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 April 2015.

The Hot Country Awards Show will be staged at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, on Tuesday April 28th, and promises to be a glittering affair with a whole host of Irish Country Superstars set to collect awards and to perform on the night. This annual event has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the biggest and best events of it's kind. And this year's show looks likely to surpass previous ones with a lineup boasting the likes of Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Lisa Mc Hugh, Derek Ryan, Margo, Crystal Swing, Philomena Begley and Paddy O'Brien, and that's just for starters as there are many, many more on the bill. Most of popular Irish stars are due to appear there so it promises to be a star spangled night. Doors open @ 7.00pm and the show starts at 8.00pm.

Emmylou and Rodney Crowell will release their new album “The Traveling Kind” on May 12th, the followup to their 2013 GRAMMY Award winning “Old Yellow Moon.” You can take a listen to the first track by clicking on their YouTube video.

Martin Gilmore Irish Tour. The Martin Gilmore Trio from Denver, Colorado, will be touring Ireland from 1 May to 12 May 2015, with a repertoire of bluegrass, country, and some folk. The Trio consists of Nick Amodeo (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Ian Haegle (bass, vocals), and Martin Gilmore on guitar, banjo, and vocals.Back in Colorado, Martin is the guitarist and lead singer with the bluegrass band Long Road Home, which features the iconic banjo player Pete Wernick ('Dr Banjo'). As well as being a fine songwriter, he is the son of Steve Gilmore, guitarist with High Plains Tradition, and came over with the band on their tour a year ago, playing support on several of their dates as well as a lively solo schedule. Martin was here last year as a solo act and was so well received he was determined to return with a band. Here is a list of dates for his forthcoming Irish Tour:     

1st - 11th MAY 2015
Fri 1st Keanes Bar, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare @ 10pm - tel 087 8886820
Sat 2nd Caherciveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry - tel 087 7069935
Sun 3rd Caherciveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry - tel 087 7069935 Full details www.teachttharsailefolkclub.com
Mon 4th Mannions Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo @ 7pm - tel 087 2296018
Tues 5th Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare @ 9pm - tel 086 8464509 (a Sixmilebridge Folk Club Concert)
Wed 6th O Donovans Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork @ 9.30pm - tel 087 4153285
Thurs 7th Blackrock GAA Club, Church Rd, Cork City.  @ 9.30pm - tel 087 2944821
Fri 8th Copper Mine Museum, Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork @ 8pm - tel 027 73218
Sat 9th Tigh an Cheoil, Baile na nGall, Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford @ 9.30pm - tel 087 9898560
Sun 10th Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork @ 8.30pm - tel 087 7921771 with support act - Jacobs Ladder (Harmony Singers)
Mon 11th Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork @ 8.15pm - tel 087 7921771 with support act - The New Bread Winners (Bluegrass)
Enquieries for all of the above - tel 087 7921771
CHARLEY PRIDE has confirmed he will return to Ireland in April to play a number of shows around the country at the following venues. BUNDORANGreat Northern Hotel, Bundoran    -  15 April, BELFAST, Waterfront - 16 April, DUBLIN, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre  19 April, MULLINGAR, The Park Hotel   - 21 April,  CORK, Cork Opera House – 22 April, BALLYCONNELL, Slieve Russell Hotel   -  24 April, CASTLEBLANEY, Glencarn Hotel  -  25 April, KILKENNY, Lyrath Estate Hotel -  27 April.

The 25th Athy Bluegrass Festival will be held on 10-12 July 2015 at the GAA Centre, Dublin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare, with perennial favourites 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B) at the top of the bill. Sharing that position with them will be Tom Mindte (mandolin), John Brunschwyler (banjo), and all the Patuxent Partners . Longtime attenders at Athy festivals know what a treat this means - favourable responses to the news are already on the Festival Facebook. 

Derek Ryan has released his brand new single and first single of 2015, ‘Cry’. Taken from the number one album, ‘The Simple Things’, the self-penned serenade has already been touching the hearts of concert-goers around the country, and has been highly requested since the album release. On Saturday, 14th March, the praised concert tour stopped off at the Olympia Theatre Dublin, where Derek performed the sweet composition with the renowned ‘Hallelujah Choir’. 2015 so far has already been a whirlwind of success for Derek, already with two awards from Ireland’s leading newspaper, the Sunday World for ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Entertainer of The Year’, for the second year running. The singer/songwriter shows no signs of slowing down in his career, and will continue with his Irish concert and dance tour before heading off to the UK in huge demand! The Tour includes a mix of old favourites, classic country and Derek’s own original material.

The 2014 Irish Steel Guitar Festival will take place on the weekend of 17th and 18th October 2015 at the Green Isle Hotel, Newland's Cross, Dublin, with Joe Wright as the featured steel guitar player.

  With his easy-going style and laid back nature, Don Williams has become one of Country Music’s most-beloved performers both in the United States, as well as abroad. Williams announces the Spring and Fall legs of his 2015 tour, bringing his hits to fans old and new.“Mercy, the fans have kept us going for years, and I am glad to share the music with them once again,” says Williams.Williams first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the folk group The Pozo-Seco Singers. The trio recorded several hit records, with the biggest being “Time.” By 1971, Williams had gone solo, and had signed a publishing deal with Jack Clement. The Hall of Fame producer was so taken with Don’s style that he offered him a recording contract with his JMI Records in 1972. Early hits included “Atta Way To Go” and “Come Early Morning,” as well as “We Should Be Together,” which became his first Billboard top ten hit from 1974. He then moved to ABC / Dot (Later MCA), where the hits increased. Tracks such as “Rake and Ramblin’ Man,” “Tulsa Time,” and “Nobody But You” helped to make him one of the most-played artists on Country Radio in the 1970s and 1980s. He took home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy from the Country Music Association in 1978, and notched his biggest hit in 1981 with “I Believe In You,” which also crossed over to the top-30 on the Hot 100.Subsequent moves to Capitol Nashville and RCA kept Williams on the charts into the 1990s, as he continued to play for huge crowds on the road. His success in the United States is well-documented, but the music of Don Williams has made him an international star – with followings in such places as England and New Zealand. He has placed 52 singles in the top-40 on the Country charts in the United States, with 17 going all the way to the top spot. Williams was a member of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1980s, and appeared in the films W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey & The Bandit II with Burt Reynolds.  Williams’ most recent album was 2014’s Reflections, which earned the singer his highest peak on the Country Album chart in three decades. Known as “The Gentle Giant,” Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s new album, The Traveling Kind, will be released May 11 on Nonesuch Records.  In celebration of the release, Rolling Stone premiered the title track, praising, “‘The Traveling Kind’, set to a nostalgic, chugging beat, carves the path for the record, which floats from Memphis grooves to classic, country-infused folk ballads, telling stories of love, struggle and the very special art of confessing to both through lyric.”  The site goes on to assert, “…they’ve built their legacies with melodies, lyrics and timeless voices that lace together the most permanent of humanity's living records.”  ‘The Traveling Kind’ is now available as a download with pre-orders of the album at iTunes and nonesuch.com, where CD and vinyl orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Harris and Crowell.  International touring will follow the album release this summer, with further dates still to be announced. The Traveling Kind follows the longtime friends’ first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon, which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year.  Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein.  Also featured are new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including ‘No Memories Hanging Around’ as well as new interpretations of Lucinda Williams’ ‘I Just Wanted to See You So Bad’ and Amy Allison’s ‘Her Hair Was Red’.  The full track listing is below.
Of the project, Harris comments, “In the words of Willie Nelson, ‘The life I love is making music with my friends,’ and there’s no better friend for me to make music with than Rodney.  I can’t wait to get out there on the road with him and play the songs from this new record.”  Crowell adds, “Emmy and I co-wrote six of the eleven songs on The Traveling Kind, which was recorded in a six-day span with our Glory Band, Steuart Smith and Billy Payne.  Joe Henry was at the helm as producer and Justin Neibank did the recording.  The experience was pretty much akin to falling off a log.”
A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years.  She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings.  In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.  Her most recent solo album, 2011’s Hard Bargain, debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and received tremendous critical acclaim. 
Crowell is a multi–Grammy Award winner whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Etta James, and Grateful Dead, among others.  His 1988 breakthrough Diamonds and Dirt generated five # 1 singles and a Grammy Award for the song ‘After All This Time’.  His critically acclaimed works The Houston Kid, Fate’s Right Hand, The Outsider, and Sex and Gasoline were followed by the 2010 release of his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks.  In 2011, Crowell released KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell, which debuted at # 1 on the Americana album chart and featured specials guests including Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, and Lucinda Williams, among many others.   His most recent solo album, Tarpaper Sky, was released in 2014.  Crowell’s honors also include an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award and membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
 1.             The Traveling Kind (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Cory Chisel)
2.             No Memories Hanging Around (Rodney Crowell)
3.             Bring It on Home to Memphis (Rodney Crowell/Larry Klein)
4.             You Can’t Say We Didn’t Try (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Cory Chisel)
5.             The Weight of the World (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris)
6.             Higher Mountains (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Will Jennings)
7.             I Just Wanted to See You So Bad (Lucinda Williams)
8.             Just Pleasing You (Rodney Crowell/Mary Carr)
9.             If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris)
10.           Her Hair Was Red (Amy Allison)
11.           La Danse de la Joie (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Will Jennings)
 July 12                   BRISTOL Colston Hall (Americana Weekend)
July 17                   GATESHEAD Summertyne Festival
August 13              CROPREDY Festival     
The Country Music Association announced recently that Jim  Ed Brown and The Browns, Grady Martin, and The Oak Ridge Boys will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Ed Brown and The Browns (siblings Maxine and Bonnie) will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while The Oak Ridge Boys (Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban) will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category. Martin will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Non-Performer” and “Songwriter” categories. The Browns, Martin, and The Oak Ridge Boys will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 124 to 127 members.“Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor achievable for a Country Music artist, songwriter, or industry leader and this year’s inductees are all highly deserving,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.“Today is an overwhelming day not just for me, but for the Brown family” said Jim Ed Brown. “Receiving this honor with my sisters, Maxine and Bonnie, is something I had dreamed about for years, but never knew if it would happen or not.  Fame is fleeting, hit records change every week, award show winners and nominees change every year, but being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame will be forever!”“The induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor I could ever imagine receiving,” said Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys. “It still gives me chills when I think about it really happening. I am humbled to the core.  I know I speak for the other Boys when I say how grateful and honored we are to be chosen. I have seen tears in the eyes of Richard Sterban only two times. The first was when we were made members of the Grand Ole Opry. The second was when we were informed that we would be among the next inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Richard LOVES baseball, so, when we were about to depart, he turned around to me and said, ‘This is Cooperstown!’”“We have seen dream after dream come true, and we are thankful and humbled every day. Now this day has come, and it is the biggest thing to ever happen to The Oak Ridge Boys,” added Bonsall. “I have no words, and yet I have thousands of words racing through my heart and mind. I am in total awe. The whole paradigm has changed. Four little Boys from Texas, Alabama, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, who dreamed of singing songs in four-part harmony will NOW be in ‘The Hall.’”Induction ceremonies for Martin (who passed away in 2001), Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, and The Oak Ridge Boys will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year. Since 2007, the Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honour.“We are in the business of celebrating legendary artists, and today we have the privilege of honoring a very special group of legendary artists, the class of 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees,” said Kyle Young, Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “These remarkable entertainers – The Oak Ridge Boys; Jim Ed Brown and his sisters, Maxine and Bonnie; and the late, great guitarist Grady Martin – all represent quality and precision in their music. They exemplify harmony, whether in the blending of their magnificent voices, or in the tightly knit ensemble playing of an accomplished musician.”The announcement was made recently  in the Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and could be seen via live stream on CMAworld.com with the archived footage being available through the end of the month.  



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