Welcome

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

Live Review - C2C Country To Country Festival 2014

O2 London, March 15-16, 2014

Put on a music festival at one of the world’s iconic venues, gather a stellar line-up and invite some of music’s most dedicated fans and you’re surely in for a treat. Country2Country’s 2014 Festival at London’s O2 Arena on March 15-16 promised a thrilling weekend for fans and artists alike…read more


 

Live Review - Eric Church

Live at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, March 2, 2014
 
Unlike way too many successful American mainstream country music acts, Eric Church is committed to making his music better known in the UK. He’s doing it in the same way that he did back home … playing to the fans, old and new, and building a solid foundation. But he’s not prepared to compromise his artistry by repeating himself musically and lyrically in order to gain an easy ride into the hearts and minds of music fans…read more
 

Latest CD Reviews

Eric Church The Black Feathers Pure Prairie League Pure Prairie League
Nu Blu Jon Pardi Eli Young Band Carlene Carter

Latest News - Alan West Bob Harris session 23rd May 2014

I’ve just finished listening to Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 on listen again. It’s the show that goes out between midnight and 3am early Sunday morning when I and probably most sensible people are tucked up in bed. The highlight of this show, which was broadcast on Sunday March 23, came an hour into the programme and featured British country singer Alan West and his talented trio. The music was superb…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

The Americana Music Association UK Showcase

Kings Place - Kings Cross, London
Thursday February 13 – Saturday 15, 2014


It was a little over a year ago that the initial announcements were made about the formation of the Americana Music Association UK. Since then, the organisation has held its inaugural meeting at the Maverick Festival at Easton Farm Park last July and has been busily pulling together various factions that constitute country, Americana and roots music across the UK…read more

Latest Feature: Chris Young

Tennessee-born and bred Chris Young was destined to be a country singer. It’s in his blood and he’s spent his young life studying the music and all of the great country artists of the past. He brings his rich baritone and exciting live show to Country 2 Country at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday March 16, 2014…
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Brad Paisley

Country singer Brad Paisley returns to the UK in March to headline the Country To Country Festival at London’s O2 Arena. He told me it’s a great thrill to be coming back “I think it’s a neat country. I’ve had such a wonderful time just getting to meet everybody. I tried shepherds pie for the first time.” Here I catch up on his career and how it led up to last year’s amazing WHEELHOUSE album…read more


 

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Alan's Video of the Week

Alongside this week's new feature on Tennessee-born and bred Chris Young, this week's offering is 'Gettin' You Home'  Live at the Grand Ole Opry.  We are looking forward to welcoming Chris back to the UK in March for the Country To Country Festival at London’s O2 Arena.  As always, enjoy! 


Check out previous videos of the week here

Jesse Winchester Obituary

American singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester sadly passed away on April 11, 2014 at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia following several years battling cancer. He was 69. Jesse Winchester was a product of the South. He was one of those rare writers with the knack of writing timeless, seemingly American melodies that have the distinct flavour of his home region; a kind of wistful French charm blend with a lazy country life you would associate with a hot sticky climate. Yet surprisingly, Winchester, and much of his music, has been completely ignored by country music…read more

Steven Fromholz Obituary

Steven Fromholz, one of Texas’ foremost singer-songwriters during the 1970s outlaw country era, died on Sunday January 19, 2014 following an accident with a firearm. He was 68. A keen outdoorsman, he was preparing to investigate a feral hog infestation that had been menacing the goat population in Schleicher County. The accident happened at the Flying B Ranch near Eldorado, about 40 miles south of San Angelo…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:
info@neo-music.net