First of all, thank you for the kind comments I received about my recent Services to Industry award which has taken pride of place in the office.
Over the years we have sought to keep our hobby alive and thriving and so we regularly ask for news updates about what is happening in Country music from various areas of the UK but usually to no avail because it seems everyone is too busy to keep others informed of their activities. It is vital and a general rule of thumb that you cannot be successful unless you give out publicity, whether it being by press releases or advertisements. There have been quite a few under attended events recently and more being cancelled, probably due to lack of publicity. Don’t blame it on the people who won’t come, they need to know about it first. Also, to you artists who read Up Country, please send in information about what you are up to, our readers want to know.
Up Country does continue to bring you news from afar of what the latest stars are doing and so this month not only do we give an update on Sam Outlaw who we featured last year but also our front cover artist this month, the up and coming Brent Cobb. We are always the first to let you know, so make sure you read the magazine from cover to cover. There is also news of Country Music Week as well as Country stars touring in the UK.
The British Country Music Awards are now in the pipeline. Unlike the Cross Country/National Artist Management Awards (CCN Awards) which is club orientated, the BCMA awards recognise those singer/songwriters who seek to be stars of the future. They introduce the younger element into Country music and we see on the British singer/songwriter circuit those who attract the youngsters, as pictured at the huge Stagecoach festival in California inside this issue. I know the general concensus of opinion is that we need the younger element to come into Country music and looking at the pictures coming out of the USA I am sure it won’t be too long before they follow their lead, so make the most of the more sedate Country clubs while you can!
At this time of the year we are inundated with cds for review and I have to say, in my opinion, more than ever, there are some fabulous albums being released. I know many people don’t want to splash out on a whole album but believe me, you are so missing out on some fabulous music by only purchasing a single track from the internet. With some excellent Country music being released, along come so many catchy dances which I am sure you will enjoy.
By the time you read this I shall be visiting the US once again and enjoying the delights of sunny California and Nevada, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!
Keep listening, keep dancing, keep it Country.
Inside this issue …
We give you our annual report on one of the largest Country music festivals in the USA, staged in the southern California desert area in the Coachella Valley.
Brent Cobb’s debut major label album, Shine On Rainy Day was named by Rolling Stone as one of their favourite Country albums of 2016. So what has changed?.
We go back to 1977, the year Marc Bolan was killed when the mini he was a passenger in hit a tree.
A lot has happened since Up Country first spoke to Sam Outlaw over a year ago when he was in London to play his first ever UK shows. We catch up with again.
Hannah Valize and Tom Caldwell take a look at what is happening around the world in Country music.
Bobby Mackey’s Music World
We take a light-hearted look at this ghostly honky tonk in Kentucky.
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