‘AGS CONNOLLY’S COUNTRY OUTLAWS’ AIRS ON EASTER MONDAY!

A special one-hour radio show featuring Ags and presenter Will Banks will air on BBC Radio Oxford on Easter Monday, 21st April.

The show will feature Ags talking about his own music plus introducing country records from the Outlaw era and beyond. Don’t worry if you miss it – the show will be available to catch in iPlayer for 7 days after broadcast.

BBC Radio oxford can be heard at 95.2FM or online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiooxford. ‘Ags Connolly’s Country Outlaws’ airs at 6pm on Easter Monday.

RECORD COLLECTOR REVIEW

Esteemed and ageless music magazine Record Collector have reviewed ‘How About Now’ in their April 2014 issue.

Veteran journalist Terry Staunton praises the album’s “authentic tearjerkers” and hails Ags as “one of the most promising new talents on the Brit country scene”.

You can read the full review HERE.

COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE AWARD ‘HOW ABOUT NOW’ CD OF THE MONTH

Country Music People magazine, the foremost country magazine in the UK, has awarded ‘How About Now’ five stars and CD of the Month in their March issue.

Editor Duncan Warwick reviewed the album as being “one of the best records you are likely to hear this year” while stating that “Ags Connolly is the closest we’ve ever come to an English Willie Nelson”.

The March issue is out now.

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‘HOW ABOUT NOW’ REVIEWED BY FLYIN SHOES

The Flyin Shoes Review website have reviewed ‘How About Now’ ahead of its release on 24th February.

The review describes the album as “extraordinarily accomplished” and states that it’s “hard to believe it’s a UK product”. Reviewer John Davy also proclaims that ‘How About Now’ is “as good a country record as you’re likely to hear from anywhere this year”.

Read the full review HERE.

ALBUM TRACK AVAILABLE TO STREAM!

That’s right folks, you can stream an exclusive track from the upcoming album ‘How About Now’. The song is called ’When Country Was Proud’, all about the current state of country music, and has already picked up radio play. Listen to it on Soundcloud HERE.

If you like it, why not pre-order the album – if you haven’t already! Go direct to the Drumfire Records Website and be among the first to get it delivered to your door!

Get involved, hillbillies…

‘HOW ABOUT NOW’ AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!!

FINAL COVER

Here it is people – the cover artwork for the album ‘How About Now’, to be released in February!! This brilliant cover image was entirely dreamed up and created by my genius friend Alex Ogg, also known as the drummer in Americana band Swindlestock! I love it and I hope you do too. What a talent that man has.

But that’s not all. You are given fair warning that the album is NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER ON CD VIA THE DRUMFIRE RECORDS WEBSITE.

If you want to receive your copy as early as possible, get ordering. Pre-orders can be made at this link:

http://www.drumfirerecords.com/ags-connolly.html

Get involved, hillbillies!!

Just gimme one good year

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Hey folks, I just wanted to say hi on here for the last time in 2013. And say what a truly awesome year it’s been on the music front!

When I think back over the year it’s been somewhat mad. In January I first met Phil Penman from Drumfire Records (after months of playing e-mail tag), and he proved to be a great supporter of mine over the next 12 months. He even asked me to play as one of his Drumfire acts at the inaugural Country 2 Country festival at the O2 in London, which was a great boon for me. For all the things that could’ve been improved about that weekend, it gave me exposure I hadn’t had before and set the tone for the rest of the year. Before that though, in February, I’d played with the great Canadian songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, which was also superb.

Festivals were a big part of 2013 for me too. 12 months ago I wouldn’t have imagined I’d be playing the Oxford Punt, the very first Halfway to 75 festival, Brownstock in Essex and the massively popular Truck Festival all in one summer. But I did and I’m very grateful to those that asked me. Hopefully I’ll see some of you again in 2014. As well as those I also played excellent London venues like The Good Ship in Kilburn, What’s Cookin’ in Leytonstone, The Old Queens Head in Angel and the famous Jazz Café in Camden. All great gigs I’d gladly do all over again.

But even with all these great milestones the big event of this year was, of course, recording my debut album. Back in March at C2C, I met the terrific Scottish singer-songwriter Dean Owens. After a while it became clear that making an album together was a real possibility, and sure enough a few months later I packed my axe in the car and headed for Edinburgh. Dean fed and watered me and generally put up with my crap for a week. I’m immensely proud of what we (Dean, the mercurial Garry Boyle and the brilliant band of musicians) achieved in five days of recording and mixing at Castlesound and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it all.

It’s been a big year in a lot of ways, and I have every intention of making 2014 even bigger! The album, ‘How About Now’ is scheduled for release on Drumfire Records in February, so stay tuned. The album has already been made a ‘tip for 2014′ by Duncan Warwick, the editor of Country Music People magazine (no pressure, then). In the meantime though, I found time in the studio to record an acoustic version of the album track ’Get Out Of My Mind’, which the impatient super-fans amongst you can see on video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzPlkcG0C2E

Thanks so much for your support this year. I hope to see all of you and more in 2014 and I hope you’ll continue to take an interest in my music for a good while to come. Oh, and make sure you have a great year yourselves….

…hillbillies!!