Walker County is a sister duo from Sulphur Springs IN, a town of 390 people. Ivey Dene and Sophie Dawn would take frequent trips to Nashville from Sulphur Springs very early on, busking on lower Broadway. In fact, the first time the sister duo busked on Broadway Ivey was 12 and Sophie was 9 years old. Bitten by the performance bug the sisters started playing fairs and festivals until about 7 years ago, this duo made the move to Nashville permanently to pursue their passion for music full time.
I recently chatted with The Shires about their music and Ben Earle, one of the duet, mentioned that he felt U.K. Country acts were being seen as less of an embarrassing cousin in Nashville and that this was massively highlighted by the emergence of duets with respected US Country artists. The Shires have recently duetted with Lauren Alaina and Jimmie Allen on reworked Shires songs. Now, highly acclaimed UK Country artist Tim Prottey-Jones has released a brilliant new original song with “An Artist You Need To Know” , according to Rolling Stone Country, Stephanie Quayle.
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.