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”

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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 songwriting is second to none in terms of connecting with their audience, ‘Girl in a Country Song’ is still up there in my ‘songs I wish I’d written’ list.

The duos have previously discussed writing songs based on their own experiences or those by people close to them. There’s something about those truths that mean they manage to write with such sincerity about an experience or a feeling, in a way that is relatable and familiar, something that all songwriters aim to do.

What I particularly love about this new single is that it showcases Tae’s harmonies as much as it does Maddie’s main vocals, which wasn’t necessarily true of all of the songs on their first album. When hearing them perform live, Tae’s harmonies are so perfect and I can’t wait to hopefully hear more of that on their soon-to-be announced album. The duo have mentioned in interviews that their new album will follow the story of a relationship from start to finish, so I’m excited to hear how ‘Friend’s Don’t’ falls into that.

Single Review: Jackie D

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”

C2C 2019 Wishlist

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.

3. Garth Brooks

Surely Garth Brooks is on everyones wishlist every year.

4. Brett Eldredge

I discovered Brett Eldredge the month after he toured the UK in February 2016 and he hasn’t been back since. It surprises me that he hasn’t already played C2C, but we can hope for 2019!

5. Luke Bryan

Most previous headliners of C2C have returned to play again, so each year I hold out hope for Luke Bryan, particularly for 2019, following last years release of album What Makes You Country.

6. Carly Pearce

Carly Pearce’s debut album Every Little Thing was one of the best country albums of 2017, in my opinion. I would love to see her kill it on the main stage at C2C.

7. The Shires

Over the years The Shires have appeared on the main stage in the form of presenters, but it’s about time our homegrown talent got some arena time for their music.

8. Carrie Underwood

Yeah, she’s headlined the festival twice before and we should want different acts, but I honestly would have her play every year.

9. Jake Owen

Another artist I’m surprised hasn’t made an appearance at C2C yet. Jake Owen has a backlog of hits as well as new music on the way and I think he’d fit perfectly at C2C.

10. Willie Nelson

Every year I hope for Willie Nelson. My dream line up would feature Nelson in a spot similar that held by Emmy Lou Harris, Marty Stuart or Dwight Yoakam in previous years. At least we got his son, the incredible Lukas Nelson, at C2C 2018.

 

New Maddie and Tae Music!

After a looooong wait from one of my favourite country duos, Maddie and Tae announced a new single due next Friday. ‘Friends Don’t’ is the first new music from the two in a few years, their last album Start Here was released in 2015.

Maddie and Tae have toured the UK multiple times in recent years, including their C2C 2016 appearance and UK fans have been lucky enough to hear live performances of a lot of potential new songs. It’s been a bit of a bumpy road for the duo Continue reading “New Maddie and Tae Music!”

Album Review: Golden Hour

The wait is over! The Golden Hour has finally arrived in the form of a brand new Kacey Musgraves album. This album really embodies who Musgraves has become as an artist, lyrically and musically and it does so with an authenticity and enchantment.

Most of the songs on this album have a different sound to anything we’ve heard from Musgraves before, yet the lyrics hold the same real life feel that we know and love. Different from the majority of the country genre, Musgraves is still echoing the sentiments of ‘Follow Your Arrow’ in songs, just less Continue reading “Album Review: Golden Hour”

Luke Combs Set To Release Extended Version of Album

Luke Combs has announced new album This One’s For You Too, a deluxe edition of Combs’ number one album This One’s For You. The album will feature 5 new songs, ‘She Got The Best of Me’, which Combs has performed a number of times live, including at C2C 2018, ‘Houston, We Got a Problem’, ‘Must’ve Never Met You’, ‘A Long Way’ and ‘Beautiful Crazy’.

The album is set to be released 1st June.