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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.

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers died January 3rd at age 74 following a long illness in Burbank, California where he was hospitalized.

Phil Everly along with his brother, Don, was a true icon of rock and roll and country music from the late 50s until 1988.

Don Everly

Don Everly

Phil Everly

Phil Everly

The Everly Brothers duo, the perfect family. Don and Phil Everly began their careers in the 1950s. The American duo, whose magnificent vocal harmonies moved a large following and strongly influenced British bands like The Beatles.

The Beatles

The Beatles

Phil and Don Everly were both spotted by songwriter and exceptional guitarist, the late Chet Atkins. Their talent for composing, singing and guitar and well as steel guitar were all assets that Atkins immediately noticed.

The Everly Brother with Chet Atkins (Center)

The Everly Brother with Chet Atkins (Center)

The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers

The City of Music, Nashville, became their new home and that is where they record their first album “The Everly Brothers” and “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us” all released in 1958. Two most memorable tracks are “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” On the first album, there are a lot of known tracks such as “Be-Bop-A-Lula” Rock’n’Roll by legend Gene Vincent, “Keep a Knockin” by Little Richard and “This Little Girl of Mine” by Ray Charles.

Since 1960, The Everly Brothers were signed to the Warner label until 1968. The Everly Brothers, rather gifted in business, were the first artists to get the best deal in history with their label, reaching the million dollar mark. That said, Warner Records has lost nothing in exchange for during the past eight years at Warner, success was guaranteed “Cathy’s Clown”, “Walk Right Back”, “Stick With Me Baby” and among others, the song “Gone Gone Gone ”

brilliantly performed in 2007 by singer Alison Krauss Bluegrass Country in a duet with Robert Plant, the leader of the English band Led Zeppelin.

In 1973, the two brothers what separated and took the opportunity to make a solo career but also to compose until 1983. Phil had a lot of success with the song he has written and performed with actress Sondra Locke “Do not Say You Do not Love Me No More” for the comedy “Every Which Way But Loose “comedy” starring Clint Eastwood.

Every Which Way But Loose

In 1983, Phil Everly a hit in England as a soloist with his self-named album. His studio musician at the time was Dire Straits Mark Knopfler guitarist and drummer Terry Williams!

Dire Straits

Dire Straits

Also in 1983, the two brothers signed on the Mercury label albums. In 1986, they were inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame and they also received a star on the famous sidewalk of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In 2001, they entered the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in Nashville.

It was a long and successful career in Rock’n’roll Country for Phil and Don Everly timeless … Rest in Peace Phil …


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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