Multi-Platinum country music artist Scotty McCreery, who has gained fans around the globe and earned two No. 1 hits in the United States with “Five More Minutes” and “This is It,” will return to the UK and Ireland this May on the heels of his sold-out acoustic tour in England and Germany last October. He will return to both London and Manchester, but due to popular demand, the singer/songwriter will also hold his first concert in Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast. In addition, McCreery will be bringing his full band with him for the first time, and playing larger venues, making these his biggest solo international shows outside the US to date.
Massachusetts-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sean McConnell, who has appeared in the UK no less than three times during 2019 – opening shows with Ashley Monroe, a performance at The Long Road festival and a recent run of dates with Ashley McBryde – is getting ready to cross the pond next month.
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.”
A Special podcast ahead of the Brothers Osborne hitting Irish soil this weekend as they take to the stage in the Academy in Dublin on Friday (4th May) and then head north to Belfast for a Limelight performance on Saturday (5th May). We’re extremely excited by this and had the privilege of catching up with them before they left the states. Have a listen to Podcast 46 featuring some of their best music and a two part interview.
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.
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.
Saturday 5th May see’s the fabulous Brothers Osborne roll into Northern Ireland for their first UK gig of this your. They’ll be playing in Belfast’s Limelight, straight after a Dublin appearance on the previous night. The event comes just two weeks after the release of their second album ‘Port Saint Joe’. CMNI’s very own Courtenay Mercer shared the great news with us last Friday…read about it here. The band also tweeted instructions to make sure you know the best way in which to listen to it!
The Mavericks is a name you might of not heard since their single ‘Dance The Night Away’ was in the UK charts in 1998, spending a respectful 18 weeks in the chart and peaking at No. 4. However, to anyone who has followed them closely, you’ll know they’ve had a very vibrant history featuring many ups and downs, twists and turns and next week, their path leads them to Belfast, to the Limelight. As they prepare to take to the stage on Tuesday 5th February, we take a look back and perhaps take a moment to give the band the recognition they deserve.