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A very warm welcome to my personal website. Many of you will know me as the former editor of Maverick magazine, but my involvement with music, and more specifically country music goes back a lot further than that … I’ve been involved in music, one way or another, for almost 50 years. For more than 30 of those years I held down a full-time position at the Kent Messenger, working in the production department. My involvement in music, whether it be as a magazine publisher/editor, freelance journalist, compiling CD tracklistings, writing liner notes, writing and compiling two encyclopaedias, concert and gig promoter, festival organiser, artist manager, radio presenter, tour organiser/agent and in PR, was strictly a part-time vocation. It has only been during the past 18 years that I’ve been involved on a full-time basis.

This site will include regular features, reviews, my personal musings and recommendations along with the first online publication of my biographies of all major performers, singers, writers and musicians involved in country music over the past eighty-odd years. I am also intending to add all the features that I contributed to Country Music People, Country Music Review, Country Music Round-up and Country Music International and various other publications including Record Mirror Sounds, Kent Evening Post, Kent Messenger and many others to the site.

I hope as the site builds and builds that it will grow into a first choice reference library for fellow passionate music lovers and will be of great value and interest to country, roots, bluegrass and Americana music lovers the world over…read more

Alan Cackett’s 50th Anniversary in Music Celebration

Bob Harris (Old Grey Whistle Test and co-founder of Time Out Magazine) and Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day (BBC Radio Kent) are co-hosting Alan’s live country music event which celebrates his 50 years in the music industry. Held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the event is taking place at the Exchange Studio, Maidstone, on 30th September…read more
 

Gail Davies

Gail Davies, one of Nashville’s finest singers, songwriters, and record producers, is set to undertake what could well be her final UK tour this autumn (see dates at the end). Utilising the several interviews I’ve done with Gail over the years, here’s a look back at her somewhat illustrious and chequered career that stretches back to the mid-1970s…read more
 

Eve Selis

Eve Selis is a San Diego-based singer-songwriter with a long and winding road behind her. As a vocalist, she’s a powerhouse, owning a solid gold voice laced with attitude and blessed with a range that she wields with style ... a world-class singer. . Eve and her band light a match and set fire to any stage they walk on. In the 14 years since I first brought Eve and her long-time guitarist Marc Twang to England, she has carved out a cool little niche across the UK with regular tours either in a duo format with Marc or, for the summer of 2016, with her full band…read more

Barbara Nesbitt

Austin-based singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt returns to the UK this summer for her second tour (dates at the bottom), following a highly successful trip in October 2015, when she played to packed houses from the far north of Scotland to the deep southern regions of England.Austin-based singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt returns to the UK this summer for her second tour…read more

Carlene Carter

June 2016 finds Carlene Carter returning to the UK for her first tour in six years (see the dates below). Recently I chatted to Carlene about her latest album, CARTER GIRL, and her legendary musical family that can be traced back to the 1920s country music pioneers the Carter Family. ..read more

Maverick Festival – 2016

If you’ve not as yet attended the Maverick Festival, then this year is the one when you should really try and make the trip to rural Suffolk for what is arguably the best ‘little music festival’ in the UK. The line-up of acts this year is most impressive. In keeping with previous years, there’s no massive major headline act, but instead a diverse bill of quality acts encompassing a wide range of country and Americana styles that the Maverick Festival has long been renowned for…read more

The Country Music Archive

The Country Music Archive (incorporating the British Archive of Country Music) is a UK-based organisation run by passionate lovers of country music. It is probably the largest collection of recordings, magazines, books, photographs and other items relating to country music outside of America. The Country Music Archive (incorporating the British Archive of Country Music) is a UK-based organisation run by passionate lovers of country music. It is probably the largest collection of recordings, magazines, books, photographs and other items relating to country music outside of America…read more

CMA Songwriters Series - Indigo at the O2, London

As we arrived at London’s O2, workmen were busily erecting the pop-up stages, there were others preparing the stalls in the Market Square area, the giant posters proclaimed the return of C2C and there was excitement in the air from the multitudes milling around in anticipation of the most exciting weekend in the UK country music calendar…read more

Country to Country 2016 - Preview

There are few, if any, who four years ago really believed that the Country To Country Festival at London’s O2 would become the resounding success that it has. Each year the organisers have been fine-tuning the event, along the way increasing both the quality and the number of acts…read more

Maren Morris

Texan singer-songwriter Maren Morris, signed to Sony Music Nashville last year, will be returning to the UK in March to appear at Country to Country 2016. I say return, as I was involved in bringing Maren (and her family) to the UK in the summer of 2006 for a handful of club and festival gigs. Texan singer-songwriter Maren Morris, signed to Sony Music Nashville last year, will be returning to the UK in March to appear at Country to Country 2016. I say return, as I was involved in bringing Maren (and her family) to the UK in the summer of 2006…read more

Latest CD Reviews

Sam Riggs Irene Kelly Sarah Class David Nail
THe Honeycutters Ward Thomas Johnny Lee Gordon Lightfoot

Advertising opportunities!

We have had a good number of people enquiring about advertising possibilities on the site and up to this point have resisted. However, we now feel that the traffic stats are such that we can offer value for money, inexpensive, advertising opportunities to artists, labels, festivals and any other Americana, roots, country & bluegrass music based products…read more

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Here at NEO Music, we are very proud to be a part of Alan Cackett.com, the new digital platform for the views, musings, and insights of respected journalist, publicist and broadcaster, Alan Cackett. We are also keen to hear your news (including tour dates), views, suggestions and recommendations which can be emailed to us at:
info@neo-music.net 

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Alan's Video of the Week

This week's video of choice is a live performance of 'My Church' from Texan singer-songwriter Maren Morris, to accompany the latest new feature ahead of Maren's return to the UK in March to appear at Country to Country 2016.


Check out previous videos of the week here

Ralph Stanley Obituary

Ralph Stanley, one of country music’s greatest treasures, passed away on June 23, 2016, from complications with skin cancer. He was 89. A titan in the bluegrass world, having recorded more than 170 albums, received numerous Grammy, CMA, and IBMA awards and nominations, and been awarded an honorary doctorate of music from the Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, Dr Ralph Stanley, as he affectionately became known in his later years, was about as real as anybody you could ever have come across in music…read more

Guy Clark - Obituary

Guy Clark, probably the greatest singer-songwriter of my generation, passed away on May 17, 2016. He was 74. The Texas-born troubadour had been battling failing health for some time, yet still continued writing songs, recording and playing his trusty home made guitars. Guy Clark was the very personification of the Texas songwriting tradition…read more

Merle Haggard - Obituary

Merle Haggard, possibly the greatest country singer and songwriter of all time—certainly of my generation—passed away on April 6, 2016, his 79th birthday. He’d been suffering from pneumonia for some time and though he’d continued touring in the early months of the year, he had been forced to cancel several dates and passed away quietly at his home in Northern California…read more

Steve Young - Obituary

Country-rock pioneer, Steve Young, best-known as the writer of such classics as Seven Bridges Road, Lonesome, On’ry And Mean and Montgomery In The Rain passed away on March 17, 2016 in Nashville, at the age of 73. Long before the rise of the 1970s Outlaw Movement, Steve Young was already a country music maverick and outlaw…read more
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