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

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

Tim McGraw Raintown George Strait Trinity River Band
Donna Ulisse Sarah Pierce Happy Traum Maddie & Tae

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:


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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

Troy Shondell Obituary

Troy Shondell, ‘a one-hit wonder,’ who sold more than three million copies of This Time in 1961-62, passed away on January 7, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  He was 76. In 1961 I was only just beginning to buy my own records and This Time was one of the first singles I bought…read more


Red Simpson Obituary

Red Simpson, highly regarded as one of leading lights of truck-drivin’ music of the 1960s and 1970s and a pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound, passed away on January 8, 2016. He was 81. Though he was semi-retired, he was on a tour in the Pacific Northwest in December when he suffered a heart attack. After being released from hospital just before Christmas, he fell ill again on January. 8 and was rushed to a Bakersfield, California hospital, where he died…read more
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