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🇬🇧 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.

🇬🇧 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.

Both their C2C set in March and their acoustic gigs last September were incredible. I have found that, particularly in the UK, any country acts that perform here make you feel as though you are part of a special country music family, all in one room at the same time. Dan + Shay are no exception to this, with their small acoustic set  in Manchester last year feeling more personal and intimate than any other act I’ve seen in recent years and left me feeling gutted that I hadn’t bought tickets to the following dates.

Dan + Shay are definitely up there as one of my favourite country bands and I can’t wait to see them again, in Birmingham this time around, I only wish I could attend more! Tour dates below:

28th November – London KOKO
29th November – Bristol Trinity
1st December – Birmingham O2 Academy
3rd December – Manchester Academy 2
4th December – Glasgow St Lukes
Their new single ‘Road Trippin” is out now, a perfect song for the summer!

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.

Straight off the bat I’d have said my personal favourites from the album were ‘Broken Halos’ and ‘I Was Wrong’  because of the complete exposure of his soulful, gravelly voice which truly is just made for music. However, going deeper into the album, after listening in the car, on the bus, on a run, feeling all ranges of emotion, ‘Without Your Love’ really stands out as perfection of the country blues.

Stapleton covers Willie Nelson’s ‘Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning’ which he previously described as “an instruction manual on how to write a country song”. I have to say I think ‘Up to No Good Livin” is also a perfect ode to that. In all tracks on From A Room: Vol 1, Stapleton has smashed it out the park with songwriting. I’m already excited about Vol 2.

From A Room: Vol 1 is out now.

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!

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!!