CHARLIE WORSHAM: ON MARRIAGE, MUSIC AND MISSISSIPPI

I’d thought about giving Charlie Worsham a Union Jack Lawn Chair but, since it would’ve been an awkward gift to lug around his UK tour, bought him a drink instead. It was his birthday and for the first time in 33 years he was spending it playing a show, and one a long way from […]

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The Long Road Fest: How Southern Can You Go?

DJ Baylen Leonard told me he shed a tear when he first arrived on the site of The Long Road Festival. As the event’s artistic director and a bona fide Tennessee boy he’d set out to bring an authentic taste of his home to the U.K. Now, as he found me leaning in the doorway […]

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15 Best Buys to Pimp Your Festival Camping Trip

Are you festival ready? Sure, you’ve got your tent, airbed and camping stove (is not see Maria’s camping tips) but here are a few of our favourite extras to add to the packing list. If you’ve ever tried to take cowboy boots off in a confined space, you’ll know why we’re packing a boot jack… […]

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Can You Pick Three Songs to Defend Country Music?

My mouth ran away with me. I was sat in the pub discussing, perhaps preaching, about music. A new friend with a degree in Music Technology said he’s an “active listener” and appreciates most types of music but not Country. I, as I suspect we all have, have heard this before. But his justification for […]

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Competition: Win Nashville Boxset

Nashville wasn’t just a TV series; it was a phenomenon but I’m not sure whether its final episode marks the end of an era or the dawn of one. You see here in the UK, Nashville’s appearance on our screens coincided with – and maybe helped fuel – a rise in the popularity of country […]

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