2017: The Year of the Support Stars

I could proudly stand up to my bank manager – or, more likely, my mother – and defend spending so much of my income this year on gigs. I’d explain it was more than just FOMO driving me to persevere to venues ignoring the threat of tube strikes and the reality of broken heels. Each […]

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Country Fans Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Music, of course. It all starts from the music. An iTunes or Spotify voucher will always be welcome, depending on what device your gift recipient uses. As will a subscription to Country Music Magazine. Or the new Chris Stapleton album “From a Room: Volume 2” is on most people’s lists. But – as my drawers […]

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Honky-Tonk High Street

Earlier this week my sidebar waved at me with an invite to Shop the Rodeo Trend. A brief moment of confusion, then it dawned: it’s that special time of the decade when we are officially in fashion again. What was only the inkling of a trend in S/S is now fully fledged and has trickled […]

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Ryan Hurd: The Man, The Music, The Maren

Ryan Hurd’s first ever visit to Europe is taking him way off the usual tourist trail. Instead he’s in a student kitchen at Bristol University, opening a beer on a dustbin edge because I have lost my bottle opener key ring. It’s an hour before he opens at the Student Union, one of the smaller […]

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Unexpected Hazards of an Old Dominion Show

I got more than I bargained for on the UK opening night of Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour. As with so many gigs at the moment, last night was more about the support act for me. I’d seen Thomas live before but missed radio favourites Old Dominion on their 2016 visit. They started their swift […]

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