October 10, 2019

One of my favourite artists and songwriters of all time is Brandy Clark, the grammy nominated Country writer is the greatest storyteller around, and I was overjoyed to hear that a new album was just around the corner. As part of Country music week, Brandy is coming to our shores to play just one show in London and I was keen to chat to her again ahead of that show. It was the third time we’d had the pleasure of chatting but th...

August 7, 2019

It's always a pleasure to catch up with Sarah Darling and to see her back once again at SummerTyne Americana Festival up in Gateshead! She was keen to chat to us about her latest album Wonderland and what's next!

Since we last spoke you've released a new album Wonderland, can you tell me about the process of writing and recording that record?

Yes, oh my goodness I can't believe it's out! First of all it's one of the sweetest rel...

August 6, 2019

I expected good things from Lauren Alaina at SummerTyne Americana Festival but she lived up to my expectations and flew beyond them with her eclectic and energetic set. I've seen artists do some good covers and even some good mashups but Lauren Alaina took it to a new level not to mention the iconic original material that sandwiched it, Ladies in the 90's, Road Less Travelled and singing solo the duet Lauren and Kane brown too...

July 19, 2019

Mickey Guyton is winning audiences across America with her power house vocals and heartfelt songwriting. I was excited to meet her when I went to Nashville for CMA Fest and was really keen to chat to her about her influences growing up and the new music she has coming out! This was one of my favourite interviews, Mickey was so enthusiastic. There are currently no plans for Mickey to tour here in the UK but she says it would be...

July 16, 2019

Rob Mayes has had a successful acting career after getting his first big break starring in Law and Order SVU. H e went on to have leading roles in thriller's, comedies and romances alike. Although he still has lots going on in the acting World his focus has switched to getting some of his music out there and some of it has even been included on the soundtracks of the films he's starring in. I was keen to find out more about th...

July 15, 2019

Ahead of returning to the UK on a headline tour later this month, Wade Bowen took some time out of his busy day to share his excitement about the run of dates. He also told the story behind new song Yours Alone and we learnt more about his influences. Check it out below!

So first of all tell me about the first moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician?

Well I always dreamed about it as a kid growing up, but I started thin...

July 3, 2019

Last Friday night I relived my childhood as Mum and I headed to Manchester Arena to see Westlife! They performed hit after hit on their Twenty tour and it's amazing to think they've been performing together for so long. They've sold 55 million records worldwide and are one of the UK's most popular touring bands and it was clear to see why as they performed number 1 after number 1 going back all through the years. With multiple...

June 18, 2019

It was mid-afternoon on the Sunday of CMA Fest, all weekend had seen on/off rain showers separated by brief appearances from the hot sun. It had been a long four days of incredible Country music for us fans, we'd seen everyone on the spectrum of Country from the traditionalists to the Country Trap (Yes I do mean Lil Nas X!) However if we thought our feet throbbed, our arms ached and our voices were all cheered out, spare a tho...

May 15, 2019

Maren Morris first visited these shores at C2C 2016, at the time she'd had a big hit with My Church and though the single was still gathering traction both here and in the States we were only just getting to know Maren. She seemed overwhelmed by the queue of people waiting to chat to her at the end of the Bluebird sessions. Now she is a mega-star in Country music, headlining festivals across the States and collaborating with a...

March 25, 2019

Chris Young is back with a brand new single, Raised on Country, which is creeping its way up the charts. The Country singer-songwriter who launched his career by winning the US TV program Nashville Star has had 2 of his 6 studio albums top the charts whilst 9 of his singles have either topped the Hot Country Songs chart, the Country Airplay chart or both and 9 are certified Platinum. Yes, Chris Young is a talented man and I fi...

March 24, 2019

Noah Schnacky was a new name to me before Country 2 Country, he had a couple of good tracks out but I knew little about him. However his performance and attitude really impressed me more than anyone's at C2C, his performance was so well thought out, his crowd engagement and his monologues were meticulously planned and executed. Back to the very basics he has a strong but sweet voice and great love songs. Before his show in Lon...

March 23, 2019

On the Thursday evening at CMA Songwriters Series we all got to know Jimmie Allen a little bit better. His funny, down to earth personality shone through as he joked with the other writers on stage, his gentle nature came across as he fought back tears during the emotional Warrior and his talent spoke for itself on every song he sung! He has recently had much deserved success with his song Best Shot claiming the top spot on th...

March 21, 2019

Laura Veltz, much like Ross Copperman has crossed my radar time and time again. Her most notable work is perhaps that she has done with Maren Morris since she has had a number of cuts both on her first record including single Rich and on her second record which has just been released. At the end of last yer leading into the new year Laura had a hit song sitting comfortably atop the Billboard Hot country Songs chart in the form...

March 17, 2019

I love songwriters, I enjoy looking up who's written what and exploring new music through finding out about the writer and what else they've written. Ross Copperman is a name that has crossed my radar a number of times in the past few years that I've done this. Almost every radio show there's at least one song that Ross has written or produced and he consistently has songs in the top ten of the Country charts so as you can ima...

March 15, 2019

When Carly Pearce was first announced for C2C I was very excited! The girl who'd been struggling to make it since dropping out of High School to perform at Dollywood broke onto the seen with hit single Every Little Thing which got to number 1 on the airplay charts a feat that very few females achieve nowadays. I knew she'd be the perfect fit for the C2C crowd and I was keen to chat to her and find out more about her career so...

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About

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!

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