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VARIOUS —COUNTRY TO COUNTRY (Humphead)

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Twenty acts, twenty songs of people that either played at this year’s C2C Country To Country or during the last three years, and with a wonderful array of talent is on show. One that ranges from older, established acts of Vince Gill, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack on through to vibrant performer Brad Paisley, who like Gill is a genuine guitar aficionado.

 

With a plethora of bands emerging, ranging from The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line and lesser, but no less talented hugely promising homegrown acts in The Shires and Ward Thomas to go with Nashville country male acts of Luke Byran, Darius Rucker (ex-Hootie & The Blowfish), Dierks Bentley, Chris Young and new kid on the block Kip Moore. Though far from new, late developer, and till recently a man who was only a street musician, Doug Seegers along with those listed at the beginning of my review he is one of those I would term as a country act.

 

Carrie Underwood for a couple of years could do no wrong. Her inclusion “Jesus Take The Wheel” along with Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried”, Seegers’ Hank Williams-esque lonesome “Going Down To The River”, Young’s “Tomorrow” and Paisley’s “Letter To Me” coupled with Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” for me edge the rest. Although The Shires’ “Nashville Grey Skies” would on most days squeeze in as one of the best songs on this Nashville Country Sampler.  

 

UK acts Alan West and Glasgow band Raintown like the above homespun acts made an impression on one of the festivals Pop-Up stages. With The Shires gaining a US recorded, and produced album for the first time in years it looks like we have an act capable of gaining an audience across the pond.

 

                        Maurice Hope      

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December 2018
1
Malford Milligan
75 pts.
Life Will Humble You
Royal Family Records
JF,FB
2
JD McPherson
61 pts.
Socks
New West Records
CVL,DHO,MVP,MB
3
Rosanne Cash
50 pts.
She Remembers Everything
Blue Note Records
WR,BP,JSM,HB
4
Ad Vanderveen
45 pts.
I Was Hank William
Blue Rose Records
TK,LM,BM,JB
5
John Hiatt
44 pts.
The Eclipse Sessions
New West
FC
6
The Yearlings
41 pts.
Skywriting
Lonely Sounds Records
EZ
7
Tip Jar
40 pts.
Onward
Independent
FS
8
Nathan Bell
39 pts.
Loves Bones & Stars
Angry Stick Recording Co.
RB,SZ,PG
9
The Brother Brothers
38 pts.
Some People I Know
Compass Records
BK
10
Richard Dobson
30 pts.
I Hear Singing
Brambus Records
JS,NC
11
Steve Forbert
29 pts.
The Magic Tree
Blue Rose Music
PR
12
J.P. Harris
28 pts.
Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
Free Dirt Records
TJ
13
The Bottle Rockets
24 pts.
Bit Logic
Bloodshot Records
GS,PKO
14
Rodney Crowell
23 pts.
Christmas Everywhere
New West
 
15
Christian Kjellvander
22 pts.
Wild Hxmans
Tapete
 
16
Erin Costelo
21 pts.
Sweet Marie
Compass Records
PJ
17
Colter Wall
20 pts.
Songs of the Plains
Young Mary's Record
 
18
The Hillbenders
19 pts.
The Hillbenders
Compass Records
FH
19
Eric Bibb
18 pts.
Global Griot
Stony Plain
 
 
Karine Polwart
18 pts.
Laws of Motion
Hudson Records
HH,KG
21
Carson McHone
17 pts.
Carousel
Nine Mile Records
 
 
Malcolm Holcombe
17 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
MF
23
Ben Bedford
16 pts.
The Hermit's Spyglass
Cavalier Recordings
SP
 
Craig Moreau
16 pts.
A Different Kind Of Train
Independent
MP
 
David Olney
16 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music

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