2007 Inductees to the British Country Music Hall Of Fame.


Campbell Baxter

Campbell Baxter ~ inductee No 4

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For 52 years Campbell has been touring the British Isles and is able to play for listeners at clubs, line dance venues and provide hoe-down music for the western clubs. Now in his late sixties his voice and enthusiasm continues undaunted. A good guitar player he has, over the years, recorded a considerable collection of albums in his own studio. Known as a perfect country gentleman, even after the tragic death of his son he found strength to grieve privately and still entertain others.
   
Kenny Johnson

Kenny Johnson ~ inductee No 5

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Now in his 54th year as a performer, Kenny started in the Liverpool club and pub circuit as a rock 'n' roll band before forming the internationally renowned Hillsiders with five others. The band played the famous Wembley festivals backing visiting American stars and in their own right. This got them a regular spot on 1970s television and they played in America performing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville when it was still the Grand Ole Opry. When he left the Hillies he formed one of the UK¹s premier bands, Kenny Johnson & Northwind playing all the major venues and festivals. Kenny still performs both as a solo artist and as a duo. His knowledge of Country music also got him the Country slot on BBC Radio Merseyside which broadcasts weekly. He has been with the BBC for over 25 years. He has released many albums and cds, his biggest hit is his song, City Lights.
   
West Virginia

West Virginia ~ inductee No 6

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Arthur & Keith Thornhill, Mike Brown and Tony Peck make up West Virginia from Liverpool. As a band that has been together with very little personnel changes for nearly 30 years, they have now expanded into the holiday market. To work this they created their own roster of artists operating as Cloud 9 Entertainments to help keep the club scene alive. Over the years they have produced some very good albums both on vinyl and then on cd format. They are very much in demand on both the festival and club circuit.
   
Tony Hadlow

Tony Hadlow ~ inductee No 7

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Tony from Lytham, has created an almost unique venue at Lytham St Annes, nr Blackpool catering for Country fans who like to travel and camp for music weekends and most touring American and European artists get bookings when they come into the country. After long negotiations he has been able to provide the north west with a very special place to be entertained. Tony and his family are keen to encourage new bands and performers as well as the established circuit artists. They are always ready to assist any charity show or organisation.
Fort San-Antone Website
   
Sarah Jory

Sarah Jory ~ inductee No 8

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Sarah is from Newark in Nottinghamshire. As one of the top five steel guitar players in the world the awesome talent of this young lady started at the age of eight when she had her first paid gig. She is currently steel guitar player in Van Morrison's band. Sarah has recorded many times in Nashville and is on first name terms with top session talent. She has many instrumental albums and has taken to singing with her band and is in constant festival demand both in the UK and on the Continent. Among her many career highlights was opening for Eric Clapton at the Point in Dublin.
Sarah Jory Website
   
Chris & Bev Jackson

Chris & Bev Jackson ~ inductee No 9

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From Stapleford, Nottingham, Chris & Bev were inducted as a partnership for their belief in the Country music scene. They encourage both young acts to perform and youngsters to embrace the music. They are best known for the promotion of the Americana International music festival held at the Newark Showground which attracts in excess of 40,000 people each year to enjoy the top American acts mixing their music on the main stage with the cream of the UK performers. They acknowledge the input of rockabilly and the skill of singer/ songwriters while still finding space for the Country music line dancers. Travelling to many events in the UK, USA and the Continent they are amongst the top talent spotters in the United Kingdom.
Americana website
   
Tony Best

Tony Best ~ inductee No 10

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From Shrewsbury, Tony is a long serving musician, club promoter and the first person to develop and present Country music holidays before creating Tony Best Leisure, one of the most successful Country holiday companies in Europe and the UK. He had, for a long time, his own record label with a strong roster of artists. His club in Shrewsbury is held each week and is regularly sold out, being the most popular in the Shropshire area.
Tony Best Leisure Website
   
Sue McCarthy

Sue McCarthy ~ inductee No 11

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Sue who lived in Petersfield, Hampshire was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame for services to British Country music. Sue was the co-owner and editor of Southern Country magazine, set up to cover the south of the UK from Coventry down.
The encouragement to all venues to write their reports regularly was also a great spur to bands to get good reviews and get better known. This also encouraged clubs to book acts they had seen mentioned at other venues. Blowing that gentle breeze of publicity on all the many gig albums released by the bands gave them a noticeboard that had been missing from the scene.
Sue set up the UK Radio Awards in conjunction with the many local radio stations broadcasting a Country show. The UK Radio Awards take place at .Lakeside venue, Surrey every February. Sue was a very respected journalist who had a fair eye and ear when reviewing shows.
Southern Country Website