Kassi Ashton keeps up the creativity during coronavirus quarantine and teases new music!

If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing Kassi Ashton live I'm sure you fell in love with her quirky personality before you even heard that powerful voice. She's bubbly and always excited to be on stage, her songs have attitude and emotion, an incredible writer who works with other incredible writers, Kassi Ashton is the real deal! I was gutted not to see her this year as C2C was called off last minute but it was great that although we are in lockdown here in the UK and Kassi was in self isolation after returning from Europe, we could keep the conversation going, keep the music going! Have you been working with any new writers since we last spoke and who are your favourite people to collabo

Country and the Coronavirus

The weekend was set to be a wash out, as the majority of fans began travelling down to London on Thursday news started filtering through of the imminent cancellation of CMA Songwriters Series and C2C Festival. Admittedly it was always under threat but the rumours began when artists started posting they were flying home due to Donald Trumps travel ban. As the day went on it became too late for many to cancel and get a refund on travel and accommodation costs and with no official announcement, many took the plunge! The songwriters show was called off around 3pm, but presumably waiting for the outcome of the cobra meeting C2C didn’t pull the plug until 7pm Thursday night, less than 24 hours bef

In a Nutshell: Icon Stage C2C 2020

The Luck A brother and Sister duo with catchy songs, The Luck once again from the U.K. has toured with some great artists and their songs will really get you into the C2C party mood! Recommended Song: Lionheart Hayley McKay Hayley is another U.K. artist with an impressive vocal range. She’s written with Grammy nominated songwriters and got the seal of approval from Bob Harris as well as supported Sir Tom Jones on tour. Recommended Song: Catching Fire Izzie Walsh Ozzie went down a treat at both Buckle and Boots and FSA Fest when she broke onto the U.K. scene a couple of years ago. Her vocals are unique and she draws influence from the likes of Margo Price. Recommended Song: Clouded Mind Lucy

In a Nutshell: The Big Entrance Stage C2C 2020!

Stuart Landon Another Brit to check out here, Stuart has been touring the U.K. circuit with the angels with dirty faces and has become a household name amongst Brit Country fans. He’s already picking up award nods this year from establishments around the U.K. and Europe so make sure you check him out whilst you can at C2C. Song Recommendation: Love Me Now Alex Hall Alex comes from Gainsborough in the state of Georgia, he doesn’t like to be compared to other artists as he has a unique blend of influences from Keith Urban to Bruce Springsteen. He’s signed to Monument Records and is currently in the studio working with one of the best writers and producers in the World, Shane McAnally. Recommen

In a Nutshell: Country Music Week Hub at C2C 2020!

Catherine McGrath One of, if not, the most successful UK Country acts is Catherine McGrath. Again, this is not her first rodeo. Her debut album Talk of this Town peaked at number 13 in the UK all genres chart and she has worked extensively with hit US Country writer Liz Rose. Recommended Song: Grace Filmore There’s not a lot of info out there about Filmore but after seeing him live myself I can tell you that he’s a very exciting, upcoming artist in Country music. I guarantee he is someone who will be talked about for all the right reasons come the end of the festival and will be one of the highlights of the weekend for the majority! Recommended Song: Love That About You Gabby Barrett I was d

Mickey Guyton releases (what should be) the song of the year!

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 ovation. Nether the less two weeks after that jaw dropping performance and Mickey has released a studio recording of the song. The song has an incredible team behind it, all women of course! It was co-written by Mickey, Emma-Lee, Victoria Banks and Karen Kosowski and was als

In a Nutshell: Town Square Stage C2C 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 Alex Hall Alex comes from Gainsborough in the state of Georgia, he doesn’t like to be compared to other artists as he has a unique blend of influences from Keith Urban to Bruce Springsteen. He’s signed to Monument Records and is currently in the studio working with one of the best writers and producers in the World, Shane McAnal

Brandy Clark delivers a masterclass in lyric writing in new album, Your Life Is A Record!

“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 on we hear the strings, the flutes and horn section as it builds and so too does the emotion in Brandy’s vocals and in the lyrics. Famed for her lyrics, this might be Brandy’s best record yet, throughout we hear the detailed storytelling we’re used to, but we hear even

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