As Country music continues to grow in the UK we have news of many major events inside this issue with even more in the pipeline. We always say there are only so many fans to go around but it seems the ever growing popularity in Country music is bringing in more and more, especially the youngsters who we have been trying to entice into the clubs for many years. Let the good times roll, especially if, like me, the old classics are beginning to become just that and you are beginning to enjoy more of the more modern sounds the younger generation bring with them into the genre.
This month, old meets new! Well, you cannot exactly call Shania Twain old but she has successfully made a comeback on the Country music scene and so we caught up with her. Also Midland, a young trio from The States who are making waves and so we expect to hear more from them in the future.
We also take a look at Jerry Kilgore who will be touring the UK in September. We are already dancing to his songs, including I Just Want My Baby Back, Love Trip and more besides. Make sure you check to see if he is appearing near you and go along and support Nicky James who promotes acts around the clubs.
Another act that regularly tours the UK is Jess & The Bandits who perform more in the UK than Jess’ home in Texas. I think it is fair to say she is now a UK act.
Since the last issue I have been travelling around again, most notably to the Norfolk Country Music Festival in Pentney where I had the opportunity to dance more than I have in a long time. I enjoyed the music from the varied line-up of acts and especially the welcome from the festival-goers and the local Country music fans. So much so that I will have to consider keeping the venue in mind for the future. Thank you to all who organise and run the award-winning Pentney CMC, it was a pleasure to meet you all.
Although this issue is dated for September we have actually been compiling it in July when the weather should have been warm but unfortunately it has been raining. I hope you all had a good holiday (if that is what you have been doing) but now it is time to think about those classes and clubs again. If you have been away you have missed one or two good dances which have been doing the rounds so you will need to catch up as soon as possible, you know what they say, they don’t last long so better get in quick.
Finally, I would just like to remind the London and internationally based Country music promoters that there is more to the United Kingdom than London, in fact I wonder if there are any Country music fans in London so why should we have travel to one of the most expensive cities in the world when there are more options with good road and rail links.
Keep listening, keep dancing, keep it Country.
Jerry Kilgore will be touring the UK in September so we asked Sheila Southam to have a chat with him because we dance to some of his songs as well as enjoying listening to his music.
Country Music Week
The organisers of the hugely successful Country to Country (C2C) festival have announced Country Music Week, the exciting, brand new, week-long series of shows featuring new and established Country acts.
Midland have been recently compared to the Eagles and their voices do blend well together in a way that makes you stop and say ‘my word that’s really good!’.
After 15 years Shania will, to the pleasure of her fans, be releasing her new album entitled simply, Now. We look back over her career to date.
We are looking back to the year of the Falklands War.
Jess & The Bandits
Jess and co have just released Smoke & Mirrors so BJ Thomas has had a chat with her about the album and the band’s UK tour, which commences in September. More details of which are in the Face The Music section.
Hannah Valize and Tom Caldwell take a look at what is happening around the world in Country music.
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