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TEXAS COMES TO SCOTLAND

TEXAS COMES TO
SCOTLAND

Heart Of
Texas Artists at Halkirk Country Music
Festival
Halkirk, in the
northeast tip of
Scotland, might well be the most unlikely place you’d
expect to hear the sound of Texas music yet it’s now become part of the area’s
Easter weekend tradition.
Once again the Northern Nashville Country Music Club
Festival
bridged the 5000 mile gap between the two locations. The festival,
now in its tenth year and run by committee of dedicated country music
enthusiasts headed up by Christine
Gray
, is an extension of the NNCMC’s monthly meetings (
http://www.nncmc.co.uk). It
took place at the Halkirk Indoor Riding Centre (March 29-31) and, for the third
consecutive year, welcomed artists from the Heart of Texas
record label.
This time around
the highly enthusiastic audience – gathered from local towns, the islands,
Northern
Ireland
and other parts of the
UK – saw the debut British appearances of Kimberly Murray & Bob Manning and
Rance Norton, backed by a five piece
hot country swing band led by veteran singer/guitarist Tommy
Hooker
.
“It’s now part of our annual schedule to
play for the festival”
said Tracy
Pitcox
, founder of the Brady,
Texas based record label. “We get to spend a few,
very enjoyable days here and love to bring our music to new audiences. The folks
really seem to enjoy it as well, whether sitting down or letting loose out on
the dance floor”.  
This year’s
artists presented a broad spectrum of Texas music,  ranging from the traditional sounds of Tommy Hooker with a extensive
repertoire of western swing material; Bob Manning and
Kimberly Murray
whose music merges the Bakersfield Sound with Texas
shuffle, giving a performance that combined country classics with original
material; and the label’s newest signing, Rance Norton, already predicted to
follow in the footsteps of such Lone Star legends as Ray Price, Willie Nelson
and Johnny Bush.
Each of these artists have albums currently available, details
listed below.
                                                                                            
Although he didn’t appear at the Festival, another
Heart of Texas artist George Hamilton IV is currently touring
the
UK with Ireland’s Sandy Kelly.
His new album, which also features George Hamilton V,
comprises many well-loved country gospel titles and was produced by Justin Trevino.   
TOMMY HOOKER  
Texas Honky
Tonk Favourites 
Deep Water;
Take Back Your old Love Letters; My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You; Lily Dale;
Pride; Pick Me Uop On you Way Down (with JUSTIN TREVINO); Faded Love; Heart Over
Mind; Invitation To The Blues; Fraulein; Bubbles In My Beer; One More
Time
(Heart Of
Texas Records HOTR
4667)
KIMBERLY MURRAY & BOB MANNING    One Night
Only!
Good Mornin’
Darlin’; Blame This Mess On You; From Where I Came; Same Battle Fought
Yesterday; Last First Date; Lovin’ In Three Quarter Time; Cheatin’ Side Of Life;
Three Chords Away; When I’m Drunk; Loves Me Right; I Can’t Imagine; Bunkhouse
Breakdown; Devil Makes No Change
(Bourbon
Haze Records BH-412)
RANCE NORTON 
Here We Go Again
This Time I
Won’t Cheat On Her Again; When It’s Midnight In Dallas; Different Kind Of
Flower; Slide Off Your Satin Sheets; Texas Dance Hall Girl;  Nashville Drunkard (with FRANKIE
MILLER); Here We Go Again; Right Side Of The Wrong Bed; Right Back In Your Arms
Again; There’s Nothing To Hold Me Anymore; Love Comes From the Other Side Of
Town; I Never Miss A Day (Missing You)
(Heart of
Texas Records HOTR
4700)
GEORGE HAMILTON IV (with GEORGE HAMILTON V)  Texas
Cowboy
Church
Turn Your
Radio On; Satisfied Mind; Great Speckled Bird; Falling Leaves; Preachin’ Prayin’
Singin’; Wings Of A Dove; We Will Meet Again; Somewhere Down The Road; It Was
Love and not The Nails; Heartaches No Longer; Cattle On A Thousand Hills; The
Gift; Bargain Basement Preacher; Abilene (Epilogue with GEORGE V and GEORGE
VI)
(Heart of
Texas Records HOTR
4697)

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