Chris Young tells the story behind new single Raised on Country ahead of his UK tour!

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 first fell in love with his music when I first saw him perform live at Country 2 Country back in 2014. Now he is returning to the UK with new music up his sleeve in May, haven't got your tickets yet? Quick! There might still be a few remaining! So first of all can you tel

Noah Schnacky wins the hearts of the London crowd and talks to me about finding love!

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 London I caught up with him, first thing in the morning whilst the poor lad was still eating his breakfast! But he was full of energy and enthusiasm even then and it was a pleasure to chat to him and find out more about his career. So when I was doing my pre-festival cover

Jimmie Allen talks about Warrior and encourages people to be "annoyingly you!"

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 the Billboard Country Airplay charts but it hasn't been an easy ride for the Delaware native who has spent the last ten years in Nashville honing his craft. Jimmie sat down with us just before soundcheck on the Friday of C2C to talk about his career so far. Can you rememb

Laura Veltz tells the story behind Dan and Shay's number 1 hit Speechless!

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 of Speechless performed by Dan and Shay. She mainly focuses on writing for other artists now but over the years has experienced all aspects of the music industry and I was keen to find out what she was up to now and hear more about her writing process. First of all can

Shakin Stevens shakes up Manchester as they danced to some of his greatest hits!

Shakin Stevens is a household name within the UK music industry having had hits such as This Ole House and Green Door and his chart success as a Rock and Roll artist has expanded into Europe and beyond. With a career that spans four decades and around 20 studio albums Shakin Stevens is no stranger to this game and touring must come naturally to him after all this time. However turning 71 earlier this month Shakin set out on this tour and I was keen to see if he still had what it takes to get the Bridgewater Hall to its feet. The support came from keys player Gavin Povey and his drummer Shane Atlas, Povey (who looked like one of my university lecturers and played like him - very well) interac

Ross Copperman gives advice to aspiring songwriters!

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 imagine when he was announced to play the CMA Songwriters Series I was over the moon! Keen to chat to him and find out more about his career so far I caught up with him before last weeks event and got some sound advice for aspiring writers like myself who look up to people

Carly Pearce discusses career beginnings at Dollywood and women in Country music!

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 far, the people she enjoys working with and the stories behind some of my favourite songs of hers. First of all can you tell me about the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician? Oh gosh, it was honestly before I could talk, I’ve always wanted to do this

Ashley McBryde discusses her favourite musicals and returning to C2C!

Well for the past year and a half I have been trying to catch up with Ashley McBryde and never more so than after that C2C performance last year in the Indigo where she blew the crowd away and reduced us to tears with her powerful vocals and emotional story telling lyrics. Never before has a satellite stage performer returned to C2C the following year and played the second slot on the main stage but the UK crowd demanded Ashley's swift return and she did not disappoint! The highlight of Sunday for me was Ashley McBryde who had 20,000 people in the palm of her hand. Just a couple of days before I finally had the chance to catch up with her and hear the stories behind my favourite songs off Gi

Chris Stapleton closes out C2C 2019 in style!

Well time has flown by this weekend, I can't beleive it's over for another year! But what a weekend it's been and what an incredible final day. My day began watching Kerri Watt finish her set on the Town Square stage, there was quite a sleepy crowd but a sizeable crowd none the less, similarly on the Big Entrance stage British group Remember Monday had drawn a large crowd and were showing off their harmonies as I passed through. Then I headed into the indigo for the BBC Radio 2 Stage where Lainey Wilson was about to start. After seeing her in the smaller Country Music Week Hub the day before, with excellent stage presence, I was keen to see how she'd do in this larger venue and it suited her

Lady Antebellum truly owned the night as they headlined day 2!

What a truly fantastic day 2 at C2C, from 10am until 11pm it was none stop quality Country music! My day began catching up with the mysterious Noah Schnacky who was very excited to be playing in London. Then I headed over to catch Sam Palladio at the BBC Radio 2 stage! What a show he put on, opening with Hello Heartbreak Blues (which has been stuck in my head ever since!) he went on to play songs from the TV show Nashville including Going Electric. I really liked Ghost which he said he wrote with Biffy Clyro and of course my favourite of his Wake Me Up In Nashville which he ended on. Then it was time to see what Noah had to offer in a live setting and he really made all the girls fall in lov

Keith Urban returns to the UK with an epic, high energy performance!

Wow what a day! My day started early catching up with some of the Country family (Country fans are the friendliest!) then it was over to the Town Square stage to catch Logan Mize who kicked off the day in style. First act of the day and the place was packed already, Logan seemed surprised as he played with a big smile on his face and it wasn't too early for some great guitar solos. After a chat with Jimmie Allen who discussed his duet with Abby Anderson, I headed into the press room to catch Chase Rice who teased his setlist. He'd already played by this point at a surprise set in the Country Music Week hub which was a sellout. Then it was time for Runaway June, well two thirds of them, which

CMA Songwriters leave crowd Speechless with hilarious songwriters circle!

Well I must say this every year but I am convinced that to be a successful songwriter you have to also be a comedian! The five writers tonight had the audience in uproar and made light of some of the serious topics affecting both the UK and US. As for the actual songs, well it was hit after hit after hit! Cam kicked off things with the anthem Diane, and right from the off the audience and the other songwriters were awestruck by her powerful vocals. Then the lovely Laura Veltz played her first song, she was a little overwhelmed by the crowd when they put the lights up and she realised how many people were there but she spoke of how this song, Drunk Last Night, recorded by Eli Young Band came

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