How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:37 am

John ac Alun
Their guest this time was Tecwyn Ifan, and though they mentioned Elvis, I didn't associate any song they did with any of his.

Focus On... Glen Campbell
The legend got his turn to be focussed on, with respect paid to his musical talent, his early career, his session work, his solo successes, his acting forays, and his final years. Talk of a planned sequel show later. No mention of Jimmy Webb, for one thing.

Big Tom, Irish country singer of note, has died at the age of 81. Gentle Mother was his first big hit. RIP  Sad
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 25, 2018 6:31 am

Focus On... Don Williams
The late legend was born in May 1939, and died last year. He spent time in the army, formed a band, and then went solo. He had a couple of crossover hits, like You're My Best Friend. He was known as the Gentle Giant because he was 6 ft 1, was in a few films with Burt Reynolds, entered the Country HoF in 2010.

Focus On... Ashley Monroe
Born in September 1986 in Tennessee, she won a talent contest at 11, and has links with other acts like the Pistol Annies. Her first album was delayed because the record company weren't sure. But she prevailed.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:23 am

Focus On... Chris Stapleton
He was born in Kentucky, but moved to Nashville. He married Morgane, also a songwriter/performer. He's written for many other country acts, even Adele. His collaboration with Justin Timberlake has clearly raised his profile a lot. He's won several Grammys in a short space of time.

Phil Mack visits with Emi Sunshine
Unsure of her age, but she's a child whizz of some degree, who became a viral sensation for her singing, and was brought onto the Today Show. Her family are her backing band, called The Rain at some point. Phil managed to interview her, and raved about her to a frankly unhealthy degree. She hadn't been out of the USA, but when she comes to the UK and Ireland, Phil will be right there (I bet). Time might tell.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:16 am

Focus On... Kenny Rogers
The legend hopefully turns 80 in August, but here was a fairly rounded look at his musical highlights, although it neither mentioned the Restaurants, or his evident weight loss. He started recording back in 1957, worked with First Edition in the late 60s and early 70s, but went solo in 1976 and never looked back. 2 US #1 singles, 2 (different) UK #1 singles, the movies, the duets, and finally retirement.

Focus On... Jenn Bostic
A peculiarity as Jenn herself co-hosted this with Phil (sort of). Her dad died in a car accident when she was 10 and she had a hit song about it. She was born in Philadelphia and raised in Minnesota, got married there but now lives in Nashville. She rates Bonnie Raitt and Sara Bareilles. She held a High Jump record at one stage, and she did a couple of live numbers in the studio.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:32 am

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Zach's on a 2nd series, here looking at country rap, whether the affable ex-con Jelly Roll, or the unpleasant ex-con Mikel Knight and his gang of MDRST hard-sellers. Zach did also speak to rising star Margo Price, and Ke$ha leaning on her country roots for a way forward from unpleasant times. Bubba Mathis, fka Bubba Sparxxx, was also around and using country to remake his image.

Live With... Whitney Rose
A rising Canadian singer-songwriter with country overtones, she had plenty of good songs like Wake Me In Wyoming and The Devil Borrowed My Boots too.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:56 am

Focus On... Frank Ifield
Surprisingly, another star actually present to tell their own story, this filmed with Frank over here on tour. He started young at singing, before going to Australia at 10. Was on a talent show at 14, when he also made his first record. After national service, he got his own telly show. Then came back to the UK, swapping with Tommy Steele. He got a 2 year contract with EMI, and at the last moment came up with I Remember You. Matt Monro suggested his follow-up, Lovesick Blues, and then he kept the Beatles off the top with Wayward Wind. He had health problems, and recovered back in Australia. He tours the UK annually, and might be back in September 2019. Nice guy.
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Focus On... Old Dominion
A new-ish act to me, a 5-piece band of blokes who met at University and take their name from a nickname for Virginia (apparently). They've written for Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton and more. Their material was OK, but I wouldn't say they were pulling up any trees.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:36 am

Hairy Bikers' Mississippi Adventure: Country
I previously thought this was a 3-part series, turns out it was 6. Here Si & Dave went to Nashville to visit Arnold's, the Grand Ole Opry, the Loveless Cage, and Studio B in Music Row to do their own song. Along the way they did recipes for meat load, pulled pork, and biscuits & gravy, which they shared in the final skit with the duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:42 am

Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws & Angels
From 2004, oddly, this LA show saw James Caan doing some MC-ing, as Willie shared his stage with Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Kid Rock, Al Green, Shelby Lynne, Carole King, Toots Hibbert, Rickie Lee Jones, Keith Richards and ultimately Jerry Lee Lewis. Entertaining stuff.

I note Willie has a new covers album out, called My Way, which I believe is effectively, Nelson sings Sinatra.
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