Brandy Clark live at The Sage Gateshead!

Last night in Gateshead was something special Brandy Clark supported by Jim Lauderdale at one of my favourite venues in the Country, The Sage 2. I arrived to interview Jim before the show who spoke so profoundly, this is a guy who’s been in the industry for years who has seen the good and the bad side but still loves his craft and writes every single day of his life. It was one of my favourite interviews I’ve done, of course i’m not sure anything will top the interviews I’ve done with Brandy! Jim opened the show and played a mixture of songs from his recent album London Southern and songs that have been recorded by other artists. He played King of Broken Hearts which he released in 1991 and

NYC to Nash!

How did a New York born and raised, musical theater geek end up living in Nashville writing and performing country music? Honestly, I'm not even sure myself! I grew up in the quintessential suburban neighborhood outside of New York City. My parents grew up in the same area and so did their parents - all New Yorkers through and through. My mom has a love of all things Broadway and took my sisters and I to numerous shows throughout the years. I remember sitting spellbound through Les Mis (my mom's all time favorite show) at the age of 5. If you ask me, that was pretty risky to take a 5 year old to such a long and (at times) dark show. This was no "Little Mermaid" but nonetheless I was hooked!

Brandy Clark and Cross Atlantic in Manchester (mini review)

I wasn’t going to talk about Brandy Clark in Manchester since I am reviewing and photographing her Gateshead show next Monday, but how could I not say something? In the centre of one of the UK’s busiest cities Brandy Clark captivated the audience and had them in the palm of her hand from the minute she walked on stage. The night began with duo Cross Atlantic, a group new to me made up of an Englishman James and Missouri native Karli. They started the night off well, the duo had chemistry as well as the ability to tell a good story through their songs and Karli in particular had really beautiful vocals. Their set consisted of a number of originals such as two is better, before they played it,

Lady Antebellum rock the Manchester Arena!

Lady Antebellum are arguably the biggest band in Country music today. Since they began 10 years ago they have released six albums plus a christmas album, three of which are certified platinum in the States. They’ve had 16 singles in the hot Country Charts and 9 of these have made it to number 1. After coming over to the UK for C2C a couple of years ago the group's popularity has continued to grow over here so it was no surprise when they announced they were touring and that it would be an arena tour (which is quite rare for Country acts to play headline shows in Arenas over here). I went along to their show in Manchester and after having a few difficulties actually getting in the arena and s

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