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May 1, 2005

Hi All,

Here ya go! The "Sunday Edition" of the MKOC News.

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Boots 'n' Saddles Radio

Top 30 in Norway as of 1st May

1..........Ernie Ashworth
2..........Johnny Cash
3..........Bill Barnes
4..........Kitty Wells
5..........Connie Smith
6..........Charlie Helmick
7..........Evelyn Conner
8..........Deborah Allen
9..........Johnny Paycheck
10.........Hal Willis
11.........Joy Adams
12.........Tommy The UK Cowboy
13.........Leifen & Friends
14.........Barry Tashian
15.........Billy Yates
16.........Andy Martin
17.........Big Bull Band
18.........Dolores Shehee
19.........Clelia Adams
20.........Darren Knight
21.........Bob Norman
22.........Bob Woodruff
23.........Darin Aldridge
24.........Calhoun Twins
25.........Dave Signs/Beth Travers
26.........Cheryl K Warner
27.........Doreen Brown
28.........Heidi Hauge
29.........Michael Elvin Hunt
30.........The Washburns

Alex Cullum

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Willie Nelson News - April 27, 2005

* Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan Tour Dates Confirmed
* July 4th Picnic in Ft. Worth Perks for Members
* Upcoming Pre-Sale Tickets for Club Luck Members

Hey Willie Nelson Fans,

Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan are set to go on their tour of baseball stadiums around the nation. This unique tour of two legends will be something you and your family will never forget. Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan will be touring from May 25th to July 12th. For a complete listing of all tour dates, please visit the site at http://www.willienelson.com and click on Ticketing.
Club Luck, Willie Nelson's Fan Association, has secured pre-sale tickets for most of the Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan tour dates. Members will have the first chance to secure tickets to these shows, which ensures they will not miss out on these great events when tickets sell out to the general public. All tickets are general admission.

Below are tickets that are On Pre-Sale Now at Club Luck ( http://www.clubluck.willienelson.com )
They will be off sale Friday at 5pm or until the Club Luck tickets are sold out.

6/07 Greenville, SC Greenville Municipal Stadium
6/10 Salem, VA Salem Memorial Stadium
6/14 Bowie, MD Prince George's Stadium
6/15 Lakewood, NJ First Energy Park
6/21 Norwich, CT Sen. Dodd Memorial Stadium
6/24 Little Falls, NJ Yogi Berra Stadium - Your choice of Seats or Field Standing tickets
7/4 Ft. Worth, TX Willie's 4th of July Picnic
7/06 Tulsa, OK Drillers Stadium - Your choice of Seats or Field Standing tickets

*Willie's 4th of July Picnic - Club Luck members will receive a 30 min early entry pass provided with their ticket, a private gate entry location, plus a gift package!

Tickets Going On-Sale Soon to Club Luck Members:

Pre-Sale Date May 3rd

6/16 Camden, NJ Campbell's Field
6/19 Lancaster, PA Clipper Magazine Stadium
6/28 Nashville, TN Herschel Greer Stadium
6/26 Eastlake, OH Classic Park
7/08 St. Louis,MO GMC Stadium
7/09 Cedar Rapids, IA Veterans Memorial Stadium

Pre-Sale Date May 11th

6/29 Louisville, KY Louisville Slugger Field
7/02 Little Rock, AR Ray Winder Field
7/12 St. Paul, MN Midway Stadium

Pre-Sale Date May 18th
7/01 Memphis, TN AutoZone Park

For access to the pre-sale tickets, an exclusive Club Luck membership kit, photos, videos, music, and more, go to http://clubluck.willienelson.com and join the best group of Willie fans in the world.

Willie Nelson

Rhonda Vincent

April 27, 2005

Vincent's "I've Forgotten You"

Memorable to "After Midnite" Listeners

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Nashville, TN - Rounder Records recording artist, Rhonda Vincent's current single, "I've Forgotten You" made impressive headway on Premier Radio Networks' nationally syndicated show, After Midnite scoring high with 76% of the listening audience.

After Midnite has made its mark as a predictor of future hits by polling its listeners from its 250 affiliated radio stations spread across the nation. Listeners are encouraged to "Pick It or Flick It" expressing their feelings about new songs. They do so, sometimes, without mercy. "I've Forgotten You" thrived with the polling indicating "I've Forgotten You" as a song listeners would like to hear again. This acceptance fits in with a national trend toward acoustic based music.

With many country recording artists producing bluegrass albums, it's not surprising that that the woman the Wall Street Journal dubbed "The Queen of Bluegrass" would be a natural to lead the pack in gravitating attention toward the acoustic genre. She has stayed true to the format, producing bluegrass albums when advisors were encouraging her to 'switch to a more radio friendly country style.' She was right. Vincent's "I've Forgotten You" is the perfect bridge between traditional and contemporary country.

At the recent Country Radio Seminar there was a lot of discussion about how listeners are looking for more diversity from their country radio stations. The success of songs as divergent as "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy" and "Whiskey Lullaby" point to a growing demand for broader play lists. The overwhelming majority of After Midnite listeners who picked "I've Forgotten You" seem to further substantiate the possibility that commercial country radio will benefit from programming beyond mono-stylistic pop country. While "Save A Horse..." and "Redneck Woman" paved the way for a new in-your-face element of the country format, Rhonda Vincent's "I've Forgotten You" may well pave the way for a different branch of high quality, traditional based country, radio listeners are yearning for. Country radio listeners in Seattle will be getting a taste of the same as Infinity's country powerhouse, KMPS added the new Vincent track right out of the box.

This trend towards an appreciation for a more acoustic style of music is represented with more than just radio attention alone. All forms of media are picking up on the trend. The pop focused magazine, People, reviewed Vincent's current CD/DVD project, "Ragin' Live" awarding it 3.5 stars out of a possible 4. CNN's Show Biz Tonight took their praise a step further by stating "This is phenomenal... really one of the top-notch performers in country and bluegrass. If you don't know who she is and you're thinking about maybe expanding your tastes a little bit, this is an amazing album to pick up. It was recorded live last August and it's just absolute perfection on every cut."

This type of across the board support portends a resurgence of traditional based country in mainstream media.

For More Information Contact:
EMC Diana Henderson



Rockin' Live at the Factory


For Immediate Release:

Richard Armentrout and Third Coast Productions are proud to present multi Grammy nominee singer/songwriter/author/motivational speaker Karen Taylor Good on Friday April 29th at 7:15 p.m. in the Commons at The Factory, Franklin, Tennessee. The show will be videotaped for later broadcast and will be air on WAKM-radio. There is a $5 cover and food and full bar are available. Good received raves for her recent performances at the Southern Women's Show in Downtown Nashville. She is best known for her #1 CMA Song of the Year, Patty Loveless' "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye", #1 for "Not That Different" by Colin Raye and for multiple recorded songs with numerous artists including Al Jarreau, Dolly Parton, Melissa Manchester, Greek songstress Nana Mouskouri, and Laura Branigan. She has also lended her versatile voice to recordings with music legends such as Elvis, Al Green, Willie Nelson, and George Jones. A much sought after motivational speaker, Karen has shared the stage with such notable authors/speakers as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Alan Cohen and Mariannne Williamson.

During her appearance at The Factory, Karen will be followed by one of the music industry's most phenomenal studio guitarists/composers, multiple Dove Award winner, Phil Keaggy at 8:30 p.m. Phil's masterful guitar licks have graced albums of virtually all formats as well as 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, along with 8 releases with his band, Glass Harp. Phil's unique style continues to amaze fans ranging from rock n' roll, to Christian to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

"I am delighted to have Karen and Phil as guests. This eclectic night of music and song should not be missed" said show producer, Richard Armentrout.

For more information visit: www.plamedia.com, www.karentaylorgood.com, and www.philkeaggy.com
You can also call PLA MEDIA at: (615) 327-0100 to arrange interviews and or receive press/promotional materials.

Pla Media | 1303 16th Ave. South| Nashville, TN | P: (615) 327-0100 | F: (615) 320-1061 | www.plamedia.com

Wade Hayes Newsletter


>>>> WOWW!! A Word on Wade's World <<

.. >>>>>>> APRIL 29, 2005 <<<<<<<


2 hours of music and visiting with Wade

Check TOUR DETAILS section for more info

NEW - There'll be a Pre-Cruise party on 5/4 in Nashville at 5 p.m. CST.
Listen on your radio or your computer.

UPDATES since the last WOWW! (4/18)
.... Gallery - Birthday Bash Coverage


2 hours of music and visiting with Wade

You've been asking for fans to meet to see each other again. Wade said he'd like to see everyone, too. We're going to do it during Fan Fair (CMA Music Fest).

June 10th - 3 - 5 p.m.
Judge Beans BBQ
$15 - includes a buffet

We're not taking up money ahead of time, but YOU WILL NEED TO PRE-REGISTER.
WOWW! subscribers are getting the first chance at this.

E-mail me, put REGISTER ME in the subject line. I will e-mail you a registration confirmation with your name and registration number. That and $15 will get you in the door. The number will be used in arranging the meet and greet part.

Please give me this information when you register:

If you're registering more than one person, I need the info on each of them.


Wade certainly appreciated his notebook of birthday messages from around the world and all the cards that you sent. You about covered me up with the e-mails (and I loved it). I was still printing out half an hour after I had planned to leave for the party. The inspiration to design the cover "From Around the World" came from those messages we received from Australia, Canada, South Korea, Germany and Hong Kong, as well as all those from all over this country.

The music was amazing. It's really fun to watch Wade step in with a group of musicians and blend right in. We know how well he can pick and that's something the other musicians always acknowledge and appreciate. We know his baritone voice well, too, but he has quite a vocal range. He sings harmony extremely well with other singers, including high harmony parts.

It was a great evening of music and fun. Coverage - pictures, playlist and review have been added to the Gallery page on the web site.




Wade and Trent Willmon, Shelly Fairchild and Jeff Bates are the performers on a 4-night Western Caribbean Cruise - to Cozumel and back - leaving Galveston, Texas on October 27th (Thu), returning to Galveston on Monday morning, October 31st.

October 27 - October 31st - Galveston to Cozumel and back.


I'm beginning to hear from "cruisers" who went on the first two trips about what a great time it was. And I'm hearing from Wade fans who've already signed up - sounds terrific!

There's more -- Join the cruise performers for a "Spring is Here" celebration at Judge Bean's BBQ on May 4th, 5 pm CST. Call it an early meet and greet or just a fun party! Come on out. There will be a live radio broadcast. (95.5 The Fox)

I've also been assured that WSM-650 AM will be there. The AM station does an online stream (meaning you can hear it on your computer anywhere in the world). Go to http://www.wsmonline.com. The live stream is free, but you do have to be registered first. Register early.

May 4 - Spring is Here - 5 pm (that's a change from 7 pm)
Trent Willmon, Shelly Fairchild, Jeff Bates, Wade Hayes
Judge Beans BBQ
611 Wedgewood Avenue
Nashville, TN 37207


A complete site - News, Bio, Music, Links and Archives, Fan Zone ... is now on-line.
We've updated the Gallery with coverage of the Birthday Bash.
We'd love to have your pictures and your comments.
This site was chosen as the Country Stars Online Fan Tribute site of the week for the week of March 6 - March 13.

Occasionally, we'll publish a web page that can only be reached for a limited time through the link that we list in WOWW! It's a bonus for subscribers.

This time it's a picture - a collage from an appearance at the Putnam County (TN) Fair.


Gayle, our great Wade Hayes' supporter and talented computer programmer, has met the requests for a message board. She's set up an ad-free forum site for fans. She kicks it off with the first post - "Welcome Wade Hayes Fans."
Check-it out and add your comments here

In addition, she's providing a forum space for concert reviews. Cari's kicked it off with comments about her favorite Wade Hayes' concert and she invites you to share your stories, too. (I'm looking forward to reading them.) I've started a thread for current concerts and posted the comments from Lorne and Susan about the November 6th show in Buffalo.
Post your Wade Hayes Concert Reviews here


You can view past issues of WOWW! beginning with 6/25/04 HERE

Were you there for the first fan club party at the lake? Laurie Paulik and Heather Baniszewski have an extensive gallery of photos on their Mountain West Music site. You'll enjoy reminiscing with their pics. Here's the link to their Wade gallery.


Sat .. 05/07 Lewisburg, TN .. Big Jim's Country .. 9:30 p.m.
$10 cover if you get it in advance; $12 at the door
Age: over 18

2402 New Columbia Highway, Lewisburg, TN
931 359-7125
Directions: I-65 exit 37 Highway 50
(follow signs toward the Walking Horse Celebration)
There's a large boot in front of the building.

This is about 50 miles south of Nashville; 40 miles north of the Alabama line.


Thu .. 10/27 .. Thu .. TX, Galveston - 4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise

<< All dates are subject to change >>
<< Make sure to check before traveling >>
<< For maps/driving directions: >>
<< http://www.mapquest.com >>


WOWW!, an e-mail newsletter to Wade Hayes fans, began in December, 1997. Subscribers reside in FIFTY (50) states as well as - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, New Zealand, Hong Kong.

Send replies, questions, comments, changes of address and requests to be added to the WOWW! list to:


....... WOWW! News (Helen Neal)
....... P. O. Box 148274
....... Nashville, TN 37214-8274

Messages for Wade can be sent to this address:
....... Wade Hayes
....... WOWW! News
....... P. O. Box 148274
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NEW Wade Hayes Site
Country Stars Online Fan Tribute Sites
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Message Board for Wade Hayes Fans
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April 28, 2005
For Immediate Release

Lisa Berg - Berg & Associates
615.293.1969 - lberg@bergandassociates.net

One Mile South's "This Side Of Heartache" Wins Award

OneMileSouth.jpg (5423 bytes)Nashville, TENNESSEE---Tim Schneider, lead vocalist for One Mile South (Rowhouse Records), along with Blake Addison recently took second place out of 11,000 entries in the International Songwriting Competition's (ISC) Country genre. Their song, "This Side Of A Heartache," which is track #1 on One Mile South's self-titled album. "Robert Morrison," another song from the album that was co-written by One Mile South's guitarist, Gary Bunning, also made it into the finals.

Tim, who co-wrote nine of the 11 songs on the album, has been recognized previously for his songwriting. He has been nominated for five European Country Music Awards (ECMA's) and received Portland (Oregon) Songwriter's Association's Song of The Year Award for, "Me, the Moon, and the Radio."

One Mile South has recently been added to Music Choice’s Today’s Country as well as Do It Best Radio. Music Choice is a popular network of music featured on digital cable and satellite television, broadband and cell phones and is available to 38 million households. Each channel features a different genre of music. Do It Best Radio serves over 4,100 retail hardware and home centers across the US.

Here is what the music industry and Country radio are saying about One Mile South:

"...the group the rest of the country will soon be talking about!" (KKNG-FM, Oklahoma City, OK).

"Macho sounding. I dug the whole thing, from his expressive baritone to the rumbling rhythm section. Sounds to me like these guys deserve a major-label shot." (Robert K Oermann, music critic, Music Row Magazine)

"One Mile South has a great sound! They are unique and my listeners can't get enough of them.... If our phones are any indication, these guys are in for one heck of a career." (Lisa Johnson, KBCN Radio, Middays, MD/APD, Harrison, AK)

"One Mile South was definitely the indie artist of the year at KMGO!... three weeks on the KMGO top 10 weekly countdown making them the ONLY Indie artist to reach #1. Their single, 'That's What I Believe,' was voted the #5 song of the year for 2004 by our listening panel. (Russ W. Ocker, PD, KMGO Radio, Centerville, IA)

Their self titled CD is in stores now!

Buy the "One Mile South" CD

Available also on www.onemilesouth.com and www.cdbaby.com
For More Information or To Request Interviews Contact:

Rowhouse Records
1804 15th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212



JimmieWilson.jpg (5981 bytes)Jimmie Wilson will release his debut album, What Else Could Go Right, on May 3. The album includes his debut single, “What Else Could Go Right”, a song that takes the ‘what else could go wrong’ frustration and turns it around into what goes right when you’re happy with your surroundings and the moment you’re in; a moment in which you can only explain in an upbeat heartfelt song. “What Else Could Go Right” will be on Mark Trail’s radio comp disc #11, due out in mid-May.

Jimmie Wilson is from the small town of Pine Knot, Kentucky, on the Tennessee border. He briefly attended the University Of Cincinnati, where he studied chemistry, with a minor in music. At 22, Jimmie has been singing professionally for about 5 years. He has performed at various venues, including the Children's Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, the Hamilton County Fair, the Allen County Fair, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation, and many more. He names George Strait, Alan Jackson, Tracy Lawrence, and Martina McBride as influences.

Jimmie Wilson, being a young country artist, has taken a different approach to the style of his career. Jimmie has a soft spot for children's foundations nationwide. Having survived the irregularities of child birth, Jimmie understands the medical difficulties which can arise from the birth of a child. He is very involved with the Make a Wish Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Jackson.

Jimmie Wilson brings hard work and dedication to the art of creating music. "It's not every day you get to change how a person feels in three minutes from a song," says Jimmie. He strives to keep fans standing throughout his entire show. With his seven piece band, Jimmie brings the stage to life as he steadily embarks on a career which is sure to continue.

“What Else Could Go Right” is already being played around the world, from New Zealand to the UK to France. The album will be available for sale at various online stores, including CDBaby.com, AudioStreet.com, and SoundClick.com, as well as regular retail stores.

MP3s of What Else Could Go Right, review copies, interviews, & photos available by request.

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
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Happy Birthday, Jack!

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A million years ago
I was playing in a rhythm and blues band
at the King o' Hearts Club on NW 7th Avenue in Miami.
The band was called "Donel Austin and the Rockin' Impallas".
I later made a record with them under the name
“Jackie Blanchard and the Rockin' Impallas”.

I won't say the guy that owned the place was a mobster.
I won't say it because he might kill me.

Let's just call him Johnny.
He had the mandatory smaller brother Pauly.

We had a great band...
Donel Austin, rhythm guitar and lead vocalist,
Doug Tarrant, lead guitar,
and Frank Kennedy on drums.
I played piano, organ, and left hand bass.

The club was like an airplane hangar.
We faced the long oval shaped bar.
Donel would often jump from the bandstand,
and walk the top of the bar
while belting out “Twenty-four Hours a Day”,
or “Stagger Lee”.

The giant concrete dance floor was behind the bandstand
and held hundreds of dancers.
I worked behind the piano at the back of the stage,
with a six foot drop to my death if I stepped back.
This will be important later.

The club took ID photos of everybody who came in the door.
There were over a dozen bouncers armed with blackjacks.
At least a couple of the bouncers were nuts,
and couldn't wait to beat somebody up.
There was a lot of bloodshed,
but the music was good.

If you were looking for the rest room
and happened to wander toward Johnny's office,
crazy Dobermans would bounce off the inside of his door,
wanting you for lunch.
Johnny said they only attacked when annoyed.
You could annoy them by just existing.

We had a live radio show every night from the club,
and Pauly, the brother, was the emcee.
One night Pauly and Donel started arguing
while we were on the air.
It turned into a fistfight
and they began wrestling around the stage,
knocking things over.

My big old piano was balanced on top of whiskey cases,
so I could play standing up,
and when Donel and Pauly lurched my way
they tipped the piano off the cases.

I was straining every muscle
to hold up the piano with my bare hands,
and looking at the six foot drop to the cement behind me.
This is what Pauly yelled at me:
"Keep playing, kid! We're on the air!"

We got a higher paying job at The Club Seventeen,
but Johnny sent his bouncers to walk through the new club,
intimidating the customers and us.
We finally went back to work at the King o' Hearts.

A few years later Johnny did some prison time.
When he got out he was elected Mayor of a nearby city.

Jack Blanchard

© 2005.

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The Mainstream Country Chart

The Mainstream Country Chart is now POSTED at the new website. The Main Chart is at the bottom of the page (scroll down) but we also have about a dozen new individual Country Charts so look them over at http://nashvillecdstore.com/Charts.html be sure to leave a message on the NEW International Country Music Charts Message Board with any questions or comments. http://www.eboards4all.com/910805/

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Maggie Austin

MaggieAustin9.jpg (5292 bytes)Maggie Austin's current single, "Taking Time", is still holding on tight to the #3 spot on the Indie World Country Chart! It stayed at #3 this week. The single is also making waves on the ECMA Chart, where it is currently #6 in Spain, #3 in Ireland, and #7 in Austria. "Taking Time" can be found on Mark Trail Music's compilation disc #9, track 14, and January's CHi Hotdisc, track 17. The Indie World Country Chart is based on airplay from about 100 US & 30 foreign radio stations.

Maggie Austin's blend of traditional country themes and contemporary country delivery have made her an innovative and ground breaking artist. Her music is enjoying worldwide exposure, with her music being aired in Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the USA in California, Texas, New York, Vermont, and New Mexico. Fans can listen to an interview with Maggie at http://countrymusicplanet.com/maggieaustin She has appeared on the cover of Blazing Boots, and has been reviewed on CountryInterviewsOnline.net and in Strictly Country, Rikk's Reviews, Smother, Rambles, and Country Stars Online. Maggie is currently in the studio working on new music.

Maggie Austin recently became a sponsor of Cell Phones For Soldiers, a program helping soldiers call home to their families. She has since received numerous requests to discuss the program. Maggie will donate $1 from every Time & Again CD sold from CDBaby www.cdbaby.com/cd/maggieaustin and $.25 for every download from MPeria www.mperia.com/artists/maggie_austin to the CPFS fund.

For more information, please contact Laura at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net or 615-825-0019. Photos, Time & Again cd, Taking Time MP3, and interviews available to the media by request.

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' Forever Young' the second single released from the new album 'Forever Young' entered the Hotdisc Independent British Top 10 at #9 and the Country Hotdisc International Top 40 at #40 this week.

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By Roger Ryan

He may be known as The Wee Man from Strabane, but when it comes to country music, there aren’t many people who can stand as tall as Hugo Duncan.
With a career spanning more than two decades of recordings and live performances, Hugo has in recent years expanded into a career of radio and television. He has a very popular radio show called “Afternoon Country” five days a week on BBC Radio Ulster as well as a weekend show on Radio Foyle.
Hugo has also presented a string of tv shows for BBC Northern Ireland, most notably “Town Challenge”, “Hugo Goes To Nashville”, and his country music series “Hugo & Friends”. He was also one of the presenters on the BBC “Children In Need” programme.
I caught up with this extremely busy man recently at a weekend country music festival at the Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal, Co.Cork.
“I remember coming down here to Youghal way back in the 70s”, he told me.
“We played down here in the Redbarn Ballroom. I remember it well as we used to come down here quite often. In those days there were so many dance halls, and so many places to play in. Sadly that’s all changed now. In those days also, we had what we called the dry halls, where you had just a mineral bar and teas and coffee. Nowadays if you don’t have a bar, you don’t have a crowd.

Is that any different from the scene North of the Border?
“The main difference is that we play a lot more concerts than dances in the
North. We have lots of theatres up there with at least one in each major town.
You can play your concert and still be home by midnight, whereas down South, where dancing is still very popular, you usually go on stage at midnight and finish at 2.00 AM, if you’re lucky. I still get a good buzz out of the dances though, as well as the concerts and other stuff.
I always maintain there’s an entertainment tree there that has lots of branches. Some of the branches are television, and some are radio. Others are the songwriters, while others are the dancing and concerts etc. I’ve been very lucky really to be involved in not only in the singing end of the business, but in the radio and tv as well. Most of my time is now taken up with my radio programmes. I do six days a week on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle on Sunday.
My programmes consist of a mixture of country and Irish. We had such a response to the home-grown talent that I now dedicate one entire programme each week to Irish artists on Radio Ulster.

Do you have any problems getting Irish product for your shows?
“I have no problems whatsoever in getting sufficient Irish product for my shows. As a matter of fact, sometimes I get so much stuff that I just don’t have enough time to fit it all in.
Nowadays people have lots of facilities for recording their own material and as a consequence there’s a lot more recordings available. Most are of top class broadcasting quality, but some do leave a little to be desired. My advice to people would be to ensure that you have a good producer in the studio, who will supervise everything and give you a finished product that will be suitable for broadcasting and that will do you justice. What sounds good on stage doesn’t necessarily sound good in a recording studio. So, my advise would be, pay attention to all the little details and make sure the recording is perfect before you release it to the radio stations for airplay”.

Are you happy with where you’re at right now?
I consider that I have been very lucky really. During my time as a tv presenter I’ve been to Nashville and interviewed some of the top names in the country music business such as Charley Pride, Tom T. Hall, Crystal Gayle, Ricky Skaggs, The Bellamy Brothers etc. Some of these people would be my own personal favourites and it really great to get an opportunity to meet them, and visit with them.

Do you do much travelling?
“I leave my home every morning at 8.00 AM to drive the 90 miles to the radio station. Then I start to prepare my show, do the show, finish at 3.00PM, and spend a few hours in the station before heading back home again. That’s a typical day for me. My jeep is only 6 months old and already I have 40,000 miles up on the clock. I do about 80,000 miles a year, so while I can say that I cope with it, it’s still a lot of travelling”.

How did you get started in the music business?.
I was always interested in music as far back as I can remember. In school I was in the choir, and I also sang at Feis Cheoil’s. I got medals in both the Guildhall in Derry and Strabane for singing, so I was really involved in the music business in some shape or form from a very young age, and my interest grew from there.
I started off playing bass in a Ceilí Band, and later on my mother bought me a guitar and amp, and from there I went on to singing in local pubs etc, before joining some local bands. Then Pio Mc Cann got me an audition with a band called The Tallmen, and despite the fact that I didn’t quite “measure up” to the other members of the band, they liked my voice, and I was hired.
In the five years that I spent with The Tallmen, we had at least 10 numbers in the charts, including my major hit “Dear God”, which went to No.1.
The rest as they say is history, and thankfully I’ve enjoyed it.

Do you have any ambitions left ?
“At the moment I have three beautiful grandchildren which I dote on, and my ambition is to see them grow up and spend as much time as possible with them”.

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