Category Archives: Country

ELVIS PRESLEY-THAT’S THE WAY IT IS.

ELVIS PRESLEY-THAT’S THE WAY IT IS. By the time Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie was born on 1st February 1968, his career was at a crossroads. Over the last few years, Elvis had been trying to forge a career as a movie star. However, the movies were formulaic and according to critics, were the epitome of …

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A BLUES TRIBUTE TO CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL.

A BLUES TRIBUTE TO CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. The latest instalment in Cleopatra Records’ Tribute To series is A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival. This is third instalment in the series released during 2014. The first instalment was A Psych Tribute To The Doors, which was released in March 2014.  A Psych Tribute To The …

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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III-HAVEN’T GOT THE BLUES (YET).

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III-HAVEN’T GOT THE BLUES (YET). Did you ever hear the story about the singer songwriter you sold his guitar to pay for yoga lessons, but still won a Grammy Award? That’s what Loudon Wainwright III did when was growing up. Loudon was born on September 5th 1946, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His …

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JOHN HIATT-TERMS OF MY SURRENDER.

JOHN HIATT-TERMS OF MY SURRENDER. Recently, some of music’s elder statesmen have made a welcome return. During the last couple of weeks, Eric Clapton, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. That’s not all. Another musical veteran on the comeback trail is John Hiatt.  John’s new album Terms Of My Surrender, …

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COUNTRY FUNK 2 1967-1974.

COUNTRY FUNK 2 1967-1974. Until two years ago, country funk was a genre with no name. That was until Light In The Attic Records released Country Funk 1969-1975, back in July 2012. At last, here was the perfect description of this irresistible music. It was a perfect description of the feel of the music. After …

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JACKSON BROWNE-LATE FOR THE SKY.

JACKSON BROWNE-LATE FOR THE SKY. Before Jackson Browne embarked upon a solo career he packed a lot into a short space of time. His career began in 1966. That’s when he moved to Greenwich Village and joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Jackson wasn’t even eighteen. Soon, he was writing songs for the Nitty Gritty …

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THE NASHVILLE SOUND-COUNTRY MUSIC’S GOLDEN ERA.

THE NASHVILLE SOUND-COUNTRY MUSIC’S GOLDEN ERA. By the mid-fifties, music was changing. Rock ’n’ roll had been born. This was a game-changer. Some genres, including blues and country, were no longer as popular. They were struggling to survive. It was a case of adapt or die. Country music realised this and changed. Production values changed. …

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MICHAEL CHAPMAN-PLAYING GUITAR THE EASY WAY.

MICHAEL CHAPMAN-PLAYING GUITAR THE EASY WAY. Nine years after releasing his debut album Rainmaker, on Harvest Records, Michael Chapman released Playing Guitar The Easy Way which has just been released on CD for the first time by Light In The Attic Records. This is no ordinary reissue. Far from it. It’s a no expense spared …

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MILLIE JACKSON-ON THE COUNTRY SOUL SIDE.

MILLIE JACKSON-ON THE COUNTRY SOUL SIDE. Trying to describe Millie Jackson in just one word, is almost impossible. If I was asked to do so, the word I’d use would be versatile. She could breath life, meaning and drama into a variety of songs. Whether it was heartbreaking, soulful ballads or country soul, Millie could …

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MOGWAI-LES REVENANTS.

MOGWAI-LES REVENANTS. Earlier this year, Glasgow’s very own Mogwai released their eighth studio album Rave Tapes. This was their first album in three years, since the release of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. However, during that three year period, Mogwai had been busy. They contributed the soundtrack to the French television series Les …

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RICK REDBEARD-NO SELFISH HEART.

RICK REDBEARD-NO SELFISH HEART. All too often, when I pore through each week’s new releases, I wonder where music is heading? It seems that nostalgia is now officially the future. A deluge of third-rate reissues seems to be all some record companies are releasing. Then there’s compilations. Like greetings cards, there are compilations for every …

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LINDA PERHACS-PARALLELOGRAMS.

LINDA PERHACS-PARALLELOGRAMS. In the music industry, sadly, talent alone doesn’t guarantee commercial success and critical acclaim. If only that was the case, then things would be very different. There would be no such thing as DJs, remixers and grid-iron producers. These three products of the modern music industry examples of where music has gone wrong. …

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GRAM PARSONS-GP.

GRAM PARSONS-GP. Gram Parsons’ career is a case of what might have been. He could’ve and should’ve enjoyed a long and successful career. Sadly, that wasn’t the. He only released one solo album during his career and died aged just twenty-six.  However, Gram squeezed a lot of living into twenty-six years. For many people, Gram Parsons’ epitomises …

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BEVERLEY MARTYN-THE PHOENIX AND THE FUTURE.

BEVERLEY MARTYN-THE PHOENIX AND THE FUTURE. It’s nearly fifty years ago since Beverley Martyn made her recording debut. This was as a member of The Levee Breakers. They were a jug band which featured Mac McGann, Johnny Joyce and Beverley. Their debut single was Babe, I’m Leaving You, which they released on Parlophone in 1965. …

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EMMYLOU HARRIS-WRECKING BALL.

EMMYLOU HARRIS-WRECKING BALL. In 1995, Emmylou Harris was thirty-eight, and about to release the sixteenth album of her career Wrecking Ball. Emmylou hoped that Wrecking Ball would be the album that would transform her fortunes. Having enjoyed commercial success and critical acclaim between 1975 and 1981, Emmylou’s career had stalled. The problem was, she was no …

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THE WAR ON DRUGS-LOST IN THE DREAM.

THE WAR ON DRUGS-LOST IN THE DREAM. Philadelphia. Musically what does Philly mean to you? For many people, it’s Philly Soul. Back in the seventies, jump-suited groups like The O’Jays, The Detroit Spinners and Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes flew the flag for Philly. However, there’ more to Philly than Philly Soul. Much more. …

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END OF NEIL-HEADSPINNIN’

END OF NEIL-HEADSPINNIN’ Over the last couple of years, I’ve been documenting the rise and rise of End Of Neil, one of Scotland’s best up and coming singer songwriters. End Of Neil’s unique brand of acoustic folk has seen Neil Stewart continue to win friends and influence people. So, much so, that End Of Neil …

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WITHERED HAND-NEW GODS.

WITHERED HAND-NEW GODS. Five long years have passed since Withered Hand recorded their debut album Good News. It was released to critical acclaim and praised for its stark honesty. There was a reason for this. The man behind Withered Hand, Dan Willson was  a latecomer to music. He was already thirty when he wrote his …

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BOB FRANK-BOB FRANK.

BOB FRANK-BOB FRANK. In 2007, Jim Dickinson described Bob Frank as: “the best songwriter you never heard.” That’s no surprise. Jim Dickinson first met Bob Frank way back in the summer of 1963. Back then, Bob was part of a group of singers and songwriters hanging out in an old butcher’s shop in Crosstown Farmer’s …

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BOBBY CHARLES-BOBBY CHARLES.

BOBBY CHARLES-BOBBY CHARLES. Bobby Charles will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of swamp pop. He played a huge part in popularising swamp pop, not just in Louisiana, but much further afield. However, there’s more to Bobby Charles’ career than that. Much more. Bobby was also a successful songwriter. The story begins in …

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