Category Archives: Country

THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC: MORE COUNTRY HITS.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC: MORE COUNTRY HITS. For many people, the golden age of country music was the late fifties and early sixties. During that period, country music provided the soundtrack to much of American life. Providing the soundtrack were giants of country music like Johnny Cash, Don Gibson, Carl Perkins, George …

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FIREFALL-FIREFALL, LUNA SEA AND ELAN.

FIREFALL-FIREFALL, LUNA SEA AND ELAN. In 1973, Gram Parsons and The Fallen Angeles headed out on tour. Little did anyone realise that this tour would be Gram Parsons’ swan-song. By then, he had an insatiable appetite for drink and drugs. Sadly, this would result in Gram Parsons’ death on September 19th 1973.  The cause of …

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COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN-COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN/TALES FROM THE OZONE/WE’VE GOT A LIVE ONE HERE.

COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN-COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN/TALES FROM THE OZONE/WE’VE GOT A LIVE ONE HERE. By 1975, it was all change for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. After releasing four albums for Paramount, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen moved to Warner Bros. They were hoping …

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MICHAEL CHAMPMAN-SAVAGE AMUSEMENT-VINYL EDITION-RECORD STORE DAY 2016.

MICHAEL CHAMPMAN-SAVAGE AMUSEMENT-VINYL EDITION-RECORD STORE DAY 2016. Nowadays, artists can spent years recording an album.  They announce that they’re about to start work on their next album. That’s the last anyone hears of the artist for years. They’re locked away in their home studio, with only a DAW and a handful of plug-ins for company. …

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DAN WHITEHOUSE-INTRODUCING.

DAN WHITEHOUSE-INTRODUCING. When Birmingham based Dan Whitehouse came to record his debut album, he didn’t head to one of the city’s many recording studios. Instead, his flat became a makeshift studio. That was where Dan Whitehouse recorded the eleven songs that became his eponymous debut album. It was released in 2012, and introduced Dan Whitehouse …

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EDDI READER-THE BEST OF EDDI READER.

EDDI READER-THE BEST OF EDDI READER. Eddi Reader was twenty-eight when Fairground Attraction signed to RCA. The next three years were a roller coaster for Fairground Attraction. Their debut single Perfect was released in April 1988, and reached number one in the British singles charts. Fairground Attraction slice of pop perfection whetted record buyer’s attention …

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RAY STEVENS-FACE THE MUSIC-THE COMPLETE MONUMENT SINGLES 1965-1970.

RAY STEVENS-FACE THE MUSIC-THE COMPLETE MONUMENT SINGLES 1965-1970. In a career that’s lasted the best part of sixty years, Ray Stevens has been a singer, songwriter, session musician, arranger and producer. He’s a member of various Halls Of Fame and has won two Grammy Awards. Ray Stevens is also a truly prolific, and has released …

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CHARLEY PRIDE-THE HAPPINESS OF HAVING YOU/SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLEY PRIDE/SHE’S JUST AN OLD LOVE TURNED MEMORY/SOMEONE LOVES YOU HONEY.

CHARLEY PRIDE-THE HAPPINESS OF HAVING YOU/SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLEY PRIDE/SHE’S JUST AN OLD LOVE TURNED MEMORY/SOMEONE LOVES YOU HONEY. When Charley Pride released his debut album Country in April 1966, it reached number sixteen in the US Billboard Country charts, and was certified gold. This was the start of a six year period when Charley …

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CHARLEY PRIDE-DID YOU THINK TO PRAY/A SUNSHINE LOVE/SONGS OF LOVE/ SWEET COUNTRY.

CHARLEY PRIDE-DID YOU THINK TO PRAY/A SUNSHINE LOVE/SONGS OF LOVE/ SWEET COUNTRY. Growing up, in Sledge, Mississippi, Charley Pride had two loves. The first was baseball, the other was music. Music however, was just a hobby for Charley Pride. His mother bought him a guitar in 1950, when Charley was just fourteen. Soon, he had …

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JERRY LEE LEWIS-COUNTRY CLASS AND COUNTRY MEMORIES.

JERRY LEE LEWIS-COUNTRY CLASS AND COUNTRY MEMORIES. March 12th 1968 will forever be a date that looms large in Jerry Lee Lewis’ memory. That was the day when he released his first country single, Another Place, Another Time. Soon, it was climbing the US Country charts, and reached number five. This was the start of …

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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT-WHITE BEAR.

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT-WHITE BEAR. Hardly a month goes by without another band being touted as the future of rock ’n’ roll. These bands are hailed as the next Led Zeppelin or Rolling Stones. Often though, these bands have sunk like a musical Titanic. However, in September 2013, the future of rock ’n’ roll strutted into …

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OUT OF LEFT FIELD-WHERE COUNTRY MEETS SOUL.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD-WHERE COUNTRY MEETS SOUL. Country music has always been inextricably linked with soul music. In some cases, the two go hand-in-hand. This has been documented by Ace Records on their Where Country Meets Soul series.  The series began in June 2012, with the release of Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul. …

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BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE-VINYL EDITION.

BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE-VINYL EDITION. 2015 has been the year of the comeback. Some of the biggest names of yesteryear have returned after a lengthy absence.  The year started well with critically acclaimed comeback album  from Bob Dylan. Then recently, Dave Gilmour, released his first solo album since Pink Floyd called it a day. …

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BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE.

BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE. 2015 has been the year of the comeback. Some of the biggest names of yesteryear have returned after a lengthy absence.  The year started well with critically acclaimed comeback album  from Bob Dylan. Then recently, Dave Gilmour, released his first solo album since Pink Floyd called it a day. However, …

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LOWE COUNTRY-THE SONGS OF NICK LOWE.

LOWE COUNTRY-THE SONGS OF NICK LOWE. Despite enjoying a career that’s lasted nearly fifty years, Nick Lowe’s music still hasn’t found the wider audience it deserves. His biggest hit came in 1978, when I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass reached number seven in Britain. A year later, in 1979, Cruel To Be Kind reached number …

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GEIR SUNDSTOL-FURULUND.

GEIR SUNDSTOL-FURULUND. Prolific. That’s a word that is often used to describe musicians. Often that’s an exaggeration. Not in the case of Geir Sundstøl.  Since his career began in 1988, Geir Sundstøl has featured on 260 different albums. This includes the albums he recorded as member of Rovers, and then Morris. Mostly, though, Geir Sundstøl has …

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LINK WRAY-3-TRACK SHACK.

LINK WRAY-3-TRACK SHACK. Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Iggy Pop all have one thing in common. They were all influenced by Link Wray, whose 1958 instrumental hit Rumble, popularised the power chord. As a result, several generations of guitarists, owe a debt of gratitude to Link Wray. He’s regarded as one of greatest guitarists in …

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ZACHARY CALE-DUSKLAND.

ZACHARY CALE-DUSKLAND. Before embarking upon a solo career, Louisiana born singer-songwriter Zachary Cale was a member of several college bands. By Zachary’s own admission, most were short-lived, and none of them were particularly successful. However, they taught Zachary Cale about stagecraft and songwriting. So when Zachary embarked upon a solo career, he was more than …

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THE LAST HURRAH!!-MUDFLOWERS.

THE LAST HURRAH!!-MUDFLOWERS. For over thirty years, H.P. Gundersen has been at the heart of Bergen’s thriving and vibrant music scene. The Bergen based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer is a veteran of many groups, including Animal Farm, House Of Hiss, Nekken, Rust, Sensible Twins and The Stain Monster. He’s also discovered and developed many …

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RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON.

RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON. Rachel Sermanni can’t remember life without music. It has always been there, and has been a constant in her life. This was certainly the case as long as Rachel can remember. Growing up, music provided the soundtrack for Rachel and her siblings. Music also provided Rachel with one of her …

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