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

Bob Powel

I’m finding this very hard to write, but I’ve just heard of the passing of Bob Powel. For those unfamiliar with the name, Bob was a true stalwart and larger-than-life figure within country music in the UK throughout the 1970s and 1980s. For many years he was the editor of Country Music People, the host of the long-running London Country on BBC Radio London and also owned and run the CMP Shop in Footscray, compiled albums and wrote the sleeve notes for various major and independent record companies and also built up a strong friendship with many of the legends of country music from Tex Ritter to Tom T. Hall and dozens more…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


 

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

BHST Linda Ronstadt Ray Price Special Consensus
Dolly Parton James House Miranda Lambert Willie Nelson

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: 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

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 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

Jimmy C Newman Obituary

Jimmy C. Newman, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years, passed away on June 21, 2014 in Nashville after a brief illness. He was 86 years old. He had proved very popular in the UK during the 1970s and 1980s with his vibrant fusion of country and Cajun music..read more

Weldon Myrick Obituary

Weldon Myrick, one of the most distinctive and creative pedal steel guitarists, passed away on June 2, 2014 at Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville after suffering a stroke. He was 76. A member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, he had played on recording sessions for such diverse acts as Jerry Jeff Walker, George Strait, Bill Anderson, the Everly Brothers, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Gary Stewart, Linda Ronstadt and Connie Smith in a career that stretched back over 50 years…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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