Stewart talks to Jim Ed Brown

Stewart talks to Jim Ed Brown

Mar 26, 2015

On this week’s Celtic Contry, Stewart Fenwick talks with country legend Jim Ed Brown about his induction into the Country Hall of Fame.
Over the past four decades, Jim Ed Brown has firmly established himself in the minds of Country Music Fans as a masterful presence in every aspect of the Country Music Industry Field. Born in 1934, the Native of Sparkman, Arkansas was one of five children (two boys and three girls) of a struggling lumberman and his wife. Some of his earliest memories are of close family times, when all of the members of the houshold would gather on Saturday nights to listen to the Grand Ole Opry on a battery powered radio. Jim Ed and his older sister, Maxine, were fascinated by what they heard and soon began harmonizing together. A few years later, Jim Ed and Maxine began to perform occasionally on the local radio shows.By Jim Ed’s second year in college, he and Maxine were regular members of the ‘Barnyard Frolic’ on KRLA in Little Rock, and together, they penned what was to become their first hit record, ‘Looking Back To See’.

Released on a small label in 1954, ‘Looking Back To See’ provided the necessary momentum to bring the pair to national attention. They became members of the Louisiana Hayride, and went on to join Red Foley as featured regulars on the Ozark Jubilee in 1955.

Later that year, younger sister Bonnie joined them as ‘The Browns’, and they scored immediate top-10 hit, ‘Here Today and Gone Tomorrow.’ The group signed with RCA Victor in 1956, and two number-one releases followed in quick succession, ‘I Take the Chance’ and ‘I Heard the Bluebird Sing.’

 jimedbrown_profileJim Ed’s career took a vastly different turn when he was called to a two year stint in the service. After his discharge, he rejoined his sisters to record the song which would leave the indelible mark on musical history, ‘The Three Bells.’Released in 1959, ‘The Three Bells’ sold over a million copies and created a sensation as the first number one country song ever to cross over to number one on the pop and rhythm & blues charts as well. After a two year break, the Browns were not only back, but they were more in demand than ever. Other classic hits including, ‘The Old Lamplighter’ and ‘Scarlet RIbbons’ soon followed, and in 1962, the trio joined the Grand Ole Opry.

By the mid 1960’s, however, the rigors of combining busy careers with caring for their growing families brought both Bonnie and Maxine to the decision to permanently retire from the group. Jim Ed was left to carry on alone, and in 1966, he scored his first solo success with, ‘Pop-A-Top Again.’ Through the 60’s and 70’s, he continued to grow as a star in his own right with more hit singles including, ‘Southern Loving,’ ‘Sometime Sunshine,’ and memorable ‘Morning.’

A six-season run as co-host of the syndicated weekly television series, ‘Nashville On The Road’ began in 1975, further enhancing Jim Ed’s career and leading to his being selected as a national spokesperson for Dollar General Stores.

Then in 1976, he teamed up with Helen Cornelius to form one of the most successful recording duos of all time. With smash releases like, ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’ and ‘Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye.’ Jim Ed and Helen also set an industry record when ‘Lying in Love With You’ made the largest single Country chart leap in history, vaulting from 0 to 19.

In 1983, Jim Ed started working with TNN, the Nashville Network. ‘You Can Be A Star’ for six years, and he co-hosted a show with his wife, Becky, ‘Going Our Way.’ Jim Ed still remains with the Grand Ole Opry where he is an audience favorite. Jim Ed still performs around 30 shows per year on the Opry, as well as performing a number of shows on the road. In addition to his radio and television committments, Jim Ed continues to tour throughout the nation where he presents his down-to-earth brand of family entertainment to an ever growing legion of fans.

If there is one word best suited to describe Jim Ed Brown, it is veratile. As a dynamic component in duets and a trio, as a solo recording artist, and as a popular television host, in the course of his professional lifetime, he has filled role after role with shining success. The last career of this balladeer from Arkansas can easily be likened to a well-cut gem, with its facets reflecting light on many different planes, yet collectively achieving the warm, enduring brilliance of an unforgettable star, a TRUE LEGEND…

Stewart Fenwick talks to Justin Tevino

Stewart Fenwick talks to Justin Tevino

Mar 13, 2015

On this week’s Celtic Country (Sunday from 12 noon), Stewart speaks with the multi talented Justin Trevino, who will be returning to appear at the Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival at Easter.

Justin, who last appeared at the festival in 2011, is a singer/songwriter and record producer for Heart Of Texas Records. He also presents hois own weekly radio show.

Also this week, our featured album comes from Teaa Goans, one of the most traditional Country singers in Nashville today.

Singer Amber Digby on Stewart Fenwick Country

Singer Amber Digby on Stewart Fenwick Country

Mar 6, 2015

On this week’s programme, Stewart will be talking to recent Ameripolitan female Honky Tonk singer of the Year Award winner AMBER DIGBY, who is one of the headliners at next month’s Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival.

Amber appeared at the festival in 2010, and will be making a very welcome return over Easter weekend, 3rd-5th April 2015 at Halkirk Indoor Centre, Halkirk, Thurso, Caithness.

“Amber is a great traditional singer,” says Vince Gill, who knows whereof he speaks, and like his following observation—“which is so hard to find these days”—it’s just the simple truth.

Catch Amber and much more music from the festival on BBC Alba’s Ceol Country on Sunday 8 March at 9pm, as BBC ALBA (Channel 8) re-run the 2010 series starting on Sunday 8 March.

Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 8 March 12noon to 2.00pm.

Win Christmas music on Stewart Fenwick Country

Win Christmas music on Stewart Fenwick Country

Dec 5, 2014

Throughout December on the Stewart Fenwick Country Show, Stewart will be looking back at the Celtic Country featured albums from 2014 – maybe some Christmas present ideas!

Also on this week’s programme, which airs Sunday 12 noon to 2.00pm, there is a chance to win some Christmas music from Suzy Bogguss who visited Scotland earlier in the year.

The competition will be open to email entrants until next Sunday, 14 December at 1.30pm.

All you have to do is tell Stewart which Country music legend’s music was covered by Suzy on her latest album “Lucky”?

Send your entry via email to: to reach Stewart by Sunday 14 December.

Stewart Fenwick Celtic Country Show, Sunday 7 December 12noon-2.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Jacqui Sharkey guests on Stewart Fenwick Country

Jacqui Sharkey guests on Stewart Fenwick Country

Nov 7, 2014

On this week’s Stewart Fenwick Celtic Country programme it’s all about Glasgow born and raised girls, who now live in Donegal.  Stewart will be talking with Jacqui Sharkey, whose new album “Love And Other Things” was produced by Manus Lunny of Capercaillie.

Jacqui is based in Gweedore in the heart of the West Donegal Gaeltacht,  a few miles from ‘The Rosses’ where her family are from on both sides. She was raised South of Glasgow in Scotland, where she first found her musical footing as a teenager in the city’s Folk scene.

The featured album comes from Lisa McHugh. Stewart will also have a mix of Country music from the Celtic lands plus the Country music gig guide for Scotland. Email: and

Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 9 November, 12 noon – 2.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Janey Kirk guests on Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 12noon

Janey Kirk guests on Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 12noon

Oct 16, 2014

On this Sunday’s Stewart Fenwick Celtic Country Show at 12 noon, Stewart will be joined live in the studio by Janey Kirk who is one of the most established club singers in Scotland, but also has recorded a number of albums, including her latest release “Streets Of Loneliness”.

In recent times she has presented her own programme on Showcase TV, and has just started her own radio programme in Fife on Kirkcaldy based K107 as well as a concert tour with Derek Ryan.
Scottish born singing chanteus Janey Kirk started singing professionally at the age of six. At that young age she was whisked away every weekend to perform at various functions across Fife and beyond.
By the time she left school she had a following of fans who came to see her five nights a week at two local venues. Janey joined a teen band named ” Hi-Lite” and served a good apprenticeship for three years touring Scotland.
More recently, Janey is now recording a brand new album with Jerry Donahue, who was a huge part of the folk music scene in the 1970/80’s with Fairport Convention and Fotheringay.  This album has a line up of high profile players and is all self penned songs leaning towards a more modern country genre and is one to look out for.
Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 19 October 12noon-2.00pm.

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