Steve Smith – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Gavin Brightwell – Lead guitar, backing vocals
Gavin Devlin – Bass guitar
Fiona Newton – Fiddle
Shane D’Mont – Box
Since 2015 Border Radio have been appearing in Country clubs, festivals and bars around Scotland, playing original numbers and traditional Country covers. They have a sound of their own but it is clear that the music of artists such as Marty Stuart, BR549, Doug Sahm, the Derailers and classic Country giants such as Ray Price and Mel Tillis have played a huge part in the development of that sound. Border Radio have earned a reputation as a quality live band who are passionate about their music.
A combination of Steve Smith’s excellent vocals and Gavin Brightwell’s note-perfect harmonies lay a solid foundation for the rest of the band who deliver the goods with superb guitar licks, catchy fiddle and a solid bass and box rhythm section.
The term ‘border radio’ refers to the American broadcasting industry that sprang up on Mexico’s northern border in the early 1930s and flourished for half a century. These mega-watt ‘border blaster’ stations were set up beyond the reach of US regulators and beamed programmes across the United States. Border radio played a significant role in popularising Country music during pre and post World War 11 years with Webb Pierce saying “Country music might not have survived if it hadn’t been for Border Radio.”