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MAVERICK MEET THE TEAM


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FROM THE EDITOR...


alists has very little to do with how they perceive country music should be. It’s an age-old debate that goes way back to when the first ‘commercial’ country music recordings were made back in the 1920s. It’s that word ‘commercial’ that we all need to focus on. To many, and sometimes I


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include myself in this, it’s a dirty word. But whether we like it or not, all the legends of country music, from Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family through Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson made ‘commercial’ records … ie music to sell to the public at large. Many of those country legends, like Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Glen Campbell, etc, fell foul of the ‘traditional country police’ for making what were deemed to be ‘pop’ records. Some of those so-called ‘pop’ records are now considered country classics. In the last issue I touched on the Wembley Festival and wrote: ‘This festival proved the


old saying that you can’t go back in time to recreate the past for today. Music, trends and what the public expects for their money has changed drastically over the past 40-odd years and I have to say that the IFCM fell well short of those expectations on all counts.’ Noted radio broadcaster and journalist David Allan picked up on this believing that I was spreading doom and gloom. Far from it, I’ve always taken a realistic approach to life and when it comes to country music in the UK the reality is that way too many people whether it be the fans, the promoters or even the media are living on past glories and failing to get to grips with the 21st century. Whether we like it or not, the future of country music both here in the UK and around


the world rests with the young. We need to nurture and support the young, whether they be artists, fans, writers or work within the music industry. 23 years ago I wrote a feature for a UK country music magazine under the headline: ‘Country music in Britain is played by and for geriatrics.’ That caused an uproar at the time. The sad fact is that the situation has worsened over the years despite my warnings … you only have to walk into a country music show at one of the many venues or concert halls across the country to see first-hand what I mean. I first edited and published my own monthly country music magazine when I was 19


years old. Most of the people around me that were into this music at the time were of a similar age or a few years older. I’ve always nurtured and helped young people that get into country music, knowing full well that I have a lifetime of knowledge and experience to pass on to them. It’s the reason why I passed on the responsibility of this issue’s cover feature on Taylor Swift to 21-year-old Emily Saxton. Emily is a youngster who lives and breathes country music. I can see her passion within


her writing. She has much to learn, in much the same way that I did when I started Country Record Exchange all those years ago, but with guidance and support she can become a most valuable asset for country music in the UK. Over the years we’ve encouraged several other youngsters to contribute to Maverick and we’ve championed young and talented artists alongside the veterans of the music. We can all learn so much from the enthusiasm and drive of the youngsters, and in turn they can absorb so much from those who have blazed the trails over the past decades. As always I value the comments of readers on this issue … and in fact any other issues relating to the wide world of country music, and the contents of Maverick, so please write to me or drop me an email at editor@ maverick-country.com Alan Cackett


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Contributors: John Atkins, Brian T. Atkinson, Simon Beards, David Brassington, John Brindle, Bryan Chalker, Keith Clark, Paul Collins, Adrian Cooke, Nick Dalton, Nick Dent-Robinson, Holley Dey, Patrick Donaghy, Pete Fyfe, Stu Gibson, Jamie Hailstone, Alan Harrison, Andrew Heaps, Russell Hill, John Jobling, Helen Keen, Paul Kerr, Bob Kilbey, David Knowles, Sean Marsh, Cathal McLaughlin, Helen Mitchell, Peter Palmer, Sally Parks, David Petie, Simon Redley, John Roffey, Emily Saxton, Jeremy Searle, Erin Spurling, Loudon Temple, Eric Thom, Carl Warren, Jela Webb, Arthur Wood


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s I look again at the cover image of Taylor Swift, I wonder what the reaction will be from some of Maverick’s long-time readers, especially those of shall I say, more mature years, about us featuring a young ‘pop star,’ who to the country tradition-


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