Following Country to Country Festival 2016, some of the hottest up-and-coming new American acts – Ashley Monroe, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Striking Matches will be headlining intimate shows across London, with Frankie Ballard touring across the UK as part of C2C Introduces.
Frankie Ballard who is already making his mark on the Country music scene will play four dates across the UK. After scoring three consecutive no.1 singles – the latest“Young & Crazy” and gold-certified hits “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Helluva Life” – from his most recent album Sunshine & Whiskey, the self-taught guitar ace has a unique blend of blues-infused, country rock. Just out of the studio with the new single, “It All Started With a Beer”, ROLLING STONE hailed him as ‘Required listening.’ Playing over 400 shows across North America in the past two years, the ‘headliner in the making’ has opened arenas for Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and the legendary Bob Seger.
Maren Morris will play London’s Borderline on Monday 14th March. Maren from Texas has quickly established herself in Nashville’s music community with songwriting and vocal styling’s that reflect her country, folk and pop influences. The female singer/songwriter was named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country as well as a CMT Listen Up Artist of 2016, VEVO Discover Artist, SiriusXM “Artist To Watch in 2016,” one of Spotify’s “Spotlight on Country 2016” Artists and many 2016 Watch Lists including USA Today, Billboard and the Huffington Post.
Old Dominion head to Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on Monday 14th March fresh from their appearances across the whole C2C weekend. Old Dominion’s spirited take on modern country can be heard on their debut CD, Meat and Candy. The songs sparkle with clever lyrics and innovative instrumentation. “When we first sat down, we had a lot of sing-a-long, fun, ‘candy’ songs,” says lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “We decided we needed to show our more serious side a little too. We needed ‘meat’ songs too!”
Ashley Monroe will headline Bush Hall on Thursday 15th March. Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she’s the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of a young artist who has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer. The Tennessee born singer-songwriter’s new album The Blade was released in the US in July on Warner Bros. Nashville immediately going to No. 1 on iTunes Country Chart. The record was produced by friend and mentor Vince Gill and Justin Niebank.
UK live favourites Striking Matches will also play Bush Hall on 20th March following a major headline tour back in November 2015. Musically they occupy the sweet spot at the intersection of country, rock and blues, where all of the elements blend to form an authentically raw and rootsy sound that has a timeless and international appeal. They have written songs for the “Nashville” TV series and toured with Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Hunter Hayes, Train, Keith Urban and The Lone Bellow. The duo comprising Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis were Pop-Up artists at the last two C2C Festivals in London, but this year they make their debut in the C2C Arena.
Mon 14 Mar 2016 – London Borderline
Mon 14 Mar 2016 – London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Thu 15 Mar 2016 – London Bush Hall
Mon 14 Mar 2016 – Birmingham O2 Institute 3
Tue 15 Mar 2016 – Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Wed 16 Mar 2016 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Thu 17 Mar 2016 – London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Sun 20 Mar 2016 – London Bush Hall