Following his stellar performance at C2C 2018, Lukas Nelson returned to the UK with his band Promise of the Real, and a few of us were lucky enough to bare witness to his incredible show at The Garage in London on July 10th.
In my experience, the mention of Lukas Nelson to people over here in the UK is normally followed up with, “he’s Willie Nelson’s son”, and while he makes no secret of the fact, it is certainly not what defines him musically. Lukas Nelson is a rare talent, one of the few people on this earth who are musical down to their soul. This is evident on their self-titled album, released last year which features 12 songs each different to one another but each so so good.
The band opened with ‘Entirely Different Stars’, a new song which imagines life in outer space and has the best guitar riff. They then went on to perform ‘Die Alone’, ‘Fool Me Once’ and ‘Runnin’ Shine’ before killing it with crowd favourite ‘Carolina’. There’s something unique about the style of music that Lukas Nelson & POTR make that really lends to live shows. It’s one of the best gigs I’ve been to.
The highlight of the gig – except for Continue reading “Gig Review: Lukas Nelson & POTR”
As if brand new music and lifestyle festival The Long Road wasn’t already shaping up to be an amazing weekend celebrating the rise of country music in the UK, they’ve only gone and announced CARRIE UNDERWOOD as Saturday night’s headliner! I’m freaking out.
The fact that one of country music’s biggest stars is performing at a brand new UK country music festival is so so exciting
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting new festival that celebrates the heart and soul of country music on a global stage!”
Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning Continue reading “Incredible Headliner Announcement For The Long Road Festival”
Rotherham’s own, Lauren Housley’s new single, ‘The Sleeping Heart’ is out now! I love Fridays for new country music, and even better, new UK country music. I really, really like this one. I don’t think there is anything else on the UK country music scene currently, that’s quite like this new single by Housley.
Added to all playlists – check.
Without wanting to sound cliché, there’s something authentically country about Housley’s sound, in that it doesn’t Continue reading “UK Artist Lauren Housley Releases New Single”
Bobby Bones, host of the aptly named The Bobby Bones Show in the US, is set to launch a radio show that features playlists comprised solely of females. SO many feelings about this. It’s 2018. It shouldn’t be necessary to take these steps to have to separate genders on national radio. But it is. There would be uproar if a station said they would only play males, but they’re essentially already doing just that.
Bones wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted, that he always said he would do this if the environment didn’t change. It hasn’t and it needs to, if not just Continue reading “Why Bobby Bones New Female-Only Approach Is So Important”
The amazing Zac Brown Band and Grammy-nominated Beth Hart have been announced for this years BluesFest at The O2 in London. BluesFest runs for four days from 25th to 28th October. Artists announced so far include John Fogerty, The Steve Miller Band, Robert Plant and Van Morrison to name a few.
This will be the first time that Zac Brown Band have played BluesFest, the last time we saw them in London was Continue reading “Zac Brown Band @ BluesFest 2018”
Always happy to hear new music from new UK country artists! Hengistbury are a new country act made up of Jessie Mary and Pete Briley. In November 2017, the duo hunkered down in a tiny studio on the Dorset coast – filled with guitars, fiddles, lap steels, banjos and Continue reading “New Band Hengistbury Release Single”
Jess and The Bandits, a band made up of four Brits and one Texan, have released a new single, ‘World Still Round’, from their 2017 album Smoke and Mirrors. They’ll hope to follow in the footsteps of their last single, ‘White Lies’ which was added to Spotify’s ‘Very Nearly Nashville’ playlist, alongside artists like Continue reading “Jess and The Bandits Release New Single”
Maddie and Tae are back and better than ever! Their new single ‘Friends Don’t’ shows their growth since ‘Start Here’ in their vocals and their songwriting. Their last album was released in 2015, so it’s amazing to hear them back again after so long away. At each live show I’ve been to since then, they have given a taste of their new music with a few different songs and so for them to finally be released is exciting.
Their new single ‘Friends Don’t’ is all about what friends don’t do, but a potential love interest might, for example “They don’t talk about the future and put each other in it, and get chills with every accidental touch”. For me, Maddie and Tae’s Continue reading “Single Review: ‘Friends Don’t’”
It’s always a pleasure to review a single from a new UK country artist, but particularly when it’s a song that you can’t get out of your head. Perfect for the summer and for festival season, ‘Jackie D’ by rising pop-country artist Binky, is as wild and bubbly as the artist herself.
As country music in the UK is only growing, this seems the perfect time for a catchy pop-country song from London born talent. With a look of Miranda Lambert meets Kelsea Ballerini, and a sound like RaeLynn meets Continue reading “Single Review: Jackie D”
If the previous years are anything to go by, we are still months away from any big C2C announcements but we can speculate and dream. So, here’s my Top 10 Wishlist.
1. Chris Stapleton
Following his stellar performance in 2016, and two amazing albums, UK fans have been waiting for Chris Stapleton’s return. What better than perhaps a headlining set at Country to Country 2019?
2. Maddie and Tae
Another act who have played the festival before, but Maddie and Tae are so loyal to their UK fans and with the announcement of new music it seems fitting that they should have a slot on the main stage at C2C 2019, perhaps bigger than when they played in 2016.
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