Singers and Songs

Singers and Songs
When Rodney Crowell first visited us a few years ago now he’d just brought out the wonderful, Sex and Gasoline. He came into a tiny studio on a cold January and, a matter of inches away played me songs, from the new album which we broadcast as a very special live session. We talked through all the usual back stories and Rodney didnR [...]

Once More Into The Round

Once More Into The Round
I’ve bored about this a few too many times so I’ll try not to repeat myself. But there is a phenomenon over in Tennessee which we try to emulate every year at Celtic Connections time. It’s called, ‘The Round’ and it is as simple a format as you could hope to enjoy anywhere.  Four songwriters sit in a circle and s [...]

Sangs….

Sangs….
This week’s blog mainly goes out to my old chum, Gary Clark. Gary was on tour with us many years ago and I was admiring the sound of his wonderful backing singers one day. ‘They sound good Gaz,’ ‘They do Ricky, but the thing is….’ ‘Yes?’ ‘They dinna ken any sangs.’ I looked puzzled for a w [...]

Plus Ca Change…

Plus Ca Change…
…Plus c’est la meme chose. Now that I’m old enough I think I get what the French were saying. If you think the world’s getting worse then it might be worth realising that for millions of people it is actually getting better. If you start getting carried away with that idea then bear in mind that better has a long way to go b [...]

Sisters

Sisters
I’m just back from rehearsal. The long awaited new Deacon Blue road show kicks off this weekend and so I am posting my final blog of this year as I will be somewhere on the M6 or the B458…(not entirely sure where that is) trying to find wifi over the next few weeks and feel, in fairness, enough has been said. Mr Murdoch has some brillia [...]

The Older Adams

The Older Adams
This Friday I’ll spend the best part of the hour with the youngest veteran in the business. Ryan Adams is still (compared to your host) a very young man…..well everyone’s young compared to me, but Ryan really is still young. And yet…he’s been in a band (Whiskeytown) he’s forged a brilliant solo career and has the albu [...]

Those Basement Tapes

Those Basement Tapes
Have you bought the 6 album box or are you waiting until Santa delivers it? Or….are you thinking,’ They’ve languished in the basement this long, they can stay there for a little longer.’ Last Tuesday evening I made the bold attempt at listening right through. I think I was about two and half  albums in when I thought…’ [...]

Nominative determinism

Nominative determinism
When you get a guy from the town he calls ‘Start Up City’ bemoaning the fact that he may have to move outside the conurbation so he can afford a place to stay you realise you are not dealing with your average singer songwriter. In the week where the Evening Standard ran a ludicrous piece about Sting buying an £8M pad in London it& [...]

The Coming Together of Something Rare...

The Coming Together of Something Rare and Beautiful
A few years ago a friend came to see me about an idea she had. She was asking various chums what they thought about a new venture she been dreaming up. I remember her sitting at my kitchen table and outlining her vision for The Glad Cafe. A space where beautiful things might happen in a creative way and where all kinds of people could find a [...]

Metamodern Sturgill

Metamodern Sturgill
Hear’s a story for you: In Nashville every September the Americana Awards take place. It’s a heady week apparently. All the usual suspects are there and there’s a performance or two to be enjoyed. Last year there was a young man slotted for a club appearance during the week’s festivities. His name was Sturgill Simpson and the show he performe [...]

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This blog relates to my two radio shows for BBC Radio Scotland. Ricky RossAll year round I present a weekly programme called Another Country which goes out every Friday evening at 8p.m. Seasonally I also present a Sunday Magazine called Sunday Mornings with Ricky Ross. You can find these shows at www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland/

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