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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FIVE FAVES OF TØNDER: THE FESTIVAL THAT NEVER SLEEPS

The Danes have a distinctive, peculiar way of applauding. To show their appreciation for a particularly good performance, rather than the ripple of unsynchronised clapping we (Brits and possibly the rest of the world) break out in, theirs is a chant-like clap in unison. It’s a sound I got used to with over four days of stunning […]

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HOW TO BE A HAPPY CAMPER

“I wanna sleep on the hard ground, in the comfort of your arms, on a pillow of blue bonnets, in a blanket made of stars…” It might’ve sounded good to the Dixie Chicks but the thought of sleeping on the hard ground doesn’t appeal to everyone, no matter how much we might love songs about red […]

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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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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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