It’s not every day that you hear about an artist being signed to a major record label at the age of 36 years old, especially in the modern country music landscape. It’s also not every day that you hear that artist is nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song, with her first major-label release. However, not every artist is Ashley McBryde. Combining the classic country sounds and instrumentation of 90s country music, with honest, heartfelt vocal performances, McBryde is distinguishing herself from the pack and carving out her own place in modern country music.
Bakersfield California holds a special place in the hearts of country music fans. It was in Bakersfield that country music first collided with rock and roll – the city of Merle Haggard and the outlaw sound of Dwight Yoakam, among so many others. Bakersfield’s country music is raw, hard, and passionate; it’s country played with an electric guitar, with lovelorn lyrics and the sound of a swinging saloon door. Epitomising this sound comes Truxton Mile, who keep the Bakersfield flame alive with their new single, ‘California In My Mind’.
Celebrated #1 Billboard songwriter and rising country solo artist Cherie Oakley is quickly flourishing and climbing the ladder to super-stardom. After appearing on NBC’s “The Voice”, writing a number 1 hit performed by the Queen of Country Reba McEntire called “Turn on the Radio”, and touring, singing back up for artists including: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Amy Grant, Luke Bryan, Trace Adkins, and a slew of others, Oakley has begun a promising solo career.
Following the success of her brand new album ‘Stages’, which was released in February to an overwhelming response from fans and media, country star Cassadee Pope has confirmed she will be extending her CMT Next Women of Country tour to include five UK headline shows in May, kicking off on May 9th in Bristol.
UK singer songwriter and musician Ella Stephen started singing and writing at a very young age, with her parents buying her a guitar when she was 10. She wrote constantly throughout her teens, not settling on any genre, until she discovered Keith Urban, and fell in love with his style. From that time she’s been working on and honing her skills.
Grammy nominated country pop singer, Kelsea Ballerini, is set to release her new single, ‘I Hate Love Songs’, on Sony Music. One of the brightest stars in the US today, Kelsea will be touring the US in February, and returns to the UK to perform at this year’s C2C Festival, held March 9-11, in London, Glasgow, and Dublin.
Kip Moore brought his ‘Slowheart’ tour to London last week as he performed a sold out gig at Sheperds Bush O2, as part of the Country Music Week. From early in the day the queues outside the venue grew as UK Country fans vied for the best spot in what would be a packed venue. More proof, if proof were needed, that Country Music is as popular as ever in the UK. In fact at the very time Kip performed, just yards away at Bush Hall, “Whispering” Bob Harris would be announcing the line up for Country2Country 2018, the UK’s only multi day Country Music festival.
Temecula Road are starting to make a big splash in Country Music. The band is made up of sisters Emma & Maddie Salute and longtime friend Dawson Anderson and their beautiful harmonies, youthful energy and Country vibe even has Carrie Underwood hailing them as “one to watch”. They were at C2C 2017 in March of this year and have exciting times ahead of them.