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Lockdown Country Radio is the brainchild of experienced radio presenter, Willie Evans, host of the popular Regal Country show on Regal Radio (www.regalradio.net). Willie trains new presenters at Regal and had an idea to give country music fans with very little or even no radio experience an opportunity to present their favourite genre to the world, gain valuable broadcasting experience but, mostly, to have fun! We hope you enjoy our work!

Borne of the international lockdown due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, LOCKDOWN COUNTRY RADIO launched at 7am on Thursday 28th May 2020.

 

Sharing great country music 24 hours a day, and brought to you by a team of presenters with varying experience (from zero to 30 years), each individual presenter delivers a show that reflects his or her tastes and personality, all within the broad church that is country music.

 

Listen online on the media player above or by clicking the RADIO GARDEN button. We hope to be available soon as an Alexa Skill - watch this space...

 

LCR will always be creating, nurturing and developing new radio talent, bringing you new presenters with little or no radio experience, but with a huge passion for country music!

Willie Evans presents the popular Regal Country show on West Lothian's Regal Radio. He has been involved in radio since 1990, starting in hospital radio. Whilst country music is his first love, Willie crosses genre boundaries and has presented both breakfast and drivetime shows on radio. Always busy, Willie conceived Lockdown Country Radio as a vehicle to promote new radio talent but he's delighted to have some experienced presenters aboard, too!

This is Marina Campbell's first experience of radio. She hopes she can manage to share her love of a good country tune that you can either sing along with or dance to or both!! Marina has loved country music her entire life - her first album was by Glen Campbell, bought in the mid 70s from a music club, the only option she had then to buy music! Needless to say, when she eventually saw Glen live in Edinburgh on his final tour, it was a bittersweet evening.

 

Ali Donowho has been a radio presenter for nearly eight years and has been involved in different radio formats but always returns to his main love, Country. Having been a fan since his early teens, he has grown a love and knowledge of the artists and the scene, sometimes being described as 'geeky' with his almost eidetic memory of facts. Ali plays the best in Classic, Contemporary and Emerging Country music. In 2018 Country In My Veins and Ali were awarded the Bronze award in the Best Specialist Radio Show category at the Community Radio Awards. 

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David Evans' love of country music started as a teenager in the mid-90s having been introduced to it by his Dad. Seeing it live in the bars of Ontario in 1996 is an enduring memory. David has some experience on the radio, from acting jobs with the BBC as a teenager through to a number of community radio stations and long term involvement at a local hospital radio station, Radio Grapevine. Loves live gigs and spending time with his girls (wife and two daughters) - just as well since he’s been with them 24/7 recently!

Justin Grimes has some DJ experience within the Trance genre but has never done country radio. He very much looks forward to sharing some of his favourite tunes with you, presented in a different way from the norm! What does that mean? Tune in and see! Justin’s favourite artists include Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash and Zac Brown Band. “One Piece at a Time” by Johnny Cash is his favourite song and his current favourite album is Fully Loaded: God’s Country by Blake Shelton.

 

 Gary Lafferty has been enjoying Country music for the last 25 years through his linedance classes and DJ'ing at dance events worldwide. He is an award-winning Linedance DJ with six Crystal Boot awards to his name! Gary has been lucky enough to see both Brooks & Dunn and George Strait on their (first) 'farewell tours' in the USA, and Alan Jackson is currently top of his Bucket List. Gary hopes that everyone enjoys his Texas Y'all shows, especially if it leads to listeners discovering artists unfamiliar to them.

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 Paul Russell has been doing radio for 9/10 years on and off. Finally getting his degree in radio production in 2018, Paul came to country late in life around 5 years ago but since then has produced weekly country shows on a few stations. His current favourite artist is Kip Moore with HARDY and Old Dominion being close behind.

Aberdonian Roy Smith fell in love with country music during trips to Iowa in the early 1990s. His tastes are wide and varied and his shows will reflect his passion for ALL of country music's sub genres. Roy loves attending live gigs, he is an admin on the very popular Scottish Country Mafia Facebook page and One Big Country Family (1BCF) is his brainchild!

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Dave Watkins' radio show, The Country Mile, has been fully on air since January 2017 and is currently heard on more than 60 stations around the world every week. Its a one hour show playing all new release music from mainly independent artists. It covers Traditional, Honky Tonk, Western, Outlaw, Bluegrass, Ameripolitan and more. Dave's  favourite albums of 2020 so far are: Jesse Daniel, Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, Hill Country, and Chancey Williams.  www.facebook.com/thecountrymile

Mark Wiggins is a country music fan and the editor of Six Shooter Country. From Leeds, England, he got into country music through a love of the blues - with Clapton leading him to Vince Gill and John Mayer to Zac Brown Band. He set up Six Shooter Country in 2013 and the site still goes strong, bring country music reviews, news and interviews. He also plays guitar in the Americana covers band Tennessee Whiskey. https://www.sixshootercountry.com

 

 Ainslie Wilson is making her debut on Lockdown Country Radio. An Aussie who loves to travel, for now Ainslie calls Scotland home. She has a list of favourite artists too long to mention and going back to Nashville for CMA Fest is top of her bucket list. Ainslie presents a great mix of contemporary country hits and likes to include some country music from her homeland.

 

New to radio, Geoff Bryce is an Audiologist from Aberdeen. His love of country started with listening to his brother’s John Denver records many years ago. Loves all things 90s country with Garth Brooks being his all time favourite. An admin and "original" of the Scottish Country Mafia Facebook group, he loves promoting the genre to the uneducated! Outside of music Geoff loves cars, football and his family although maybe not in that order!

 

 

Brian Faichney is an eHealth Service Delivery Manager living in Lochgelly in the Kingdom of Fife. His musical tastes are wide ranging, from rock & heavy metal through classical to country. Favourite country artists include Brad Paisley, Chris Young and Dierks Bentley. As well as attending gigs, Brian's other interests include skiing, curling and performing in amateur musical theatre shows including panto! LCR is Brian's first experience of radio. Photo credit: John Walsh

 

 

Norrie McLean is a Civil Engineer living in Renfrew, interested in almost all music, Bowie and Springsteen especially. He has always had Country music in his life but that really grew when he left university about 1985. Norrie has attended lots of gigs and seen some amazing artists. Made it to Nashville once and loved it! Another radio debutant at LCR, Norrie will be sharing his love of the americana brand of country music.

Stee & Jay are best friends from Merseyside. Although big fans of emo and pop-punk, the pair discovered a mutual love for country music a decade ago travelling between a number of concerts in America. Ste & Jay bring you an hour of the more mainstream country rock and pop, playing the kind of songs they play to friends and family to persuade them to also listen to country music.

Dave Hankinson (Hanko) has been a fan of country music of all forms for as far back as he can remember, even if he did keep it quiet for a long time. A full time club dance DJ for many years in what feels a lifetime ago, this is his first opportunity to present country music in the style he wants to. A radio debutant, Dave is looking forward to the challenge of bringing you some great songs in his own way. Dave's favourite artists change on a daily basis but Eric Church and Brothers Osborne will always be up there.

Also brand new to radio, Myra Hardie was brought up on Country Music... weaned on Sydney Devine (clearly, Childline didn’t exist when Myra was young), she was also raised on Patsy, Loretta, Jim Reeves, and John Denver. Her first true love, however, is Dwight Yoakam, the first Country artist she discovered for herself. A lover mostly of traditional Country, Myra's taste is pretty broad, but she draws the line at screechy women as her ears can’t handle it! Missing live music during lockdown,  Myra's favourite gigs are the ones up close and personal in tiny venues.

Born and bred in Derbyshire, England, Neil Hallam has a lifelong passion for music across a wide range of styles and eras. Among his favourite country artists from the current crop are Mo Pitney, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde, but you’ll also catch him listening to just about anything from the last 60 years – his first exposure to country music was through his Grandad’s Jim Reeves and Slim Whitman records, so anything is fair game from there! Live gigs are a definite happy place, the last artist he saw before the pandemic was Sturgill Simpson. Neil is also part of the writing and reviewing team at Six Shooter Country but this is his first experience of radio.

Jan Lawley from The Wirral in Merseyside grew up listening to country music. Even when she got into other types of music such as rock, pop and even classical as a teenager, she always came back to Country. C2C is a blessing for Jan as she gets to see some of the people she’s only heard for years but she’s also found many new artists and favourites as  result, too. Her favourite artists include Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Ashley Mcbryde, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Sugarland, Sarah Darling - in fact, most of the whole country scene. It would be easier to list the ones Jan’s not keen on, but she’s not willing to start a row by mentioning them! First time on radio with LCR.

22 year-old Scott Wrisberg is from Hamilton, Lanarkshire. He grew up listening to country music through his dad playing the likes of Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Wynonna and the Mavericks. On a Florida holiday in 2008, Scott saw Darius Rucker’s “Don't Think I Don't Think About It” on CMT - his family were all Hootie and the Blowfish fans and fell in love with the song straight away. Scott later saw the music video for Water by Brad Paisley, which he played on repeat. “Get Your Shine On” by Florida Georgia Line was another song that caught Scott’s attention and he’s never looked back! He loves all styles and his favourite artists include Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Darius Rucker. This is Scott’s first experience of being on radio.

Another radio newbie, Steve Allison has been a country fan for over 20 years since going to the states and watching CMT every day in the hotel. This led to him buying his first country CDs by Martina McBride and Tammy Cochrane. On returning home Steve found a local festival in the town of Creetown which he attended every year till it closed and then found C2C Glasgow. He enjoys all types of country music and he and his wife had their first dance to Brad Paisley's "She's Everything". Steve founded the popular C2C Glasgow and Country Music Scotland Facebook page, which now has over 4000 members. Steve has fancied the idea of doing country radio for some time but didn't know how until the LCR opportunity presented itself!

 

Kat Deeds lives in Stafford with her American husband and amateur gig photographer James.  Kat runs Stevie O’Connor's official fan page and group, The Howlers and is an admin on Rogue Country UK, a group focused on promoting traditional artists. Kat recently launched promotions company Discovering Country, aiming to bring live country music to new areas in the UK. Brand new to radio, Kat appreciates the opportunity to share some of her favourite music with you.

 

Cammy and Patty 

Age: 21 years each;   Location: Falkirk, Scotland

Radio Experience: Zero - "complete rookies!"

Passion: Set to maximum;    Preferred Style: 70s Outlaw

Influences: Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard. We're really looking forward to hearing this young duo's' first stab at radio - with those influences it should be quite a show!

Scott Ashworth is also a Singer/Songwriter with 3 EPs of original music under his belt. Originally a saxophonist in the RAF Music Services, Scott has an eclectic music taste covering Country, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk. Favourite Country artists include Merle Haggard, Cody Jinks, Tyler Childers and his songwriting inspiration comes from artists like Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Travis Meadows, Lori McKenna and Amos Lee. This is Scott's first experience of radio from "this side!"

Scott Cameron is a 28 year old musician from Troon. Until recently Scott worked in the Care and Support service but has now shifted his focus to music and hopes to pursue this as a career. His musical influences include Chris Stapleton, Waylon Jennings and Randy Travis. This will be Scott’s first ever time doing radio!

 

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