Country Exclisives 2017



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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Smudger » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:51 am

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Moshe wrote:Looking at the line-ups, the Sunday looks pretty good. Emmylou Harris is a great artiste, Margo Price is very good & Midland have a pretty good country sound. But do I really want to see Little Big Town again? On the plus side, I could leave early and avoid the crowds. I'll see


I certainly get your point (and isn't it funny to see the least country act highlighting a country festival! :lol: ) but the ticket prices are just so high (cheapest is £45 to sit up in the nosebleed seats). Ultimately, if I were choosing to see those three acts I'd much rather see them somewhere more intimate with a better atmosphere ... it'd be a great line-up for somewhere like Hammersmith!


Glasgow C2C is now a victim of its own success - the venue for 2018 is the 11,900 seat Hydro instead of the 3,000 seat Armadillo, like it was in previous years. Still a bit cosier than the O2 though.......
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby kev » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:54 am

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Moshe wrote:Looking at the line-ups, the Sunday looks pretty good. Emmylou Harris is a great artiste, Margo Price is very good & Midland have a pretty good country sound. But do I really want to see Little Big Town again? On the plus side, I could leave early and avoid the crowds. I'll see


I certainly get your point (and isn't it funny to see the least country act highlighting a country festival! :lol: ) but the ticket prices are just so high (cheapest is £45 to sit up in the nosebleed seats). Ultimately, if I were choosing to see those three acts I'd much rather see them somewhere more intimate with a better atmosphere ... it'd be a great line-up for somewhere like Hammersmith!


Glasgow C2C is now a victim of its own success - the venue for 2018 is the 11,900 seat Hydro instead of the 3,000 seat Armadillo, like it was in previous years. Still a bit cosier than the O2 though.......


Standing outside in a field is cosier than the flippin' 02!!!
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:48 pm

kev wrote:
Moshe wrote:Looking at the line-ups, the Sunday looks pretty good. Emmylou Harris is a great artiste, Margo Price is very good & Midland have a pretty good country sound. But do I really want to see Little Big Town again? On the plus side, I could leave early and avoid the crowds. I'll see


I certainly get your point (and isn't it funny to see the least country act highlighting a country festival! :lol: ) but the ticket prices are just so high (cheapest is £45 to sit up in the nosebleed seats). Ultimately, if I were choosing to see those three acts I'd much rather see them somewhere more intimate with a better atmosphere ... it'd be a great line-up for somewhere like Hammersmith!

I sat in the nosebleeds before. Awful! I shelled out a bit extra for decent seats last year & was a much better experience, but still only awful alcohol at vastly inflated prices & rubbish food & you can't leave the arena!!!
I think I'll give it a miss. As to Little Big Town, I saw them last year. I have seen both LBT and Laby A in concert and really can't tell the difference been them. They sound almost identical. I kept waiting for LBT to sing "Need You Now" at the fest last year!
I think next year I will probably do as I did this year- just go to the Songwriter's do if there is a decent lineup on that.

Having now heard 3 identikit singles off Faith & Tim's forthcomming album, I now have no desire to see them. Boring enough sitting through the tracks on Spotify!

A pity. I used to like Faith Hill, at least her "Fireflies" and "Cry" albums
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:17 am

LORETTA LYNN INDUCTS ALAN JACKSON INTO HALL OF FAME

Country veteran, Loretta Lynn made her first public appearance since suffering from a stroke earlier this year, when she took part in a ceromony to induct country star Alan Jackson into the hall of fame.
The 85 year old singer reflected that the first time she met Alan Jackson "he was a scared little boy". Loretta recalled: "He was going through his songs, and I remember, I looked at him and said 'you're going to be one of the greatest singers in country music. He hasn't let me down."
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby PeterJD » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:02 am

His new song, The Older I Get is excellent.

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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby kev » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:38 am

PeterJD wrote:His new song, The Older I Get is excellent.



Yup! It's a good un!
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:46 am

BRANDY CLARK CONCERT (UNION CHAPEL)

Brandy Clark wound up her UK tour with the second of two gigs at Islington's Union Chapel last night. A quick note about the Union Chapel- it is an actual church that has long been a music venue, and a user friendly one at that. The accoustics are good and it is just a couple of minutes from Highbury & Islington tube. It is the ideal sort of venue for a singer-songwriter such as Brandy Clark.
Before we get to Brandy, there was the support act. A duo calling themselves Cross Atlantic- the lass is from the USA, the lad from England. Both met in Nashville pursuing a career in music.
Both have reasonable voices which I think would sound better apart. Some voices just gell together, I don't think theirs do particuarly. When they came on stage, the young woman in the sort of sparkly dress Taylor Swift used to wear, I thought "Taylor Swift!" & there is something Taylor Swift in their songs, but without the distinction.
The two singers accompany themselves on acoustic guitar and their self-penned songs are sunny love songs and totally formulaic. Nashville pop.

I was not at the venue Monday for the sold out gig, but this show was an add on and Brandy said she'd have a different show than she did the previous evening. She divided her set into songs from "12 Stories" and songs from "Big Day In A Small Town". Brandy accompanied herself on accounstic guitar, supported by another acoustic guitarist & an upright bass.
Brandy is a fine songwriter and anaturalistic performer. She accompanied some of the songs with stories about how they came into being. "12 Stories" is my favourite album of hers & I was disapointed she left out one of my favourites "Illigitemate Children". But included in her set were many of the usual suspects, "Stripes", the gorgeous "Take My Hand", her sad tales of people relying on substances to cope, "Get High" and "Take A Little Pill", "Big Day In A Small Town", "Girl Next door" and the touching "Since You've Gone To Heaven".
After about an hour on stage, Brandy left the stage before the inevitable encore in which she sang some new songs, including the recent single "You're Drunk". Not a bad song, but not I felt up to the high standard she set for herself with her first two albums.
She chose not to perform any of her songs that became hits for other people, such as the iconic "Follow Your Arrow" and "Mama's Broken Heart".

A pleasant, low key gig by a skilled songsmith and a confident performer.
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby PeterJD » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:46 am

A friend of mine messaged me whilst the support act was on, his review is unprintable.
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:11 pm

PeterJD wrote:A friend of mine messaged me whilst the support act was on, his review is unprintable.

:rofl3:
I can't imagine that Brandy Clark chose this outfit as the support acts. Whereas she writes thoughtful, sharp songs, theirs was Nashville Pop by numbers. I was not impressed, but tried to be fair in my review!
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:33 pm

A great "mouldy Oldie" here from Johnny Paycheck. No song could have suited Paycheck more. He was famously arrested for shooting a man who called him a "redneck" in a bar, thus proving the man's point!
The song is performed with gusto and is a classic!
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:55 am

A bunch of gigs comming up in London as part of the Folk & Roots Festival. Acts include Gretchen Peters , The Secret Sisters Show of Hands, Hot Club of Cowtown and many more.
https://londonfolkandrootsfestival.seet ... search/all
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:09 pm

CMA INTRODUCES EXTREME PRESS RESTRICTIONS IN COVERAGE OF THE CMA AWARDS, THEN RETRACTS & APOLOGISES!

The CMA got its-self into a spot of bother after trying to control what questions media reporters broach during the upcomming CMA Awards in Nashville.
The guidelines, in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shootings and general turbulence across the USA, forbade reporters mentioning the Las Vegas shootings, gun control or any reference to politics.
Reporters who broke these guidelines, the CMA stated, will be escorted out by security!
The guidelines read
"The light of recent events, and out of respect for the artists directly or indirectly involved, please refrain from focusing your coverage of the CMA Awards Red Carpet and Backstage Media Center on the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like. It’s vital, more so this year than in year’s past due to the sensitivities at hand, that the CMA Awards be a celebration of Country Music and the artists that make this genre so great. It’s an evening to honor the outstanding achievements in Country Music of the previous year and we want everyone to feel comfortable talking to press about this exciting time. If you are reported as straying from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort. We appreciate your cooperation in advance. If you have any concerns on your coverage plans, please reach out to the CMA Communications team in advance so we can be a great partner as we celebrate “The 51st Annual CMA Awards.”

Country artistes reacted furiously, including CMA co-host Brad Paisley who described the restrictions as "absurd" & trusted that the CMA would backtrack on this, which they duly did. Maren Morris noted that country music is supposed to be about real life, while Margo Price reffered to her permanent exclusion from the CMA Awards by saying "And people wonder why I'm not invited!".
The Country Scene website issued a Statement:
"Needless to say, ‘the Las Vegas tragedy,’ ‘gun rights’ and ‘political affiliations’ are very much a part of the conversation when it comes to country music these days. What’s more, it’s something that country performers themselves haven’t shied away from talking about. As for those who would threaten the press with revocation of credentials simply for doing their jobs and acknowledging that conversation, well, let’s just say this: Country music is a part of the national conversation on politics and gun violence whether you like it or not. Trying to force the media not to talk about it won’t make it go away.”

The CMA did pull back and retracted from the previously anounced restrictions. “CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted,” the company said in a press release. “The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music.”

I suppose one can understand the CMA attempts to avoid controversy at the Awards, considering the toxic atmosphere in the USA today and the deep and hostile divisions. But their attempts to avoid controversy were heavy handed and clumsy, and only provoked more.
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:25 am

Yet another mass shooting in the USA less than a month after the Las Vegas massacre at a country music festival has elicited a wave of responses from country music artistes registering their sadness and shock at the events. US President Donald Trump absurdly reacted by saying this hasc"nothing to do with guns" & that similar "mental health problems" exist all over the world.
Yet in no other country in the world do we see anything aproaching to the deaths by rampaging lone gun men that exists in the USA. Trump's flipant response is an insult to the victims not only in Sutherland Springs but also of Las Vegas shootings and the regular smaller scale shootings of a similar nature that occur every day somewhere in the USA.

The messages of condolences by country stars are well intentioned but shy away from adressing the problem, which dwarfs the issue of Islamic terrorism which sends Trump into acopolyptic rages. Of course Neo-Nazi terorism does not concern him at all, as we saw in his reaction to the Charlottsville outrage, & his refusal to offer condolences to the family of a young woman murdered there by one of Trump's neo-Nazi "fine people".
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby kev » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:05 am

Moshe wrote:Yet another mass shooting in the USA less than a month after the Las Vegas massacre at a country music festival has elicited a wave of responses from country music artistes registering their sadness and shock at the events. US President Donald Trump absurdly reacted by saying this hasc"nothing to do with guns" & that similar "mental health problems" exist all over the world.
Yet in no other country in the world do we see anything aproaching to the deaths by rampaging lone gun men that exists in the USA. Trump's flipant response is an insult to the victims not only in Sutherland Springs but also of Las Vegas shootings and the regular smaller scale shootings of a similar nature that occur every day somewhere in the USA.

The messages of condolences by country stars are well intentioned but shy away from adressing the problem, which dwarfs the issue of Islamic terrorism which sends Trump into acopolyptic rages. Of course Neo-Nazi terorism does not concern him at all, as we saw in his reaction to the Charlottsville outrage, & his refusal to offer condolences to the family of a young woman murdered there by one of Trump's neo-Nazi "fine people".


I'm no fan of Trump particularly but his response to these gun crimes isn't really much different to other presidents who have gone before him - I don't think any of them really want to get on the wrong side of the gun lobby. It's such a weird situation over there: I saw a message posted on facebook that said, "Praise God there was a citizen there, armed and ready to confront this guy" ... maybe it's easy for me to sit here on the other side of the Atlantic and say this, but if there weren't 'armed citizens' maybe - just maybe - this wouldn't have happened?
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:19 am

kev wrote:
Moshe wrote:Yet another mass shooting in the USA less than a month after the Las Vegas massacre at a country music festival has elicited a wave of responses from country music artistes registering their sadness and shock at the events. US President Donald Trump absurdly reacted by saying this hasc"nothing to do with guns" & that similar "mental health problems" exist all over the world.
Yet in no other country in the world do we see anything aproaching to the deaths by rampaging lone gun men that exists in the USA. Trump's flipant response is an insult to the victims not only in Sutherland Springs but also of Las Vegas shootings and the regular smaller scale shootings of a similar nature that occur every day somewhere in the USA.

The messages of condolences by country stars are well intentioned but shy away from adressing the problem, which dwarfs the issue of Islamic terrorism which sends Trump into acopolyptic rages. Of course Neo-Nazi terorism does not concern him at all, as we saw in his reaction to the Charlottsville outrage, & his refusal to offer condolences to the family of a young woman murdered there by one of Trump's neo-Nazi "fine people".


I'm no fan of Trump particularly but his response to these gun crimes isn't really much different to other presidents who have gone before him - I don't think any of them really want to get on the wrong side of the gun lobby. It's such a weird situation over there: I saw a message posted on facebook that said, "Praise God there was a citizen there, armed and ready to confront this guy" ... maybe it's easy for me to sit here on the other side of the Atlantic and say this, but if there weren't 'armed citizens' maybe - just maybe - this wouldn't have happened?

The issue with this shooting- & most others- is that the shooter bought his weapons legally. Even though he had convictions for violence against his wife and children, and was known to be mentally unstable, he was still alowed to go down to the store & buy as much amo & guns as he wanted.
The NRA funds politicians in the USA and shuts down any debate or any attempts to impose even modest restrictions on gun sales.
Yes, presidents have failed to really act after previous tragedies, though Obama tried & failed to get some legislation through. But neither Obama, or Bush snr & jnr, or Clinton responded to a mass shooting by saying "this has nothing to do with guns". In effect nothing happened under previous presidents, either, but the tone was different.
Bothe George H Bush & George W Bush have stated their contempt for Trumy and arch conservative George H Bush even voted for Hillary Clinton just to save the US from the deranged Orange Guy.
Of course, Putin had more influence on the US elections than the former US president. Trump may well be behind bars within a year as his staff are testifying to save their own skins.
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