Saturday Brunch – November 18th, 2017

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Welcome to Saturday Brunch!

November – days are short, nights are dark, fireworks are over by the 6th, and Christmas still seems far enough away that we have time to lose a few pounds to fit into that slinky outfit. The gig calendar is generally quiet, but 2017 is a little different. Such is the growth in demand for country music that on Wednesday we found ourselves with an embarrassment of musical riches, covering 6 Nashville-based artists in 3 cities. The always awe-inspiring Cadillac Three rocked Norwich and brought The Brothers Osborne with them to complete the party, Charlie Worsham and Lucie Silvas sparkled in Birmingham and Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris played to a sell-out crowd in London. Spoilt for choice? Absolutely, but we’re loving it! Country Music Week may have happened in October in London, but these last 10 days have seen some of Nashville’s finest travel up and down the country, and we’re right behind them (even if our feet are a little tired)!

Maren Morris

Taking time to reflect on sell out shows this side of the Atlantic, Maren reached out to fans via Instagram…

To the fans…💕

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Ryan Hurd

Opening for Maren on her UK tour, fiancé Ryan Hurd is a name we’ve had our eye on for a while and we fully expect to see his star continue to rise. Check out the video for “Love in a Bar” which also stars Maren and their dog June!

The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three have always played without a formal set list, and watching their UK shows this last week, it would appear that 3 albums in it’s a system that continues to work. With regular UK stops on their tour schedule since 2013, they’ve consistently sold out ever larger venues with each trip and their show at the Forum in London was one of their very best. Whilst not on the “set-list” (yet?), the video for the title track of their new album Legacy gives a sense of where these 3 have come from…

Carly Pearce

It’s 2017 and we shouldn’t need to get excited about a female at the top of the country charts but it’s still way too rare an occurrence, so we are rooting for Carly Pearce as she deservedly achieves her first Number 1 with the excellent “Every Little Thing”

Keith Urban

Keith Urban put sexism under the spotlight when he unveiled his new single “Female” at the CMA Awards earlier this month. With backing vocals provided by wife Nicole Kidman, Urban wrote the song a few weeks ago in response to the Harvey Weinstein revelations coming out of Hollywood.

Margo Price & Angaleena Presley

Clearly the track has an important message and we welcome Keith using his stardom to bring it to the fore, but we can’t help thinking that similar messages presented by artists like Margo Price and Angaleena Presley may have been overlooked so we would like to draw your attention to what they have to say as they’re a little more plain speaking than Keith!


If you’re a listener to Chris Country you’ll have heard “Greatest Love Story” by the band Lanco on their playlist, and our eagle-eyed friends over at New Country UK spotted that they have C2C dates up on their tour pages! Welcome to the party chaps – roll on March!

Little Big Town & Jimmy Webb

If like us you’re feeling a little exhausted after a week of live shows, book yourself a spot on the sofa on Sunday and tune in to BBC Four for Bob Harris’ CMA Awards highlights. UK-playable video has been limited but the show is bound to feature this moving performance by Little Big Town and Jimmy Webb.

Tracy Lawrence

And despite all the live music we’ve seen all week, Tracy Lawrence is still playing in my head. His new album Good Ole Days, which sees Tracy duet with the likes of Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Luke Combs (and more) on some of his greatest hits is 90’s country gold.

Tracy Lawrence with Kenny Chesney and George Jones

And while this one isn’t on the album, it’s a nugget that needs to be shared!

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I live for the experience of live music. Nashville is my kind of town and life feels pretty good at a country concert in the sun with a cold beer in hand. My appreciation of country came via my Dad’s collection in the 70’s and 80’s and I spent my teens listening to Springsteen. On a trip to the states about ten years ago I flicked to the CMT channel and Brad Paisley’s Whiskey Lullaby had me hooked. Since then my love of the genre has seen me travel to the US regularly to attend concerts, festivals and more intimate songwriter sessions in some great venues. It is terrific to see artists making the return trip this side of the Atlantic but equally refreshing to see some fantastic homegrown talent gaining recognition. This is an exciting time for “new country” and I am very happy to be along for the ride.