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

CMA Songwriters Series - Indigo at the O2, London

As we arrived at London’s O2, workmen were busily erecting the pop-up stages, there were others preparing the stalls in the Market Square area, the giant posters proclaimed the return of C2C and there was excitement in the air from the multitudes milling around in anticipation of the most exciting weekend in the UK country music calendar…read more

Country to Country 2016 - Preview

There are few, if any, who four years ago really believed that the Country To Country Festival at London’s O2 would become the resounding success that it has. Each year the organisers have been fine-tuning the event, along the way increasing both the quality and the number of acts…read more

Maren Morris

Texan singer-songwriter Maren Morris, signed to Sony Music Nashville last year, will be returning to the UK in March to appear at Country to Country 2016. I say return, as I was involved in bringing Maren (and her family) to the UK in the summer of 2006 for a handful of club and festival gigs. Texan singer-songwriter Maren Morris, signed to Sony Music Nashville last year, will be returning to the UK in March to appear at Country to Country 2016. I say return, as I was involved in bringing Maren (and her family) to the UK in the summer of 2006…read more

Gretchen Peters

It seems inconceivable that it was 20 years ago that I first made a close connection with Gretchen Peters. I’ve always been very much into songwriters. Whenever I get a new album I voraciously devour the credits, looking especially closely at the songwriters. Back in the early 1990s I became a huge fan of Gretchen Peters, the songwriter…read more
 

Kimmie Rhodes

To those knowledgeable music fans, Kimmie Rhodes is a talented singer-songwriter deeply rooted in the Austin music scene. A singer-songwriter of extraordinary soul and grace, the talented Lubbock native is actually much more than just a cult-figure Americana performer. In a career stretching back almost forty years, she’s recorded more than a dozen quality albums, not to mention the songs she has written that have been recorded…read more

Shawn Jones … The making of a great musician

Shawn Jones is one of the many unheralded performers on the somewhat overcrowded Americana highway. A troubadour in the old-school tradition, he has been taking audiences across America and Europe on a rewarding ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work, and over-the-top showmanship for the best part of 25 years. I first encountered Shawn and his music a dozen years ago when he toured the UK with Nashville-based singer Billie Joyce. It was a perfect musical match, and when they played Maidstone’s Soul Café they figuratively set the place alight with their fiery performances. Raised on roadhouse blues, outlaw country, classic soul and pure honky-tonk, Shawn has melded those styles into a sound that is distinctively his very own…read more
 

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

Latest CD Reviews

Carrie Rodriguez Underhill Rose Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Buck Owens
David Starr Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Angela Easterling Gene Watson

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 a live performance of 'My Church' from Texan singer-songwriter Maren Morris, to accompany the latest new feature ahead of Maren's return to the UK in March to appear at Country to Country 2016.


Check out previous videos of the week here

Merle Haggard - Obituary

Merle Haggard, possibly the greatest country singer and songwriter of all time—certainly of my generation—passed away on April 6, 2016, his 79th birthday. He’d been suffering from pneumonia for some time and though he’d continued touring in the early months of the year, he had been forced to cancel several dates and passed away quietly at his home in Northern California…read more

Steve Young - Obituary

Country-rock pioneer, Steve Young, best-known as the writer of such classics as Seven Bridges Road, Lonesome, On’ry And Mean and Montgomery In The Rain passed away on March 17, 2016 in Nashville, at the age of 73. Long before the rise of the 1970s Outlaw Movement, Steve Young was already a country music maverick and outlaw…read more

Joey Martin Feek - Obituary

Country singer Joey Martin Feek, who with her husband, Rory Feek, comprised the country/bluegrass duo Joey + Rory, passed away on March 4, 2016 following an extended and brave period of battling cervical cancer. She was just 40 years old…read more

Sonny James - Obituary

Sonny James, one of the most popular and successful country singers of the 1960s, passed away on February 22, 2016 of natural causes at Nashville’s Alive Hospice. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, he was 87. Known as the Southern Gentleman, because of his quiet and polite persona, Sonny James was one of the classiest country-pop vocalists of the 1950s and 1960s…read more
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