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 [...]

Missing Pieces

Missing Pieces
It’s now my intention to fill in the missing pieces on my country collection. When I was growing up Radio One stopped just after tea time. Going back up to my room to switch on the transistor radio brought a little disappointment but also some pleasant surprises. After the day time fun was over Radio One’s 247 Medium wave band would automatic [...]

Value your friends, friends

Value your friends, friends
  ‘We’re more of an albums band,’ they said as they loaded up the van that night. It used to be the great 70’s get-out-of-having-to-have-a-hit retort. It worked then too. Bands we now consider to be the masters of their own particular universe have built careers and country piles on successive records with 3 songs [...]

A’body’s Willie

A’body’s Willie
This week on the AC we’re only a week away from the start of the Glasgow Americana festival. So we’re going to be nodding affectionately at some of the key artists soon to be coming to town. Step forward Mary Gauthier, Anthony D’Amato and Sturgill Simpson. Don’t forget you can find all the details at http://www.glasgow [...]

The Late, Great Chet Atkins

The Late, Great Chet Atkins
It’s been an amazing time in Scotland. This Friday night many of us will have had a long day and a long night. I don’t know about you but for me the thing I’m going to need on Friday evening is the thing I always need, music. There will be many listeners happy and many disappointed so I think we can all unite for a couple of hours around some [...]

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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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