The Cletus & Co Americana Radio Show - Sat 27th Jul 16:00
I was dragged up in that infamous spot on the map of London ('ackney) in the 60s and 70s. I prefered Bonanza to Dr. Who and The High Chaparral won over Star Trek any day in my book. But I always lost out to my elder brother in the TV stakes.
The first country music I remember was my Dad playing a couple of country cassettes in his van and my mother liked Dr. Hook. I must admit I quite liked them too. I did buy Elvis Costello's stab at country music "Almost Blue" but it wasn't one of my favorite Elvis albums. About ten years ago somebody left some Hal Ketchum CDs in my holiday home and after playing them I realised that country music was a bit of a guilty pleasure. I kept those thoughts a secret when a couple of years later after hearing a song played on the radio I bought "A Friend Of A Friend", an album by country guitar picking virtuoso David Rawlings. When I found out that David Rawlings was playing at the Troxy in East London I persuaded A1Radio's very own Robbie the Jedi Soulboy to join me where we witnessed fiddles and banjos galore. It was the most fun I'd had at a gig since The Specials in the early 80s. That night I came out as a country music fan.
Within three months I owned and was learning to play a banjo. I have written and performed my own songs in public. In the meantime I have seen many more roots and country acts, grown my Americana music collection and I feel it now time to share some of that archive.
I work as a London Taxi Driver and am married with three grown up children.