My Country Jukebox

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20080103

In the first programme of a new series featuring country artists, Emmylou Harris picks out the tracks that have most influenced her career in country music. Johnny Cash at his most angry, Dolly at her sweetest, Gram Parsons' finest hour.

While she and presenter Nick Barraclough listen to the tracks, Emmylou talks of her family, the experience of working with Bob Dylan and her love of fellow artists such as the Band, Townes Van Zandt and the Seldom Scene.

20080110

In the second programme of a series featuring country artists, Dwight Yoakam picks out the tracks that have most influenced his career in country music.

Famed for his stripped-down approach to traditional honky tonk and his loyalty to the Bakersfield sound, Dwight is one of the most respected and adventurous artists around. He joins Nick Barraclough to discuss his greatest influences, which include his mentor and idol Buck Owens, who provided the inspiration for Dwight's current album.

20080117

In the third programme of a series featuring country artists, Suzy Boggus picks out the tracks that have most influenced her career in country music.

Suzy remains one of those rare artists who has managed to achieve both critical approval and commercial success. She selects pivotal tracks from the likes of Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton (Suzy became the first featured female performer at Dollywood) and Cat Stevens, who have all inspired her over the years.

20080124

In the fourth programme of a series featuring country artists, Nick Barraclough is joined by the post modern king of western swing, Ray Benson.

Ray is the man who keeps the spirit of Bob Wills alive with his band Asleep at the Wheel. He pays homage to his heroes Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and to the new traditionalists, which include fellow Texan Lee Ann Womack.

Ray takes the time to reflect on his 40-year career which has seen him receive critical accolades, Grammy awards and chart success.