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 [...]

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 [...]

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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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