A very warm welcome to my new personal website.  Many of you will know me as the editor of Maverick magazine, but my involvement with music, and more specifically country music goes back a lot further than that … in fact, to the early 1960s. In 1966 I published and edited the UK’s very first monthly country music magazine. Initially called Country Record Exchange, it then became Country Music Monthly and finally simply Country Music before being absorbed into Country Music People in 1970 … a magazine that I contributed to until the early 1990s, when I became a contributor to Country Music International until I founded Maverick Magazine in 2002.

The site will include regular features, reviews, musings, recommendations, up to the minute tour dates and news from around the world. This, along with the first online publication of my biographies of all major performers, singers, writers and musicians involved in country music over the past eighty-odd years, I hope, will be of great value and interest to country, roots, bluegrass and Americana music lovers the world over…  
- Alan Cackett

Little Big Town

From the outset of their recording career, some 15 years ago, Little Big Town have always been ambitious and ground-breaking in their approach. Most country vocal groups have a lead singer who handles most of the vocals, with the remaining members providing harmonies. But not Little Big Town…read more

Country to Country adds more acts, stages and side events

Country music is set to dominate the UK in early March as Country to Country adds more performers to their weekend bash at London’s O2 Arena on March 7-8. BBC Radio 2 also gets in on the act with the announcement of a pop-up DAB radio service dedicated to country music that  will broadcast from Thursday March 5 to Sunday March 8 (midday to midnight)…read more

Ward Thomas - The Next Step

Whenever I find myself thirsting for inspiration, I tend to search out the blessed gift that is the harmonies of sibling pairings. My adolescent years were shaped by the Everly Brothers. Don and Phil led me back to the Louvins, the Delmores, the Monroes and the Blue Sky Boys whilst moving forward I discovered the Bellamy Brothers, the Judds, the McCarters, Dixie Chicks and the Church Sisters. My most recent discovery has been Ward Thomas…read more

Latest CD Reviews

Doug Seegers Kimmie Rhodes Kip Moore Stephen Chadwick
Herb Pedersen The Mavericks Slow Horses Little Big Town

Country to Country 2015

I was at the O2’s Brooklyn Bowl for the announcement of the line-up for the 2015 Country to Country Festival and have to say, that as the names were revealed, I was extremely disappointed. Too many of the acts fall into the ‘Bro-country’ genre, which has become very popular and commercially successful across America in recent years…read more


Bristol: The Birthplace of Country Music

Virginia’s rich country music heritage

Whenever we think of country music recordings, Nashville immediately springs to mind. For decades it’s been regarded as the home of country music … known as Music City, it’s where the famed Grand Ole Opry radio show (and latterly also television show) has been broadcast from for almost 90 years; it’s where the majority of the record labels, country acts, songwriters, music publishing companies are based. But it’s not where country music first got its early beginnings. It was in Bristol, a small city straddling the Tennessee-Virginia state line…read more

Advertising opportunities!

We have had a good number of people enquiring about advertising possibilities on the site and up to this point have resisted. However, we now feel that the traffic stats are such that we can offer value for money, inexpensive, advertising opportunities to artists, labels, festivals and any other Americana, roots, country & bluegrass music based products…read more

From the Publisher

Here at NEO Music, we are very proud to be a part of Alan Cackett.com, the new digital platform for the views, musings, and insights of respected journalist, publicist and broadcaster, Alan Cackett. We are also keen to hear your news (including tour dates), views, suggestions and recommendations which can be emailed to us at:


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Alan's Video of the Week

Alongside this week's new feature on Homegrown UK Country talent Ward Thomas, here is "The Good And The Right" from the "Footnotes" EP out now!  As always, enjoy! 

Check out previous videos of the week here

Little Jimmy Dickens Obituary

Little Jimmy Dickens, the veteran country music entertainer and long-time Grand Ole Opry star, passed away on January 2, 2015. He was 94. The singer was hospitalised after a stroke on December 25, 2014 and died of cardiac arrest eight days later. Best remembered for his novelty songs…read more

Chip Young Obituary

Chip Young, one of Nashville’s finest studio musicians, producers and recording engineers, passed away almost a month after undergoing triple-bypass surgery, at St. Thomas hospital in Nashville, on December 20, 2014…read more
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