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Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

On 10 and 11 October this year, Music City, Nashville, Tennessee in the USA, will celebrate a big event, the 89th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry Show. For this event, many artists will be present …including Trace Adkins, Carrie Underwood, Craig Morgan, country pop trio Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, and Brad Paisley. The short list is very long !!

Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan

Josh Turner

Josh Turner

Brad Paisley © 2013 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Brad Paisley © 2013 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

It all started in this beautiful red building, a former church made of wood, which is now the emblem of true traditional Country Music. In 1925, George D. Hay broadcast over a radio station, WSM. Soon he was joined by violinist Jimmy Thompson and together they launched a show called “WSM Barn Dance”. With the tag “We dance in the barn” the program was broadcast live. The show aired on the “WSM” radio.

On October 2, 1954, the young Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance. WSM which still exists today, was the first country radio station to broadcast its programs over AM. with its powerful 50,000-watt transmitter, emissions could be heard almost anywhere in the USA and beyond; north to Canada and south to Mexico. The Grand Ole Opry Show has become an institution and many large names in music have been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

George Jones

George Jones

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline

George Hamilton IV

George Hamilton IV

The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers

The legendary George Jones, The Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, George Hamilton IV, more recently Trace Adkins, Martina McBride. … Paradox marking Hank Williams, who is none other than the Father of Country Music, was expelled from the Grand Ole Opry in 1952, a year before his death because of his alcohol problems.

Hank Williams

Hank Williams

A victim of its huge success, in 1974, the Grand Opry show left the legendary Ryman Auditorium and moved to a larger and more modern the Grand Ole Opry House located outside the city center. But in the aftermath of major floods that severely hit Nashville in May 2010, the Grand Ole Opry House was completely submerged by water. It is thanks to this natural disaster, the Ryman Auditorium came back to life again as the Grand Ole Opry. Now renovated, the legendary venue and exceptional show is waiting for you! So if you go to Nashville soon, make reservations at the Grand Ole Opry! Note the dates of October 10 and 11 for the 89th anniversary!


Lucy-May

Lucy-May

Today we’re talking with Lucy-May. Lucy-May is a fast-rising British country-pop singer widely heard on radio performing her debut single “Paper Heart” produced by Greg Fitzgerald.

We had the pleasure of meeting Lucy-May at the 2013 CMA Summit just last month. Lucy-May took her influences from the 60s – following the Motown Sound and The Beatles. She was surrounded by music at home and pursued the performing arts at the Brit School where she grew evermore attached to country music with it’s melodies and simple, heartfelt storylines. She’s been active in London on the live scene at both public and private events, and she’s currently working on her album scheduled for release the is year!

Lucy-May , thanks so much for joining us. You’ve had a good amount of success around the U.K. and in London and your single “Paper Heart” has gotten great airplay especially on BBC2. Is there anything we missed in our intro that you’d like to share with us?

L-M: I think just that although I was brought up on 60’s music, and do have a love for it, I have always enjoyed listening to all kinds of music and like a wide range of genres.

We know you’ve been drawn to country, and the stories the music tells, but how did you evolve from Motown and The Beatles to where you are today? What do you like about the music? The beat?

L-M: Over the last couple of years I have gigged in restaurants and bars, singing a wide range of covers. One of those was “Crazy” by Patsy Cline and every time I sang this song I felt I had a connection with the lyrics and the emotion I could put in to my performance. Other people also noticed this and would request more Patsy Cline songs. This was the start of my love of country music.

Besides Motown greats and The Beatles are there any particular influencers or mentors that have left a lasting impression on you?

L-M:As stated before, my biggest country influence is Patsy Cline but I have always loved the sound of Dusty Springfield and her style. More recently, I have listened to the likes of Leanne Rimes.

You’ve been working with producer Greg Fitzgerald. Are there any particular musicians you’ve been working with either live and/or on your album you would like to mention?

L-M: Greg has been amazing to work with on “Paper Heart” and the album. There have been musicians that have played on my tracks and are all very talented but Mike Gazzard has done an outstanding job on “Paper Heart”. I have been fortunate to have Bruce Bouton from Nashville play guitar on one of my tracks for the album. He has also played for Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.

Okay, let’s have a look and listen to Lucy-May and “Paper Heart”!

Super! HorizonVU Music follows and works with a good number of female artists and many our Blog followers are young women looking to a career in music. Can you pass along insights as concerns getting to where you’d like to go in the business as a woman – does gender make a difference?

L-M: I would say that whatever gender you are in this industry it is tough. There are a lot of ups and downs and it is a lot of hard work. Never give up!

Looking out onto the horizon, what’s next for Lucy-May? The album release is schedulled for later this year. Any special projects you’d like to work on beyond the album?

L-M: I would love to go on tour and perform the songs from my album so that more people get to hear them and hopefully connect to them.

My final question – just can’t resist – do you have any superheroes? Who and why (or why not)?

L-M: I wouldn’t say that I have a superhero as such, but definitely would say my biggest hero is my dad! He has supported me from day one.

That’s great! I would say that dad counts as a superhero! Lucy-May, thanks so very much. All the very best of luck to you, and we hope to see you in Paris!

Visit Lucy-May at http://lucymayofficial.co.uk as well as Facebook, twitter and YouTube


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