Alan Cackett has always been at the forefront in association with most of the major Country artists from around the world when they visit the UK. Both advising them and arranging publicity about their tours.
The veteran journalist, broadcaster and promoter joined the original committee of the British Country Music Association back in the 1960s. His contribution was the compilation and publication of the famed Year Book which listed most of the performing artists of the time, categorising them as solo, duo, trio and bands, together with contact details and the style of Country music performed. Also listed were all the details of every radio station with a Country show and in addition all the promoters and agents.
The ‘Wikipedia’ of its time, it also included record label details, the CMCs and their contacts by location plus the festivals and concert venues.
These books, which were supplied free to all members, are now a collector’s item. They also included articles and reports as well as advertisements.
Alan Cackett was the founding editor of Maverick magazine after spells as a journalist at most of the other publications.
A regular broadcaster on Country music on both BBC and independent stations, he has organised and promoted some very good singer/songwriter festivals over the years.
Latterly he has been working for a major label producing some excellent compilations of Nashville stars.
He has recently returned from Music City after a working visit gathering information on Country music acts.
He joins the British Country Music Hall of Fame alongside his other early committee members, Mike Storey and Tony Byworth.