Soundtrack To Summer

The sun, the heat, the dead yellow landscape.. it’s been YEARS but the UK finally got a summer we can brag about. However you’re spending your summer, road tripping, sitting out BBQing, celebrating the end of school/uni/work, what better than some fresh new country music as a soundtrack. There’s some songs that just give off those summery vibes, so I’ve picked out my Top 10 country songs you should be listening to this summer from my longer summer playlist, linked below.



RaeLynn – Tailgate

Sick of seeing playlists with only male artists so kicking this one off with some girl power. As soon as I heard this song I knew it belonged on this playlist. RaeLynn is the best for catchy, relatable, pop country hits and this song is no exception. I’m obsessed.

Ward Thomas – Lie Like Me

It’s been two years since Ward Thomas released album Cartwheels and now they’re back and better than ever! In ‘Lie Like Me’, the duo sing about the way we lie to portray ourselves in a better light on social media, when we should just be real. A sentiment I’m sure we can all get on board with.

Kacey Musgraves – Love Is A Wild Thing

Nothing like a Kacey Musgraves love song to start your summer off right. The comparison of love to flowers, water, nature – perfect for summer walks. The whole  Golden Hour album has a summer vibe, upbeat and beautiful, lyrically and musically.

Russell Dickerson – Blue Tacoma

Is there anything more summery than driving a Blue Tacoma in California with rays of gold shining on ya? The perfect song to belt out on down those country roads on a summer evening where you can dream of being in The States ❤️

Catherine McGrath – Lost in the Middle

I’m obsessed with this one by rising country artist Catherine McGrath. It describes this summer and this playlist perfectly, nothing better than getting lost in the middle of a country song!

Dan + Shay – Island Time

Even if it doesn’t look like summer outside, (which is often the case over here) this sexy song by Dan + Shay can help you imagine as their dreamy harmonies show that you can make your own summer.

Luke Bryan – Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset

Perhaps a little cliché to feature this one, but Luke Bryan kills it with the anthems every. single. time. Written by Maren Morris’ husband Ryan Hurd among others, the song plays out like a rom-com, a typical summer romance that a country boy could only dream of.

Danielle Bradbery & Thomas Rhett – Goodbye Summer

Fitting with the theme of a summer romance movie, “Goodbye Summer” is the perfect summer heartbreak story. I’m a huge fan of “Hello Summer”, but this reimagined version with Thomas Rhett is even more amazing.

Lukas Nelson & POTR feat. Madison Ryann Ward – Let Go of Your Plans

A reminder by Lukas Nelson that sometimes you just have to let go, and when better to do that than when the sun is shining and the beers are cold.

Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift – Babe

I think I’ll be putting this one in every playlist til the end of time. I just think Jennifer Nettles with Taylor Swift’s harmonies is one of the most perfect things ever.

Worthy of a mention – songs from the playlist that didn’t quite make my top 10 but deserve a mention cus they’re just as amazing.

Cam – Road To Happiness, Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line – Up Down, Filmore – Love That About You, Runaway June – Buy My Own Drinks, Catherine McGrath – The Edges (or the whole album), Cassadee Pope – One More Red Light


So pop the playlist on, sit back and take a moment to enjoy this amazing summer.



New Single From Jon Dearing

UK artist and singer/songwriter Jon Dearing has released a new single, ‘Matter To Me’. This is a simple song that really showcases Dearing’s ability, as his vocals stand out against a guitar driven background. This song could fit into many different genres and has the potential to be successful among the growing UK country landscape.

‘Matter To Me’ comes a year after Dearing’s last single, ‘Chasing’. ‘Chasing’ was featured on the likes of iHeartRadio and BBC Introducing. Both ‘Chasing’ and ‘Matter To Me’ will be on his upcoming EP.

Originally from Dorset UK, Dearing moved to Southampton to further his musical career. Along the way he has Continue reading “New Single From Jon Dearing”

Gig Review: Lukas Nelson & POTR

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.

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The highlight of the gig – except for Continue reading “Gig Review: Lukas Nelson & POTR”

Incredible Headliner Announcement For The Long Road Festival

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.

Carrie Underwood

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”

UK Artist Lauren Housley Releases New Single

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”

Why Bobby Bones New Female-Only Approach Is So Important

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”

Zac Brown Band @ BluesFest 2018

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”

Jess and The Bandits Release New 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”

Single Review: ‘Friends Don’t’

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’”