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Rock Ridge Round Up 2018

Clint Bradley Band

With the release of his critically acclaimed western album “Riding After Midnight” in June 2014, Clint Bradley is rapidly establishing himself as a new light in the world of Western music.

 “Riding After Midnight” has been critically acclaimed both in Europe and in the USA, the original songs that Clint has written for the album have been hailed by many in the western music world as new Western classics! The title track went to the top of the “Western music association” most played western song chart, and the album itself has remained on the top 30 western music album chart since its release.

 David Allan, who presented the BBC radio 2 Country show for many years, said this of Clint’s album in the 2016 January addition of ‘Country Music People’ if I only had to pick one album of the year – This would be it!  This is real classy Western music! Critics’ choice for 2015!

 You can read many examples of the superb reviews of Clint on his web site.

 Clint was nominated 2016 Male Western singer of the year by the ‘Academy of Western Artists’ in Texas 

 “RIDING AFTER MIDNIGHT” was nominated Western album of the year in the USA by the ‘Western Music Association’

 And also in 2015 by ‘The Academy of Western artists’ in three categories

1. 2015 WESTERN MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

2. WESTERN SONG OF THE YEAR “Riding after midnight”

3. WESTERN ALBUM OF THE YEAR “Riding after Midnight”

 And in the UK In the 2015 ‘UK Country radio’ awards also nominated in 3 categories

1. UK COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

2. UK COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR “Riding after Midnight”

3. UK MALE COUNTRY SINGER OF THE YEAR

 

The live show consists of a 4 piece acoustic band playing Western music in an authentic style.

The line-up is as follows

Clint Bradley Voice and guitar

Danny Kelly Percussion

Dave Luke Lead guitar & mandolin & backing vocals

Connie Everard Double bass & backing vocals

 Please visit Clint’s web site to view videos, listen to song clips and read some of the many recent reviews he’s had.

 

Clint Bradley Band

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Border Radio

“… (Border Radio) specialise in the kind of honky-tonk music you would normally hear in the very best of Nashville or Texan bars … “

Comments like this coming from a Country music promoter let you know Border Radio are doing something right! Along with endorsements from travelling Texans and a Country music enthusiast from Alabama who said their music made her feel homesick for the Honky Tonks back home!

Border Radio are based in Scotland and have a passion for traditional Country music. They draw inspiration from pioneers such as: Hank Williams and Ray Price, giants of ’70s Country music scene Doug Sahm and the Flying Burrito Brothers, along with more modern-day artists Marty Stuart, BR549 and the Derailers.

Their music features original numbers and the very best in traditional Country covers.

As front-man for eighteen years with popular Scottish-based Rock n Roll band the Accelerators, Steve Smith’s passion for traditional Country music showed in his singing and song-writing. He’d always had a desire for a Honky Tonk style Country band and in 2015 he formed Border Radio.

With Steve as lead singer, co-Accelerator Gavin Brightwell on bass, ‘Country’ guitarist Jim Blair and original drummer Art Alexander, Border Radio had a sound of their own but it was clearly evident that the music of artists such as Marty Stuart, BR549 and Doug Sahm played a big part in the development of that sound.

It wasn’t long before the band started to make an impression on Country music lovers in clubs and bars around Scotland and bookings from festival promoters around the UK were soon on offer.

In 2017 Border Radio welcomed the addition of fiddle player Fiona Newton to the line-up and new drummer Guy Adams.

Border Radio
The term ‘border radio’ refers to the American broadcasting industry that sprang up on Mexico’s northern border in the early 1930s and flourished for half a century. These mega-watt ‘border blaster’ stations were set up beyond the reach of US regulators and beamed programmes across the United States. Border radio played a significant role in popularising Country music during pre and post World War 11 years with Webb Pierce saying “Country music might not have survived if it hadn’t been for Border Radio.”

Border Radio

 

Ian Cal Ford and his Acoustic Preachers

 

Ian Cal Ford has been around the Country Music scene for more years than most. As a child growing up with a Father who was classed as a British Country Music Pioneer “Cal Ford” and who was in the first batch of inductees into the British Country Music Hall Of Fame, Ian has followed in his Father’s footsteps and has created quite a stir himself, over the 25 years on the circuit. An avid Cash aficionado, as most will remember him for, Ian created a trio that any Cash fan would have envied. Ian has had involvement with the Cash family backed Tommy Cash and has even contributed to books that have been written about the great man in black. For over 20 years Ian was the outspoken frontman with The Railmen and in 2013, Ian made the choice of accepting a life changing opportunity and took the bull by the horns, moved out of the UK to work on the other side of the world. During this time, Ian had resigned to the fact that his musical journey was finally over, however, things could not have been more different. He developed his solo show “Ian Cal Ford the Storyteller” and at one of his many solo appearances, stumbled upon the idea of forming a new acoustic trio. The idea was to combine Rockabilly, Country, Gospel and a hint of Bluegrass and fuse them all into one genre. Ian’s choice of musicians for the project caused him much concern. The line-up had to be right, the sound had to be right and the personalities had to click. With this in mind, the standard of musician had to be capable of adapting to Ian’s persona and sometimes demanding sense of humour. The choice was set and the idea of the trio was now in place. For Ian, the obvious choice to stand beside him was none other than the exceptional Dave Luke. A good friend of Ian’s for more than twenty years, they have worked on many shows together along with the superb Canadian songwriter, Chuck Micallef. Dave has played lead guitar for Gail Davies, Vera Van Heeringen and also played alongside the legendary Peter Rowan. These are just a fraction of the people Dave has worked with. Nowadays, Dave is the sideman for another British legendary frontman and outstanding Western vocalist, the award winning Clint Bradley. With Dave Luke on board, the next challenge was the right style bassist. It had to be an upright bassist with a completely different style of playing, one who would lay back and simply play the thing; there was no want for heavy slap style, all too common in today’s rockabilly outfits. This person had to have a totally different set up and be able to gel with both Ian and Dave. The choice was made and the person who filled that slot was Carl Beddis. Carl comes from a long line of musical family members, and has been involved in many projects in his musical career. They complement each other perfectly. When it comes to his bass playing, Carl is understated, on the button, tasteful, ever present but not intrusive. But when he’s off stage, Carl is larger than life – full of positive energy, oozing with laughter, and a spirit of never-say-die. Carl’s first excursions into playing music saw him accompanied by his brother John on drums. Together they formed a formidable rhythm section as part of YoYo Mouse and the Bush Street Blues Band. So the scene was set and Ian Cal Ford and his Acoustic Preachers were formed. Not only did this trio gel but they immediately found the time to record the first album.  With the album out on release through an Irish label, Ian and the boys have secured some great contacts in the Emerald Isle and are looking forward to the new challenges ahead. He has now returned after five years away and is relishing the thought of playing on the scene once more. This trio has an unusual repertoire and along with the backing vocals and dynamic style, deep country rooted influences Ian is hoping that this trio will bring a refreshing change to the music scene.  With Ian’s sense of humour and Dave’s dry wit, along with Carls outgoing happy approach to life, these boys are a must see trio and one that we are sure will please the most pure of Country Music personalities.

 

 

 

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