🇬🇧 Tour: The Cadillac Three & Brothers Osborne 

After their amazing set at Download Festival at the weekend, The Cadillac Three have announced they’ll be returning to the UK in November and as if that wasn’t enough, they’re going to be joined by Brothers Osborne!

Having had a taste of their new album with the release of ‘American Slang’ and ‘Dang If We Didn’t’ and a performance of ‘Tennessee’ at Download, I’m excited to hear more of Legacy on the tour.

They’ll be in the UK the same time as Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris, November 2017. The tour starts on the 9th in Belfast at the Mandela Hall and ends in Glasgow at O2 ABC on November 20th. It appears that the Ireland dates will be joined by Broken Witt Rebels and the rest of the UK dates with Brothers Osborne.

The dates are as follows:

9th November – Belfast Mandela Hall
10th November – Dublin Whelans
12th November – Cardiff Y Plas
13th November – Nottingham Rock City
14th November – London O2 Kentish Town Forum
15th November – Norwich UEA
17th November – Birmingham O2 Academy
18th November – Manchester O2 Academy
19th November – Newcastle  O2 Academy

20th November – Glasgow O2 ABC

Legacy is due Friday 25th August.

New Chris Young Single Next Friday!!

After changing all his profile pictures to ’10 days’ we knew there had to be something exciting following and it’s about time, too! During a Facebook Live video, Chris Young announced that in 10 days, on May 12th, he will release a new single. He then posted on Twitter & Instagram so that no one missed the news.

Young’s last album – not counting his Christmas album – I’m Coming Over was released in 2015, so it was only a matter of time before we got some new music. Young gave a glimpse on his Instagram page of  the single, titled ‘Losing Sleep’. Check it out:

9 days until the new single drops. Until then, here's a small preview.

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I can’t help but feel that the snippet is reminiscent of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’, which is in no way a bad thing. Hopefully, following the new single will be an album announcement.

‘Losing Sleep’ will be available on May 12th.

Miley Cyrus To Release New “Countrified” Music

In her feature in the next issue of Billboard Magazine, Miley Cyrus has announced that she will be releasing new music next week, May 11th. This is the perfect time for Miley to make her mark in country as the genre needs more honest female perspectives.

Cyrus is pictured on the cover of the magazine, looking a far cry from her previous endeavours, but beautiful as ever, along with a caption describing her new venture as becoming a, “countrified singer-songwriter”. Her new single, titled ‘Malibu’ has been described as  a, “gimmick-free…breezy love song”.

I was really excited to read that Miley is going down a more country route, her distinctive voice is perfect for it – if having Dolly Parton as a godmother isn’t excuse enough. Despite this, Cyrus expressed her concern that country fans, “don’t really take me seriously as a ­country artist“. I would contest this from my own personal opinion, but I also have high hopes that her new music, which Billy Ray Cyrus describes as, “Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard”, will prove to country fans that she is more than deserving of our praise.

‘Malibu’ is out May 11th. Read the full interview with Billboard in the article below.
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/magazine-feature/7783997/miley-cyrus-cover-story-new-music-malibu

Zac Brown Band First To Live Stream Concert on Twitter

In this day and age it’s difficult to imagine what can come next in terms of technological advances, but the news of the past few days is incredibly exciting for music fans, particularly as a country music fan in the UK.

As part of a new venture to livestream events, Twitter has teamed up with LiveNation in order to stream concerts on the site. Among the artists revealed, and first to be a part of this phenomenon are Zac Brown Band, who go live from Alpharetta, Georgia on the second night of their tour. This live concert airs on May 13th, one day after the release of the hotly anticipated Welcome Home. 

After seeing their stellar performance at C2C this year, I for one cannot wait for the live concert. If successful, it’s great news for UK country fans as not many of the larger artists bring their tours over here, meaning the opportunity to watch them live on Twitter is certainly better than nothing. It’s currently unclear how exactly the live streaming concert will come about, and in the UK it will be in the middle of the night, but be sure to check Twitter on May 13th!

Charles Esten To Host & CMT Awards Performers Revealed

CMT have revealed that Nashville’s very own Deacon Claybourne aka Charles Esten, will host this year’s CMT awards on June 7th, just days before the cast come over to the UK for Nashville In Concert – first date being June 9th in Birmingham. The actor took to twitter to announce the news in a very Nashville fashion.

 

A number of performers have also been announced. Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are among the few who have been revealed so far. Also performing are Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett. Will we get more new music previews from either?? We can but hope!

Nominations will be announced May 9th and voting will be open until just two days before the show. 

More performers and presenters should be announced in the coming weeks!

Read full details here: http://www.cmt.com/news/1780696/nashvilles-charles-esten-to-host-2017-cmt-music-awards/

Brad Paisley Announces First Visual Country Album

This is major!!!!

Brad Paisley announced on Twitter that he will release a visual album for Love and War, much like Beyoncé did for Lemonade. This is a first for country music and I couldn’t think of a better artist to do the honours, given the true country feel and sentimental value of his music videos for the album so far. The preview shows different clips from the recording process as well as appearances from the brilliant artists that collaborate on the album.

The ‘film’ as he calls it, will be released on Friday, but it would also appear that he is giving a few lucky fans the chance to not only watch it early, but watch with Paisley on Wednesday!

I can’t wait to see what the “first ever country music visual album” looks like, especially as it accompanies one of the best country albums released this year.

Check back 28th April!!

Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini To Host CMA Fest

He presented it last year with Brett Eldredge and he’s back again for more! Thomas Rhett will host this years CMA Fest for the second time, this time with co-host Kelsea Ballerini.

Both artists are performing at this years CMA Fest in the Nissan Stadium, Ballerini on the Friday night, and Rhett on the Saturday night. The duo feature in an incredible line up of country artists including headliners, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley. Other acts that will perform over the weekend, across various stages, include Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Lauren Alaina, Rascal Flatts. Brett Young, Maren Morris, Maddie and Tae, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban to name a few.

Besides the lack of Carrie Underwood across the weekend, the only other downside for me is that I can’t be there as I am in the UK, which is super disappointing as the CMA Fest is one of the best celebrations of country music.

CMA Fest 2017 takes place June 8-12. To discover the artists playing over the weekend click the link below.

http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival/whos-playing-2017/