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May 2017

Country Music News.........

I am sure you will have been reading the reports, accolades and frustrations about the Country 2 Country festival by now but, if not we now have the chance to give our views on the event which has just completed its fifth year. Already there has been an announcement there will be another in 2018 and also at a larger venue in Glasgow because of the huge interest north of the border, as at the O2 in London and in Dublin.
From the news we are receiving, this year’s C2C festival was a resounding success yet again and already the earlybird tickets sold out in record time. I often wonder, when you scan around the people attending, how they manage to be able to sing the words to each of the artists songs, which is a treat for the US artists because they expect to come to the UK to introduce us to their kind of music, only to find out we are already up to date with it all.
Inside this issue there is a comprehensive report on this year’s festival, courtesy of Maura Sutton who attended on our behalf.
Some performers I personally would love to see at Country to Country 2018 are Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, Faith Hill and to top the list, Shania Twain.
Looking once again at our extensive Face The Music section there are a multitude of artists coming to visit and perform in the UK over the coming months ably helped by the publicity surrounding the Country 2 Country event.

The holiday season is fast approaching and with it the warm weather and it will be good to get back outdoors to the festivals around the UK. Don’t forget that your classes, socials and Country clubs need your support during the summer months but if you also read Cross Country you will see it is full of advertisements for festivals and weekend events that also need your support.
You will find us at the new Vamos! festival in Perth where not only Country music is on offer but a variety of genres which should suit all tastes. If you haven’t booked for this weekend of music there are still tickets available for either the weekend or, if you prefer, you can pay each day. This is a new venture for the organisers which has taken a lot of preparation and organisation so I wish them all the luck for a successful event.

I mentioned in the last issue that we had asked for media passes for the Stagecoach Festival in California and I can tell you we have received them and I reiterate, although it would be very nice, I am not going myself this year.
We shall follow up with a report and we have also asked a travel company if they are interested in promoting a trip to the festival in 2018 - just in case you are interested. Many major stars perform in the glorious sunshine around the legendary Palm Springs area! We may not be able to go but we can read about it here and discover how different their festivals are to ours.
Keep listening, keep dancing, keep it Country.

Contents …
ACM Awards
We give you an insight into the American Country Music Awards and this year’s winners.

Country 2 Country
You can relive the C2C Festival with Maura Sutton who relates day by day in vivid detail.

Lauren Alaina
Sheila Southam has had a long chat with Lauren Alaina who first came to the public’s attention on American Idol in 2011.

Year 1957
We go back to 1957, the year when The Toddler’s Truce was abolished. 1957 was also the year when petrol rationing ended.

A Thousand Horses
A Thousand Horses, or ATH as many call them, erupted onto the UK Country scene at last year’s C2C, where they earned high praise from those who got to see them.


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