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.
The video for the upcoming single ‘When Country Was Proud’ is now online.
The single will be released on 3rd November, in digital formats, with two bonus tracks. These will be live versions of ‘She Doesn’t Need Anyone Anymore’ and ‘Trusty Companion’, taken from the Tin Can Review radio show on Resonance FM earlier this year.
Ags recently spoke to Duncan Warwick, editor of Country Music People magazine, about the album ‘How About Now’, his songwriting process and what the future holds. The interview is featured in the October edition of CMP.
Pick up a copy now to see the full interview…
Also this week, Bob Harris’s ‘Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company’ (WBBC) released the first video from Ags’s ‘Under The Apple Tree Session’ filmed at Cropredy Festival in August this year. The video features the song ‘I Hoped She Wouldn’t Be Here’ and can be viewed HERE.
In a late addition to the bill, Ags will be opening for Jimmy LaFave & The Night Tribe at The Bullingdon in Oxford on Thursday 2nd October.
Jimmy is a legendary singer-songwriter from Austin, TX whose music encompasses country, blues, folk and everything in between. For more info visit www.empty-rooms.com and for tickets visit wegottickets.
On Tuesday 23rd September Ags will once again be joining forces with great friends the CASH band to celebrate the life of the Man In Black himself, Johnny Cash.
Ags and CASH will be back at Camden’s Jazz Café, after bringing in the 10 year anniversary of Johnny’s death in style there last year. Advance tickets are £10 – visit the ‘Shows’ tab for more information.
Ags’s dates with Canadian country singer Daniel Romano kick off tonight (2nd September) in Bristol at The Tunnels, followed by The Prince Albert in Brighton tomorrow. Daniel is travelling with his band The Trilliums so both gigs are sure to be honky tonk bonanzas…
Ags will then be back in Oxfordshire to play The Perch’s beer festival in Binsey at 3pm on Saturday. Meantime, take a look at this cool poster for The Prince Albert gig, also featuring Andrew Combs…
The first review of one of Ags’ sets at Southern Fried Festival in Perth has emerged. Ags played sets on Friday 25th July and Saturday 26th at the Salutation Hotel, opening for Dean Owens and My Darling Clementine respectively.
For the latter, Ags was joined onstage by stand-up bass player Nico Bruce and electric guitarist Stuart Nisbet. Stuart played guitar, mandolin and pedal steel on the ‘How About Now’ album so it was a welcome reunion.
The festival was heralded by many as the best for years and Ags’ contribution received a great deal of praise. Read the Bluezulu review and see more great pictures HERE.