It’s nearly the end of my trip to Nashville. There will be lots to tell you about on my return. Some great people, stories, a couple of excellent live shows and a pile of vinyl to share. But most of that can wait until next week. This week on the AC we have a very special night.
If there’s any part of you that has lost faith in country music we have two hours and a couple of dozen songs to make you believe again. For the last couple of years we’ve finished each and every interview by asking our guest to pick a favourite country song and tell us why they love it so much. Sometimes you can tell it’s one they always wished they could have recorded themselves, often they simply can’t hide their admiration for the craft of the songwriters that are involved but most often it’s just because they simply love it and want to share it with us.
So first the guest DJs. Listen out for selections from: Raul Malo from The Mavericks, Beth Nielson Chapman, The Decembrists’ Colin Meloy, Ward Thomas sisters Catherine and Lizzie, Rodney Crowell and Willie Vlautin. Be prepared to be wowed by the songs selected by Anais Mitchell, Ryan Adams and Kacey Musgraves.
On the night you will hear great music from The Grateful Dead, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams, Gillian Welch, Willie Nelson and George Jones – as you might well expect. I will also be allowed a few selections so look out for The Judds, Keith Urban and Marty Robbins. Listen out too for a very rare spin of Charlie Dore’s selection The DeZurik Sisters.
It all starts at five past nine on BBC Radio Scotland this coming Tuesday evening. Join us if you can.