….and Country Music will do that for you.’

Oh how true that is. I wish I could come up with something as good as that as quickly but the credit goes to Chuck Prophet who gave it out for free in an interview with us a few years back. The thing is…..it’s true.

If that quote doesn’t resonate then let me offer you some of my favourite bon mots and see if you can identify where they are from:

Put if off until tomorrow…you hurt me enough today

On one hand I count the reasons I could stay with you and hold you close to me, all night long. So many lover’s games I could play with you and on that hand I see no reason why it’s wrong

The moments of pleasure never do last they’re gone like a suitcase full of your past

Son, I’ve made a life out of readin’ people’s faces knowin’ what the cards were by the way they held their eyes

So if you don’t mind my sayin’ I can see you’re out of aces

I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch, yeah, ’cause maybe then you’d want me just as much

If you are true country fans I think you’ll find most of these are pretty easy, but the joy of country music for me is finding classics I didn’t know had been there all along. I hope each week on the radio we point you to some people you may have never known and want to hear more. If we do, just keep passing on the love. Country music is made for sharing.

One of these lyrics is written by a young singer songwriter from East Tennessee who came to Music City to write songs with her uncle. You probably know Dolly Parton but perhaps know a little less about her Uncle Bill Owens who died last week aged 85. We’ll pay our own tribute this week. We’ll also have a great answer song to Dolly’s most famous hit, Jolene from New Orleans’ Chapel Hart.


You’ll also hear songs from the stars of tomorrow. We’re very excited about Hailey Whitters, Lainey Wilson and Sean McConnell. We’ll have bluegrass from Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers as well as a beautiful bluegrass version of a John Prine song by Sierra Hull one year on from John’s death last year.

I don’t know too if you have caught up with the recent series of Ricky Ross Meets? The shows are going out on a Saturday evening at 6 p.m. on BBC Radio Scotland. There are already two great hours with Gary Barlow and Paul Carrack available on BBC Sounds now and this week’s hit-heavy hour is with 10cc‘s very own Graham Gouldman. They are all multi-talented artists who will delight you if, as I’m sure you do, you love the craft of making music.

As ever we plan to pack all this into two hours of radio joy. We’ll be on air from five past eight this Tuesday evening on BBC Radio Scotland or any time you like on BBC Sounds. Join me if you can.