Country Exclusives 2018



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Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:33 pm

Welcome to Country Exclusives 2018 for more & less of the same!

Felicitations to all, including to LeAnn Rimes who has just come out of a sojourne in the deserts in the western parts of the USA. Happy New Year, LeAnn!

Happy New Year to all the BCM members. Currently on BBC Radio 2 is Shane Richie with his country music show! I didn't think much of his album, but his radio show strikes just the right balance for me with a pleasing mix of country sounds for a new years eve!
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:34 pm

GRETCHEN PETERS UK TOUR with supporting act KIM RICHEY

Gretchen Peters has anounced her UK tour of 2018 with support from talented singer-songwriter Kim Richey. The tour, through May & June will cover great swathes of the UK and should be a treat for anyone who enjoys well crafted songs superbly performed!
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In addition to the concerts listed above, Peters will play the Beverley Folk Festival on 15th of June & the Shrewsbury Folk festival on 26th August.
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby kev » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:23 am

Moshe wrote:Welcome to Country Exclusives 2018 for more & less of the same!

Felicitations to all, including to LeAnn Rimes who has just come out of a sojourne in the deserts in the western parts of the USA. Happy New Year, LeAnn!

Happy New Year to all the BCM members. Currently on BBC Radio 2 is Shane Richie with his country music show! I didn't think much of his album, but his radio show strikes just the right balance for me with a pleasing mix of country sounds for a new years eve!


And Mr Exclusive is back for more fun!! Shane Richie? :lol: No, no, no ... but saying that, he's probably as country as The Shi(t)es (sorry, The Shires) or those Ward sisters! :lol:
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:00 pm

kev wrote:
Moshe wrote:Welcome to Country Exclusives 2018 for more & less of the same!

Felicitations to all, including to LeAnn Rimes who has just come out of a sojourne in the deserts in the western parts of the USA. Happy New Year, LeAnn!

Happy New Year to all the BCM members. Currently on BBC Radio 2 is Shane Richie with his country music show! I didn't think much of his album, but his radio show strikes just the right balance for me with a pleasing mix of country sounds for a new years eve!


And Mr Exclusive is back for more fun!! Shane Richie? :lol: No, no, no ... but saying that, he's probably as country as The Shi(t)es (sorry, The Shires) or those Ward sisters! :lol:

I was not recomending his own music, but his show was fun! There was a pretty good 3 hour country show on Radio London on New Years Day hosted by Baylen Leonard.
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby PeterJD » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:45 pm

It was on but dues to a heated scrabble match and wine, the quality is a bit hazy.
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:53 pm

Country artistes and sisters, Shelby Lynne and Alison Moorer, have long careers in country music making quality music. At times their tragic back story has overshadowed the music in media coverage.
Last year, for the first time, the two sisters released an album together, Not Dark Yet, and they make their UK debut as a duo on 30th of January this year at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloan Terrace, London SM1X 9DQ
This will be an Under The Apple Tree presentation and will also feature Teddy Thompson as opening act. Teddy will be on at 7:30, Shelby & Alison at 8:30.
This should be a good one.
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:33 am

AFTER TOPSY TURVEY YEAR- WHAT LIES AHEAD?

Now we are a week into the new year, time for a brief look back at the past twelve months which has been a toxic mix of high comedy, absurdity and horror. From US President trump starting off his presidency with his absurdly untrue "My crowd was the biggest ever" claims to reveletaions in the new book, "Fire & Fury" which reveals what we all suspected about the White House- that it is a chaotic mess led by a deranged man-child.

Musically, things have been a little weird, too, but some bright chinks of light emerging. Willie Nelson released one of his finest albums at the start of the year, while towards the year end he had put out an album of covers with his sons who, by the way, also have their own band, Promise Of The Real who colarorated with Neil Young to put out the year's most astute album with social comment, "the Visitor".

It was also a year that saw country artistes dabbling in hip hop while Pop star Pink put in one of the most country performances at the CMA's with the rendition of her own song, "Barbies". Brad & Carrie poked gentle fun at the president, while Americana star Mary Gauthier has been more blunt, baldly stating:"The president is a lunatic!"

One of the year's pleasanter surprises was Liz Rose's debut album, "Swimming Alone", one of the few releases this year that fell into the country-folk basket. Surprising, perhaps, from a woman best known for penning some of Taylor Swift's biggest pop-country hits.
Talking of Taylor, she released her all out pop album, REPUTATION, full of drama, trumped up controversy and well-crafted pop songs.
A country-pop star of an earlier era, Shania Twain, made her long awaited comeback with NOW. The album sold well & she has a sell out tour set for this year, but Twain's new music offered little new and nothing vital.

The year also produced a slew of new artistes. Bearded young men making what sounds like country music, and some young women delving into the singer-songwriter tradition of country & folk.

On the telly, meanwhile, we had dramatic events in season 5 of Nashville, while the final season launches this year.

Have fun in 2018 & enjoy the music!
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:03 pm

NEW ARTISTES FOR A NEW YEAR!
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CATHERINE McGRATH is a 20 year old singer being touted as an "Irish Taylor Swift". On the basis of her debut single "I Thought It was Gonna Be ME" (yes, the lyrics are as banal as the title implies), she has studied Ms Swifts early country-pop albums carefully & has her down to a T, including the breathy vocals. This is the sort of stuff Swift was writting when she was 14. Apparently a number of high profile Nashville songwriter's have co-written with her for her forthcomming debut album, but hey! She's gonna have to do better than this single if she thinks it's gonna be her! (See what I did there?)

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THE WANDERING HEARTS were featured on Bayden's Country Music Show on BBC Radio London on New Years day, and they sound promesing. A British Americana/ Folk/ Country band with a fresh accoustic sound and pleasing harmonies, their debut single "Burning Bridges" is pretty good. Sort of if Pentangle had listened to country music!
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby PeterJD » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:19 am

Catherine McGrath has been getting a bit of play on Radio 2, daytime radio 2 for a couple of her tracks and she definitely is emulating the early Taylor Swift sound. Inoffensive.

Whilst I mention Radio 2, I see with the programme changes Bob Harris is being pushed back to 8pm
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:25 pm

PeterJD wrote:Catherine McGrath has been getting a bit of play on Radio 2, daytime radio 2 for a couple of her tracks and she definitely is emulating the early Taylor Swift sound. Inoffensive.

Whilst I mention Radio 2, I see with the programme changes Bob Harris is being pushed back to 8pm

I didn't realise she was on the Radio 2 playlist. Quite an achievement! On the basis of what I've heard, though, not much substance.

Yes, I suppose from May all the specialist shows will be starting at 8PM. May affect the ratings as more people watching telly/ going out by then? I often miss these shows on Radio 2 not by design but by accident. However last night I heard the Folk show hosted by Julie Fowlis and I thought it very good. I will check back on who was played & be checking some of those artistes out.
I am getting more onto the folky and rootsy side of country these days rather than the pop stuff or honky tonking.
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby PeterJD » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:48 am

On a slight tangent, I love the radio 2 blues show, its really eclectic and I listen to it most weeks, I love Paul Jones insight and anecdotes. I find it odd that he is being replaced by Cerys Matthews, no doubt she loves music, but her taste seems to be country, folk and americana and I do not feel it will be the same. I have had enough change over the last 12 months with sound of the sixties, I don't think I can take much more.
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby kev » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:07 pm

Moshe wrote:
PeterJD wrote:Catherine McGrath has been getting a bit of play on Radio 2, daytime radio 2 for a couple of her tracks and she definitely is emulating the early Taylor Swift sound. Inoffensive.

Whilst I mention Radio 2, I see with the programme changes Bob Harris is being pushed back to 8pm

I didn't realise she was on the Radio 2 playlist. Quite an achievement! On the basis of what I've heard, though, not much substance.

Yes, I suppose from May all the specialist shows will be starting at 8PM. May affect the ratings as more people watching telly/ going out by then? I often miss these shows on Radio 2 not by design but by accident. However last night I heard the Folk show hosted by Julie Fowlis and I thought it very good. I will check back on who was played & be checking some of those artistes out.
I am getting more onto the folky and rootsy side of country these days rather than the pop stuff or honky tonking.


What a shame they haven't decided to bin Harris at the same time!
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:25 pm

PeterJD wrote:On a slight tangent, I love the radio 2 blues show, its really eclectic and I listen to it most weeks, I love Paul Jones insight and anecdotes. I find it odd that he is being replaced by Cerys Matthews, no doubt she loves music, but her taste seems to be country, folk and americana and I do not feel it will be the same. I have had enough change over the last 12 months with sound of the sixties, I don't think I can take much more.


I have seen Paul Jones in concert a few times, as part of The Blues Band & in an acoustic duo with another Blues Band muso. Quite a talented guy and a good presenter.
One of my fave Radio 2 shows used to be Desmond Carrington's friday evening whimsey, The Music Goes Round And Round. Tony Blackburn is no replacement for him!

As far as the Radio 2 daytime schedules goes, I would like to see most of them changed, except Steve Wright who is still very entertaining. Sarah Cox would be good as a regular on the Breakfast show as Chris just natters too much.
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:42 am

Country Artistes respond to latest presidential outburst.

Here are a few of the Twitter responses:
Hit country songwriter Gretchen Peters shared the hastag https://twitter.com/hashtag/****?src=hash
Brothers Osbourne tweeted "Our family started in a trailer park in Odenton, Marland. Some would have called it a ****. We called it a start."
Responding to a fan warning them to stay away from politics, Brothers Osbourne responded: "We came from nothing. If sticking up for the little guy means career suicide, so be it".
Kacey Musgrave tweeted that she too came from a "****" Trailer park.
Mary Gauthier tweeted that America is in "a darkness that threatens to overtake us" but that diversity is a stregnth and hatred is "a weakness that divides us"

Chely Wright opined that "****" is not just how Trump regards African countries (& Haiti) but also "hometowns in the good old USA".
After a fan suggested "**** Country" could be a new radio format, Jason Isbell responded "I sometimes make this type of music".
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Re: Country Exclusives 2018

Postby Moshe » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:42 am

LARI WHITE ADMITTED TO HOSPICE

Country singer Lari White entered hospice care in Nashville after treatment for her advanced cancer had to be abandoned due to complications.
Lari White had a string of country hits in the 90's and has more recently been working as a producer and songwriter.
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