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.
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.”