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About Andy

Hey y'all my name is Andrew MacBride, I've done a couple of guests articles in the past, now I'm a more permanent member of this weird bunch! Aside from my love of country music, I am also a massive football fan so basically my twitter feed comprises of those two things. I have a sense of humour and I'm not afraid to use it, so you have been warned. I have a soft spot for Cats and I am likely to be writing stuff at 2 in the morning.
Jan
30

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FEATURED: Dianna Corcoran ‘In America’

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After doing my customary research on this album so as to not seem like an idiot, it appears Australian country music, firstly has a scene which extends beyond Keith Urban. Perhaps with my pre-occupation with the US and ever-growing UK scene, I have never thought to look down under. This is a shame given my fondness for female soloists, which among other reasons is primarily due to the belief they have producing more varied and emotionally piercing song-writing.

Dianna Corcoran is a reasonably big deal in Oz with a healthy collection of Australian country music awards, (CMAA and Australian independent country awards), with three album releases already under her belt in her native Australia, Dianna has now branched out for a full American release in the US, helped with backing from Krian Label group. The album is aptly titled ‘In America’.

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Jan
22

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VIDEO: Rachele Lynae ‘Quicksand’

Rachele Lynae Quicksand

Rachele Lynae is another of the promising young artists looking to make their mark in 2016. Currently part of the CMT artist discovery programme and having performed with the likes of Maddie and Tae, Keith Urban and Kelsea Ballerini, it’s safe to say we are likely to be hearing more from the Alaska native.

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Jan
22

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Lucie Silvas @ The 229, London, UK | January 21, 2016 – Review

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It’s easy to forget how ruthless the music industry can be. One minute you could be right at the forefront of public consciousness aided by big label backing, promotion and usually a killer album to go with it. Then under circumstances which often, are beyond the control of the musicians themselves, you’re nowhere to be seen. I guess in some ways it’s like being the life of the party, then the next week sitting at home with alcohol, ice cream and a crap film wondering what the hell happened.

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Nov
17

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Rainey Qualley On Coming To The UK, Her Debut EP And Being A Crazy Cat Lady – Interview

Rainey Qualley and Writer Andrew MacBride

Rainey Qualley and Writer Andrew MacBride

Featured on CMT’s ‘Next Women Of Country’ and having made her Grand Ole Opry début at the end of August, Rainey Qualley is a name country fans will be hearing a lot more about. The team at FTCR have been aware of Rainey for quite a while; we covered the release of her first single ‘Me and Johnny Cash’ a little while back, and as well as myself my fellow writers were suitably impressed.

Performing a showcase at the Tileyard Studios in London I was presented with the chance to interview Rainey and talk music, doing so in a bar which overlooks the skyline of London, we discussed a range of subjects in a fair bit of depth.

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Nov
6

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Lizzie Wilson – EP Review

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Although the team at FTCR are prone to the sticking the boot in when Kid Rock and Florida Georgia Line releases pretty much anything, we’ve often gone against the grain and delivered blunt but well explained and justified criticisms of much lauded, award winning names such as Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and many more. However what can get overlooked is we like doing the music hipster thing. By that, I mean the feeling you get when you feature who (at the time at least) is a relatively unknown artist who then goes on to big things.

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Oct
20

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FEATURED: Ray Gibson EP

Credit: Whitney Krutzfeld

Credit: Whitney Krutzfeld

When it comes to country music Canada has been good to us over the years, Shania Twain has been smashing it on the country scene for a good 20 years. One of our lovely writers here at For The Country Record is Canadian, one of them wants to be Canadian. You also have the quite frankly lovely Lindi Ortega. Currently you have Keith Urban (who isn’t Candian) in female form, Lindsay Ell who is beginning to look like the next Canadian country singer to break out into the mainstream. Which BTW if she does, I am doing the hipster ‘I was there before she was cool man’.

So if you don’t mind Canadian and you’re partial to some country music, which I suspect if you’re reading this you probably are, allow me to introduce to you another Canadian country bumpkin.

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Oct
16

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FEATURED: Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils ‘Greetings From This Town’

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I’ll have to admit not really having heard of Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils, however I after a good hour listening to their latest album, I wondered why I hadn’t, especially as the album has been out for a few months (this is why I bother checking Vickye’s emails to discover gems like ‘Greetings From This Town’).

Sitting firmly in the country rock category, in Jennifer Westwood you have a powerful vocalist who could do a capella and chill with no hassle. I’ve reviewed a lot of female vocalists in my time at FTCR and her vocals have a lot more depth then many. Of course it’s not all about the voice, it’s about the whole package.

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Sep
22

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Apple Music Festival: Carrie Underwood @ The Roundhouse, London, UK | September 21, 2015 – Review

Apple Music Festival, London 2015

Apple Music Festival, London 2015

The Apple Music Festival (previously The iTunes festival) is currently in its 8th edition, and if you don’t know the drill, it’s basically an event set up by Apple allowing people to see top artists perform over the space of a couple of weeks, in an relatively intimate setting at The Roundhouse in London. The venue itself is an old railway engine shed, which was renovated in the 1960’s as a live music and performing arts venue. With its circular structure and grade two listed build, sound travels particularly well. So it’s no surprise that Apple have chosen to host their festival at The Roundhouse since 2009. This year sees the likes of Ellie Goulding and One Direction performing at the venue. However this year Apple for the first time announced a country musician to be a headline act for one of the nights. You might have heard of her, she goes by the name Carrie Underwood.

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