Country music stalwart returns to the airwaves

Brian Golbey at Uckfield FM by Ron Smith
Brian Golbey at Uckfield FM by Ron Smith
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Brian Golbey, award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, joined Pal Hazell on his World of Country Show at Uckfield FM, on Sunday, June 22.

The musician returned to the airwaves for three hours of country music.

Brian has been praised as a walking encyclopedia of old time and traditional country music.

A wide ranging audience – from as far afield as Australia, Canada and the USA tuned in to enjoy the musician’s dry humour, stories and songs.

The show will shortly be available to listen to On-Demand on the Uckfield FM website for those who missed it when it was broadcast.

Brian Golbey is one of the stalwarts of the British Country Music scene. A veteran of both the country and folk circuits, he has been playing country music for more than 60 years and his career has seen him perform around the world.

He has worked alongside the likes of Ernest Tubb, Patsy Montana, Tom T Hall and Doc & Chickie Williams and has become internationally revered as a performer and as a country music historian.

Brian was introduced to country music as a child by his father who was an ardent fan and collected the few country 78s he could lay his hands upon. Brian grew up to the sounds of Carson Robison, Canada’s singing cowboy Wilf Carter, the ‘Singing Brakeman’ Jimmie Rodgers and silver screen cowboy hero Gene Autry.

As soon as he was old enough to search for himself, Brian began to discover some of the legends of rural old-time country music.

Names like Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers, J E & Wade Mainer and the Mountaineers, Riley Puckett, Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers and Frank Luther may be either new to today’s generations or long forgotten by the older ones. But to Brian Golbey they revealed a whole world of exciting fiddle and guitar playing that often traversed the gaps between jazz, string band and blues while retaining their country feel.

Brian was inspired to play guitar and learn the fiddle. Starting with the basic chords used by artistes like Rodgers and Autry, he developed his style to encompass Cajun, bluegrass, western swing and old time. He became a familiar figure at festivals, a much loved guest on the more intimate club circuits and a welcome visitor overseas where he became part of the Nashville scene, even appearing on Ernest Tubb’s famed Midnite Jamboree and counting legendary names, like Tex Ritter, as personal friends.

Over the years, Brian recorded many fine albums, showing his versatility through the wide ranging choice of material he used.

But through it all, he never lost his love for the music of the singing cowboys – even contributing a whole album to the genre.

Brian is also a founder member of the British Archive of Country Music and Paul asked him about the work the archive does to preserve country music recordings.