Countrified Monthly - March 2021 - The Shires

Countrified Monthly – March 2021

By Laura Klonowski (Founder, Music & Tour News)

There’s been some really wonderful releases this March, I’ve been super impressed by the wealth of  talent all of the rising, and established country acts have shown this past month not to mention their  resilience when it comes to continuous knock-backs in the performing world due to lockdown. 

Ward Thomas for instance have confirmed that they will once again be pushing back their long awaited acoustic tour with the dates now pencilled in for November, whilst they have also released  a stunning acoustic version of their sublime single ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’ Ft Cam – a truly stellar  offering.  

March also saw Wales celebrating St David’s Day on the 1st – and being proud to come from South  Wales I have to take a minute to big-up some incredible Welsh talent within country music; Be sure  to check out Eleri Angharad, Laura Evans, Rae Sam, Shellyann, Rosey Cale, and Caitlin Mae. All of whom are wonderfully gifted and they all have new music out right now too so get listening.  

And talking of homegrown acts, the UK scene has proven itself to be awash with incredible artists.  We have so many remarkable new songs from Brits including ‘How Do I Choose’ from Emma and  Jolie, ‘This House’ from Jake Morrell, ‘Swear It All Again’ from Una Healy, and so many more. I  feel so lucky to be seeing so many acts rising through the ranks right now. 


Jake Morrell - This House


Looking across the pond there’s is so much amazing music coming out from over there too –  I’m particularly a fan of Mickey Guyton’s ‘Cross Country’ collaboration with BRELAND, Lady A’s  anthemic ‘Like A Lady’, and the epic new release ‘Woman You Got’ from Maddie and Tae. But  we’ve also been treated to a Maren Morris, and Taylor Swift duet too – just incredible.  

Also, did anyone else catch that snippet video from Twinnie filmed backstage at the BCMA Awards  in 2019? Just hearing her soaring vocals collide with The Adelaides’ sweeping harmonies on their  version of Maren’s ‘My Church’ was awe-inspiring. Twinnie also shared a stunning cover of Emeli  Sande’s ‘Clown’ which I am obsessed with – it’s beautiful.  

I have also spent March discovering lots of new music and have been blown away by some amazing singers coming through, in particular Sam Turner from Yorkshire, and The Highway Women hailing from the US– both acts offer something completely different but are both wonderfully talented.  

There is such a rich tapestry of incredible country, and country crossover performers on-the-rise at  the minute and I seem to find new artists every day which is just so exciting and I cannot wait for  when live music returns so that we can get to experience all these remarkable acts live on stage  doing what they do best.  

Talking of live music returning, Black Deer Fest is set to be the first festival to return this June (if  restrictions are lifted) and it is sure to be a truly incredible weekend of live showcases from some of the best artists in country, folk, and Americana – I for one cannot wait to be front-row soaking up  the sun and listening to wonderful music.  

This April (10th) we will also be able to tune in to see The Shires live for a virtual live-stream gig which will fill the gap for now until we are all able to get back into live music venues safely –  hopefully this summer.


Rae Sam - The Great Escape


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