Friday, 9 March 2018

C2C2018 Country To Country Artist & Radio updates

C2C Country To Country Festival 2018 
(March 9 -11, 2018)

C2C2018 Festival Timeline Guide March 8, 2018 (Issue 2)

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C2C Roadshows

Kristian Bush has announced a five-date solo UK tour next month with Lindsay Ell, Levi Hummon Twinnie *
High Valley + special guests: Sunday 11 March 2018 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Ashley McBryde and Ryan Kinder: Mon 12 March 2018 - The Borderline , London 

Mo Pitney / Ashley Campbell / Ryan Kinder:
Tues 13 March 2018 - Arts Club, Liverpool 
Weds 14 March 2018 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester 
Fri 16 March 2018 - O2 Institute3, Birmingham 
Ashley Campbell / Mo Pitney: Sat 17 March 2018 - The Borderline, London 

FULL DETAILS for the above on our UK Tour Dates Page

Bob Harris (OBE) will broadcast live from C2C in London and introduce special performances from Sugarland and Kacey Musgraves. (see BBC Page). Broadcasting live from backstage at the O2 Arena Bob will be joined by fellow country music broadcaster Baylen Leonard, and Radio 2's Bobbie Pryor and the show will feature a special performance by Ashley Campbell honouring her late father.

Fri 9 March 2018 20:15-20:25 ARENA Spotlight
Fri 9 March 2018 23:20-23:50 C2C Official Aftershow

Unstoppable “Hitmaker” Garners ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Nomination

Winners At Losers: 
BMLG Records' Brett Young (c) celebrates his single "In Case You Didn’t Know” receiving RIAA 3x platinum certification with co-writers Trent Tomlinson (l) and Tyler Reeve at Nashville's Losers Bar and Grill.

Nashville, TN - March 7, 2018 - ACM nominee Brett Young celebrated the success of his 3X PLATINUM smash hit "In Case You Didn’t Know” with his cowriters at Losers Bar and Grill in Nashville. Written by Tyler Reeve, Kyle Schlienger, Trent Tomlinson and Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know” is the only song from a debut Country artist to earn RIAA 3X PLATINUM Certification since 2014. 
“Triple platinum. That’s not real,” Young joked. “I’m so thankful to my cowriters, fans and Country radio for making this song what it is!"
“In Case You Didn’t Know” is one of three back-to-back No. One hits from Young’s debut album, with his latest single “Mercy” rapidly climbing the charts. Amidst the momentum, Young has been nominated for an ACM Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year and is the only nominee in his category with a 3X Platinum song.

Brett Young's “soothing, approachable” (New York Times) self-titled debut album (BMLG Records) became an instant success upon its 2017 release when it dominated the Top 20 on the Country Albums chart for 37 weeks. His lead single PLATINUM-certified “Sleep Without You” climbed to the top of the charts and was followed by his breakout smash “In Case You Didn’t Know.” The hit’s official music video surpassed 175 million views - more than any debut Country artist. Young's third single, GOLD-certified “Like I Loved You” skyrocketed to No. 1 and stayed there for three weeks. His current single, “Mercy,” is currently being introduced to Country radio and is rapidly climbing up the charts.  

Sat March 10, 2018: 11:30-13:00 C2C Close Up Building 6
Sunday March 11, 2018: 10:30-11:10 BBC RADIO 2

“I think this girl is going to be huge.” - Sir Elton John
 “A promising young artist poised to join the best of the UK’s growing country music scene.” - The Independent
“One to watch.” - The Times
 “One of the brightest emerging talents in country music.” - Music Week
Everything’s heating up for Catherine McGrath. After selling out her first headline show at The Camden Assembly earlier this week, she’s now preparing to play at C2C at London’s O2 this weekend where she’ll perform on the BBC Radio 2 Stage. To coincide, Catherine now shares a new visual for her current track ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’.
Published on March 8, 2018

Sat March 10 & Sunday March 11, 2018: Country Music Week Hub


Fri March 9, 2018: 15:10-15:40 Town Square
Sat March 10, 2018: 12:00-12:50 Country Music Week Hub
Sat March 10, 2018: 13:50-14:30 BBC RADIO 2

Missed Danielle’s appearance on Chris Country Radio Breakfast show? Catch up with the conversation here:

Chris Stevens Programme Director on Chris Country Radio has received a CMA award Friday morning for CMA International Broadcaster! Chris shared: Thanks to all our listeners for tuning in and being part of our journey to convert all of the UK to country music!

Previous UK & Irish winners include Brian Clough (Smooth Radio), Brian D’Arcy, Allan Watkiss (ex presenter on BBC Radio Sheffield and station head of, David Allan (BBC Radio 2), Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2), the late Joe Fish (BBC Radio Lancashire), Dick Barrie, Bill Black, Stuart Cameron (Hotdosc), Helen McPherson from Scotland and Lee Williams (CEO CMR Nashville).


Fri March 9, 2018: 16:30-17:00 Town Square
Sat March 10, 2018: 11:20-12:00 BBC RADIO 2
Sat March 10, 2018: 13:00-13:30 C2C Sessions - NY-LON
Sat March 10, 2018: 23:15-00:00 Late Night Saloon - All Bar One

Delta Rae, from Durham North Carolina, spoke with Chris Country about the formation of the band, their sound and influences, and what it's like touring with six people in a band!

Fri March 9, 2018: 15:30-16:05 BBC RADIO 2
High Valley with “She’s With Me” (Atlantic/WEA) became the duo’s first Country Airplay top 10 (11-9; 25.4 million, up 13 percent; Chart issue week of March 10, 2018). The song hits the top 10 in its 44th week on the chart, becoming the ninth song to take a scenic route of at least that long to the tier.


Fri March 9, 2018: 14:00-14:30 Big Entrance
Fri March 9, 2018: 17:30-18:00 O2 Priority Lounge
Sat March 10, 2018: 11:40-12:10 Busking Stage
Sat March 10, 2018: 15:00-15:30 CLUB WM-Water Margin
Sunday March 11, 2018: 12:15-12:45 Busking Stage
Sunday March 11, 2018: 15:30-16:00 O2 Priority Lounge

Jeannine Barry’s new single ‘Sweet Spot’ is out with an exclusive Chris Country Radio first spin at 7:45am!
UK country artist Jeannine Barry has a brand new song out and we have the first play of it right NOW! She's a fantastic songwriter we've been following her career for the last few years, she's REALLY good...I think you'll enjoy this" - Chris Stevens Chris Country Radio

Sat March 10, 2018: 21:20-23:00 ARENA (Headline Act)

Decca Records tweeted: The amazing Kacey Musgraves talked to Louise Minchin and Dan Walker on BBC Breakfast  (Thurs March 8) about her upcoming album and more! She's in the U.K. for the C2Cfestival weekend and we couldn't be more excited!

Fri March 9, 2018: 19:30-20:15 ARENA

Kelsea Ballerini performed her single “I Hate Love Songs” live in the Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 studio ahead of her appearance at the Country 2 Country Festival in London, Dublin and Glasgow.
Both her single and album UNAPOLOGETICALLY (iTunes) consequently went to #1 on UK Country iTunes Chart (#28 overall)
Listen back on the BBC iPlayer from 2 hours – BBC Page


Sat March 10, 2018: 17:10-17:50 ARENA

Missed Luke Combs on the Chris Country Radio Breakfast show? Catch up with the conversation here:

He has announced a European tour for October 2018, ahead of his appearance at this year's Country 2 Country festival. Dates include Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Manchester.
With gritty, grizzled vocals, brazen songwriting talent and one hell of a live show, River House Artists/Columbia Nashville’s Luke Combs stormed onto country music landscape as a force to be reckoned with. He was named a 2017 Artist To Watch.
on GENERAL SALE Friday 9 March 2018 at 10:00
Weds 3 October 2018 - O2 Institute, Birmingham (78 Digbeth High Street, B5 6DY) £20.50 (£17.50 Ticket + £3.00 Fees)
Thurs 4 October 2018 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London (Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8TT) £23.20 (£19.50 Ticket + £3.70 Fees)
Sunday 7 October 2018 - O2 ABC, Glasgow (300 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JT) £20.20 (£17.50 Ticket + £2.70 Fees)
Mon 8 October 2018 - O2 Ritz, Manchester (Whitworth Street West, M1 5NQ) £20.50 (£17.50 Ticket + £3.00 Fees)
Tickets available from Ticketmaster UK


Sunday March 11, 2018: 16:30-17:10 ARENA

Missed Midland on the Chris Country Radio Breakfast show? Catch up with the conversation here:

Sunday March 11, 2018: 13:10-13:40 Town Square

Published on March 8, 2018 Sarah performs a stunning live acoustic version of her song 'Wasted' for Under The Apple Tree sessions.


Surprise Special Guest? Sat March 10, 2018: 15:10-16:00 Town Square

* BREAKING NEWS * They were in attendance at the fifth CMA Songwriters Series, which returned to indigo at The O2 on Thursday March 8, 2018, hosted by celebrated songwriter Brett James. 
Are They Your Guilty pleasure?

Ken Bruce had the world exclusive first play The Shires brand new single "Guilty" on BBC Radio 2.
"That's another great single" - Ken Bruce (Listen at 1 hour 41 mins BBC Page)
Matt Everitt from MUSIC NEWS NOW joined BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce to talk about the Country To Country Special and news of a Bob Harris C2C Special 8pm -11pm on Saturday. Broadcasting live from backstage at the O2 Arena Bob will be joined by fellow country music broadcaster Baylen Leonard, and Radio 2's Bobbie Pryor and the show will feature a special perfomance by Ashley Campbell honouring her late father.

‘Guilty’ First Play On Chris Country Radio
I'm really excited to play this, its the first brand new single from The Shires album, the album is called ACCIDENTLY ON PURPOSE, this song is called "Guilty" ...I LOVE this song, it's got such a great vibe to it, gets me REALLY EXCITED about the new album, check this out The Shires Guilty" - Chris Stevens Chris Country Radio

SHOCK! We accidently on purpose saved the audio! Listen to the edited playout!:

Released on March 9, 2018, The Shires pre-grat track “Guilty” from ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (out April 20, 2018) | made a debut at #13 on the UK Country iTunes Singles Chart (#648 overall) and has so far climbed to #2 (#169 overall)

Sat March 10, 2018: 13:00-13:40 BBC RADIO 2
Sat March 10, 2018: Sat 15:10-15:40 C2C Sessions - NY-LON
Sunday March 11, 2018: 14:00-15:00 Bluebird Café @ C2C
Sunday March 11, 2018: 20:10-20:30 ARENA Spotlight
Sunday March 11, 2018: 22:30-23:00 C2C Official Aftershow

Watch this Interview by Christian Lamitschka CEO of German Country Blog Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show who introduces himself to European fans. He talks about his new album Boom! and great advise for new artists!

Country Music News International (the place where you find country music news, interviews, CD reviews and many more in German and English). Visit
Published on Feb 27, 2018 the interview was conducted during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2018 took place on Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Nashville.

Born on Dec 27, 1979 (age 38) the Mobile, Alabama artist
His single "You Broke Up with Me" released June 28, 2017 peaked at #9 on Hot Country Songs and #10 on Billboard Country Airplay and has been certified GOLD by the RIAA for 0.5 Million units (actual pure sales 247,000 chart dated Dec 23, 2017)
on Nov 22, 2017
BOOMING INTO THE TOP 10: Walker Hayes with his new LP, boom. (Monument/ Sony Music Nashville), arrived on Top Country Albums at No.6, earning 16,000 equivalent album units (12,324 in traditional sales; Chart issue week of Dec 30, 2017). The title marked Hayes’ second Top Country Albums appearance; his 2010 self-titled EP debuted and peaked at No. 66.

Critical reception for Walker Hayes’ boom.:
10 Tracks/ Time: 31:05 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Roughstock - With just ten songs, Walker Hayes has delivered an album full of clever lyrics and melodies that are outside of what’s typically seen in country music. While that may be enough for some to discount the merits of boom. as a country music album, I just think it’s well-made, good music. And in a world where I’m trying to be more like “Beckett,”  that’s all I need to enjoy one of country music’s most interesting (and final) releases of 2017.

Saving Country Music (Rating: Two Guns Extremely Down! (-1/10)…Boom is the worst album of “country” music in history, and should be universally repelled and impugned by everyone, buried or burned as the example of cultural rot that it is, and never spoken of again except in reference of what we can never allow to befall our precious, fertile ears again.

Country Music People (Rating: 1 STAR) Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse …Boom! Along comes Walker Hayes – Duncan Warwick Editer

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