🇬🇧 Tour Alert: Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay are coming back to the UK! They’ve played here on two separate occasions in the last 9 months and apparently they can’t get enough! They have a slot at Ireland’s Harvest Festival in August and are returning to the UK and Scotland for more dates this November/December.

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Album Review: From A Room: Vol 1

Like the rest of the world, I fell in love with Chris Stapleton’s voice the first time I heard it. Willing to listen to anything new that’s classified as ‘country’, I listened to Traveler as soon as it was released, not knowing what to expect. We all know how that one turned out, so here I am to praise From A Room: Volume 1 to the highest degree.

The album pairs country and blues perfectly, as he tells a variety of stories through the harmonicas and instruments making up the country twang.  Search Stapleton’s name on Twitter and there is nothing but love for the album, the voice and the man himself. Despite his extraordinary talent, he remains humble, particularly when performing live – when we are most in awe. Also needing a shoutout is Stapleton’s wife, Morgane who in her own right is a brilliant singer/songwriter. She can be seen standing right there next to him on stage, singing those perfect harmonies. Continue reading “Album Review: From A Room: Vol 1”

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.

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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”. Continue reading “Miley Cyrus To Release New “Countrified” Music”

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Continue reading “Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini To Host CMA Fest”

Brad Paisley’s Eighties Inspired Video

Brad Paisley’s done it again! First came the touching music video for “Today”, the first single off new album Love and War, followed by a hilarious equivalent for the brilliant, “selfie#theinternetisforever”. Now, he has shared a similar video for new single, “Last Time For Everything”, this time in eighties throwback home-video style, with a title screen straight out of Stranger Things and David Hasselhoff reprising his role as Michael Knight from eighties classic Knight Rider. Continue reading “Brad Paisley’s Eighties Inspired Video”

BBMA Nominations Are Out But Where Are the Women?

The Billboard Music Awards nominations have been announced and there’s a noticeable lack of female artists – particularly in the country genre. In a time where the likes of Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert and Lauren Alaina regularly feature high in all of Billboard’s top country charts, I only wish they were better represented in the nominations.

With the release of Lambert’s ACM award winning The Weight of These Wings and Morris’ Grammy nominated Hero, it’s surprising that neither made it into the ‘Top Country Album’ category at the least.

The snub hasn’t gone unnoticed either as Maren Morris tweeted saying that it was ‘interesting’ that female artists have been overlooked. Continue reading “BBMA Nominations Are Out But Where Are the Women?”