and each one a window to a young woman in modern Appalachia, caught between the past, present, and future of one of America’s most fertile musical regions. That’s why Freeman can slip as easily into Nashville songwriting (“Go On Lovin’”), doo-**** swing (“Tell Me”), anthemic soul (“Fine Fine Fine”), or neo-classic pop (“Any Wonder”) as old-timey country (“You Say”) or gospel blues (“Ain’t Nobody”). A songwriting polymath, this kind of genre-bending would be impressive in any other young artist, but Freeman’s anchoring each of these excursions on two simple precepts: her stunningly beautiful voice and her deeply honest sense of songwriting.
Dori comes from a family rooted in art and tradition. Her grandfather is an artist and guitar player, and her father, a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor.
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Briana Tyson
“Throwback” (written with Bruce Wallace) – “Vince Gill particularly likes her…. Throwback is the name of her brand new single” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Born in 1992
Genre: Country/Blues/Soul
Home Town: Nashville, TN
Affiliation: William Morris Endeavor Agency
In the midst of Music Row, its live music venues, or in a quiet room with some of Nashville’s biggest writers, you will find Briana Tyson. Growing up in Orange County, Tyson knew that her love of country music wasn’t supposed to stay in California.
At the young age of 16, her and her family made the move to Nashville, chasing a dream that had been with Briana for years. As soon as she got to town, Tyson immediately took to the Nashville lifestyle, writing music daily, telling stories that 16 year olds normally do not tell. As she grew as a songwriter and performer, her hard work began to pay off as opportunities arose, giving her national exposure. As one of the youngest top 100 finalists on season 10 of American Idol, she gained a fan base and a new appreciation of the hard work it takes to make it in the music business.

At 22 years old, Briana’s career has just begun. She is currently writing and recording for her second studio album which she will be co-producing, and is set to release in 2016. Although new on the scene, Tyson brings with her traits that some of the most polished musicians in town still seek to acquire. “It’s hard to become successful without people trying to change who you are,” says Tyson. “But this is who I am, and I’m just going to sing until I find people who love me for it.” With her heart, humor, and determination, Briana Tyson is surely someone you will be hearing a lot about in the years to come.

On 1 Apr 2012 she dropped her BACK TO ME 5 track EP (Amazon UK | UK iTunes)
On 10 Dec 2014 she released a single “Moonshine (Amazon UK | iTunes) and released an official video (14K + views):

Briana attended the industry Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville in February to promote her new single and talked to the media including top representatives from the UK.
“Throwback” (Riverfront Promotions; written with Bruce Wallace) was released to country radio on Feb 2, 2016 with an immediate impact date. It was made available on ITunes (9 Jan 2016)
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 John Riggins
“Lonesome Old Guitar” - “Very nice sound, I really like that one” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

John Riggins grew up competitive in his hometown of Westfield Indiana. From sports and volunteering his time to those in need to performing the traditional Outlaw Country Music he loves, John has always been one to excel at everything he does. 
He started out solo with his guitar, picking for tips at any venue that would have him in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. From there he formed a band and competed against over 30 bands at Indy's biggest country music venue, the 8-Second Saloon which led to opening for national acts such as Daryl Worley, Jason Michael Carroll, and Mark Wills. So looking for a new challenge, in 2013, John decided to take on Music City!
He began performing regularly on the World Famous Broadway in Nashville, which led to a recording contract with Canadian label, Red Boot Entertainment which led to a new CD, which led to a merger with Red Boot Canada and Bell Records Nashville with single “90 Proof Prison” released in the US and Canada on January 1, 2016
In a short time John has also become a prolific songwriter having penned over half of his 12 track CD OUTLAW RISING (
Amazon UK | UK iTunes | released on March 17, 2015. John is co-writing with songwriters Gary Gentry (David Allen Coe, Tim McGraw, George Jones, John Anderson),and SESAC Award Winner, Shawn Byrnes and others.

Like a Phoenix ascending out of the ashes "Outlaw Rising" by John Riggins is bringing country music full circle.
With songs like "90 Proof Prison", "He Shot The Radio" and "Doin’ Time With These Friends of Mine", taken from Outlaw Rising, you can almost feel the presence of Waylon Jennings in the words and music.
Check out "Scars" and "Big Red Truck" written by John for a glimpse at who this troubadour really is.

The new single "Lonesome Old Guitar" (Red Boot Entertainment / Bell Records Nashville) is a reflective mid-tempo ballad about the only thing a man has left when his woman is gone. It was sent to country radio on Feb 4, 2016
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