It is awards season again and with so many acts having been lined up for the C2C we have had the opportunity to interview quite a few so this month we include some exclusive first hand features after having asked Sheila Southam and Maura Sutton to get on the telephone for a chat. The one thing I will say about Up Country magazine is, we are always the first to report the news and to feature upcoming acts, as well as the more established ones, so this month we have Drake White along with Marty Stuart and Darius Rucker who want to continue their connections with the British Country music fans.
We also have news of our sister magazine’s Cross Country Awards in association with National Artist Management (NAM), the CCN Awards, with the nominations being announced after all the votes had been counted - thousands of them! We shall of course be there so maybe we will have chance of a chat if you are coming along to support your favourite British acts.
Not to be outdone, the ACM Awards are fast approaching so we list the nominees and it is pleasing to see that so many of those nominees now find it worthwhile to come to the UK while on tour and they are also travelling around rather than just performing in the capital.
Amongst other activities we have been up to during the month is to ask for media passes to the Stagecoach festival which is held in the Coachella Valley in California so we can obtain inside information and pictures. No, I am not going, we have asked our US reporters to attend on our behalf if the passes are forthcoming. We shall let you know how this pans out and if enough readers are interested we may ask Travelling Time to put a trip together for a future year. The Coachella Valley is the home of many other major festivals in the US, not just Country music, so it is obviously a good place to go. We understand that quite a few of our readers do go on Travelling Time tours so it may be good for them to add this one to their repertoire.
Following a particularly busy month and after this issue hits the streets we will be readying ourselves for a trip to Scotland to see what the VAMOS! festival is all about. Although Country music is my first love, I enjoy all kinds of music and with such a mix on offer it should be quite interesting. It is the first event of its kind and it is good that we have promoters in the UK who are prepared to put on such huge events, whether it be in Country music or any other genre or activity.
Finally for this month, I hope you enjoy the selected dances, if so tell your friends you found them in Up Country magazine and keep spreading the word, we can never have enough readers. Let them know about all the advertisers we have and that they may find a weekend or other event to go to by subscribing to the magazine.
The nominees for an award for those artists who travel the length and breadth of the UK are announced. The Awards show is to be held over Easter weekend in April.
With the award season continuing we list the nominees for the Association of Country Music Awards to be held in Las Vegas.
We go back to 1962, the year when Steptoe & Son first appeared on television. 1962 was also the year of the big freeze.
After receiving plaudits from some of the best publications, we also had the opportunity to interview Drake White who is on fire at the moment.
Marty is as popular as ever but he found time to give Sheila Southam a call to discuss what he is up to and his then upcoming visit to the C2C.
Darius quickly became very popular with his UK audiences and prior to his C2C appearance he says he is excited to be back.
Hannah keeps you up to date with what is happening around the world in Country music.
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