Category Archives: Country

CHARTBUSTERS USA-SPECIAL COUNTRY EDITION.

CHARTBUSTERS USA-SPECIAL COUNTRY EDITION. It was back in June 1999 that Ace Records released Chartbusters USA Vol.1. Little did they realise that this occasional series would still be going strong over seventeen years later. That’s quite a feat in the increasingly competitive compilation market. What has been crucial to the continued success of Chartbusters USA …

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FEEL LIKE GOING HOME-THE SONGS OF CHARLE RICH.

FEEL LIKE GOING HOME-THE SONGS OF CHARLE RICH. When Sam Phillips first encountered Charlie Rich, he was singing demos for Sun Records, in Memphis. On hearing the demos, Sam Phillips thought Charlie Rich’s music wasn’t commercial. It was also: “too jazzy.” Sam Phillips then picked up a pile of Jerry Lee Lewis records and handed …

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BOB DYLAN-FALLEN ANGELS.

BOB DYLAN-FALLEN ANGELS. Not many artists have enjoyed a recording career that spans fifty-four years. One man has. Bob Dylan. There’s a reason for this. Constantly, Bob Dylan has sought to reinvent himself. Having began life as a folk singer, he went on to release albums of country, gospel, blues, rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly …

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PERRY COMO-I THINK OF YOU, IN NASHVILLE, JUST OUT OF REACH AND TODAY.

PERRY COMO-I THINK OF YOU, IN NASHVILLE, JUST OUT OF REACH AND TODAY. Nowadays, there’s been a resurgence in Easy Listening music. Just like many other musical genres, it’s fallen in and out fashion. However, nowadays, a new generation of music lovers are discovering the music of crooners. This includes everyone from Frank Sinatra to …

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JIM REEVES-YOURS SINCERELY, JIM REEVES, BLUE SIDE OF LONESOME, A TOUCH OF SADNESS AND ON STAGE.

JIM REEVES-YOURS SINCERELY, JIM REEVES, BLUE SIDE OF LONESOME, A TOUCH OF SADNESS AND ON STAGE. Gentleman Jim Reeves was, without doubt, a true legend of country music. He first came to prominence in 1953, when Mexican Joe reached number one on the US Country charts. This was the first of six number one singles …

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JIMMY HOLIDAY-THE ACCIDENTAL SINGER-SONGWRITER.

JIMMY HOLIDAY-THE ACCIDENTAL SINGER-SONGWRITER. Jimmy Holiday never set out to make a career out of music. instead, he wanted to be a boxer, and got as far as fighting in the annual Golden Gloves  competition. Then Jimmy started to get beat. That wasn’t in his plans. Realising he was never going to be more than a contender, Jimmy …

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THE SUN RECORDS ROCK ’N’ COLLECTION-40 ROCKIN’ GREATS FROM THE SUN VAULTS-LIMITED EDITION VINYL.

THE SUN RECORDS ROCK ’N’ COLLECTION-40 ROCKIN’ GREATS FROM THE SUN VAULTS-LIMITED EDITION VINYL. Back in late 2014, I was talking to someone who was then, the label manager at an independent record label. At the time, sales of vinyl were growing on both sides of the Atlantic, as well in Europe. Many independent labels …

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DAN WHITEHOUSE-THE REVEAL RECORDS’ E.P.s.

DAN WHITEHOUSE-THE REVEAL RECORDS’ E.P.s. For Dan Whitehouse, 2016 has been without doubt, one of the most important and successful years of his eighteen year career. This began when Dan Whitehouse signed to Reveal Records. On April 22nd 2016, Dan Whitehouse released his Reveal Records’ debut Introducing. It was a mixture of new songs and …

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BOO HEWERDINE-STILL LIVING THE DREAM.

BOO HEWERDINE-STILL LIVING THE DREAM. Boo Hewerdine’s life has always revolved around music. That’s been the case for over thirty years.  The first job Boo Hewerdine had, was  working in the warehouse of Andy’s Records in Bury St. Edmunds. However, Boo Hewerdine always had ambition beyond working in a record shop. Instead, he dreamt of making music. …

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ADAM HOLMES AND THE EMBERS-BRIGHTER STILL.

ADAM HOLMES AND THE EMBERS-BRIGHTER STILL. Edinburgh based singer-songwriter Adam Holmes, is without doubt, one of the rising stars of Scottish music. His debut album Heirs and Graces was released to critical acclaim in January 2014. Later that year, Heirs and Graces was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year Award, and the …

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JAMES LUTHER DICKINSON-DIXIE FRIED.

JAMES LUTHER DICKINSON-DIXIE FRIED. All too often, artists spend days, weeks and sometimes even months recording their debut album. Eventually, the album is complete, and it’s delivered to the record company. Nervously and expectantly the artist awaits as the record company plan a marketing campaign.  If the artist is signed to a major label, it …

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THE WELCOME RETURN OF BOB LIND.

THE WELCOME RETURN OF BOB LIND. Bob Lind, it’s fair to say, is a many of many talents. He started life as a singer-songwriter in 1965, and helped define the folk rock genre. His debut single Elusive Butterfly gave Bob a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1966. Five years and four albums …

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TERRY REID-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER.

TERRY REID-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. For many people, Terry Reid is music’s nearly man. He could’ve been the lead vocalist of two of the biggest rock bands in musical history. Sadly, that wasn’t to be, instead,Terry Reid decided to concentrate on his solo career.   He released six studio albums between 1968s Bang, …

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RAY PRICE-ANOTHER BRIDGE TO BURN, TOUCH MY HEART, DANNY BOY AND TAKE ME AS I AM.

RAY PRICE-ANOTHER BRIDGE TO BURN, TOUCH MY HEART, DANNY BOY AND TAKE ME AS I AM. It was never Ray Price’s intention to become a country singer. If his mother and step-father had their way, Ray Price would’ve followed in their footsteps and become a fashion designer. However, the world of couture didn’t appeal to …

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SON-OF-A-GUN AND MORE FROM THE LEE HAZLEWOOD SONGBOOK.

SON-OF-A-GUN AND MORE FROM THE LEE HAZLEWOOD SONGBOOK. On August the 4th 2007, Lee Hazlewood passed away aged seventy-eight. That day, music lost one its most talented sons. During a career that had spanned six decades, Lee Hazlewood had worked as a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. Somehow, though, Lee Hazlewood found time to found …

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CHARLEY PRIDE-AMAZING LOVE, COUNTRY FEELIN’, PRIDE OF AMERICA AND CHARLEY.

CHARLEY PRIDE-AMAZING LOVE, COUNTRY FEELIN’, PRIDE OF AMERICA AND CHARLEY. By the time Charley Pride released Amazing Love in October 1973, he was one of the biggest names in country music. Eleven of Charley’s albums had been certified gold, and his last thirteen albums had reached the top ten in the US Country charts. Seven …

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JOHN ILLSLEY-LONG SHADOWS.

JOHN ILLSLEY-LONG SHADOWS. Nowadays, life is very different for John Illsley. The former Dire Straits bassist lives in the New Forest, where he lives with his wife, their young family and two dogs. John it seems, has taken to country living. So much so, that when his local pub came up for sale, he decided …

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JESSICA SLIGTER-A SENSE OF GROWTH.

JESSICA SLIGTER-A SENSE OF GROWTH. When Dutch musician Jessica Slighter released her sophomore album Fear And The Framing in 2012, many people could’ve been forgiven for thinking that this was her debut album. After all, Fear And The Framing was the first album bearing Jessica Slighter’s name. While this was true, Jessica Slight’s solo career began …

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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS-THE WARNER BROS. YEARS.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS-THE WARNER BROS. YEARS. Between 1972 and 1980, The Doobie Brothers could do no wrong. They released eight albums, which sold in excess of ten million copies. It has been a roller coaster ride for The Doobie Brothers, whose recording career got off to an inauspicious start in 1971. By then The Doobie …

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GORDON LIGHTFOOT-DREAM SWEET ROSE, SHADOWS AND SALUTE.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT-DREAM SWEET ROSE, SHADOWS AND SALUTE. By 1980, the man dubbed “Canada’s greatest songwriter” was about to release the fourteenth album of his career, Dream Sweet Rose. It was the first album Gordon Lightfoot had released since Endless Wire in January 1978.  Endless Wire had reached number two in Canada, and number twenty-two in …

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