March 9, 2020

Country Radio Seminar 2020 saw a number of stellar performances from a number of country stars but the stand out moment that had radio executives on their feet was Mickey Guyton’s performance of a brand new song “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” A song about inequality in the World particularly for Women, so it’s ironic that the very people keeping women from getting heard on the radio were the ones giving Mickey a standing ovati...

March 1, 2020

“If Your Life is a Record,” Brandy starts, introducing us to the concept of the whole album from the very first line. I’ll be the Sad Song, the second single from this album is the opening track, it’s production is simple to begin with, and very much authentic to the genre, in fact the opening feels like it picked up where the last album left off before the production progresses to the new sound for this record. A little later...

February 20, 2020

Valentine's Day was a special day for Carly Pearce, a first with husband Michael Ray but also because her second album, a self-titled record came out to positive reviews and sales figures. I was keen to get my hands on the record after featuring a couple of the singles on my radio show when they first came out. I wondered if the release date reflected the content and if lyrically and melodically it could stand up alongside her...

February 9, 2020

Mid-week in Manchester and the Bridgewater filled up fast with music lovers keen to see this latest edition of the transatlantic sessions. Those around me were not newcomers like I was as they reminisced the previous 16 live editions before the show began. It peaked my interest as I started getting excited in anticipation of what's to come. Some World class instrumentalists were about to take to the stage, some who had been in...

February 4, 2020

On a cold damp day in the centre of Manchester fans queued outside all day to see Brett Eldredge, to take a selfie as he stepped off his bus or get to the front of the O2 Ritz. He's been over to the UK a fair few times now and each time his fanbase grows and it's no surprise! This time he had the lovely Lauren Jenkins supporting him, a young lady I had the pleasure of interviewing at CMA Fest last year, a hard working musician...

February 4, 2020

Miss Americana is not the film that I thought it would be. Being a fan of Taylor’s I was looking forward to it and had high hopes that it would deliver. However I was not expecting such a raw and honest account of the past few years, for her to address so many current issues and clarify where she stands on such important matters. The film begins on a comical note, quite literally as we see Taylor practising the piano with new...

December 19, 2019

It is that time of year again when we start to wind down and look at the highs and lows of 2019! There have been some superb moments in Country music in 2019, there's been some controversy too but I wanted to present to you my top five albums of 2019! It was a tough one to narrow down but I think I have just about managed it. So without further ado here are my top picks!

5. Luke Combs - What You See Is What You Get

This will sti...

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...

April 27, 2019

There's no one quite like a Swiftie, Taylor Swift's die hard fans who are all secretly detectives and boy do they need those skills. I'm happy to call myself a Swiftie and have been since the very start, I had to set my alarm for 5am UK time to see the new release but it was worth it! In the early Swift days you had to allow a little extra time to pick out the capital letters in her song lyric booklets to decipher who each son...

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