Due to the last minute cancellation of the Frontier Ruckus UK tour, Ags will replace them at this year’s Southern Fried Festival in Perth, Scotland.
Ags made his debut at the festival last year to extremely positive reviews. He will open for Dean Owens and the Whiskey Hearts at 2pm on the Saturday in the Salutation Hotel. Dean was of course the producer of the ‘How About Now’ album and has played several shows with Ags in England and Scotland.
You can find more info and tickets for this show and the rest of the festival HERE.
Don’t miss the Ags Connolly River Cruise at Summertyne Americana Festival in Gateshead this year!!
On Saturday 18th July at the Sage Gateshead, Ags will be playing the River Cruise in the morning as well as in the Late Lounge that night! The Cruise will board at 10.30am and depart at 11am, while the Late lounge kicks off around 8pm!
Local country/rockabilly trio Sour Mash will be opening for Ags on the cruise while Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra and Red Sky July will join him in the Late Lounge. Don’t miss it!
You can find tickets and info on the Ags Connolly River Cruise HERE.
You can find tickets and info on the Late Lounge HERE.
This is a very special video, uploaded to YouTube this week by Ags’ great Italian friend Michele Tico. It captures the moment from this February in Austin, Texas when Ags – in town for the Ameripolitan Awards - played the song ‘I Saw James Hand’ at The Rattle Inn with the man himself in attendance.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend Ags was once again in the BBC Oxford studios to record a country show with presenter Will Banks.
This time it was the turn of the ‘Women of Country’, featuring artists like Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton along with some more modern artists (including a couple from the Ameripolitan world!).
Earlier this week Ags played to a packed house at The Admiral Bar in Glasgow. Among the assembled was Paul Kerr, Americana writer and reviewer for such sites as Americana UK, No Depression and his own Blabber n’ Smoke.
Paul reviewed the show and stated that Ags “might just be the UK’s best country act about today”.
A couple of weeks back Ags returned from the Ameripolitan Awards in Austin, Texas. He was charged with reviewing the show for Country Music People magazine and his thoughts can be found in the April issue!
Ags encountered a number of great artists during his trip, especially the one and only James Hand! Don’t miss the story of their meeting in the 3-page review, available from all good newsagents and from www.countrymusicpeople.co.uk
For those of you may have missed Ags Connolly’s second radio show for BBC Oxford, ‘Ags Connolly’s Country Heroes’, don’t forget you can hear it again for the next 17 days at the BBC website.
The show was broadcast on Tuesday 30th December and features Ags and presenter Will Banks discussing Ags’ heroes. Music on the show included James Hand, Sturgill Simpson, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline plus tracks from Ags himself. You can hear the show in its entirety HERE.
Rumours abound of a third show in the series coming this Easter. Stay tuned!
‘How About Now’ has been recognised in several quarters as being one of the best albums of 2014.
Released in February, the record received rave reviews initially and has steadily gained plaudits in the following months. Now, as some revisit the year’s releases, ‘How About Now’ has made it onto several end of year lists. Here’s a summary of them (subject to additions):
The new single, ‘When Country Was Proud’, from the highly acclaimed album How About Now is available now from all good digital stores.
The single comes with two exclusive b-sides: acoustic versions of ‘She Doesn’t Need Anyone Anymore’ and ‘Trusty Companion’, recorded during a live session for Resonance FM’s ‘Tin Can Review’ with James Hodder.
The video for ‘When Country Was Proud’ was unveiled a couple of weeks ago. The single can be found on iTunes HERE.