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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Land of the Free Country Music

I have stopped keeping a tally on what I spend on gigs. Instead I have opted to maintain a happy state of denial and mentally classify all tickets as “priceless”. But, it’ll soon be safe to check the bank card statements again, thanks to some completely free country music events on the London calendar. Sights […]

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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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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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CMA Fest Super Fan

CMA Fest 2017: A Brit’s Eye View

I’ll admit it. It wasn’t entirely coincidental that I arranged to visit my Nashville friends when it “happened” to be the CMA Fest weekend. I was on my best behaviour though and resigned myself to the fact I’d need to be a good guest and not spend every waking minute wandering off, scouting for country […]

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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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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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