Saturday Brunch – November 25th, 2017

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Welcome to Saturday Brunch! Grab a coffee and catch up on all things Country!

Walker Hayes

Bob Harris added a few more names to the roster of next year’s C2C Festival on his show on Thursday evening. Brett Young, who was in session with Bob this week, joins the main stage lineup, and adding to the list of “new faces” appearing on the Spotlight stage, we now have Walker Hayes and Russell Dickerson.

No stranger to UK country audiences, Brett opened for Lady Antebellum on their recent tour, and Russell Dickerson won fans with an appearance at the Nashville meets London festival in Canary Wharf last summer. We think Walker Hayes is a first timer to our shores, but his infectious personality and super catchy tunes are going amass him a lot of new fans. Recently signed to Shane McAnally’s Monument Records, with an unusual sound and a history peppered with broken record deals, Hayes was ready to keep the day job. Grammy Award-winning producer Shane McAnally recognised his talent and took him away from the Costco produce freezer, where he worked the 4-10 a.m. shift. The video for “You Broke Up With Me” shows his old life before his big break. The song illustrates Walker’s turnaround in fortune and is a kind of a shrug to those people who didn’t stick by his side during the hard times;

“A lot of people kind of showed up out of the woodwork after four or five years. Then they tried to make me feel guilty when I didn’t want to have coffee or something with them, and I’m like man, you guys broke up with me.”

Chase Rice

Heading in our direction in a matter of days, Chase Rice released his new LP Lions & Lambs last week. One of the co-writers on Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”, Chase was rightly or wrongly labelled as part of the “bro-country” movement, but his new work shows him breaking that mould, using his from the heart song writing and a rockier sound to take strides in a new direction. Highlighting this shift, his take on Chris LeDoux’s “This Cowboys Hat” (which LeDoux’s son Ned) is a brave move, but it’s one that pays off and leaves me ready for to hear more live.

With shows already selling out, if you want to see Chase in December you’ll need to be quick!

View Chase rice UK Tour Dates

Cam

Have you heard Cam’s latest single “Diane”? Inspired by Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” it flip’s the “Jolene” conversation around and has inspired significant debate. Check out the lyric video and be prepared to have this one stuck in your head for days to come!

Tucker Beathard

Tucker Beathard took to social media last week to reveal with disappointment that his new album (which had been scheduled for release last week) was being delayed. We’ve yet to hear more, but we sincerely hope that this one hasn’t been shelved. Following the success of bands who effectively straddle rock with a country sound…step forward Whiskey Myers, The Cadillac Three and Kip Moore, Tucker’s work deserves to be heard and we hope to see a new release date soon

Kip Moore

Speaking of Kip, he released his “Journey to Slowheart” film this week. Chronicling the making of his album of the same name, it’s a thought provoking watch.

Currently making waves on country radio, we love this super-paired back version of Kip’s current single “Last Shot”

Jake Owen

When everyone else is thinking about Christmas and festive releases, Jake Owen keeps us on our toes by releasing a batch of summer-jams in the form of his Greatest Hits. The 13-tracks include his first 6 Number Ones and alongside 2 new tracks “Subliminal Love” and “Long As You’re In It” (both co-written by Jake). We’ll have a review out shortly, so keep an eye out for that.

Here’s one of our summery favourites from his back-catalogue…

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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.