In a Nutshell: Radio 2 Stage 2020

The in a nutshell series returns for C2C this years as we take you through stage by stage, artist by artist and suggest a recommended song by each! So to start off with, here's your artists on the Radio 2 stage 2020. A Thousand Horses Perhaps the biggest name on the pop up stages is A Thousand Horses. It’s not their first trip to C2C and they have returned since. Signed to Big Machine Label Group their southern rock style of Country is popular with the UK crowd. Their biggest hit came in 2015 when Smoke reached the top spot on the US Country airplay chart. Recommended Song: Smoke Catherine McGrath One of, if not, the most successful UK Country acts is Catherine McGrath. Again, this is not he

Carly Pearce drops sophomore album on Valentine's Day!

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 first record which had really impressed me at the time. Well read on to get my thoughts on the full album. The album starts with a familiar number, the first single off the record Closer To You written by big Nashville hitters Gordie Sampson, Hillary Lindsey and Troy V

Transatlantic Sessions at the Bridgewater Hall!

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 most of these sixteen editions were about to be joined by fresh faces who are equally as talented. Seasoned professionals Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas come onto the stage to a rapturous round of applause from the audience followed by their all star cast who are announced

Brett Eldredge finds something he's good at - wowing the people of Manchester!

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 with a passion for writing songs from the heart. She charmed the Manchester crowd by opening her set with an unreleased song which had been requested by a fan earlier in the day, it was called Maps. Despite it just being her and her guitar she captivated the crowd and

Taylor Swift addresses important issues in emotional documentary, Miss Americana!

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 kitten Benjamin Button walking across the keys, adding a little unwanted colour to her tunes! We’ve seen this Taylor before in other documentaries like Journey to Fearless, but this carefree, happy Taylor is only fleetingly seen in this documentary. The only criticism I

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