The “Help, They’re Marrying Someone Else” Playlist

We are irrationally excited about – and far too invested in – Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding news. But country music knows that not every engagement announcement is a happy one. When it’s your ex’s engagement for instance… an occasion for which there are an embarrassingly high number of country songs. Or when the […]

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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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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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