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Lockdown Country Radio is the brainchild of experienced radio presenter, Willie Evans, until recently host of the popular Regal Country show on Regal Radio. Willie trained 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, on the Radio Garden app, or by asking Alexa to "Play Lockdown Country Radio!"  We hope to be available soon on Google Play - 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!

Station owner Willie Evans has been involved in radio since 1990, starting in hospital radio and including several stints in country radio and mainstream commercial radio. Always busy, Willie conceived Lockdown Country Radio as a vehicle to promote new radio talent. A proud family man, Willie is delighted his son, David, is involved at LCR, as is David's 12 year-old daughter, Cate, who has a guest presenter spot - Cate's Country - on Willie's Sunday show. Willie presents Lockdown Live! - Monday to Thursday from 8am - and Sunday Morning Live! at 9.30am every Sunday, from his studio in Livingston, West Lothian.

LCR is Marina Campbell's first experience of radio, where she shares her love of a good country tune that you can either sing along with, 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 growing up in the beautiful Isle of Skye! Needless to say, when she eventually saw Glen live in Edinburgh on his final tour, it was a bittersweet evening. Now living in rural Perthshire, Marina presents Heartland Country on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

 

Ali Donowho has been a radio presenter for nearly nine years and has been involved in different radio formats but always returns to his main love, country music. Having been a fan since his early teens, he has grown a love and knowledge of the artists and the scene, with an almost eidetic memory of facts. Ali plays the best in Classic, Contemporary and Emerging Country music on his Country In My Veins show. In 2018 Ali was awarded a Bronze award in the Best Specialist Radio Show category at the Community Radio Awards. Country In My Veins airs on LCR at 4pm Wednesdays. http://countryinmyveins.co.uk

David Evans' love of country music started as a teenager in the mid-90s having been introduced to it by his dad, Willie. Seeing it live in the bars of Ontario in 1996 is an enduring memory. David has radio experience ranging from acting jobs with the BBC as a teenager through to a number of community radio stations and long term involvement at award-winning hospital radio station, Radio Grapevine. He loves live gigs and spending time with his girls (wife and two daughters) - just as well since he’s been with them 24/7 throughout lockdown! Musical highlight was David's first trip to Nashville in February 2020 to celebtrate Willie's 60th birthday. David presents Lockdown Lunch each midweek day at noon.

Justin Grimes had some DJ experience within the Trance genre but had never done country radio and he very much enjoys sharing his favourite tunes with you. Justin’s favourites include Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash and Zac Brown Band, and “One Piece at a Time” by Johnny Cash is his favourite song. Justin presents The Mix-Up on LCR every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm.

 

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's love of all things Texas Country is evidenced in his shows which tend to have a different theme each month. Tuesdays at 4pm and Fridays at 3pm.

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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 2015 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. Paul presents A Splash of Nashville, 7pm Tuesday and 4pm Thursday.

First-time on radio, 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 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 creation. Roy presents his Redneck Rodeo and Redneck Radio Plus shows at 4pm Monday and 5pm Thursday.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1858519877793345/

Dave Watkins' radio show, The Country Mile, has been on air since January 2017 and is currently heard on more than 80 stations worldwide, playing new releases from (mainly) independent artists. Dave covers traditional, honky tonk, western, outlaw, bluegrass, ameripolitan styles and more. 7pm Thursday on LCR.   www.facebook.com/thecountrymile

First timer Mark Wiggins is editor of the Six Shooter Country website. From Leeds, 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. Mark also plays guitar in the Americana covers band Tennessee Whiskey. Mark's Sic Shooter Country show broadcasts at 8pm Tuesday and 9pm Thursday. https://www.sixshootercountry.com

 

Ainslie Wilson is another presenter making her radio debut on LCR. 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. Ainslie's "The Blizzard of Aus" goes out at 3pm Wednesday and 11am Friday, with a special extra play at 6am Fridays for our Australian listeners!

 

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!

 

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Another newcomer to radio, 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! Trips to Canada have cultivated Brian's love of all things Canadian Country. Brian airs at 7pm Wednesday and Friday. Photo credit: John Walsh

 

 

Brand new to radio, Norrie McLean is a civil engineer living in Renfrew. He is interested in almost all music, Bowie and Springsteen especially. Norrie has always had country music in his life but that really grew when he left university around 1985.  Made it to Nashville once and loved it! Norrie brings his love of the Americana brand of country music to LCR. Norrie presents North Country Monday at 8pm and Friday at 9pm

New to radio, Stee & Jay are best friends from Merseyside. 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. Stee & Jay bring you a wide mix of country music, from mainstream to more leftfield, Americana and alt.country. Expect some laughs along the way as Stee and Jay explore a wide range of important world events, including but not limited to water meters, celebrity bathrooms, dubious estate agent strategies and the various ways of enjoying a glass of water. Essential listening! Monday at 7pm and Wednesday at 8pm.

Dave Hank 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, this is his first opportunity to present country music in the style he wants to. A radio debutant, Dave is enjoying the challenge of bringing you some great songs in his own way. Dave's favourite artists can change but Eric Church and Brothers Osborne will always be up there. Monday and Thursday at 3pm.

Brand new to radio, Myra Hardie was brought up on country music... weaned on Sydney Devine, 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! Missing live music during lockdown,  Myra's favourite gigs are the ones up close and personal in tiny venues. Join Myra Wednesdays at 9pm and Fridays at 8pm for Country From the 'Dale.

Derbyshire born and bred, 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! 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. Neil's "Now & Then" airs at 2pm Tuesday and 5pm Friday.

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 favourites 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, where Country Girl airs at 6pm Tuesday and Friday.

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. 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 and his C2C Show airs at 1pm Wednesday and Friday.

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. 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 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! Steve Allison On The Radio airs at 1pm Monday and 2pm Thursday.

New to radio, Scott Wetherill is from Darlington, County Durham. A country fan for many years, Scott was thrilled to visit Nashville in 2018 and enjoyed it so much he returned the following year! Although he has no radio experience, he's been resident DJ in a local bar for 6 years playing funk, soul, disco and 80's nights. Scott loves vinyl and has been collecting for over 35 years (he can't be that old, surely?), so has quite a collection which he'll be drawing tracks from to play on his shows. Scott's Gone Country shows play at 10am Monday and Wednesday.

Peter Doy is a self confessed Countryholic from Northallerton in North Yorkshire. A first time radio presenter, his love of not just Country but of music in general started in the 90's and has grown over the years. Peter's interest is not just in Nashville and the US scene but also Country music from the UK and worldwide, particularly Australia which he feels has a buzzing scene at the moment. He enjoys introducing artists that you may not have heard of before on his Killin' Time shows, 10am Tuesday and Thursday.

A relative latecomer to country music (2014ish?), Chris Armstrong hasn’t allowed this recent arrival to diminish his enthusiasm for the genre, even to the extent of including Nashville on his 2015 honeymoon! Chris managed to blag a position as a gig photographer in Northern Ireland, a role that gave access to many venues and artists as his appreciation of the genre developed. He loves all styles of country music, which will be evident from the music choices on his mid-morning show on LCR.

 
Former Presenters, but part of the LCR Family...

 

 

 

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 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 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. LCR is Scott’s first ever time doing radio!

 

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