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

Latest CD Reviews


Robinson & Rohe Iron Horse

Waylon Hanel

Mitch Hayes Tanya Tucker Laura Cantrell
Rodney Rice Alyssa Bonagura Eilen Jewell
Leftover Salmon Meris Gantt Del Barber

Alan Cackett 47th Member of the British Country Music Hall of Fame

Each year the BCMA honours those musicians, radio presenters, performers and industry figures who have or still are playing a major role in supporting and advancing the fortunes of country music in the UK.

Maidstone-born Alan Cackett has always been at the forefront of country music, both locally and internationally. Especially in association with most of the major Country artists from around the world when they visit the UK, both advising them and arranging publicity for their tours. Read more

UK Americana Bar TV Show

For more years than I care to remember, country music in the UK has been treated shabbily, both within and outside of the entertainment industry. Homegrown talent has rarely gained the kind of support that all too often it has so richly deserved. Many of those behind the scene, whether they be promoters, agents, managers, club/festival organisers, radio presenters or journalists, have faced an uphill struggle to gain any kind of respect, let alone credibility or financial reward for their efforts. Read More

Alan Cackett’s 50th Anniversary in Music Celebration

Alan Cackett’s 50th Anniversary in Music Celebration
Exchange Studio, Maidstone, Friday September 30, 2016
There was a packed auditorium at the Exchange Studio, Maidstone on Friday evening September 30, 2016 to celebrate my 50th Anniversary in Music. The charity evening in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support has so far raised £1,745.80…read more

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