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Talented country trio take a bow

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

One of the things you learn quickly when running a radio station is that there is so much depth of talent in all musical genres – not just the ones the “big stations” play on repeat all the time.

To prove a point we welcomed ultra-talented Essex trio Hollow County into the studio last week. They’re a young country act comprising of Eva Tobin, Adam Brucass and Dean Bonning and they’ve already released two singles – Southern Ground and Heaven Bound.

They came in to Bob Simpson’s One 2 Three show last week for a chat about their music and also to play what was their first radio session.

We’re hoping that they find an ever-increasing audience to appreciate their excellent music. You can hear the interview and session at

Bob has been a bit of a radio star himself, featuring in November’s Radio Waves on BBC Essex. One Phoenix presenter is featured every month to tell BBC listeners all about themselves and the people that they chat with on air with us. Bob is the second of our presenters to have featured; Michelle Ward appeared on the show last month. You can hear both of these again on the BBC Essex website.

And we’re also continuing to cover live music in lots of different shows – and now, a weekly live event too. Jon Good has taken his Sunday Sessions show out on the road for the Afterparty, which takes place between 7 and 10 every Monday evening at the Essex Arms in Warley Hill, Brentwood. Jon will be recording some of the performances for playback in his Sunday show. You can find out more on the Phoenix FM website.

** Lots more guests coming up over the next seven days on air, including Anita McCarthy from Saint Francis Hospice who will be talking to Mike Porter about the hospice’s latest fundraising and events, and Brian Hughes from Shenfield solicitors Rainer Hughes with his regular legal round-up.

** There will also be live music in the studio from Paul Finch and 3 In A Bar.

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