Maren Morris’ Hero – Country’s Getting Cooler

Maren Morris and her self-styled brand of country music are tricky to label. Not only does she like that inability to put her in a box, but so do her growing army of fans. Her debut major album, Hero, is a confident stride on to the mainstream stage with a distinct style that sets her apart from the moment she opens her mouth. It says something about how hotly anticipated Hero is, that her recent collaboration with Dierks Bentley on … Read More

Bare Bones – Bobby Bones Book Review

At the time when I was either in Middle Tennessee or making plans to book more extortionately priced flights back to Nashville, WSIX was the best company. While I was there, mornings in the car were soundtracked by the country music radio station that made me feel less like a visitor and more like a resident with every traffic update, weather report and new single I had no hope of hearing at home. On glumly returning to the UK, listening … Read More

Best Albums of 2015…According to Me

Throw me in the River – The Smith Street Band These choices are in no particular order but I had to make The Smith Street Band the first on the list. Had I discovered Throw Me in the River earlier in the year it would have blown everything else out of the water for play count alone. I’ve mentioned them and this album in poetic style before in this post, so I’ll try not to repeat myself, but it’s been a … Read More

The All-Woman Weekend

I have a joyful weekend of essay writing and mildly panicked Christmas shopping ahead of me. In the midst of it, here are a few things I’m looking forward to. As it happens they’re all about ladies.  Cam’s Untamed Album I’ve been a fan of Cam’s brand of country music since she popped up on Bobby Bones’ radio show back in the summer of 2014 doing a cover of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass, just for laughs. I’m not … Read More

Three New Albums for August – Frank Turner | Luke Bryan | Lianne La Havas

August is proving to be a big month for new music. Here are three albums that, for different reasons, are causing a big fuss. Should you give them a listen? Read on to find out.    How exactly do you go about writing an album of hopeful music without making each track sound like a collection of the Instagram and Facebook quotes that make you roll your eyes 20 times a day? You look to Frank Turner. He may have … Read More

The Blade – Ashley Monroe Gets Her Wings

‘Just keep doing what you’re doing’ is tough advice to follow when everyone around you is soaring while doing things differently. It would have been all too easy for Ashley Monroe to pour herself into the mould of record companies’ ideas of what a contemporary country star should be and go with it for the sake of a quick ride to fame. Her crisp, sharp and accomplished vocals mean she can lend her voice to almost anything, but outright compliance … Read More

Pageant Material | Kacey Musgraves | Album Review

Unless they involve the names of your children, all tattoos come with a certain amount of risk with regard to their longevity and relevance. Not all tattoos need a meaning, but it’s always worth taking a moment to consider if that thing you love enough to emblazon across your skin right now might still feel important a few years on. There’s really no way of knowing for sure. Will the Kacey Musgraves tattoo I got in early 2014 still encourage … Read More

MUSIC: Favourite Albums of 2014

It’s list time! It’s reached that point in the year where we start summarising our favourite things of the previous 12 months, and this one’s all about the albums I’ve loved. I’m always torn between waxing lyrical about what I’ve played the most over new albums released during that year. Sometimes they’re the same, but not always. Beyonce’s stunning last album was released in 2013 but has been playing constantly all year. I’ve also made my way through plenty of … Read More

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