When many people think of Country Music, they would definitely be mistaken to believe that it’s all ‘Stetsons and Cowboy Boots.’ 

As you will notice with many stars of America like Curtis Grimes and Blake Shelton, they have gone from Stetsons to snapbacks. Hey, even Garth Brooks has swapped his Tyler for the traditional baseball cap on occasion.

It’s true! 

Country Music is no longer “Retro.”

And now look no further than the shores of the UK and you will find Essex duo Holloway Road.  Like so many of their American counterparts, these ‘Southend Seasiders’ are more baseball caps and trainers.

Songwriters, vocalist and multi-instrumentalists Jack Cooper & Rob Gulston met during a conversation in the smoking area of a club about six years ago talking about making music. And six years later, they are one of the most exciting new international duos in country-pop music, having enjoyed extensive radio support from BBC Radio, Country Hits Radio, Chris Country and Downtown Radio in the UK, and WSM-AM in the USA.

They have had nearly a million streams for their independently released music to date; and shared stages with the likes of Lindsay Ell, American Young, The Shires and more. Plus they have appeared at major festivals such as C2C Festival and the very first The Long Road Festival.

Steve and I were recently invited to see Holloway Road at a gig in Manchester and must say, although an intimate gathering, they really put on a show. With great acoustic guitars and catchy lyrics, it’s no wonder these guys are really becoming a success wherever they go.

The sound they make sits somewhere between the country-pop chart and the Nashville song writing they both grew up listening to. And they haven’t been afraid to gain momentum while learning their craft. 

Having spent the last couple of years playing throughout the UK’s flourishing country scene, while honing their live show, they understand the importance of being both a standout name on any line up and a high-energy crowd-pleaser.

At the tail end of 2017 the duo completed their first full band headline tour, which was documented in the video for standalone single ‘Under Cover’ and in part, inspired the follow up track ‘No Place’, which told about the experience of being an artist on the road.

In the summer of 2018 they returned to Nashville to write for their third EP ‘Broke.’ This release received a huge response by their fans and accumulated over 100k streams within the first few weeks of release. The EP also featured the single ‘Get The Girl’, which can be seen on multiple streaming playlists worldwide. 

During their career so far, Holloway Road have been named BCMA & UKCountryRadio Duo of The Year; written and performed in Nashville on multiple occasions and landed all three of their self-released EPs in the iTunes Country Top Ten, thanks to radio play and streaming support across the UK for their singles ‘Little Harder, ‘Where We Are Tonight’, and ‘If She Falls’, with over half a million combined streams for their releases to date.

With radio support, national media coverage from Vice, Country Music Magazine, Maverick, and The Daily Mail, plus growing support from their fans, success in the international country scene looks set to be an inevitable part of the Holloway Road story.

Just last week (6 – 9th June), tens of thousands of fans descended upon Nashville for the 2019 edition of CMA Fest, and taking a slice of Essex to the Spotlight Stage, was our very own Holloway Road.

The CMA is now in its 48th year and the Spotlight Stage showcases more than 50 emerging acts performing acoustic sets and hosting meet-and-greets. And being the only international artists performing, I bet Jack Cooper & Rob Gulston loved every minute of it.

More recently they shared their brand-new track ‘Lightning’, and are now busy in this summer’s festival season, which includes a date supporting Lauren Alaina in their home county of Essex, UK.

Holloway Road have many dates coming up this year, including that date supporting Lauren Alaina at Dixie Fields, which also includes Ward Thomas, and Nashville Meets London presents at Pizza Express Live, London.

Holloway Road are contenders for the hardest working artists in the industry, and show no sign of slowing down.

Describing themselves as “the most badass Country-Pop duo you have never heard,” they told one interviewer that “As long as we come out of every year feeling like we have moved forward and in the right direction to world domination then we can wake up happy.”

Keep up-to-date with their successful journey and find out where they will be performing soon via their website https://www.hollowayroadmusic.com and socials.



“Absolutely fantastic” – Gareth Lloyd, BBC Introducing

“Amazing” – Tom Thurlow, MTV


To find out where you can hear, check out: – http://britishcountryairplay.co.uk/artiste-of-the-week

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