It was February 2012 when I first got into country music, I mean properly got in to it. Sure I’d heard the odd song here and there, and I grew up listening to Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. But it was February 2012 when I started take country music seriously, and I soon realised it’s a genre of music filled to the brim of great artists, amazing songs and some of the nicest people on God’s green earth. It was Now That’s What I Call Country 4 that I listened to first and from there I took an immediate liking to Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, George Strait….in fact if I’m honest with you, I liked pretty much every song on that CD.
Since then, I still like those artists but I have also discovered amazing artists such as Brad Paisley, The Band Perry (who were on that CD but I dismissed them at the time – you can read more about that here), Shooter Jennings, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert, Kasey Chambers, Rodney Adkins and so many more. There’s an honesty, mixed with humour and real life that you just don’t find in any other genre of music, and I’m so glad that I have found country music.
In 2014 I have also become aware of, and subsequently a big fan of UK country music, and after seeing quite a few at Country 2 Country 2014, I have made it somewhat of a quest of mine to seek out and see as many of them live as I can. I am a big supporter of up and coming talent and any exposure I can give them on this blog is something I strive to do.
I decided to start this blog so that my regular blog didn’t get over-run with posts about country music, because my discovery of all this amazing music is something I wanted to write down and share. At the moment I feel like a kid in a candy store and though I have dived head first straight in, I have only just cracked the surface of the mountains of great country music there is out there.
Until I get time to revamp this page, let’s mention Americana, roots, bluegrass and folk – my net has spread a little further than just country music.