Ags’ song ‘When Country Was Proud’ has been named among the Top 50 country songs of the last 30 years by Country Music People magazine.
The October issue features a list of great songs released in the genre since 1986, a list that includes the likes of George Jones, Randy Travis, George Strait, Dale Watson and many more, not least Ags’ good friend Jeremy Pinnell.
The inclusion marks yet more recognition for the music from ‘How About Now’, the debut album soon to be followed up in early 2017.
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Hey folks, while I’m working on getting my second album out later this year, I thought you might like some new music to keep you going. Or maybe old music! I recently went into the studio to record a number of old-school cowboy songs and have now put them together in an album called ‘Traditional’. For the time being, this CD is only being released in limited numbers.
I was originally drawn to these songs by the field recordings, collections and interpretations of men like John and Alan Lomax, Ed McCurdy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Woody Guthrie, among others. I love their honesty and directness. Most of these songs are ‘traditional’ or, in other words, have no known writer. Countless versions of each probably exist, but these are my favourite versions.
The tracks are as follows:
1. Goodbye, Old Paint 2. Fair Lady of the Plains 3. St James Infirmary 4. Strawberry Roan 5. Rambling Gambler 6. The Buffalo Skinners 7. Roving Gambler 8. Diamond Joe 9. Red River Valley 10. South Coast 11. Mole in the Ground 12. Shenandoah
This album will only be available on CD and is purely being self-released. The only place to get it is direct from me.
The CD costs £10.00 (includes postage) and there are three ways to buy it:
1. BY PAYPAL – you can use the e-mail address email@example.com to make payment over Paypal. Be sure to specify what the payment is for and include your address.
2. BY POST – Send cash or a cheque to 29 High Street, Finstock, Oxon, OX7 3DA.
3. LIVE! – Once I receive stock I will have copies of the CD at all my live shows until they sell out.
NON-UK orders – please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm postage costs.
The CDs are now being manufactured so orders will be dispatched as soon as I receive them.
It’s been a long-held ambition of mine to record this CD, so I hope you like it. I think it’s important to keep this stuff alive.
Ags’ US tour with singer-songwriters Jack Grelle and Ryan Koenig came to a fitting conclusion on Sunday 28th February as they played Off Broadway in St, Louis MO – Jack and Ryan’s hometown.
It was the 16th date of a hugely successful tour which encompassed 7 states and 12 cities. Matt Meyer, drummer for Pokey LaFarge, and Jack’s regular bass player Brice Barecevic made up the rhythm section while Ryan chipped in on mandolin, harmonica, fiddle and backing vocals (when not performing his own songs on guitar). Jack also made his debut on lead guitar.
Talks are already underway for a follow-up next year but in the meantime, here’s a few shots from this go round:
The first night of tour. Café Berlin, Columbia, MO.
The band onstage at The Buzz Mill, Austin TX.
The last night at Off Broadway. St Louis, MO.
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You can now buy official Ags Connolly t-shirts and caps online! Ags has hooked up with the people at dizzyjam.com to present a new ‘Ameripolitan’ range.
There are men’s and women’s t-shirts in a variety of colours, plus two colours of trucker cap available. You can link directly to purchase these on the Shop page of this website, or go to agsconnolly.dizzyjam.com.
Please note that these items will not be available at shows for the time being, they are online only.
This November Ags will be travelling to the Shetland Islands to perform at the Thomas Fraser Memorial festival, which takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th.
Ags will appear at Burra Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, alternating headliner duties with Canadian bluegrass fiddle player April Verch and Nashville honky-tonker Scott Icenogle (with his band A11). The festival has been held semi-regularly since 2002 in memory of Shetland fisherman and hillbilly singer Thomas Fraser, whose recordings have posthumously been released after his death in 1978.
Ags will then play four dates on mainland Scotland. Details as follows:
Mon 16th – Inverness, Market Bar
Tue 17th – Nairn, Links Studio
Thu 19th – Perth, The Tavern
Fri 20th – Edinburgh, The Bluebird Café
For more information on the festival please see the official website. For information on all Ags’ performances please see the ‘Shows’ page on this site.
This October Ags will be opening two shows for Jeremy Pinnell and Max Fender on their OH/KY European tour! Jeremy is a Kentucky native who released his incredible hardcore country debut ‘OH/KY’ in 2014, while Max is the frontman of Ohio alt.rock stalwarts Alone at 3am.
Ags will be opening the shows for Jeremy and Max at Aces and Eights Saloon Bar, London on 20th October and Fat Lil’s, Witney on 21st October. See below for Jeremy and Max’s full schedule and check out the ‘Shows’ page for full details of the London and Witney shows.
October 14 Eindhoven, NL @ Stage Music Cafe
October 15 Den Haag, NL Haags Pop Centrum
October 16 Amsterdam, NL Checkpoint Charlie
October 18 Freiburg, Germany @ @ The White Rabbit
October 20 London, UK @ Aces and Eights
October 21 Witney, UK @ Fat Lil’s
October 22 Sheffield, UK @ ROTA / Audacious Art Experiment
October 23 Newcastle, UK @ Ampersand Inventions
October 24 Aberdeen, UK The Blue Lamp
Ags will open for Rosanne Cash in Leeds on Tuesday 21st July.
Cash is playing Brudenell Social Club as part of her European tour as she continues to promote her triple Grammy-winning album ‘The River & The Thread’. She will play in a duo with her husband John Leventhal. Ags will also share the bill with Cash at Summertyne American Festival in Gateshead on Saturday 18th July.
Tickets for the Leeds show and more information can be found HERE.
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.
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.