2019: The Country Music Year Ahead

It looks like we can stop praying for the UK’s country revolution; it’s happened. Well done everyone, mission accomplished. The explosion in country music popularity means our bank balances (and livers) are a little less healthy, but on the upside we’ve got so much MORE to look forward to in 2019. MORE FESTIVALS C2C festival […]

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Country Music Fans

There are a couple of things in our favour when it comes to setting New Year goals as country music fans; whiskey contains zero carbs and line dancing to Luke Bryan is pretty much an aerobics class. But even country fans have room for a little improvement, so here’s to better in 2019… 1. SET […]

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UK Country Music Fans: Are We in a Cult?

Today, I’m having to explain to lovely but non-country-fan friends why I’m leaving our idyllic New Year’s Eve retreat (log burner, seafront, cheese…) before actual New Year’s Eve. I’m leaving early to rejoin the secret internet friends I’ve been spending increasing portions of time with over the last year. To go clubbing. “But you hate […]

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8 Makers Country Fans Need to Know

It’s taken a lot of willpower to resist selfishly buying these goodies for ourselves all year, but Christmas brings a lovely, legitimate excuse to shop for some bespoke, handmade gems. Memo Illustration From the imagination of a Cumbria based artist (and Western shirt collector) comes a range of retro prints, homeware and gifts. Everything’s made […]

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20 Best Quotes Overheard at U.K. Country Music Week [2018]

Country Music Week (which, combined with national tours of so many acts, seemed to last all month) took over London concert venues for its second year. Our sleep-deprived, bourbon-coated voices are subsequently gravelly enough to brave a Chris Stapleton song at karaoke. A lot happened. The Country 2 Country 2019 festival lineup was announced (twice, […]

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We Need to Talk About Lainey Wilson

Too many record companies have been looking for the next Taylor Swift when they should’ve been looking for the next Lee Ann Womack.  Cue Lainey Wilson. We’re sat on dilapidated sofas in a dressing room in London’s Bush Hall, where ‘newcomer’ Lainey is about to open for Chase Rice. She’ll be performing a handful of […]

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How to Speak Southern: Lesson One

In the summer of 2015 we Brits stood in a Nashville coffee shop queue having a very serious and, in hindsight, embarrassing discussion. It began with speculation about why anyone would want to purchase a yeti iced down with silver bullets. Logically we moved onto theories about whether yeti, AKA abominable snowman, were like werewolves […]

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Country Stars and Their Nashville Bars

I’ve been dreaming (some would call it scheming) about taking advantage of British Airways’ new direct flights to my spiritual hometown, Nashville. Social media feeds are currently adding to the obsession by providing a constant stream of friends’ photos from CMA Fest. The logical reaction, of course, is to start to plan my own fantasy […]

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Brits Guide to Enjoying The CMA Awards [2018 update]

Don’t turn us in but previously we may have dabbled in some dodgy measures to try and watch the CMA Awards live online. This year, there’s enough thread chat to suggest many others will be staying up till the wee hours trying to do the same, but we’ve decided to focus on some less sleep-depriving […]

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Offstage with Russell Dickerson

I never meant for this to happen. I’m not usually this kind of girl, but it snuck up on me. I accidentally joined the ‘RD Fam’, which is how Russell Dickerson’s community of fans are known. Sure, I’d previously sung along to the romantic Yours and head-bopped to Blue Tacoma (after googling what one was), […]

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