Countrified Monthly – February 2021
By Laura Klonowski (Founder, Music & Tour News)
Well, February was an exciting month in the country music world – we’ve had the ACM nominations, multiple single releases and, all-round excitement within the genre including the news that festival season could be on the cards again this year.
But back to the ACM’s, while I’m disappointed by the lack of diversity once again, I am super excited for Mickey Guyton, and Carly Pearce for their nominations. These are two of the best voices within the genre and deserve all the praise in the world. I would also like to congratulate Lady A for their noms too – for me, the trio are making their best music at the moment so it’s great to see them getting some recognition.
Moving away from the US scene and back to what’s happening here in the UK, I have been blown away by what our homegrown stars have been creating this year so far and am in awe of the talent our scene possesses – this is such an exciting time for the British market and I can’t wait to see how it grows even further this year.
Ward Thomas have once again been flying the flag with their stunning collaboration ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’ featuring Nashville based superstar Cam, and then we have rising talent Kevin McGuire from Scotland with his new single ‘Seeing Things’ which let’s face it could easily be a Kane Brown global hit so I hope listeners get behind Kevin and his music as I truly believe he is such an incredible talent that deserves to be heard.
Twinnie also threw a curveball by teaming up with the DJ outfit Lvndscape for the collaboration ‘Fall Into The Night’ which although not a country song we could still clearly hear the country twang of the York performer’s vocal and it will no doubt bring more people into the genre.
Another Brit artist I’m listening to is Hollie Shearer who is fast becoming one of the genre’s most loved artists and I have been obsessed with her latest single ‘Unlucky In Love’ and I’m sure 2021 is going to be a huge breakout year for the Northern sensation – watch this space.
Switching back to the States for a minute, I have also been binge-watching the Sarah Darling series on CountryLine TV and love what she’s doing with them – this is a wonderful time for artists to try new things and that fits perfectly into that realm, she has also sent a bunch of songs off to be mastered meaning new music is on the way soon and I am literally counting down the days until we get a new album from her.
With being in the third lockdown I have been using this time to discover new artists so moving away from my favourites mentioned above all of which I’ve been listening to for some time I’ve also been getting into Track 45, Laura Oakes, Louise Parker, Curt Chambers, Laura Evans, and so many more. All these artists are making the best music of their careers and it’s such a wonderful time to be working in country music – this genre is only going to get bigger.
And talking of growing and getting bigger, I cannot wait for what’s to come from The Wandering Hearts this year especially since they have a brand new album coming this summer. I promise you that this record is going to be so worth the wait, it is going to be truly remarkable and such a major step-up for them.
I have also been so impressed by the younger artists creating country music at the moment including the likes of Noah Schnacky, Gracie Carol, Olivia Lane, Payton Smith, and Laine Lonero – there is an abundance of talent out there and I cannot wait to see what they achieve in the coming years.
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