Ags’ second album ‘Nothin’ Unexpected, released in February 2017, has received recognition from a number of quarters in end-of-year lists and radio shows! Here is a list of a few that have included the album, and songs from it, in their round-ups:
MAGAZINES & BLOGS
Nightshift Magazine – ‘Tunes of 2017’ READ
Country Exclusive – ‘Top 25 Albums of 2017’ READ
D’Country Spirit – ‘Seleccion De Improbables’ (print only)
The Daily Country – ‘The Best Albums of 2017 You May Not Have Heard’ READ
American Roots UK – ‘2017 Albums of the Year’ READ
ALTCOUNTRY.NL – ‘De Favorieten van 2017’ READ
Saving Country Music – ‘2017 Essential Albums List’ READ
Country Music People – ‘Best of 2017’, ‘Songs of the Year’ (print only)
RADIO & PODCASTS
The International Americana Music Show – ‘Best of 2017’ LISTEN
BBC Radio Oxford – ‘Songs of the Year 2017’ LISTEN
BBC Radio Shropshire – ‘Best of 2017’ LISTEN
This list will be updated as and when any other and of year lists are published.
October will see the return to these shores of the incredible Ohio/Kentucky native Jeremy Pinnell, who will be promoting his superb new album ‘Ties of Blood and Affection’ on a co-headline tour with Ags.
Ags and Jeremy previously teamed up in both Witney and London on a short UK run of Jeremy’s in October 2015 but now they are back together for a full tour. You can catch them at the following venues – please see the ‘Shows’ tab for more info on each.
Fri 13th Oct – HARROGATE, Warehouse Recording Co. (w/ Robert Vincent)
Sat 14th Oct – GLASGOW, Private House Concert
Sun 15th Oct – ABERDEEN, The Blue Lamp
Mon 16th Oct – GATESHEAD, Prohibition Cabaret Bar
Tue 17th Oct – YORK, The Basement
Thu 19th Oct – STAMFORD, Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge
Fri 20th Oct – OXFORD, The Isis Farmhouse
Sun 22nd Oct – BRISTOL, The Golden Lion (Jeremy only)
Tue 24th Oct – PLYMOUTH, The Junction
Thu 26th Oct – LONDON, Westfield House, Ealing
The British Country Music Association have announced the nominations for their 2017 Awards and have included Ags in the list for ‘Male Vocalist Of The Year’.
This is the first time Ags has been nominated by the BCMA. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held at Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton on Sunday 22nd October 2017.
Don’t miss Ags playing with country sensation Doug Seegers at Southern Fried in Perth, Scotland next weekend!
Ags has played at the festival twice before and was there when Doug made his Southern Fried debut in 2015. This year they share the bill on Saturday afternoon 29th July at the Salutation Hotel. Ags will open the show with a solo set of his new and old songs while Doug will be playing a set of Hank Williams classics.
Be sure to catch this show if you can get there! Tickets are priced at £12.50 for weekend pass holders or £17.50 (£15 concessions). Buy yours HERE.
Despite the ‘Traditional’ cowboy songs limited release album only being a stop-gap release before Ags’ second album of originals is released later this year, Country Music People saw fit to give it 5 stars in their August issue!
Reviewer Chris Smith called the album “an informative and very entertaining piece of work, and quite possibly a collector’s item for the future”.
Copies of ‘Traditional’ are still available at £10 each. You can buy by PayPal using firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending cash/a cheque to 29 High Street, Finstock, Oxfordshire, OX7 3DA.
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Last week Ags was back in Scotland to record his long-awaited second album.
Stuart Nisbet was once again on guitars, Kev McGuire played stand-up bass and Jim McDermott was behind the drums. Dean Owens reprised his role in the producer’s chair and Garry Boyle was again on engineering duties. In addition, Andy May played piano again and two special guests from the US also contributed.
The album has now been mixed and is awaiting mastering. Details on its release will be made available as soon as possible.
(L-R): Jim McDermott, Kev McGuire, Ags, Stuart Nisbet. (Not pictured): Dean Owens and Garry Boyle.
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!).
You can hear the show for the next 27 days HERE.
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!