Born in the R of SA: An Introduction to South African Country Music

So … you might have noticed something different about us on Twitter. Temporarily (unless I can convince CJ otherwise), our handle has been changed in recognition of the Springbok’s brilliant victory over the English on Saturday securing South Africa the William Webb Ellis trophy and title of world champions! Under this new name, it seemed […]

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Kenny Foster: On Hats, Hotspurs & the Heart of Country

It was probably about half way into my allotted interview time that I finally got down to any actual interviewing, the engaging Kenny Foster making it seem more like a conversation between old friends than an interview. Chatting away, perched on bar stools at the back of a restaurant in Canary Wharf, I proved my country credentials by mentioning I owned an authentic Stetson bought […]

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Long Road Festival: 12 Acts to See or Run Around Trying

Unfortunately, we haven’t progressed very far with our ‘see-two-acts-at-once’ cloning device … probably because we’ve spent most of our time trying to convince each other that “camping is fun”. So some quick footwork is going to be required to make the most of the plethora of entertainment on stage this weekend at The Long Road […]

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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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Five things I learnt at JD & The Straight Shot

They had me at JD.  Well, they were bound to, weren’t they? So, knowing little more than I liked the sound of their band name, I found a replacement CJ for the night. Bringing along a non-country friend (who for the first time in twenty-mumble years of friendship was asked if we were sisters) I […]

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