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!).
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!
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.
SavingCountryMusic.Com, the premier site on the internet for the preservation of REAL country music, has given ‘How About Now’ its first US-based review.
The site proclaims that the album “gets better with every song”, while stating that Ags “deserves to be considered right beside his Stateside counterparts as one of the carriers of the country music holy ghost whose carefully-crafted songs can speak to the human heart universally, irrespective of borders”.
A good time was had by all as Ags helped Australian country singer Nicki Gillis kick off her UK and Europe tour at The Railway Inn, Culham on Friday 16th May. Even 60s country singer Frank Ifield was on hand, although he left the singing to the whipper-snappers this time. You can catch them on tour at these venues.
Meanwhile, Ags has a busy weekend coming up from 23rd – 26th May. Opening for CASH, the Witney Music Festival and Rokefest offer several chances to catch him live over the Bank Holiday. Check out the ‘Shows’ page for more info.