Ben..(In) the Hoose

Ben..(In) the Hoose
Dear Listener, It’s been a long summer and here in Scotland – it’s not over. But that’s a whole other story. Given my diverse timetable over the last few months I though it wise to rest the blog until after the Harvest was in and the colours were turning. So it’s back with a new paint job and we’re back and [...]

Willy Vlautin and The Delines

Willy Vlautin and The Delines
I remember the night. It had been a strange call in the middle of the night. A friend needed me to be there and I drove over to see if I could be of any use. Habitually the CD player in the car just started up and in the dark gloom of this winter night the Delines album came on. I think I understood then this was how this record should be enc [...]

In Praise of Dolly Parton

In Praise of Dolly Parton
On Tuesday night I accepted an invitation to see Dolly Parton at the Hydro in Glasgow. Her publicist had kindly asked us to come early so we could ‘say hello.’ I went along with my old buddy Davie Scott (of Pearlfishers fame) and we duly waited back stage to see at first hand the full Dolly machine in operation. We stood in amazed [...]

The Book of John

The Book of John
I remember standing in a pub in Belfast as a very good cover band did a very credible version of a current hit. I found myself splurging out to my near neighbour, ‘Great song.’ He smiled knowingly, like he’d had this conversation a million times, ‘ Well, good record.’ My friend was Ralph Murphy, British Nashville [...]

There’s Something About Mary

There’s Something About Mary
I want to day to pay tribute to our special guest this Friday, Mary Gauthier. Firstly because she has been our most frequent guest on the AC over the years we’ve been on air but mostly because every time she comes in I feel a little better about the world after she leaves. Mary never simply ‘delivers’ a new record. Her life [...]

Travels

Travels
I’ve been travelling this week. A lot of the time has been spent with some great musicians and writers and I do realise there is really something special about being allowed to make music. My late friend Michael Marra once said to me, ‘No one can stop you making music.’ It was the truest advice I ever received when I was moa [...]

Something Of The Night

Something Of The Night
When shadows fall where you lie sleeping in that dark hour before the dawn. Your breathing calm, your lone heart beating.Give me the strength to carry on. Touchstone: Eliza Gilkyson They say it’s the hours between midnight and 4 a.m. You know the feeling; the worst things you can imagine and your darkest fears all seem more troubling th [...]

There’s So Much More to Sturgil...

There’s So Much More to Sturgill
Pardon me if I sound like a broken record, but we’re going to do something we’ve never done on the old AC this week. We are, in a matter of a few months, repeating a conversation that took place in late January with Sturgill Simpson. Since the day he came and recorded a brilliant session for us the world has woken up to the music [...]

Records

Records
I know I got on about this but there is still something magical about the album. A good friend of mine has been trying to think of ways to sell music in a new way. Something which finally excites and permeates as strongly as the album did back in the seventies,eighties and even, I suspect until the last glowing embers of the last century. Sad [...]

Harmony

Harmony
A while a pal told me about an indie kid who was working beside him. He claimed to love music but hated harmony (!??) We both found it rather intriguing ….It meant missing out some major pieces in the pop music cannon. Louvins, Everleys, Beatles, Beach Boys, Mamas and The Papas, The Byrds, The Jackson Five…you get the picture. For me it’ [...]

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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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