Country Music People December 2018 - Page 19

just to hear Bob’s voice! Kacey has some very kind words for Bob on air and we draw breath well pleased with ourselves. But only for a moment. Once we’ve taken delivery of the audio recording of the Awards themselves Al & Paul go back to the hotel to start editing everything that we’re going to need for the programme, listen to it all and then send it back to London where it’ll be played in live tomorrow. That takes until around 6 on Thursday morning, at which point they go to bed and I take over, creating the running order and writing the script for the three hour programme. Before all that though, a little more networking. I take Bob to the official CMA after show do to congratulate boss Sara Trahern on a job well before nipping across Broadway to Legends bar, where Kelly Ford, a 3 time CMA broadcaster award winner, is hosting another party. She’s one of our live guests tomorrow and we have a quick briefing session before I move on to more glad-handing at Florida Georgia Line’s bar where their label Big Machine are hosting yet another party. A similar chat with Scott Borchetta ensues and I’m supposed to move on to the Universal, Warner & Sony parties but do you know what? I’m just going to go home. It’s another busy day tomorrow. Thursday November 15th Not enough rest for the wicked as I pop out for breakfast with Kristian Bush to talk about Radio 2’s upcoming Country Christmas show before throwing myself into show production. Come 3 o’clock, and we’re ready to go. As well as all the performances from the Awards (except the one which failed Quality Control - answers on a postcard...) we have Kelly Ford & Thomas Rhett as guests in the first hour, the trio of Suzy Bogguss, Terri Clark & Pam Tillis playing live in the second & Scott Borchetta providing a fascinating insider’s view in the third so it rattles along at a fair old pace and I could do with a bit of a lie down afterwards. Except... Every Thursday in November newly transplanted Angeleno Sam Outlaw is playing a set of 80s & 90s at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge out in East Nashville so off we go again! It is tremendous fun, Sam is tremendously talented and we enjoy the delights of a Frito Pie which is a bag of crisps with the top cut off and a load of chilli bunged in & chucked down with a plastic fork. They’ll all be eating them soon, you mark my words. Cale Tyson pops by to sing a song, a queue of people wait to talk to Bob and my thoughts turn to Memphis & the hill country of North Mississippi, my next stop before heading back to the UK & Thursday’s Bob Harris Country. Which is where we came in... DECEMBER 2018 - cmp 19 ”