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COUNTRY MILESTONES

JANUARY TO MARCH

12 JANUARY 1905

Woodward Maurice Ritter, better known as Tex Ritter, was born. A huge star from the 1930s to the 60s, Ritter was the first artist signed to Capitol Records in 1944, where he scored a hit with I’m Wastin’ My Tears On You. He appeared in 85 movies and even had his own comics! He died in 1974, ten days before his 69th birthday.

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Country Music
In this issue, we focus on the artists playing 2019’s
REGULARS
Bob Harris again hosts the Awards show, and he tells us: “This music connects with the UK so strongly”
Thanks to the Americana Music Association UK, Country
Cheers! Duo’s massive summer hit was the most-streamed country song of 2018
Stories of US soldiers killed in action “must be retold” says singer
Kip Moore extends his acoustic shows with a UK visit
And there’s still no stopping Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey
Go-to roots producer with the most-packed Contacts Book in Nashville
Country star doubles up Magnolia album with a movie
Soundtrack album features new version of Jolene
The Black Deer Americana & Country Festival returns in June 2019 with Band Of Horses, the John Butler Trio, Jade Bird, The Dead South and many more
Notable dates in the history of country
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The BCMA has been championing country music in the UK since the 1970s. What does it do and how does it operate? Country Music finds out
Fusing retro-styled harmonies with classic country fashion, Midland’s greatest challenge is proving they don’t belong in the past
They’ve dominated the CMA Awards Vocal Duo category for the last three years and the Maryland siblings are making a big noise in the UK
Connie Smith is one of the most acclaimed singers in country history, scoring her irst hit in 1964. She’s married to Marty Stuart and has just released a new best-of double CD, My Part Of Forever: The Ultimate Collection 1972-2018
INTERVIEWS & FEATURES
He became a household name for clowning with Buck Owens on Hee Haw, but the late Roy Clark was one country’s inest-ever musicians. Country Music salutes a “pickin’ and grinnin’” genius
Forty years into her recording career, Rosanne Cash is writing ever-deeper songs that draw on her unique life of family legacy, friendships and personal politics. And she’s developed a steelier edge than ever: “I’m not interested in people-pleasing at this point in my life,” she tells Country Music
FIVE MORE LANDMARK ALBUMS FROM COUNTRY MUSIC’S MOST FAMOUS DAUGHTER
Rosanne Cash is just one of many renowned artists with a country music parent (or two). CM says “Hi kids!” to just some of the most notable and notorious offspring…
From Southern Rock revivalists to folk-country troubadours to banjo-strumming balladeers, these are the artists who you’ll be hearing a lot more from in 2019…
Mississippi folk-country storyteller comes good
The North Carolina duo are set for a big breakthrough with their effortless virtuosity and harmonies
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young-alike guitar jams meets classic country storytelling. Old News? It sounds fresh from The Steel Woods
Canadian singer-songwriter takes a hard look around for her socially conscious country
Canada wins again as The Dead South hit the road with their twisted bluegrass and a new album primed for 2019
A decade since debuting, this ex-rodeo rider is back in the saddle
The sexagenarian is back with his first album in three years
Since the release of her 2017 album Dream Country, Sarah Darling has become one of the most popular visitors to the UK. Last year, the Iowa native decided to make her new album on this side of the pond. In this exclusive diary for Country Music, the singer takes us on a road trip across the British Isles, from writing room to recording studio to concert stage…
The Devil Makes Three are the bluegrass charttopping band who don’t even sound bluegrass. What gives? Songwriter and frontman Pete Bernhard talks banjo styles, forays into “proper Nashville” and tragic heroes
Natalie Hemby is Miranda Lambert’s go-to songwriting partner, having built her writing reputation on quirky observation and unusual word-craft. She tells Country Music, “I can’t stand to write something that someone else has written”
Chris Stapleton is the country music misit that has amassed a whopping 10 CMA Awards. CM looks at the unstoppable rise of an artist with as much Sam Cooke in his musical DNA as he has Merle Haggard
Arkansas-born Ashley McBryde is about to hit the main arena stage at C2C. She talks to Country Music about recording at a former crack house, proving the doubters wrong and writing songs on Miranda Lambert’s swing…
Drake White is stepping up to the main stage for 2019’s C2C, and a live show is where he feels most at home. “I beat my chest and get warmed up… Then I let the crowd direct me where to go”
One of the artists kicking off C2C is perma-positive posterboy for bro-country, Chase Rice. “Screaming women and passionate guys drinking beer, that’s the most fun crowd, right?” Who’s to argue?
Prepare to be dazzled. Don’t expect much bluegrass
On the back of a breakthrough year, Camaron Ochs will hopefully be previewing her long-awaited second country album
Big hats, a big smile and polished choruses: the ‘Small Town Boy’ has won over country radio
Lyle Lovett, Brett Eldredge and Lady Antebellum hit the big stage, while Brits Catherine McGrath and The Wandering Hearts also appear…
REVIEWS
The winter of 1976 was a skin-shedding juncture for
Wilco frontman ponders death and mortality on first ‘proper’ solo album
Genre-busting phenom’s second album aims high
Catch-all fourth album from the divisive British giants
Grammy-winning ‘jamgrass’ quintet’s energetic live set
Reunion by the prototype altcountry frontiersmen from LA
Stars come out for heartstringtugging soundtrack
Ageless songstress lifts the roof in New York
Oregon collective emerge triumphant from the wreckage
Grizzled vocalist meets gleaming production
Filthmeister misses the mark on third album
Superb soulful album from rising Nashville star
Homegrown live favourite nails her difficult second album with aplomb
Honky-tonk king conjures up a classic
Wilco and Uncle Tupelo’s main-man reviews a life of uncertainty
Two-disc live collection from the late Texan troubadour
Strings with everything…
A sublime 50-song compilation…