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Ricky Ross Ricky Ross | 10:30 UK time, Thursday, 19 April 2012

On Friday night we will be joined by a man who knows a lot about America. He's a man who also knows a thing or two about America's greatest living song writer Bob Dylan. To tell that story Tom Russell went back to Bob's home state, Minnesota and thought about the vision and precocious talent that exploded onto the world in 1962. Tom will talk about immigration, art and his writing relationship with the great Gretchen Peters. He'll also sing some killer songs from his fine recent album too.

Tom Russell performing Mesabi for Another Country with Ricky Ross

We'll have some interesting things from two old friends: First Caitlin Rose - whose music we have loved these last couple of years and who also managed to be our best guest ever for saying the unsayable about song-writing-rounds among other things...Caitlin, we needed to hear some of that!

Caitlin..the naughtiest girl we've ever had on the show

Then C.W. Stoneking who made such a huge impression when he performed at one of these very rounds over Celtic Connections. (We like to have it both ways)

C.W. Stoneking performing during the Another Country 2012 Celtic Connections special

There will be news too of another old friend of the show who is about to get back together with his old band.....but I'll tell you more about that one on Friday. We'll also hear some beautiful new songs from Patrick Watson, Bowerbirds and will play a piece of music for Adam, my regular blog correspondent...my friend, it's the least I can do. In amongst that you'll hear a whole load of reasons why we still love country music. Friday is the day before Record Store Day so join us from five past eight when the needle goes down at BBC Radio Scotland HQ.

On Sunday.

I will be talking to the inspirational Hamish Montgomery. For years Hamish was the director of the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow where he introduced the idea of pastoral counselling. Tom is also an accomplished painter and we'll talk to him about his life in art too. In the light of Channel 4′s Derek and The Undateables we'll discuss how people with disability are viewed in the media.

I'll also play you some of the recording I did in Brazil a few weeks back when I went back to look at the work of Landless Movement there. .... For those of you who want to read more here's a link to the blog from Brazil I did at the time. All that and Matthew Johnstone's on his new book Quiet The Mind. There's a lot to get through so join me from five past seven on Sunday morning on BBC Radio Scotland.


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