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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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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Gig Guru: How to Have the Best Time at a Concert

Have you seen this man? No, not Nashville’s Charles Esten, the one on the right. You may be more familiar with the back of his head. He’s the one miles ahead of you in the venue queue; the one closest to the stage while you’re squashed somewhere back near the the toilets. So, as part […]

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