Baylen Leonard: Meet the Man Taking Over Your Summer

The accent on the other end of the phone is a familiar Tennessee twang diluted with a 17-year stint in London, via a decade in New York. I’ve regularly heard it over the radio or over clubbing crowds at Buck ‘n’ Bull nights. This time though country DJ Baylen Leonard is not just introducing songs, […]

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About Last Night: Brothers Osborne in Bristol

I do not have a single decent photograph from last night’s Brothers Osborne show. I borrowed the one above. Blame the blurriness on the drinking blame the drinking on the blurriness… Once again I tried to instigate my ‘sip of whiskey every time whiskey is mentioned in a song’ drinking game, but somewhere between opener […]

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The Long Road Festival and Other Dilemmas

Is anyone else spending as much time thinking about country music festivals as I am at the moment? They have become a much needed symbol of escape for me. I am in a cramped temporary production hub in the south Wales Valleys. This is my office / home / universe for the next few weeks […]

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Which is the Best Country Music Festival for You? [QUIZ]

Country fans, we are apparently the 2018 zeitgeist. Seriously, The Guardian newspaper said so. That’s probably why this year, the UK has more country music festivals to choose from than ever before. There’s Nashville Meets London set among the skyscrapers, Millport on a Scottish Island, while two of the biggest (Buckle and Boots and newbie […]

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15 Best Quotes Overheard at C2C Festival

It was gloriously apparent this was a country music event before it even began. The night before the official start of C2C festival, five musicians took to the stage to share their songs and stories at the CMA Songwriters Series. The first three songs in a row were drinking songs and the boozy streak was […]

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Nashville Wouldn’t be Nashville Without…

I had the honour / torture last week of being asked for Nashville tips from three separate jammy people off for their first trips to Music City. Now that the initial jealousy’s died down, I’ve realised these chats have been the perfect chance to go on and on about Judi’s and my Great Nashville Trip of 2015 to […]

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7 Signs You’re Having a Post-C2C Crisis

A week ago (already!) we were gearing up for the Europe’s biggest country music festival, basking in the glow of a short work week. Now, we’re back at desks, trying to hold back from repeating “this one time, at C2C…” and wishing we could start it all again. Here’s how to tell if you’re going through withdrawal too. Back […]

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for C2C First-timers [UPDATED 2018]

You will always remember your first time. For Judi it was the smell of pulled pork and the sound of The Shires. For me, it was feeling a bit embarrassed leaving my house in East London in cowboy boots, but then feeling completely at home as the Jubilee line crept closer to the O2 Arena and […]

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