August 24, 2019

“Merry Swiftmas” I proclaimed yesterday morning as I picked up a copy of Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album Lover the minute doors opened at the local record store, sporting a Taylor Swift t-shirt and my reputation socks! HMV sold out of copies quickly in Manchester but according to one article online Taylor’s star is falling, the pop-stars career is crashing rapidly... seriously? This is an artist who sold a million copies a...

August 17, 2019

Taylor Swift introduced us to her new era a few months ago with the release of Me! featuring Brandon Urie. In the music video she dropped lots of little Easter eggs for us to find about this next chapter and now many of those little hints are starting to come together and make sense! The album's title Lover was written almost as a big flashing neon sign in the middle of the video and today the title track, which is the fourth...

May 16, 2019

So last week we found out the nominations for this year's CMT Awards. The awards show as we know it today has been running since 2002 but has actually been running much longer, since the late sixties. Loretta Lynn and Carrie Underwood are amongst the awards biggest winners and once again Carrie is nominated for a couple of awards. So here at The Writers Room we decided to each predict the video we think is going to win and why...

January 23, 2019

Devin Dawson has been touring the UK this past week opening the show for Dan and Shay but this is not his first visit. He has played support slots and festivals over here in the past and as Dan and Shay closed their show they said what much of the Manchester crowd (those that turned up in time for the support) were thinking, it’s time Devin did his own headline tour! His personality and stage etiquette is endearing even if he...

December 27, 2018

1. In 1968 Tammy Wynette released the number 1 hit Stand By Your Man but how many times was Wynette married? 

2. In 2014 Little Big Town released the song Girl Crush which was controversial on Country Radio but which three women wrote it? Bonus points if you can tell me how many Grammy’s it won? 

3. Which two country outlaws founded the Highwaymen alongside Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings? 

4. In 2017 which artist became the firs...

November 20, 2018

Dolly Parton is known for her fantastic songwriting ability and her signature vocals but above all this she is a business lady, a very good one. For years she has tried her hand at a number of creative projects and had her fingers in many different kinds of pies. Now for the first time, one of those projects is coming to life in the West End in London as 9 to 5 the musical gets reimagined at the Savoy Theatre. The musical whic...

November 17, 2018

Christmas in the Smoky Mountains must be magical and never more so than this year as Dolly Parton’s Dollywood added a new attraction to it’s award winning Christmas Festival, Glacier Ridge! In a special event on Saturday Dolly Parton herself welcomed guests into the park for the Christmas light switch on, the day before in torrential rain Dolly hosted a media day where she answered questions about Glacier Ridge and press witne...

October 5, 2018

When sat in the cinema waiting for Christopher Robin to begin a few weeks back I saw a trailer, the soundtrack sounded good and it mentioned Bradley Cooper playing a Country singer, then Lady Gaga’s voice kicks in and the trailer alone had me muttering “wow” under my breath. I had to see that film! Not long after I received the invite to the preview screening the night before release organised by Entertainment Focus Country an...

June 20, 2018

5 lucky artists who will be appearing at this weekend's Buckle and Boots festival will be given the chance to perform at Australia's Buckle and Boots equivalent as the UK's most successful independent Country Festival teams up with Australia's biggest Country Festival! It was announced last week that Karl, Jan and Laura who started the festival three years ago have built a strong working relationship with the Australian festiv...

June 14, 2018

When it comes to Taylor Swift I am unequivocally biased in her favour, without Taylor Swift, music in general may just have been background noise to me, in car entertainment at best but now my life revolves around music. Taylor Swift made me sit up and listen from that very first album and opened up a whole new World to explore. Without her, I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar, wrote songs or even started this website and begun...

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Zoe Hodges has been a Country music journalist for 3 years over at Best of British Country Music and has been writing songs a lot longer. She's performed in the UK, the US and Bulgaria and has had press access to gigs and festivals all over Great Britain and even in Nashville and has had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in the genre. Zoe is eager to broaden her horizons in this new venture which aims to focus on songwriters across all genres though old habits die hard so expect a little bit of emphasis on the Country and Pop side of music!

Guest writer Molly Adele Brown has recently moved from New York to Nashville to chase her dream of being a hit songwriter and Country singer. After meeting Molly earlier this year when she was performing at Vamos Festival in Perth Scotland, we asked her to share her stories and adventures as she tries to make it in Nashville! Earlier this year Molly played the world famous CMA Festival, so we'd say she's doing pretty well for herself! We wish her all the best and can't wait to share more of her adventures with you. Check out Molly's music here.

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