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Mar
10

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Country to Country (C2C) Festival Day 1 | March 7th, 2015 – Review

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With a controversial line-up made up of Brandy Clark, Lee Ann Womack, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, ticket sales seemed to suffer at this year’s C2C music festival, with empty seats being prevalent throughout the two days. What I thought was worse, however, was the embarrassingly empty stands for the amazing openers on both days. In fact, on the Saturday, the stands only seemed remotely full when Florida Georgia line and Luke Bryan came on stage. If the UK wants to be taken seriously by the CMA and by artists, then deliberately missing two of country music’s greatest voices and songstresses is not the way to go about it.

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Mar
9

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CMA Songwriters @ the IndigO2 in London, UK | March 6th, 2015 – Review

The CMA Songwriters Series in IndigO2, London, UK, March 6th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken exclusively for FTCR.

The CMA Songwriters Series in IndigO2, London, UK, March 6th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken exclusively for FTCR.

Featuring Kix Brooks, Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall

The buzz surrounding the IndigO2 on the night of Friday, March 6th was undeniable. Filtering into the impressive theatre among thousands of queuing fans, artists and industry personnel, it seemed like everybody who was anybody was there (including Ben Earle of The Shires, who was sat in front of me and bombarded with plenty of fans looking to get pictures). The five mics and corresponding seats were lit up on stage, quiet and waiting, ready for the songwriters round of the year to welcome its talent and fascinating stories. And sure enough, a little after half past seven, Kix Brooks, Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall entered with their respective guitars and took their seats in front of the screaming 1700-strong crowd. It was a far cry from the previous year, which had seen only half of the venue full.

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Mar
2

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Hall of Fangirl – March 2015 (C2C Edition)

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Every year we use our monthly Hall of Fangirl feature to take a look at the acts playing C2C Festival in London (+ Dublin, Oslo and Stockholm), since it’s become the UK and Europe’s premier country music festival, despite only coming up on its third year. Let’s dig in and take a look at some of the acts on the bill.

Brandy Clark

Currently traditional country’s torchbearer within the mainstream field, Brandy Clark is coming off the back of two Grammy nominations (Best New Artist and Best Country Album for ’12 Stories’) and a Grammy performance with Dwight Yoakam (‘Hold My Hand’) that resulted in the highest percentage sales gain for any performing artist on the night. As well as playing the CMA Songwriters Series the previous night, she will be opening day one of the festival, no doubt bringing in a whole new wave of fans. Check out her Grammy performance below.

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Feb
9

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The 57th Annual Grammy Awards – Winners! +recap

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It was a night of performances and music celebration that nearly reached the four hour mark just on the main telecast; the pre-telecast, or the “premiere ceremony” as it is now called – lasted for around three hours and the red carpet was active for about six. In all, the academy honoured artists of all shapes, sizes and genres; not least of all country, Americana and roots music, which was much the talk of social media. With early winners (and losers) announced during the premiere ceremony in Best Country Song, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Duo/Group Performance, as well as all of the other folk and roots categories, it was left to the anticipated Best Country Album award to light up the main stage. Still, country had plenty of influence during the show, as Miranda Lambert performed ‘Little Red Wagon’, Eric Church performed ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’, and Brandy Clark shone on the mid-audience stage with Dwight Yoakam on her beautiful ballad ‘Hold My Hand’. Showing up most of the other vocalists on the night, let’s hope that the exposure leads her to the fame and industry standing that she deserves. When it came to the mainstream awards, Sam Smith absolutely cleared up with many touting him as the male Adele (seriously, think about it, how similar?! It’s scary), picking up awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and more. Below are all the country and roots winners. Enjoy!

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Dec
17

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Make Lots of Noise: The Legacy of ‘Follow Your Arrow’

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In Kacey Musgraves’ anthem ‘Follow Your Arrow’, she unabashedly tells us to, “Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into. When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint (or don’t), and follow your arrow wherever it points.” All this among tongue-in-cheek lines that pushed the boundaries of what modern country radio would accept, surmising that “You might as well just do whatever you want”, and later instructing us to “Say what you think, love who you love, ‘cause you just get so many trips round the sun.” It was a lyric that shook the foundations of the conservative country music establishment to its core. Many celebrated her voice and message for encompassing those from all walks of life, and specifically supporting the recreational use of marijuana and the rights of LGBTQ people; indeed, the focus became on the latter due to the genre’s longstanding rebuttal of gay folk and the openly gay status of her two co-writers, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. Despite all of the attention in favor of the single, however (including a Gold certification and a recent CMA Award for Song of the Year), it only reached #43 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. So what gives?

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Dec
10

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CMA Songwriters Series Returns To The UK March 6th, 2015

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CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES RETURNS TO THE UK
indigo at The O2 – Friday 6th March 2015

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Host Kix Brooks is Joined by Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio (Gunnar from the ‘Nashville’ TV series), Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall

C2C is proud to present the Country Music Association (CMA) Songwriters Series, in London on Friday 6th March 2015 at indigo at The O2, with host Kix Brooks and featuring Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall.

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Dec
2

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Fight For Gay Acceptance In Country Music In 2014

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It’s been a strange few weeks for the face of country music. On November 5, Kacey Musgraves’ cult single ‘Follow Your Arrow’ won the CMA for Song of the Year, alongside her two openly gay co-writers, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. The song celebrates doing whatever makes you happy with a ton of fun, tongue-in-cheek lines that remind us there’s always going to be someone who disagrees with what you’re doing, so you might as well ignore them and do whatever. The chorus begins, “So make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into”, while the bridge advises, “say what you think, love who you love, ‘cause you just get so many trips round the sun, yeah you only live once.” Despite only reaching #43 on radio, by far Kacey’s lowest bow, the track was recently certified Gold and had a huge impact on fans around the world for its positive LGBT message.

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Nov
26

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Nashville’s biggest country stars descend upon Glasgow in March 2015

47th Annual CMA Awards - Show

C2C Presents…

Tuesday 3rd March
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line

Thursday 5th March
Lady Antebellum
Kip Moore
Brandy Clark

*plus guests to be confirmed*
*TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER*

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