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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.

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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!”

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.

Just Announced: Line Up For New Festival ‘The Long Road’

Prepare yourself for this amazing news! So many amazing artists have been announced in the line up for The Long Road. Lee Ann Womack, Angaleena Presley, Una Healy, Billy Bragg, The Shires, Aaron Watson, Brent Cobb, Danielle Bradbery and more are confirmed for the new festival at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.

US country star Lee Ann Womack is set to perform at the inaugural event.

It seems that country music is only growing stronger in the UK, with festivals popping up all over the country, each holding their own with their impressive, unique line ups. The Long Road is a major music and lifestyle camping festival, perhaps fitting more comfortably with UK fans, as it fits in with the familiar summer camping festival scene. Set to bring the world-famous, inimitable sights and sounds of the country music scene to the UK in 2018, The Long Road will take place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018. It will present one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of country, Americana and roots music featuring Continue reading “Just Announced: Line Up For New Festival ‘The Long Road’”

‘Sweet Spot’ For Jeannine Barry

Just in time for her appearance at C2C 2018, the UK’s very own Jeannine Barry is set to release her new single, ‘Sweet Spot’ this Friday, March 9th.

The new single comes just over a year after the release of ‘Bittersweet’ which reached the Top 3 of the UK Country iTunes chart, a huge deal for any UK country artist. The singer-songwriter has been compared to Carrie Underwood, though her voice reminds me more of Faith Hill. Either way, not bad company to be in for Jeannine Barry.

Barry posted a sneak peak of ‘Sweet Spot’ on her twitter page. The song has a more upbeat, more established feel than her previous EP, with a sound that could put her in that Top 3 once again.

So if you’ve got a ‘Sweet Spot’ for Barry, then make sure to download the new single, Friday 9th March and catch one of her performances at C2C Festival in London next weekend. Barry will perform six times, on three different stages across the three days. Catch her stage times and locations below and support UK country acts at C2C 2018.

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Also don’t miss Barry on Whispering Bob’s Under The Apple Tree Sessions tomorrow on Chris Country!

Every Little Thing

The wait is over! Carly Pearce’s debut album is here and it is amazing. Such a bluesy feel to this album, I love it.

While women in country are having to contend against everyone for recognition, it’s exciting to see Pearce’s album being received so well on social media and by critics alike.  Some elements of Pearce’s album could be compared to Miranda Lambert or Maren Morris, like “Hide The Wine” and “Color”, but regardless of this, Pearce is smashing it all by herself, doing women in country proud.

While the album is true to her Kentucky roots, some songs ere more on the side of Continue reading Every Little Thing

🇬🇧 Tour Alert: The Cadillac Three & Brothers Osborne 

After their amazing set at Download Festival at the weekend, The Cadillac Three have announced they’ll be returning to the UK in November and as if that wasn’t enough, they’re going to be joined by Brothers Osborne!

Having had a taste of their new album with the release of ‘American Slang’ and ‘Dang If We Didn’t’ and a performance of ‘Tennessee’ at Download, I’m excited to hear more of Legacy on the tour. Continue reading “🇬🇧 Tour Alert: The Cadillac Three & Brothers Osborne “

🇬🇧 Tour Alert: Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay are coming back to the UK! They’ve played here on two separate occasions in the last 9 months and apparently they can’t get enough! They have a slot at Ireland’s Harvest Festival in August and are returning to the UK and Scotland for more dates this November/December.

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Album Review: From A Room: Vol 1

Like the rest of the world, I fell in love with Chris Stapleton’s voice the first time I heard it. Willing to listen to anything new that’s classified as ‘country’, I listened to Traveler as soon as it was released, not knowing what to expect. We all know how that one turned out, so here I am to praise From A Room: Volume 1 to the highest degree.

The album pairs country and blues perfectly, as he tells a variety of stories through the harmonicas and instruments making up the country twang.  Search Stapleton’s name on Twitter and there is nothing but love for the album, the voice and the man himself. Despite his extraordinary talent, he remains humble, particularly when performing live – when we are most in awe. Also needing a shoutout is Stapleton’s wife, Morgane who in her own right is a brilliant singer/songwriter. She can be seen standing right there next to him on stage, singing those perfect harmonies. Continue reading “Album Review: From A Room: Vol 1”

Zac Brown Band First To Live Stream Concert on Twitter

In this day and age it’s difficult to imagine what can come next in terms of technological advances, but the news of the past few days is incredibly exciting for music fans, particularly as a country music fan in the UK.

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