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

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

George Hamilton IV - July 19, 1937 – September 17, 2014

I’ve followed George Hamilton IV’s career for more years than I’d really care to remember. From his days as a teen-beat balladeer through the folk-country years of the 1960s, his pop-country crossovers, heartfelt tributes to Ernest Tubb and West Coast country, his Canadian flirtation and more recent Christian music. Throughout his fifty-eight-year career he held firm to his integrity and never over-stretched his vocal range. He was never a great singer to be talked about in the same breath as say Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard or Gene Watson, but ol’ George knew his limitations and kept within those parameters…read more

CMA Anounces 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

The Country Music Association has announced that Hank CochranRonnie Milsap and Mac Wiseman will be the 2014 inductees into the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Cochran is to be inducted in the rotating ‘Songwriter’ category, while Milsap will join in the ‘Modern Era Artist’ category and Wiseman joins in the ‘Veterans Era Artist’ category…read more


Latest CD Reviews

Hal Ketchum Sunny Sweeney Dolly Parton Lady Antebellum
Kenny Chesney Alan West Carolyn Martin Jim Reeves

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

Latest Feature: The Church Sisters

With all of the technological advances that have been made in the past 50-odd years, it’s very easy to lose sight of our past and the heritage that has formed the bedrock of how we live in this modern age. Fashions and trends change, this is all part of evolution. The same is true of musical styles, especially country music, to the point where today’s country music would be unrecognisable to our parents and grandparents. But, increasingly, there are young singers and musician who are recreating the so-called ‘traditional’ sounds of yesteryear…read more

Ward Thomas

For many years people both within and outside of the music business have been asking: ‘Where are Britain’s home-grown country stars?’ Ward-Thomas may well be providing the answers. They are on the threshold of becoming one of the first genuine major British country acts. Over the past year or so Ward-Thomas have proved to be one of the most exciting and talented of the new crop of names to have appeared on the international country music scene…read more

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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

Dawn Sears Obituary

Dawn Sears, one of country music’s finest, yet vastly underrated, hard-country vocalists, passed away on December 11, 2004 at her home in Gallatin, near Nashville, after a two-year battle with lung cancer. She was 53. Though in recent years she’d become best known as the female vocalist with the acclaimed Time Jumpers in Nashville…read more

Bob Montgomery Obituary

Bob Montgomery, a successful songwriter, music publisher and record producer, died on December 4, 2014 at his home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 77. During a music career that stretched back to the early 1950s he worked with Buddy Holly, wrote hit songs for Holly, Patsy Cline, Cliff Richard, Wilma Burgess, Billy Fury and many others…read more