03 October 2005

Roger Ryan's Country Cuts

Roger Ryan of the Country Music Association of Ireland sends the following country music news:

Official Publication of the Country Music Association Of Ireland
( Founded January 1969. )
Country Cuts MAy 2014.

Willie Nelson will be the first inductee into the television series "Austin City Limits" Hall Of Fame on April 26th. Willie will perform at the ceremony which is part of the series 40th anniversary celebration.

In "Glen Campbell - It'll Be Me," film makers followed Glen and his family - as Campbell set on his "Goodbye Tour," following his diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. The film will be shown at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival this month.

"Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard" features Haggard classics performed by Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, and others.

The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville was honoured with The 2014 Award Of Excellence from The Tennessee Association Of Museums Conference.

Mickey Gilley
kicked off a new tour on March 21st - which was his first national tour since a 2009 accident that left him unable to work. The tour runs until July 30th and will end in Louisiana.

 "Steve Wariner c.g.p. - My Tribute To Chet Atkins" was released some time ago but is just now available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. A track from the album, "Producer's Medley," won a Grammy in 2010 for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

Don Williams
will perform at the Olympia in Dublin on May 22nd & 23rd.  Dolly Parton will be one of the many headliners at this this year's Live At The Marquee series of concerts in June and will be followed in July by Garth Brooks who is scheduled to do 5 shows at Croke Park in Dublin. Also in July, Rattlesnake Annie will undertake an Irish tour from July 3rd to 16th, and Gary Ferguson will also be in Ireland around that time. More details of these tours next month.

Country singing sensation NATHAN CARTER has confirmed he will play a date at Cork Live At The Marquee on Sunday 15 June and tickets go on sale today Thursday 1 May at 9.00am.  Born on 28 May 1990, Nathan spent his childhood years in Liverpool growing up in a family with strong Irish roots, his folks  originating from  Newry in County Down.  Trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoil`s became a regular feature of young Nathan`s life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing , and in accordion, all at just 12 years of age.  Nathan soon became a member of the Liverpool Ceili band, playing piano accordion and piano.  In no time at all Nathan had begun playing solo gigs around Liverpool and London as well as occasional shows in Ireland.  On a trip to Donegal in April 2009, he met with songwriter John Farry and in a few short months Nathan`s dream of performing with his own band became a reality.  `Wagon Wheel`, the single taken from the album of the same name became a huge hit for Nathan, with well over a million hits on You Tube.  Nathan`s  current studio album `WHERE I WANNA BE` and the new `WAGON WHEEL LIVE SHOW` AUDIO CD both  reached the coveted No 1 position in the Irish Charts.  Nathan is now a huge attraction on the Irish music scene, and has brought a whole new generation of fans of all ages to Country Music in Ireland.  Having just signed with Decca Records, a UK/Scottish Tour is planned for later this year.


With driving artistic instinct, a trademark husky voice made for storytelling, polished showmanship and effortless charisma, Kenny Rogers conquered radio, television and film en route to becoming a beloved American icon. The Country Music Hall of Fame  and Museum in Nashville will pay tribute to Rogers with the cameo exhibition Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, which opens in the museum’s East Gallery on August 15, 2014, and runs until June 14, 2015.   “Kenny Rogers redefined and elevated country music superstardom in every sense,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “He blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of country music’s audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision. His versatility is astounding. We could not be more thrilled to share this detailed presentation of his story.”
Rogers has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. What’s more, he has charted a single in each of the last seven decades—including 21 Billboard #1 country hits. According to the RIAA, he has one diamond album, 19 platinum albums, and 31 gold albums.  He has earned three Grammys, six Country Music Association awards (including a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award), eight Academy of Country Music awards—including Entertainer of the Year in 1978—and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.   From the enduring wisdom of "The Gambler" and the forlorn tales of "Lucille" and "Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town)," to the success of his collaborations with Dottie West, Dolly Parton and others, Rogers took hallmarks of classic country music, such as rich storytelling and iconic duets, and made them larger than life—and very much his own. That’s just skimming the surface of his musical contributions alone. In the 1980s, he starred in the five-part Gambler series that attracted more than 100 million television viewers. In addition to his achievements as vocalist and actor, his accomplishments as musician, photographer, author, Off-Broadway star, entrepreneur, and humanitarian round out his résumé.

George Jones' widow Nancy is planning a memorial service for George on April 26th - the one year anniversary of his death. The service is scheduled for Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville and Nancy is planning to plant two dogwood trees at George's monument.
   Willie Nelson has been involved in karate for quite some time and will receive his 5th degree black belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul a modern Korean martial Arts system -    during a ceremony at his Austin, Texas studio on April 28th.

Glen Campbell recently entered a health care facility after three years of battling Alzheimer's disease.

Carlene Carter's first album of new recordings this decade, is available now!  Produced by the legendary Don Was, the album is Carlene's personal homage to her Carter Family roots and to the ethos that has been the foundation of much of America's music for almost 90 years.  Featuring guest artists Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Elizabeth Cook!
The 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. This year’s three honorees were revealed at a press conference in Nashville Tuesday morning (April 22) and they are Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman and Ronnie Milsap. The honorees will be celebrated at the annual invitation only, Medallion Ceremony later this year.

 The Fabulous Clanree Hotel Letterkenny Co. Donegal is the place to be on the 28th and 29th June 2014 for the Biggest and Best Country Music Jamboree in the County.
The newly refurbished Mc Gettigans bar and the now Luxurious Shellbridge Suite plays host to the Biggest names in the country music business. This is most definitely the biggest event to hit the county this year with 50 artistes over three different stages. The listing for this event reads like a catalogue of who's who in the country music industry and features the elite of country music stars.  Names like:  Derek Ryan, Mike Denver, Johnny Brady, Robert Mizzell, Philomena Begley, Jim Devine, Lee Matthews, Gerry Guthrie, Martin Cuffe, Jimmy Buckley, Paul Kelly, Justin Mc Gurk, Tony Kerr, and so the list goes on and on.  Music Master Promotions are also delighted to introduce the Award Winning Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash Tribute Band who take the stage for the first time at this Monster event. JP. Mac and Caroline along with their 5 piece band have been keeping the music of Johnny and June alive for the last number of years and continually play to sell out shows where ever they go. Due to popular demand the outside Gig-Rig makes a welcome return to the Clanree Hotel this year as well. Priced at €160.00 pps. including B&B with admission to All Shows this represents great value for money. Daily Tickets are also available priced at just €30.00 with full weekend pass only €50.00
For additional information regarding this event contact the Clanree Hotel on: 00353 74 9124369 or visit the website www.musicmasterpromotions



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