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
Tin Pan South 2018 Preview
Following the popularity of the Nashville TV series and the phenomenal success of C2C, there’s been a massive influx of new, mainly younger fans of country music across the UK. It has naturally led them to consider a pilgrimage to the home of country music. I’ve been asked over and over again: ‘When’s the best time to visit Nashville?’ Should it be the CMA Festival in June, or maybe the CMA Awards in November or perhaps the more rootsy side of the music, so maybe the Americana Awards and Convention in September.
There is no simple answer to fit all. It really boils down to what kind of Nashville vacation will suit you and your travelling companions. Having attended all three of the above events on numerous occasions, I would plump for an event that will probably not be on most country music fans’ radar.
Tin Pan South, the annual songwriter’s festival, that takes place in late March or early April, has become my first choice over recent years. Read more
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees
Five more talented and legendary songwriters were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 47th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Monday, October 23, at the Music City Center in Nashville. The five new inductees— Vern Gosdin, Jim McBride, Walt Aldridge, Dewayne Blackwell and Tim Nichols—will join the 203 existing members of the elite organization. Read much more
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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Daryle Singletary Obituary
Daryle Singletary, a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool traditional country singer, passed away on February 12, 2018 at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 46 years old. His compelling stone-country vocals paired with unapologetically traditional tunes earned him a string of country hits in the mid-1990s, including I Let Her Lie, Amen Kind Of Love, The Note and Too Much Fun. Read More
Lari White Obituary
Lari White, a highly respected Nashville based singer, songwriter, actress, Broadway star and record producer, passed away on January 23, 2018 in hospice care in Nashville after a battle with advanced peritoneal cancer. She was 52. Lari burst onto the American country charts in 1994 with a trio of catchy pop-flavoured top ten country hits That’s My Baby, Now I Know and That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love). It was at the height of the CMT phase in the UK and in no time at all she built up a solid fan base from the infectious songs and the videos that portrayed her in a skimpy mini-dress, so fragile, a waif-like beauty carefully groomed to snare the guys, but not to offend their women folk. Read more
Glen Campbell Obituary
Glen Campbell, one of the greatest music icons of the 20th century, passed away on August 8, 2017, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. He was 81. Though he was a core country artist, Glen Campbell's music was always way too expansive to be limited to one genre........Read more