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

Maverick Festival – A personal overview

For the eighth consecutive year the sun shone brightly on the Maverick Festival. It was back in 2007 that Paul Spencer first spoke to me about his dream of running an Americana music festival in Suffolk. At the time I was the owner and editor of Maverick magazine, which in those days was very much pro-Americana music. He explained that he wanted the festival to mirror the kind of artists and music the magazine featured and so began an informal working relationship towards the first Maverick Festival that was launched in September 2008….read more

Country Music Hall of Fame – 2015 Inductees

During a special press conference in Nashville, the latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame were announced by singer Brenda Lee, who herself became a Hall of Fame member in 1997. The new members of the Hall of Fame are to be Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, who are inducted in Veterans Era Artist category, the Oak Ridge Boys in the Modern Era Artist category, and Grady Martin in the Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980 category…read more

Country To Country 2015 - Review

Last year I was unable to attend the Country To Country Festival due to recent eye surgery. I invited Laura Baldwin, a young, aspiring journalist, to cover the Festival in my absence. She did a fantastic job, coming up with what I consider to be the finest C2C 2014 write-up that I’ve seen (and I’ve read quite a few). So this year I invited Laura again to cover the Festival… read more

Review: CMA Songwriters Series, Indigo at the O2, London, March 6, 2015

This was a show I’d been looking forward to for weeks. I’ve always been into songwriters. For me, they are the driving force of music. When in Nashville, the Bluebird Café is my must place to be. It takes preference over all other venues or artist appearances. Though tonight’s show was much larger than the Bluebird, it had a similar vibe…read more

Review: C2C Pop up Stages – March 7-8, 2015

Now in its third year, there’s little doubt that the Country To Country Festival at London’s O2 has proved way more successful than the most ambitious expectations. Mingling with the huge crowds around the various Pop-Up stages and venues at the O2 on Saturday and Sunday, it seemed inconceivable to say that the event just might be close to out-growing the venue…read more

Latest CD Reviews

Kacey Musgraves Easton Corbin Kip Moore Slim Whitman
Jon Pousette-Dart Alan Jackson Various Artists
The Other Side
Of Bakersfield
Gurf Morlix

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:
info@neo-music.net 

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Alan's Video of the Week

This week's video of choice is this spine tingling live performance by the insanely talented Lovell sisters that are 'Larkin Poe' in The Convent Club chapel last month - the Song is 'Mad as a Hatter.' 


Check out previous videos of the week here

My personal tribute to Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker, one of my best friends in the Nashville music community, passed away on Monday August 24, 2015. He was returning from a family holiday in Florida, when he suffered a heart attack at Nashville’s International airport, and passed away later that evening at a local hospital. He was 65…read more

Red Lane Obituary

Red Lane, one of my favourite hard-core country music songwriters, passed away on July 1, 2015, following a lengthy bout with cancer. He was 76. One of the best kept secrets in country music, he was one of the most authentic country songwriters with a gift for prose that transcended time…read more
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