Us UK-based country fans are used to missing out when it comes to country music on TV, but luckily for us this month we’ll get three chances to see it on our screens.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 8
7.30pm – ITV – ROYAL VARIETY SHOW includes KACEY MUSGRAVES
Kacey Musgraves will be on near the start of the show (between 7.45 and 8pm) and follows One Direction. Kacey performs with guitarist Misa Arriaga on a cover version of Coldplay’s “Yellow” which she first covered on Jo Whiley’s BBC RADIO 2 show earlier this year. Check back for the end of the show (around 9.55pm) for the Royal line-up when Kacey gives Prince Harry a “high-five”.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10
9pm (until 11pm) – SKY ARTS – 49th ANNUAL COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Highlights of the ceremony hosted by BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Most of the artists who are coming to the UK and Ireland in March 2016 for COUNTRY TO COUNTRY performed songs, including CARRIE, MADDIE & TAE and THOMAS RHETT. A particular highlight of the show is the appearance of CHRIS STAPLETON with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE performing “Tennessee Whiskey”. In the 24 hours after this show aired in the USA, Chris sold more copies of his CD Traveller than he had in the months since it had been released and the album topped the US album charts for two weeks! Look out too for KACEY MUSGRAVES singing “Dime Store Cowgirl”, LITTLE BIG TOWN performing “Girl Crush” (the song won two awards as well), MIRANDA LAMBERT with “Bathroom Sink” (and she wins Best Female Vocalist for the 6th time), ERIC CHURCH and his latest US single “Mr Misunderstood” and SAM HUNT with “Take Your Time”. Previous C2C stars also appeared, including LUKE BRYAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and ZAC BROWN BAND. It’s a fantastic show!
11pm (until 1am) – SKY ARTS – CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
JENNIFER NETTLES hosts as stars including JEWEL, LEANN RIMES, MARTINA McBRIDE, THOMAS RHETT, DARIUS RUCKER and more perform classic Christmas songs at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.