Country Exclisives 2017



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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:54 am

GRETCHEN PETERS AT UNION CHAPEL
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Fabulous gig last night by American singer & songwriter Gretchen Peters at one of London's most reliable roots music venues, The Union chapel in Islington. Gretchen has had a year off, & hasn't played the UK in longer, so the place was packed to the rafters.
Before getting to Ms Peters, the support act.
A folk duo in the classic sense, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, they performed, in all accoustic mode, songs from the classic folk repertoire. "I gave My Love A Cherry" is one I have not heard in eons & nicely perfomed, but the highlight for me was their lovely rendition, as a duet, of the Bob Dylan song "Boots of Spanish Leather".
After the break, it was time for GRETCHEN PETERS, accompanied by some really great musicians, most notably Barry Walsh on piano. Also worthy of note is her lead guitarist, but am not sure if this wasDoug Lancio or Will Kimbrough.
Peter's has such a vast catalogue of songs to chose from, so inevitably some of my favourites were missing. She kicked off with the apt and hard hitting "When All You've Got Is A Hammer (everything looks like nails)". Many of her fine songs were present, though not "The Secret Of life" or "Independence Day".
She did however include quite a few new songs she has been writting and anounced a new album and new tour for next year. The new songs sound great & the new album should be a treat, maintaining her usual high standards. She writes such thoughtful and reflective songs, it is hard to recall that at one time they were on mainstream country radio, in stark contrast to the stupid songs by numbers that populate the playlists of US country radio today.
Winding up her set, before performing a new song solo, she and her band gave a wonderful, jamming rendition of Waylon's classic, "Ain't Living long Like this", giving Barry Walsh ample opportunity to show off his piano skills & likewise her lead guitar guy!
A superb evening at a very nice venue!
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:42 pm

Interesting article in RS Country about Keith Urban addressing gender issues in a new song he will preview on the CMA Awards tonight. http://www.rollingstone.com/country/new ... ds-w511314

Worth having a read of that. Here are my own thoughts on related matters about country & where it can go today- can country get beyond cut off jeans & trailer parties?
The Urban song addresses issues of discrimination against women in the USA and issues of abuse. There have been a few songs adressing the issue of anti-female bias in the US of today, most notably Margo Price's "Pay Gap" and Jason Isbell's "White Man's World".
But both of those artistes are way outside the mainstream and are not likely to get Country radio airplay in the States.
Urban is perhaps the first mainstream country artiste to tentatively begin to adress these issues, while perhaps more surprisingly, Luke Bryan's new single, "Most People Are Good", is an ever so gentle rub against the Trump tide of bullying, nastiness and division. The chorous of the song even aserts the right of people to love who they choose. Of course Garth adressed this years ago in "We Shall Be Free", but even then, in much freer times, the song did poorly at country radio because of it.
It remains to be seen how Luke Bryan's "Most People Are good"- a sort of update of Don williams' "I Believe In You" in tone- will do at country radio. It may be innocuous enough to succeed, but if it does, that will at least be a step forward.

Meanwhile, in the entertainment world, the Country field of today is in a par with Hip Hop of being the most male dominated and systematically excluding female artistes from country radio playlists.
This is in stark contrast with the Nineties when the charts often reflected a 50/50 gender balance. The Nineties was also a period that saw inteligent songwriting getting played on country radio, something that is almost impossible today.
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:09 am

CMA AWARDS 2017


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The big annual country bash took place in Music City last night, and took on a solemn note at times as tributes were paid to the victims of Las Vegas, which directly impacted country music, and other atrocities occuring with increasefd regularity in what is becomming a very toxic USA.
The CMA sought to heal with appeals for unity. Eric Church opened proceedings with a solo rendition of "Amazing Grace" while hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley paid tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre.
"Tonight should be about harmony, and doing what we can to change things" said Karen Fairchild accepting the gong foe Group of the Year for her outfit, Little Big Town.
This was the same message the winner of the race for Governor of Virginia gave the night before, after his landslide victory, with support from Democrats & moderate Republicans, over his Trumpian rival.
The CMA's again nodded to current affairs as Keith Urban premiered his new song, "Female". The song was written in response to the Weinstein scandal, which had impacted his actress wife.
The big Pop star this year was PINK, riding high with her fabulous new album "Beautiful Trauma".
On a more country note, Alan Jackson was among the performers, while The Osborne Brother's segued their own "It Ain't My Fault" into the Don Williams classic, "Tulsa Time".
GARTH BROOKS nabbed Entertainer gong for the second year in a row, TAYLOR SWIFT won SONG for her "Better Man", a hit for Little Big Town. The pop princess was bnot present to pick up her prize.
The Osborne Brothers walked away with Duo of the year, while Chris Stapleton again won both Male Vocalist & Album of The Year gongs for his rather disapointing "Songs From A Room Vol 1", beating out Miranda Lamberts ambitious double album "The Weight Of These Wings". She did, of course, win Female Vocalist gong.
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:27 am

Meanwhile, Taste of Country, reported on country singer Sturgil Simpson's anti-Trump protest on the street outside the CMA Awards bash.
Here is their report:
Sturgil Simpson made one of the most interesting appearances during the 2017 CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 8), but he didn't show up on stage or on TV. Instead, the singer-songwriter busked in the street outside the venue to raise money for the ACLU and slammed President Trump.
Simpson is no stranger to cutting against the grain in Nashville, and he shared his busking protest session via Facebook Live, taking questions and playing for fans. The singer took the opportunity to share his views on the president, who was the subject of some of the humor from CMAs co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
"He's a fascist f--king pig," Simpson said. "And I can say that at this point because anyone who supports him at this point is an ignorant f--king bigot."

The Grammy-nominated artist had a tip jar next to him, and he said during the Facebook session that he would donate any money he raised to the American Civil Liberties Union. He went into a longer diatribe about all of the ills he sees in American society right now, saying, "Nobody needs a machine gun, and that's comin' from a guy who owns quite a few guns. Gay people should have the right to be happy and live their life any way they want to and get married if they want to without fear of getting drug down the road by a pickup truck. Black people are probably tired of getting shot in the streets and being enslaved by the industrial prison complex. Hegemony and fascism is alive and well in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you very much."

He also took a potshot at the glitzy CMA Awards ceremony going on inside the Bridgestone Arena, saying, "I heard they were celebrating country music down here tonight so I thought I'd come and play some."

Simpson's Grammy Award for Best Country Album was visible in his care as he played the unusual impromptu gig, which raised a total of $13 in tips for the ACLU. He won the award for A Sailor's Guide to Earth.
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:37 pm

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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:57 am

Happy Birthday to jazz pianist & singer Mose Allison.
Here he is with a snappy version of Hank williams' "Hey, Good Lookin' "
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:37 am

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TAKES A FALL

Carrie Underwood suffered a broken wrist and "cuts and abrations" after taking a fall after tripping on the steps outside her Nashville home.
The singer's recovery is expected to "take some time" and she has had to cancel her appearance at the Country Rising benefit show in Nashville.

She should chuck out those high heeled shoes!
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:58 am

SUGARLAND REFORM

Country duo SUGARLAND, alias Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, have anounced they are getting back together as a duo after splitting a few years back to pursue solo projects,
They anounced that they have been in the studio and "new music is on the way".
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:07 am

"Nashville" Season Six to be final season of Music City Soap

Season Six of the Music City drama series "NASHVILLE" will be aired on CMT in the USA next year & Sky Living in the UK. But, the makers of the drama tell us, this will be the final season of this popular music-flavoured soap.
Juliette Barnes expression will no doubt be echoed by many fans of the series upon hearing the news

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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:48 am

CMA AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS BBC4

BBC 4 screened it's edited highlights of the 2017 CMA Awards last night. The sprawling 3 hour show was edited down to just one hour and, I thought, pretty smoothly done. Most of the chatter was cut out to feature the performances, opening with Brad & Carrie's witty, topical "Before He Tweets" and incorperating some pretty good performances along the way.
It was pretty country throughout, with barely a hint of Bro Country to be found. Alan Jackson, one of the inductees to the Hall of Fame, got two go's with his early hits, "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" and show closer "Don't Rock the Jukebox".
Newcommer Kelsie Ballerinni dueted with Reba on "Legends", which only demonstrated that Reba still has a powerful, distinctive voice while Kelsie's is fairly anonymous. Good song, though, and Reba was on top form.
The Brothers Osborne were on top form, too, with a great rendition of "It Ain't My fault".
Other highlights included Pink with her song "Barbies" and Keith Urban with "Female".
In tribute to Glen Campbell Little Big Town did a great rendition of "Whichita Linesman" with the song's author, Jimmy Webb, on piano.
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby Moshe » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:15 am

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Musician and songwriter MAC McANALLY, who last week won the CMA's Musician of the year for the ninth time, has suffered a heart attack, but is said to be recovering and expected to be able to leave hospital later this week.
60-year old Mac McAnally is a much in demand session musician. He also plays in Jimmy Buffett's band while pursuing a solo career. He was one of the participants in the CMA Songwriter's bash earlier this year at the Indigo in London and was in fine fettle!
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Re: Country Exclisives 2017

Postby kev » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:40 pm

Moshe wrote:SUGARLAND REFORM

Country duo SUGARLAND, alias Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, have anounced they are getting back together as a duo after splitting a few years back to pursue solo projects,
They anounced that they have been in the studio and "new music is on the way".
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