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ACM Awards Winners List

Sunday's Wrestlemania was surely overshadowed by the ACM Awards where everyone who's everyone in country music headed down to Vegas to watch Miranda Lambert smash Reba's Female Vocalist of the Year award record.

Full winner's list:

Album of the Year: Weight of These Wings - Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year: Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett

Songwriter of the Year: Lori McKenna (!!)

Single Record of the Year: H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia Line

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Thomas Rhett

New Female Vocalist of the Year: Maren Morris

New Male Vocalist of the Year: Jon Pardi

Group of the Year - Little Big Town

Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean

Vocal Event of the Year: May We All - Florida Georgia Line & Tim McGraw

Video of the Year: Forever Country

Make sure to check out Miranda's beautiful acoustic performance of Tin Man: you won't regret it!

Shay x


Don't get too excited or anything but YOU could be in Brad Paisley's new music video. You, yes YOU. Whatttttt??

He just launched a competition via social media inviting all his fans to submit their bad selfies for the chance to appear in a mystery video. All you have to do is upload the bad selfie to Instagram using the hashtag #BPSelfieSubmissions.

Get snapping people and good luck!

Shay x

Kacey Musgraves Is Coming To The UK!! 🌵

Anyone who follows Kacey Musgraves on Twitter is probably hyperventilating right now: I know I am! She's just announced, in a reply to a fan's tweet, that she's currently planning a UK tour.
No word thus far on cities and dates but hopefully this signals new music from the super talented singer/songwriter (please can we also take a moment to pray for a Kacey performance at C2C 🙏).
Watch this space for all the juicy details!
Shay x

The Round Up - April Edition

The third 'The Round Up' hosted by Two Ways Home is returning to The Metropolitan pub in London (Westbourne Park tube station) on April 6th at 19:30.
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This monthly songwriters round has featured acts like Katy Hurt, Laura Oakes and Catherine McGrath to date and it is set to be even more exciting this month as it's the launch of Two Ways Home's brand new EP!
The other acts announced so far are Norwegian singer/songwriter Liv Austen, the awesome country-rock act Simon James and Louisiana-born Kate Ellis.
Two Ways Home don't charge entry however donations at the end of the round are greatly appreciated. Let me know if you'll be coming, see you there!
Shay x

CMA Songwriters Series 2017

On Thursday 9th March at the Indigo2, 5 songwriters brought Nashville to the UK. Kristian Bush, Drake White, Maren Morris, Liz Rose and Mac MacAnally told us stories and sang us their best-known hits and some lesser-known songs to people in cowboy hats and boots, who had flocked to the sold-out venue to hear the raw talent of these songwriters away from the clean-cut performances of the bigger stages. These songwriters nights are a place where artists can jam together and tell the stories behind their hit songs and this one was spectacular.
Kristian Bush began with Sugarland's hit 'Stuck Like Glue' and continued with solo numbers like 'Flip Flops' and 'Love or Money'. His debut performance at C2C five years ago (he was the first act to ever play the festival) acted as the catalyst for his now hugely-successful solo career and he seemed truly humbled to be back and we're more than happy to have him!
Drake White was one of this year's break-out stars…

Ward Thomas Supporting Miranda Lambert!

Never mind Ward Thomas,I'mdoing cartwheels right now at the news that they'll be supporting Miranda Lambert on her UK tour this August.
The 4-date tour is scheduled as follows:
18th August - Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 19th August - O2 Apollo, Manchester 21st August - SEC Armadillo, Glasgow 23rd August - Eventim Apollo, London
I for one am glad I got in and got my tickets early as I believe they're now sold out :/ You can still catch Ward Thomas on their UK Tour now, details here.
This year is shaping up to be the best ever for country in the UK, let me know if you're going to one of Miranda's UK dates!
Shay x

UK Country Music Week!

Can I get another hallelujah?
So the same people who have been bringing us C2C are finally pulling together a whole week of country events across London from 2nd to 8th October 2017. This is such an exciting time for country music in the UK and this dedicated week will bring both UK and US artists to London to showcase their talents in a way not possible before.
It's so important to support upcoming artists and, while it's great that so many huge and established artists can have the stage at C2C, the smaller stages often lack opportunity with their limited capacities. This week in October, however, will allow more acts to have the spotlight and gain their well-deserved recognition in the close-knit UK County Music community.
Let me know who you'd love to see at the Country Music Week!
Shay x

Maren Morris Tour Dates!

Exciting news people! Maren Morris has finally announced her November UK tour dates and she's going to be playing shows across the whole country. What's even more exciting (as if it were possible) is that Maren is bringing her boyfriend, country singer Ryan Hurd, on tour as her opener!

Tickets are currently on sale and (as yet) aren't sold out - I wouldn't leave it too late to order yours though, as they're likely to go pretty fast. Here's all the dates and ticket info:

12th November - Dublin Academy
13th November - Glasgow ABC
15th November - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
17th November - Birmingham Institute
18th November - Bristol Anson Rooms
20th November - Manchester Ritz
21st November - Sheffield Leadmill
Gigs and Tours (all locations)
Ticketmaster (all locations except London)
Live Nation (all except Bristol, Sheffield and Dublin)
Let me know if, like me, you're super excited to see Maren's UK tour!
Shay x

The Shires Win Their First CMA!

The C2C Songwriters Series was full of surprises, none bigger than for The Shires who proved that we can build our own Nashville as they were presented with their very first CMA award for Global Artist of the Year by Kristian Bush (Sugarland). This is such an exciting achievement for the duo who just had both of their albums certified Gold last week. They really are paving the way for UK country artists - here's to more success in the future! Shay x

Maren Morris UK Tour Announcement!

On Friday night during her set at the C2C Songwriters Series, Maren Morris that she couldn't wait until her main stage C2C performance to break the news that she will be coming to the UK next autumn. Can I get a hallelujah! Maren noted that she will be touring through England, Scotland and Ireland so watch this space for full tour information! Shay x

NEW UK Country Music Blog!

Hey y'all,

I've decided to set up a blog dedicated to all things country for people like me in the UK who want nothing more than the bright lights of Nashville but are (for now) subjected to living in perpetual drizzle, surrounded by people who've never even heard of George Strait.

Feel free to send in suggestions for gigs, albums, artists etc. that I should be writing about to

Shay x