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About Vickye

I run this joint. Country music blogger extraordinaire, fangirl, coffee drinker, Twitterer, bunny lover and rather too opinionated for her own good. Feminist and equal rights advocate. Has a laugh that you can hear for miles.
May
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Nikki Lane @ The Borderline, London, UK | May 2, 2016 – Review

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Prior to going to see Nikki Lane at The Borderline on Monday, I had listened to her albums a couple of times through, but hadn’t devoted a huge amount of time to her music. I had heard good things about her overall, however, and so was excited to attend her first ever UK tour, of which London’s stop was the final date.

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Apr
25

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Nashville: Behind The Curtain (Sonya Jasinski, Kate York) – Book Review

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In May 2015, I sat down in an empty pub in West London to interview Kate York. I had been eagerly following the US TV drama Nashville since the pilot in October 2012, and was excited to talk to the songwriter who had penned some of my favourite songs from the show (‘Stronger Than Me’, ‘Nothing In This World Can Ever Break My Heart Again’, ‘Believing’). What I didn’t anticipate, however, was hearing about a fascinating project Kate was working on while in London. Together with friend Sonya Jasinski, Kate was putting together a coffee table photobook of Music City’s finest – intimate, candid, mostly black and white shots of the musicians, songwriters, producers and industry folk that keep the cogs in Nashville turning. It sounded like a fabulous project, and when I heard that it had finally been given a release date, I was thrilled.

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Apr
22

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Dixie Chicks Shine On New Vinyl Re-Issues – Review

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Shortly before I turned 14 years old, I asked a friend from California for suggestions of songs to download, to further my exploration of country music. I had discovered the genre earlier that year, and being British had no idea where to begin on my musical journey, having never heard of the vast majority of the artists who were part of the scene. The Dixie Chicks were unfamiliar to me, but when my friend suggested I download a song called ‘Travelin’ Soldier’, I went ahead and did so. That summer myself and my family went on holiday to Wales and, armed with a home-made mix CD of illegally downloaded Dixie Chicks songs (I did later buy the CDs – promise), and my 1990’s Sony Walkman, I began my journey.

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Apr
1

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Stray Plectrums – April 1 [Bumper Edition]

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Since FTCR is taking a backseat going forward, I thought it was time to give you a bumper edition of Stray Plectrums. We went part-time at the beginning of the year, and this is a selection of some of the submissions we wanted to feature, but didn’t get a chance to write about in full. Submissions are now closed, so call this our parting gift to you of undiscovered gems. Enjoy!

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Apr
1

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goodbye is all we have…

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On March 7, 2012, I started yet another blog that I thought for sure would be doomed to the same negligence and obscurity that befell the others. Instead, it totally and completely changed my life. I will be forever grateful.

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Apr
1

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A Thousand Horses On Visiting The UK, ‘Southernality’, And Working With Dave Cobb – Interview

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We were lucky enough to be front and centre during the press conferences at the recent C2C Festival in London. A Thousand Horses stopped by to talk about their musical influences, visiting the UK for the first time, ‘Southernality’ and its singles ‘Smoke’ and ‘(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial’, the progress on their next record, and working with producer Dave Cobb. You can read what went down below.

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Apr
1

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Thomas Rhett On Travelling, His Diverse Musical Influences, And Collaborations – Interview

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We were lucky enough to be front and centre during the press conferences at the recent C2C Festival in London. Thomas Rhett stopped by to talk about visiting the UK and other parts of the world, collaborating with Dave Stewart, his father Rhett Akins, his diverse musical influences, taking in the moment, working with Brett Eldredge, and doing CMT Crossroads with Nick Jonas. You can read what went down below.

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Apr
1

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 1st April, 2016

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Unfortunately, this will be my last iTunes UK roundup. It’s been fun taking a look at the UK charts as country has been enjoying a boom here, and I look forward to seeing where it goes next!

Leading the Country Albums chart this week is ‘The Sound of Nashville’, a new compilation featuring various artists. While compilations tend to rule on this chart, the only other entry in that category is actually ‘The Country Album’, which comes in second. Following that, much of the stars of C2C this year continue to sell well a few weeks after the event. Chris Stapleton is at #3 with ‘Traveller’, while Sam Hunt comes in at #6 with ‘Montevallo’, and Miranda Lambert brings up the rear with ‘Platinum’ at #8 (and ‘Revolution’ at #24). Maren Morris’ self-titled EP is next at #9, while Carrie Underwood’s ‘Storyteller’ is at #11 and Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Pageant Material’ picks up #12. Two more C2C artists also come in inside the top 25, and they’re Little Big Town with ‘Pain Killer’ at #22, and Thomas Rhett with ‘Tangled Up’ at #23.

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