Fan of the Month

 

Welcome to the Country Lowdown Fan of the Month.

Every month we’ll be picking a different fan to feature on the site. If you would like to see yourself on this page, then send us an email at
info@countrylowdown.com to request an application and a reason why we should choose you – don’t be shy! 

We’ll be picking a different ‘fan of the month’ regularly and you’ll just have to send in a couple of photographs and your questionnaire if chosen. Each featured fan will receive a car sticker and that ‘must have’ fan item – a Sharpie – for their efforts! At the end of the year we’ll pick our overall ‘Fan of the Year’ who will receive a special prize. Err…not sure what that will be yet…but you’ve got to be in it to win it as the saying goes!

We hope you enjoy reading about your fellow country music fans – its a great way to get to know each other – and don’t be shy if you spot them at a concert or festival – go and say hello.

Thanks for sharing!

Caroline, Helen & Kate

November/December Fan of the Month

Name:
Helen Askey

Job Title:
Coach, trainer and all round good egg.

When did you discover your love of country music?
Years ago Chris Evans was talking about this event at the O2 called Country to Country and I thought that sounded fun. We were hooked. The music, the atmosphere and the people. Meeting so many people that I am chuffed to call friends now (goodness knows what they call me!).

Who is your favourite artist/band?
Drake White, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert. Old Dominion (I can never chose dessert either).

If you had to choose one song – what would your favourite be?
Free by Drake White
21 Summer Brothers Osborne
Friends in Low Places – the memory of Singing this at Mary Dopson-Taylor’s wedding, singing it in the car after a busy day, and screaming it at the top of my voice when Garth came on stage at CMA Fest last year.
Or Heroes by David Bowie (erm, Helen, that’s more than one….!!)

What’s the best live gig you’ve attended?
Drake White at the Borderline, Old Dominion in Brum last month
David Bowie at the Milton Keynes Bowl

Where is the furthest you’ve travelled for a concert?
Nashville – we went to CMA fest in 2017 which was a crazy and great experience. Seeing so many great people play, the atmosphere and the unexpected delights such as a pop up gig by Blake Shelton which was just awesome.

How do you listen to music – Vinyl/CD or streaming?
Good old itunes.

How do you discover new music and artists?
Facebook recommendations from chums

What’s your must have item of merchandise?
Jack Daniels!

What are you listening to right now?
Chris Young – in readiness for next year, Brett Eldridge Glow (well it is nearly Christmas!), Brothers Osborne Port Saint Joe, Mo Pitney Behind this Guitar, The Wandering Hearts Wild Silence, and The Greatest Showman Reimagined (Zac Brown Band are on there!).

If your life was a country song, what would it be called?
I need Real – it has been a crazy few months work wise so some down time is needed.

THE SPECIAL QUESTION:
Why should you be our overall fan of the year?

I am happy not to be. I just love our country scene – the people, the music and the joy it gives me. The country music gang are so special, we look out for each other. I love it.. and the chance I get to wear my boots!

October Fan of the Month

Name:
Mary Dopson-Taylor

Job Title:
Customer Service Director by day. General wannabe Redneck woman after 5.31pm.

When did you discover your love of country music?
Like many of us, I grew up on Country music in the background. Dad always played old traditional vinyl such as Glen Campbell & John Denver, but it’s only in recent years I learned to really appreciate the classics. My trigger point to the current obsession or addiction if you will, would stem from watching CMA awards late at night when I lived alone. I remember distinctly watching Sara Evans perform “Born to Fly” and Alan Jackson “Where were You” on 2001 award show. That was it. I discovered the dark and remote Country section of my local HMV and dusted off everything I could find by these artists. Attending the International Festival of Country Music in Wembley in 2012 was a real introduction to live Country Music, I was hooked. C2C began the following year and the rest is history.

Who is your favourite artist/band?
So many to choose from but for consistency I would have to say Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band. Both of whom I will be seeing live in the UK within the same week, with my non-Country husband. Can’t be bad!

If you had to choose one song – what would your favourite be?
That’s a cruel question but I guess it has to be “This” by Darius Rucker as it’s our Wedding song and means a lot to my husband and I.

What’s the best live gig you’ve attended?
I need to say Michael Jackson’s Wembley gigs in the 80’s. No one will ever out- perform Michael, Country or otherwise. Best live group I would have to say is Zac Brown Band.

Where is the furthest you’ve travelled for a concert?
I went to Germany to see Elton John but we were staying with friends, it wasn’t just for the gig. I guess Sheffield for Dolly Parton. Only a 2 hour drive but it was the day I flew home from Florida. That was a long day but she was worth every mile! I took my Dad.

How do you listen to music – Vinyl/CD or streaming?
I do like physical CD’s but also download many songs from ITunes onto my IPOD for the car as I travel a lot for work. Still trying to get my head around the likes of Spotify etc.

How do you discover new music and artists?
Mainly through the C2C Attendees Facebook group and seeing new artists at C2C Festival.

What’s your must have item of merchandise?
I have gone rather overboard on tee shirts in recent years which are mainly unflattering “wear in bed” purchases whilst under the influence of a few JD’s. I will be more picky in future and opt for decent ladies style, v-neck fitted tops……I promise! I’d prefer to be able to buy fridge magnets or pin badges.

What are you listening to right now?
Ashley McBride and Luke Combs in the car this week to warm myself up for the gig at the Institute Birmingham. Its actually my favourite venue. Small intimate and good memories of appearing with Kip and his video “That was Us” down the back streets!

If your life was a country song, what would it be called?
Out of my heels, Into my boots, I’m Country Strong!

THE SPECIAL QUESTION:
Why should you be our overall fan of the year?
I feel my drive for recruitment to the cause has been second to none. Starting with my non -Country husband who now owns a Stetson and Boots, albeit drunken purchases. Our wedding (which the very lovely & talented Amy Westney played a set at), was attended by both believers and non-believers, and resulted in a dance floor full of folks oblivious to the genre they were strutting their stuff too.

I love Country music to my core and understand that being “Country” isn’t just about the music – it’s a feeling only the Country Family understand. Friends made via Facebook discussions around music and sharing personal highs and lows really does bond us – there’s a Country song right there!

I am also committed to stalking/hanging around tour buses after a show, regardless of the late hour, even on school nights . This has to be worth a bonus point or two!!

August & September Fan of the Month

We’re kicking off with a double feature this month, husband & wife country couple – David & Denise Parcell from Cambridgeshire.

 

Name & County:

David Parcell, Cambridgeshire.

Job (optional):

Group Accountant at Cambridgeshire County Council.

When did you discover your love of country music?

It took some time for me to get into country music, Denise had discovered Garth Brooks in the early 90s and was more into him than me. I liked all sorts of music probably starting off with groups like the Police, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Rick Wakeman and Abba. Also liked a lot of soul including Rose Royce, the Whispers and Hall & Oates. I always remember in 1997, Denise buying 2 country CDs in Florida and I quite liked them, these being Regina Regina (loved that album, what ever happened to them) and Mindy McCready. I don’t think it was until 2000, we went to Dallas to stay with some English friends and they lent us their old car to do a 10 hour journey down to South Padre Island – the only problem was the radio didn’t work and they lent us 2 CDs; Steve Wariner’s 2 teardrops and Tim McGraw’s ‘A place in Sun’ – by the time I was back in Dallas, I was hooked and purchased those 2 albums as I loved them.

 

Who’s your favourite artist/band?

This is hard question as so many good artists and it probably changes as to what mood I’m in. Currently I would have to say my favourite is Little Big Town (not that Karen Fairchild swings it for me at all!!) and my claim to fame is that I was the first one to review any of their albums on Amazon.co.uk in 2006 (pretty crap review and I never do reviews!).

If you had to choose one song – what would your favourite be?

Another hard question, as so many!! I will have to say ‘Drink a Beer’ by Luke Bryan.

What’s the best live gig you’ve attended?

So many excellent gigs, not sure there is a poor country gig! Will have to say my favourite was Little Big Town at the Royal Albert Hall last October. We had already seen them in Birmingham and weren’t planning to go but met Mark in Manchester for the Kip concert and he offered us 2 front row tickets for LBT, how could we turn those down! You were literally right next to the stage and got to shake hands with all the band. This was our 4th concert out of 6 in 6 nights!!

Where is the furthest you’ve travelled for a concert?

Luckily, we can get to London in an hour, so most of our gigs are there, but we have taken the opportunity when in Dallas to see Rascal Flatts with Blake Shelton supporting, and then the following year Toby Keith supported by Miranda Lambert. At the time Denise didn’t have a small camera and they were strict on taking cameras in, so no photos! We also stayed with some American friends in Wisconsin who can’t stand country music (weird!), but we took the opportunity to see Luke Bryan at Summerfest in Milwaukee. However, we could have gone to see Kenny Chesney in concert – his support was Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Old Dominion, but we thought we had better see our friends!!

How do you listen to music – Vinyl/CD or streaming?

I’m old, so have had the records, CDs and now use Spotify. I still like to get CDs but only play them in the car.

How do you discover new music and artists?

So many artists and it’s finding time to listen to them. Obviously the C2C attendees Facebook group is excellent for people sharing new acts. I also love the SCM (Scottish Country Mafia) artist of the week, as it gives you some artists you don’t know or ones you haven’t listened to in a while – excellent idea.

What’s your must have item of merchandise?

For me it must be a t-shirt, but also liked getting a signed cd.

What are you listening to right now?

Everything! I tend to listen to acts that I’m about to see soon or if someone has just released an album. One that has been played a fair few times recently is Vaquero by Aaron Watson.

If your life was a country song, what would it be called?

My bike needs another beer!

THE SPECIAL QUESTION! Why should you be our overall fan of the year?

I had to see Kip Moore 5 times in the last 12 months as my wife is infatuated with him! I think I deserve a medal for being so understanding!!

Name & County:

Denise Parcell, Cambridgeshire

 Job (optional):

Senior Admin & Finance Officer, although I spent the first 31 years of my working life as a Payroll Officer until I was put under risk of redundancy & had to change jobs.

 When did you discover your love of country music?

It started properly in 1999 when we first went to Dallas on holiday to visit friends.  (An Irish friend had introduced me to Garth Brooks – music not the man himself unfortunately!  I also liked Shania Twain) So when we got there and our friends were watching the country music channel on TV and the car radio was tuned to country music – it just all escalated from that. In those days you could go into Walmart and listen to CD’s before you bought them, so we expanded our country music knowledge that way.

 Who’s your favourite artist/band?

Kip Moore is my favourite artist, although there are quite a few close seconds, but it is always his CD’s I go to as my fall-back choice of music.

 If you had to choose one song – what would your favourite be?

This is hard as I love a lot of songs and it does depend what mood I’m in as to what my current favourite is, but I always love to hear Garth Brooks – Friends in Low Places. Sorry if that is a bit obvious or not very inventive.

 What’s the best live gig you’ve attended?

Not country but I always said Take That – The Circus tour at Wembley was the best I’d ever been to, and then I went to see Barry Manilow and it was like one big party and I thought that was great too. Keeping it Country, it would be Little Big Town at the Royal Albert Hall – a friend from C2C Attendees Facebook group very kindly offered us two front row tickets at the last minute which we couldn’t refuse to buy – and it was just amazing.  The whole experience made it the best Country gig ever – sorry Kip!  The excitement of being front row and being able to shake the bands hands as they were performing; having our friends wave at us who were scattered around the venue when they saw us get handshakes; the dancing; and then to top it all the vocals, music and personality of Little Big Town was indescribable. I just smiled, laughed and sang all night.

 Where is the furthest you’ve travelled for a concert?  

We’ve been to 3 concerts in Dallas whilst on holiday, if that counts; Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and Jo Dee Messina.  The support acts were people we hadn’t heard of – Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert!  We also saw Luke Bryan at Summerfest in Milwaukee, but if you are talking about just going to a concert for no other reason, then we are heading to Glasgow in December to see Midland.

 How do you listen to music – Vinyl/CD or streaming?

Streaming whilst at home and CD’s in the car.

 How do you discover new music and artists?

Listening to Country Radio stations or via friends on the C2C Attendees Facebook group who post when they discover someone new. Plus, David is good at knowing who is new on the scene so I can get a bit lazy and wait for him to tell me!

 What’s your must have item of merchandise?

I don’t tend to buy much merch as the t-shirts aren’t normally designed for ladies, but if there are slim fit ones or V-necks then I always tend to buy one.  I do like to collect guitar pics though and I also have a couple of drumsticks.  One from Kip – which he signed and the other from Little Big Town.  The Kip drumstick was dramatically caught by David who, unfortunately, lost his balance and landed on the floor whilst catching it and in the process took a young lady with him – she wasn’t injured and was apologised to profusely by us both!

 Most treasured piece of memorabilia?

Apart from Kip’s drumstick and guitar pic it’s not something I’ve collected but a very good friend I’ve made through country music sent me a Birthday card with a photo of Kip on it and a message inside from her and a PS saying, “Kip sends his love too!”  I managed to get Kip to sign it at CMA Songwriters this year – so now the card is complete and on display on our bookcase in our study – much to David’s dismay!

 What are you listening to right now?  

Maddie and Tae – Shut up and Fish is currently playing from one of my country playlists.  Although at the weekend we usually listen to Chris Country Radio.

 If your life was a country song, what would it be called?

All I need is a Prosecco on the beach with a little Kip.

 *THE SPECIAL QUESTION* Why should you be our overall fan of the year?

Last year I went to 6 concerts in 6 days, travelling between Birmingham, Manchester and London to follow Kip Moore and Drake White, as well as seeing Marty Stuart and Little Big Town. And I planned my wardrobe specially to make sure I always wore a red dress to see Kip! Maybe I’m just a little bit crazy…oh, and this year 3 of us turned up on bikes riding along Brighton sea front to see the Brothers Osborne, and yes, I was in a red dress and wearing my Cowboy boots!!

 

 

 

 

 

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