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Steve Earle – The Background

With around three weeks until Steve Earle rolls his tour bus into Belfast, we take a look at whats inspired him, where he has come from and take a look at his most recent work. If you ever had any doubt about where Steve Earle’s musical roots are planted, his new collection, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, makes it perfectly plain.  “There’s nothing ‘retro’ about this record,” he states, “I’m just acknowledging where I’m coming from.”  So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, Texas.  Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade but he acknowledges, “Look, I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do. And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.”

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The Shires to Support Shania Twain on Tour

Top selling British Country act of all time; The Shires have announced that they are to support Shania Twain on her UK and Ireland tour later this year. The news comes hot off the heels of their third album release last month and Ben having just became a father for a second time.

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Aaron Watson set for UK but no Irish dates announced

AaronStraight from one of his most successful album to date, ‘Vaquero’ (2017) and the release of latest country radio single ‘Run Wild Horses’, Aaron Watson has announced his latest tour of the UK this September, headlining shows in Glasgow, Manchester, London and The Long Road Festival in Leicestershire. Having played over 2,500 shows in his fifteen-year career as an independent artist, with nearly half a million headline tickets sold in the last 18 months, Watson has made it a priority to tour internationally and visit fans in the UK, Europe and worldwide since his previous record. We’d be keen to see him back in Ireland!

Vaquero’,  released in 2017 from independent country artist Aaron Watson debuts in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with his biggest career sales week to date, and #2 on the Top Country Albums chart with 39,000 equivalent album units in total consumption. ‘Vaquero’ landed at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart across all genres. The singer-songwriter, with his groundswell of loyal fans, opened at #1 on iTunes Country Albums chart and has continued to stay perched in the top spot consistently for over a week. As momentum of the release increased over that week, Watson also soared to #1 on the iTunes All-Genre chart. Following his UK & Ireland tour in January 2017, ‘Vaquero’ also hit the Official UK Independent Chart and landed at #6 on the UK’s Official Country Chart.

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Watson made history in 2015 when his 10th studio album The Underdog hit #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart (26,000 albums sold), making him the first-ever independent, male country artist to debut in the coveted top spot.

“Above all, he is authentic. What you see is what you get. At a time when everyone and everything seems overly marketed, when we’re being constantly manipulated and sold to, the music of Aaron Watson can be awfully appealing. There’s no gimmick, no pretension, there’s certainly no irony.” – Texas Monthly

“Watson’s knack for shaping sharp, hooky choruses makes this eleventh edition to his catalog not just a worthy complement to ‘The Underdog,’ but a textbook example of his talents in a genre overflowing with shapeless, cookie cutter ‘bro country,’ little of which is half as enjoyable or well-crafted as the majority of ‘Vaquero’.” – American Songwriter

 

“…the most sprawling work Watson has ever done, blending country-rock, R’n’B-tinged love ballads, backwoods stories, an epic instrumental track and traditional country twang with ease.” – Austin American Statesman

Jenn Bostic brings “Revival”, UK album release tour to a close with Sold Out Belfast show

Northern Ireland music fans were spoiled for choice this past weekend with a trio of Nashville artists hitting Belfast stages.  Whilst Kendell Marvel and Brothers Osborne were rocking the Limelight, fellow Nashville resident Jenn Bostic brought her “Revival”, UK album release tour to a specular close with a Sold Out show at the nearby Crescent Arts Centre.

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Brothers Osborne tour reaches Irish Soil

This weekend marks the first Brothers Osborne headline tour. Kendell Marvel is travelling with them and will provide the support for their gigs!

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Brothers Osborne’s ‘Shoot Me Straight’ was recorded live in front of a bunch of friends

Brothers Osborne recorded much of their new album, Port Saint Joe, in a beach house in Florida, and one of the songs they tracked — “Shoot Me Straight” — was recorded live in front of a bunch of friends who came down to hang out.

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Jenn Bostic to finish UK tour in Belfast this Saturday

Jenn Bostic hits Belfast this Saturday night wrapping up her UK tour. Its the only date on the tour that features after the release date of her latest album release. We take a closer look at the artist, the album and her pending Belfast appearance.

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It’s a baby boy for Ben Earle (The Shires)

Confirmed just over an hour ago Ben Earle from The Shires was proud to announce the birth of his second son Tennessee! He revealed to the world that things went pretty quickly during labour and that both mother and child are doing well.

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FREE CONCERT – Mandy Barnett with the Ulster Orchestra

As a special treat to fans, Belfast City Council have refunded all ticket purchases to customers and have decided to run this concert as a free event. Anyone who is in possession of tickets, these will still be required to gain entry and anyone still wanting to obtain tickets, please see below.

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Kendell Marvel to Support Brothers Osborne

Main acts are what draws the crowd to any event, from stadium and arena tours, to the smaller intimate gigs. One thing that they all have in common is that these event use support acts, or openers, Acts that fill the time and warm up the crowd until the big guys are due on! Sometimes all you want is to get past the support to the main item, but sometimes, the support act can really surprise you, leaving you wanting more…and I think Kendell Marvell will do just this when he appears prior to the Brothers Osborne, opening their gigs during their UK and Ireland tour.

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