July 31st 2008...JOHN ASTON
One of the most respected entertainers on the country music circuit was our guest artiste this evening. A seasoned performer, John always manages to include all various genres of country into his concerts and invariably includes songs not heard here before.
Tonight's performance started with a western swing number from Gene Watson's catalogue, Ain't No Fun Being Alone In San Antonio, soon to be followed by , Room Full Of Roses, a hit for both George Morgan and Sons of the Pioneers in 1949, and Micky Gilley in 1974. Next came a complete surprise, the song Croce Di Oro, ( Cross Of Gold ), a song covered by Joan Regan in 1955, but originally an American hit the same year for Patti Page. Other surprises were to follow in the way of songs new to me which includeed, She's All I've Got Going, from American Trio, Matthews, Wright and King, Any Old Time, a beautiful ballad from Joe Barnhill, and Kenny Rogers, Someone Must Feel Like A Fool Tonight. Better known songs included, Release Me, Shotgun Boogie, She Thinks I Still Care, Back On My Mind Again and I Still Miss Someone.
To keep up with modern country John treated us to Trace Adkins', I Left Something Turned On At Home and The Eagles, It's Your World Now.
All songs were appreciatively received by dancers and listeners alike, confirming John's continuing popularity.
November 15th 2007....JOHN ASTON
Another splendid performance tonight from John ensured that our members left our club in a happy frame of mind.
As always, he catered for listeners and dancers alike delivering a lovely variety of old and newer songs.
This evening he started with Fred Rose's, Deep Water, a hit for both Carl Smith in 1967 and Marsha Thornton in 1989. This was followed by Marty Robbins', Devil Woman, Johnny Russell's, Got No Reason Now For Goin' Home, a hit for Gene Watson and Charlie Rich's, Behind Closed Doors.
These were followed by more classic favourites including, Merle Haggard's, The Farmer's Daughter and It's Not Love ( but it's not bad ), George Jones', She Thinks I Still Care, Roger Miller's, Tall Tall Trees, a more recent hit for Alan Jackson, Mickey Newbury's, Sweet Memories, a hit for Dottie West and Don Gibson in 1969 and Willie Nelson ten years later, Hank Williams', Lovesick Blues and You Win Again, and Patsy Cline's, Crazy.
A couple of country crossovers were also featured, Teenager In Love and Things, and to bring another super concert to a close, Waylon Jennings' Ramblin' Man.
June 15th 2006 JOHN ASTON
A re-appearance for one of our favourite entertainers was the order of the evening and as usual what an excellent concert John gave. Appealing to all factions of the audience, he managed to keep dancers,listeners and singalongers happy all night.
Dancers particularly responded well to Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1950's No 1 hit, Shot Gun Boogie, Leroy Van Dyke's 1961 No 1, Walk On By, which also brought out the best from those members who love to join in and sing, Vince Gill's, Don't Come Crying To Me, Johnny Cash's, I Still Miss Some One, and Merle Haggard's, Okie From Muskogee.
Other singalong numbers included, John Denver's No 1 Country hit, Back Home Again, George Jones / Tammie Wynette's, Near You, originally recorded in 1947 by Edwin Craig, cousin of the composer Francis Graig, Take These Chains From My Heart, a hit for Hank Williams but written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath, Hank Locklin's, Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, Bobby Darrin's Dream Lover, and Marty Robbins, Story Of My Life,.
John also included several of his own compositions as well as a few lesser known numbers including Merle Haggard's, Trying Not To Love You, a hit for Johnny Rodriguez and Dean Dillon's, Back In The Swing Of Things.
Applause resounded all night confirming John's continuing popularity who no doubt will be a regular visitor to our club.
October 27 th 2005 JOHN ASTON
As expected, we had another wonderful evening's entertainment from that talented doyen of the British Country Music scene John Aston.
We had a non - stop programme of everything Country, from smooth and silky ballads to up tempo dance numbers with a bit of Bluegrass , Cowboy and Western Swing music thrown in for good measure.
A larger than average crowd responded well to John's super vocals . Dancers filled the floor to George Jones' ' Lovebug', ' Corinne Corina' a hit for Bob Wills and the Playboys and later for Ray Patterson in the pop charts; David Ball's ' Amigo', Merle Haggard's ' Reasons To Quit' and Leroy Van Dyke's ' Walk on By' and others.
The singalong audience joined in with Hank Locklin's ' Please Help Me I'm Fallin', Glen Campbell's ' Try A Little Kindness' and others but really excelled themselves on ' South Of The Border'.
It was good to hear songs only heard from John such as Red Steagall's ' San Antonio Champagne ', John Anderson's ' Catch A Falling Star' and Travis Tritt's ' She's Going Home'.
Lots of Golden Oldies were also included to make the evening so enjoyable.
May 29th 2005 John Aston
Tonight's visiting artiste is one of the most experienced on the British Country Music circuit, and incidentally, one of the most consistant. He has a pleasant a voice as you can hope to hear and his programme is full of songs no others perform.
John always mixes lots of old songs with several newer ones and also includes some of his own compositions.
Amongst the old classic songs we had numbers familiarised by Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Buck Owens, George Jones, Hank Locklin, Gene Autry, Tennissee Ernie Ford etc. Of the lesser known ones, we were treated to Doug Stone's ' Till One Of Us Has Gone Out Of My Mind', Lee Roy Parnell's ' We All Get Lucky Sometimes', Johnny Rodriguez's ' Trying Not To Love You' (written by Merle Haggard and recently covered by David Ball) and Joe Barnhill's ' Your Old Flame's Going Out Tonight'.
John also gave us several of his own compositions including ' For All Times I Made You Cry', ' Room Of Shadows', 'Time Waits For No Man' and ' Better The Devil You Know '. All very well received and enjoyed.
The dancers were kept busy all evening, listeners were enthralled and to conclude his show John gave another song new to us, Travis Tritt's ' She's Going Home With Me Tonight'.
No doubt we will be seeing him again.
November 11th 2004 John Aston
Paying a welcome return visit to our club was another of my favourite British Country artistes. Originating from Oldbury, West Midlands , John Aston had an early introduction to show business, when aged only five he appeared with his Mum and Dad in Old Time Music Hall shows.
Always having a penchant for Musical entertainment, he ventured through Skiffle and Rock 'n' Roll, and even played in a Hawaiian Band, but often included country songs in these acts.
He developed a more serious interest in traditional country music in the early 1960's and having participated in duo's and bands has performed mainly as a solo singer / guitarist since 1971.
Now resident in the Doncaster , South Yorkshire area for 38 years, he now organises and comperes the highly successful Bridlington Country Music Festival.
John's programme consists almost entirely of older country music; so it was no surprise that, with such a melodious and tuneful delivery, he would be well received by our members.
What makes his concerts so enjoyable is his inclusion of songs not heard from other artistes :- Bob Wills ' That Old Fashioned Love In My Heart', also covered by Suzy Bogguss; Conway Twitty's ' Boogie Grass Band', John Conley's ' As Long As I'm Rockin' With You' and ' Miss Emily's Picture', Mel Street's ' Borrowed Angel', Gene Watson's ' Alone In San Antone', Moe Bandy's ' Till I'm Too Old To Die Young' and Merle Haggard's ' Reason To Quit' and 'It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)'
John doesn't let the grass grow under his feet as he can still find the occasional modern song suitable for his repertoire. Tonight he gave us Tracy Byrd's ' Heaven In My Woman's Eyes', Doug Stone's ' Till One Of Us Has Gone Out Of My Mind', George Strait's ' What's Going On In Your World' and David Ball's 'Amigo'.
He also sang one of his own competitions ' Tell Me A Lie' which he dedicated to his wife Anne who was in the audience tonight.
Another dedication was to his late father when he sang the first song he ever recorded in 1973, ' The Old Lamplighter', originally recorded by Arthur Tracy and covered by the country group ' The Browns'.
All evening there were plenty of tunes to keep the dancers happy and fill the dance floor, a smashing Hank Williams medley to sing along to, and loads of other favourite numbers to enjoy.
Whilst he continues to produce such wonderful shows, John Aston will always be welcome here.
Cyril Insley Top