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ASHLEY MONROE CELEBRATES SOLD OUT EUROPEAN TREK

Sparrow Acoustic Sessions EP Available Everywhere Today NASHVILLE, TN / LONDON, UK – (February 15, 2019) - Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe returned to the UK & Europe in January for her highly anticipated sold out tour, performing songs from her...

Willie Watson live at The Garage

Roger Sharman - The Garage January 2019 From the moment we stepped into the venue on a cold London night in late January it was apparent that something special was happening. There was a buzz in the air and everyone was fully expecting to see great show. These people...

Review of The Steel Woods’ Album ‘Old News’

Following on from Kate’s recent interview, The Steel Woods announced a UK tour in September to promote their ‘Old News’ album.  The album was released on January 18th, continuing on from their debut, ‘Straw in the Wind, released in 2017. The Nashville...

MICHAEL RAY KICKS OFF NINETEEN TOUR + FIRST UK SHOWS

Confirmed for spotlight stage & aftershow parties at C2C London & Glasgow in MarchCheck out the video for 'One That Got Away here: Much has changed for singer/songwriter Michael Ray since he was named one of Country Radio Seminar’s New Faces of Country Music...

BRAD PAISLEY ANNOUNCES LONDON O2 SHOW – OCTOBER 12 2019

Multi award-winning country superstar Brad Paisley makes a very welcome return to the UK to play London’s The O2 on Saturday 12th October 2019. Support comes from Chris Lane. Tickets: http://axs.com/uk/events/367942/brad-paisley-tickets?skin=aegpresentsuk General On...

Latest Official C2C Line Up Information

ABBY ANDERSON, RUNAWAY JUNE, MICHAEL RAY, RAELYNN AND MORE JOIN LINE UPS FOR OFFICIAL AFTERSHOWS  PLUS MORE SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS AND LONDON’S BBC RADIO 2 STAGE REVEALED  Tickets for Official Aftershows on sale Friday 1 February at 10am C2C 2019’s Official Aftershow...

KATHY MATTEA UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 2019

Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,” Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her...

CASSADEE POPE DEBUTS NEW SINGLE: “IF MY HEART HAD A HEART”

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope premieres powerful new single “If My Heart Had A Heart” ahead of the February 1st release of STAGES, which Billboard has declared one of the “40 Most Anticipated Albums of 2019.” Following previously released tracks...

Interview with Wes Bayliss from The Steel Woods

Kate chatted to Wes Bayliss from The Steel Woods to chat about the new album 'Old News', touring with Cody Jinks and their plans to come to the Uk in the Autumn. January 21st 2019   Wes: How are you? Kate: Good thank you. How are you? Wes: Doing well. Kate:Thank...

Broken Witt Rebels reveal their new video for Breathless

'Breathless’ is one of the tracks that was specially recorded for the album . We wrote it while we were touring in the US. The video came about while we were shooting a live set. The cameras and lights were all there, the room was full of dry ice, and Dan had the idea...

Cody Johnson -Ain’t Nothin’ to it

Reviewed By Roger Sharman There are some things in life that are really easy to predict;  for instance a New England Patriots appearance at the Superbowl or George Strait scoring a number one.  Similarly, East Texas’s ex Rodeo star, Cody Johnson, recording a killer...

SIMON JAMES – BRITISH COUNTRY AIRPLAY ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Simon James has been writing and performing music for over 20 years. His style of music draws on influences over many decades, from The Eagles, Crowded House and Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell and John Mayer. Living in Yorkshire, Simon was 7 years old when...

GARY QUINN – BRITISH COUNTRY AIRPLAY’S ARTIST OF THE WEEK

About Gary... Described as having a cool modern sound with echoes of the past, Gary Quinn is an award winning singer/songwriter that knows how to pull on the heartstrings of his audiences.  He grew up listening to Kris Kristofferson, then Garth Brooks helped him fall...

OLIVIA LANE SHARES NEW MUSIC: LATEST SINGLE ‘HEY 3AM’

11th Jan, 2019 - Nashville singer-songwriter Olivia Lane has shared her brand new single 'Hey 3AM' (listen here / lyric video here), ahead of her first trip to the UK next month for three tour dates including a London headline show at The Slaughtered Lamb on 6th Feb...

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES RETURN WITH GUY MARCH 29th, 2019

Steve Earle & The Dukes are set to return with GUY on March 29th, 2019. A return to New West Records, the 16-song set is comprised of songs written by one of his two primary songwriting mentors, the legendary Guy Clark. GUYappears ten years after his Grammy Award...

BMG/BBR MUSIC GROUP SIGNS KING CALAWAY

Self Titled Debut EP To Be Released Jan 25th - Making Grand Ole Opry Debut March 1st NASHVILLE, TN: BMG/BBR Music Group proudly announces the signing of multi-national band King Calaway to its recorded music roster. Their self-titled debut EP will be released January...

Roger talked to Willie Watson ahead of his European tour in 2019

Interview by: Roger Sharman RS: Hello to Mr Willie Watson. I’m Roger Sharman from the Country Lowdown website. How are you today? WW: I'm doing great, thank you. How about you? RS: I’m good, it's been quite busy day but it’s coming to the end of it now so all good....

Ferris & Sylvester UK and Ireland Headlining Tour

Critically acclaimed duo Ferris & Sylvester have announced their first ever headline tour of the UK and Ireland. Running through February 2019 it will see the band play nine-dates, with a London headline show at The Lexington on February 11th. Tickets are...

Olivia Lane Announces UK Acoustic Tour February 2019

  Nashville artist Olivia Lane, who has just announced her first UK shows, including a London headline date at The Slaughtered Lamb on 6th Feb 2019, presented by Belles & Gals (tickets here) - more dates to follow. Having amassed nearly 20 million streams for...

SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR C2C 2019

ABBY ANDERSON - CAROLINE JONES - CATHERINE MCGRATH-FAIRGROUND SAINTS - JIMMIE ALLEN RUNAWAY JUNE - THE WANDERING HEARTS The first Spotlight Stage artists for Country to Country 2019 in London have been revealed. Catherine McGrath and The Wandering Hearts move into the...

Deer Tick – “Mayonnaise”

Over the last year or so beloved Rhode Island band 'Deer Tick' have really jumped up a notch, releasing two records (“Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2”) that showcased their two opposing sides. “Vol. 1” made a play for dreamy, confessional folk-rooted acoustic guitars - described...

Tom Buller – When A Country Boy Gets the Blues

Review by Roger Sharman One of the big pluses of writing in the country music industry for me is the amount of new music that I get to listen to. That being said, it's not all good,  but it's certainly worth listening to the not so good records to uncover the...

Logan Mize – ‘Better Off Gone”

Logan Mize is an accomplished singer/songwriter from Clearwater, Kansas, who has deep musical roots to his family tree. His great uncle was Billy Mize, largely known for crafting and evolving the legendary Bakersfield sound, which included musical pioneers Merle...

Kevin McGuire’s Brand New Single ‘As Good As it Gets’

“Nashville better prepare for Kevin McGuire…. It’s certain that the country singer is going places” – The Scottish Sun “Kevin McGuire’s vocals are so strong, clear and authentically country” – Celebmix With appearances at Country2Country, Nashville Meets London, The...

British Country Airplay’s Artiste of the Week is… Laura Oakes

Former Voice contestant Laura, from Liverpool, has come a long way since she was mentored on the show by The Script singer Danny O’Donoghue.  But although she didn’t win she has gone on to carve herself an increasingly successful career in country music. But where...

Caroline chats with Benjamin Folke Thomas

Swedish singer songwriter Benjamin Folke Thomas has returned to our fair shores to tour his latest release Modern Man, recorded in Gothenburg. He's a wonderfully honest storyteller who mixes homespun folk with a sharp wit. I got to catch up with him ahead of his UK...

BLACKBERRY SMOKE, SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE 15th November 2018

  By Roger Sharman Returning to the UK for the first time since 2017’s ‘Waiting for the Thunder’ tour, Blackberry Smoke hit the road with Quaker City Nighthawks to tour Europe 6 weeks ago, culminating in two nights at Shepherd’s Bush Empire & a night O2...

CHRIS YOUNG ANNOUNCES UK TOUR DATES FOR MAY 2019

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum US country star Chris Young will make a welcome return to the UK next May for live dates, as part of his “Losing Sleep World Tour”. In his first appearances here since his mainstage performances at C2C 2017, Chris will play the...

Chris Young Announces UK Dates!

*STOP PRESS* Finally, the news we all knew was coming has finally been announced. Chris Young's extended Losing Sleep World Tour is coming over to the UK next year with the talented Lindsay Ell as support. Nothing on Chris' website as yet but the ticket sites are...

DEVIN DAWSON TO SUPPORT DAN + SHAY ON UK TOUR IN JANUARY

The East West / Warner Nashville rising star, who recently announced his new single ‘Dark Horse’, will return to the UK to open for the duo at six shows across the country LONDON, UK - (Mon 19th Nov 2018) - Fresh from his biggest London show to date at the legendary...

TAMI – VELVET & STEEL

Tami blends country music with traditional Blues, big band Jazz and Soul Music to create a mature and autobiographical sound, telling tales of her experiences on the road to achieving her dream of releasing her own album. She had an album called ‘Velvet & Steel’ out...

Susie McCarthy – Nashville Nights

Helen from Country Lowdown caught up with Susie McCarthy who has taken over the Nashville Nights at Under the Bridge in Stanford (Home of Chelsea Football club!). She has big boots to fill but it sounds like she is more than up to the challenge! CL : We are all very...

UK Americana Awards 2019 Nominations

The Borderline 7th November 2018 by Kate Willis The AMA-UK is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of Americana roots music in the UK. Its membership comprises of musicians from the UK and overseas, plus professionals from all...

Aaron Lee Tasjan The Omeara London 2nd November 2018

Reviewed By: Roger Sharman There are few things in life that you can be certain of; death, taxes, and great album covers by one of the most interesting artists to be making Americana records today, Aaron Lee Tasjan. Originating from New Albany, Ohio, thirty two year...

Aaron Lee Tasjan Interview 2nd November 2018

By Roger Sharman - The Omeara London RS: Good afternoon Mr Aaron Lee Tasjan and welcome to London. I’m Roger Sharman, reporting for countrylowdown.com.   ALT: Excellent! RS: Very nice to meet you sir! Have you been to O’Meara before? ALT: This is my first time....

CARLY PEARCE IS “CLOSER TO YOU” WITH NEW SINGLE – OUT NOW

From heartache to fireworks, CARLY PEARCE has always been open with her fans, but she gets even closer with the release of a new single. Lead single “Closer To You” is available now and offers a flirtatious tease of Carly’s sophomore album, slated for 2019 on Big...

American Aquarium The Borderline 1st November 2018

Reviewed by Roger Sharman: Way back, earlier in the year when I first became aware of this gig, I pencilled this into my calendar as a not to be missed show. As the date grew closer my excitement levels started to rise, heightened by the fact that I would have the...

Zac Brown Band – Blues Fest 02 Arena London 27th October 2018

Reviewed by Roger Sharman: Returning to London for the first time since C2C 2017, it’s fair to say that everybody in attendance was eagerly awaiting Saturday nights show at the 2018 Blues Fest. Beth Hart warmed the crowd up nicely with her brand of Blues\|Rock with a...

Interview with B J Barham American Aquarium

  1st November 2018 Roger Sharman Interview with B J Barham from American Aquarium The Borderline London RS: Welcome to the United Kingdom. BJ: Hi, it’s good to be here. RS: Is this your first trip to the UK? BJ: This is my third trip over here, I came here solo...

Dillon Carmichael – Hell on an Angel Album Review

Reviewed by Roger Sharman Release date 26th October 2018 Dillon Carmichael possesses a deep & rich Baritone voice. He has real country pedigree in his blood, Uncle Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) & John Michael Montgomery no less. Already in his short...

Whitey Morgan and the 78s – Hard Times & White Lines

Review by Roger Sharman Release date: 26th October 2018 The 5th studio album from Michigan’s finest, Whitey Morgan and the 78s ‘Hard Times & White Lines’ hit the shelves last week. Whitey and the boys have firmly established themselves as one of the hardest...

Interview with Stevie Freeman – CEO of the AMA UK

  26th October 2018 Kate spoke to Stevie ahead of the AMA UK Awards nominations evening November 7th at The Borderline London. You’ve recently posted some photos of yourself as a young woman on your socials. Who did you like as a teenager? What style of music? I...

Texas Music Takeover 2018

By Roger Sharman October 2018 The 3rd annual Texas Music Takeover in London ended recently, a week long event across various venues in London, including The Roadhouse, The Borderline, Bush Hall, The Oslo & The Islington Café. Every year the Texas Music Takeover...

The UK’s newest music TV channel launches November on Sky 373

Country programming has been expanding across TV, radio and digital platforms in recent years but following recent mainstream radio attention, 'Total Country' TV channel wants to take the country music video experience out of the niches and into the mainstream. ’Total...

Ferris & Sylvester release brand new singles ‘Burning River’

Burning River’ is the first taste of a brand new project from Ferris & Sylvester, inspired by the pair’s recent writing trips to Iceland. It was produced by Michael Rendall (Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Echo & The Bunnymen) and pulls together Icelandic chants,...

Ashley Monroe Announces UK and European Tour in 2019

October 23rd, 2018: Today, the GRAMMY-winning, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe has announced a UK/European tour in January 2019. The tour will include stops in London, Amsterdam, the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, UK and Americana Weekend in...

C2C (Country To Country) Festival 2019 line up announced

C2C RETURNS 8-10TH MARCH 2019 FEATURING KEITH URBAN CHRIS STAPLETON LADY ANTEBELLUM BRETT ELDREDGE – HUNTER HAYES – LYLE LOVETT CAM – DUSTIN LYNCH – ASHLEY MCBRYDE CHASE RICE – CARLY PEARCE – DRAKE WHITE & THE BIG FIRE more to be announced Tickets on sale Friday 26th...

The Wandering Hearts – Americana Fest Nashville 2019

Interview The Wandering Hearts British Underground Bootleg BBQ East Nashville Americana Fest September 15th 2018 Ahead of The Wandering Hearts headlining tour this Autumn I caught up with the band during American Fest in Nashville last month. How are you enjoying...

Cassadee Pope – AEG’s Country Music Week

28th Oct - The Borderline, London (1pm + M&G) 28th Oct - Bush Hall, London (7pm Bluebird Cafe songwriters round) In 2017, everything shifted for GRAMMY® Award-nominated platinum-certified country hit maker Cassadee Pope. She restructured her team, parted ways with the...

Jason Eady – Aces & Eights Saloon 12th October 2018

Reviewer: Roger Sharman Jason Eady Aces & Eights From the moment I first heard about this show a couple of months back, I felt real excitement. The Aces & Eights saloon was a new venue for me, and with Jason Eady being one of the biggest names on the Texas...

The Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions

The Marcus King Band Reviewed by our guest reviewer, Anna McLauchlan The Marcus King Band is not a band I was familiar with prior to being asked to review their third and latest album, Carolina Confessions. It was mixed and produced at RCA Studio A Nashville, by...

Philippa Hanna

Philippa Hanna is an acclaimed British singer-songwriter, based in Sheffield, UK. Since her 2007 debut album, Watching Me, Philippa has released several studio albums, an EP and a live DVD, and published two autobiographical books. As one of the most sought-after...

It’s only a gig right? By Gareth Wilson.

It's only a gig right? You've been to dozens of the things and it's only another one? Only it isn't anymore - not for Mandy and myself. Most of our gigs now are life-affirming experiences, the music itself is usually delivered by an artist with talent, integrity and...

Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson is coming to the UK for her first overseas shows in the next few weeks, as part of Country Music Week - please check out her self-released EP (listen here) featuring the lead song/video 'Workin' Overtime. Hailing from the small farming community of...

Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions Produced by Dave Cobb

The Marcus King Band released their new album Carolina Confessions on Friday via Snakefarm Records. The album was produced by Grammy Award winning Dave Cobb and although it was originally meant to be produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Dan still features on the...

LAUREN JENKINS CONJURES DEFINITIVE SPIRIT WITH “GIVE UP THE GHOST”

NASHVILLE, TN (October 5, 2018) – Singer/songwriter LAUREN JENKINS offers a simple plea in her new single “Give Up The Ghost,” out now on Big Machine Records: https://BM.lnk.to/GiveUpTheGhost. Sultry vocals and driving melody on display, she commands unfiltered lyrics...

Ferris & Sylvester’s new video ‘London Blues’ released today

‘LONDON’S BLUES’ VIDEO RELEASED Watch it here: https://wilfulpublicity.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4ed22b50518a2d4aaa7dcb375&id=99f4b7d0bf&e=a061f7100c ANNOUNCED AS SUPPORT FOR DONOVAN FRANKENREITER & TRAMPLED BY TURTLES Critically acclaimed and fast-rising...

Pistol Annies are Back!

INTERSTATE GOSPEL Album Available 2nd November Pistol Annies have revealed the track listing of their third studio album INTERSTATE GOSPEL, out 2nd November. With the word out, they’re ready to release more details. The upcoming 14-track album showcases the stunning...

Aaron Lee Tasjan Karma for Cheap Out Now via New West Records

Nashville’s most eclectic singer-songwriter returns with a trippy stunner full of swirling, immersive rock songs that evoke both the effervescence of the Sixties and the grit of today.” Rolling Stone “Folk troubadour delivers a near-perfect psychedelic jangle-pop...

British Country Airplay – Blue Jeans

The next Artist of the Week, commencing 30 Sept 2018 for British Country Airplay is... Blue Genes Blue Genes are a unique family band from North Wales whose sound reflects their Tennessean tastes and Celtic roots. The trio consists of Mother (Kay), Father (Stephen)...

The British Country Airplay (BCA) project.

The BCA is a new venture for British Country artists to get airplay of their music to a body of presenters, broadcasting all over the world. Each week, they will randomly select an ‘Artist of the Week’ to be included into the playlists of participating country radio...

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