Hey Beth! Great to e-meet you. It’s been a pretty exciting year for you festival-wise hasn’t it, starting with C2C back in March. As an artist it must give you so much encouragement to see how the festival’s become so huge over the last few years?
Lovely to meet you, Dan! Definitely. It’s exciting that each year it’s grown so much and more people are becoming interested in country music. It was an electric weekend this year. The only downside was that my head is too small for all of the cowboy hats.
What do you think country music has grown so much recently?
I think people are finally realising that country music isn’t all line dancing and yeehaw’s. A lot of artists are putting in a tremendous amount of effort into their craft to make people see how current the genre can be.
Certainly a stand-out gig was your opening slot for Bon Jovi in Canada. You raised a few eyebrows when you announced that one! Please tell us about the whole experience because I know they’ve been a massive influence for you since an early age.
The whole day was a crazy, incredible experience. As we finished soundcheck Jon Bon Jovi walked past to get on stage and me and my guitarist were like “So there’s JBJ. Casually walking past. And we’re opening for him later. Cool.”
It was definitely the most memorable day of my life so far! Not many people get to say they opened for their heroes, so I wanted to take the opportunity to show Bon Jovi and the crowd how grateful I was by giving it my everything.
How on earth did you cope with the nerves? For an upcoming artist to be thrown into that situation, it must have been daunting to say the least!
I had an incredible support system around me. The guys were great at keeping me calm but also, it was my dream come true! And that overtook any nerves I had.
To be honest, it was so surreal that the enormity of the situation didn’t hit me until I sang the last line of our final song. I looked around the arena at everyone and thought “we did it”.
It must be awesome to step on stage with the full band. We don’t see it too often with British acts – it really makes so much difference and you must love it as a performer?
It’s incredible! I enjoy doing solo shows but there’s nothing like having my band up there with me. We all have the best time vibing off each other. It really brings my songs and performance to life.
So where did you first discover your love for country music, both as a fan and as an artist?
As a fan, I was on holiday in Devon with my parents when my Mum put a Dixie Chicks CD on in the car on the way to the beach. I was completely captivated by the harmonies and their stories.
As an artist, I think it all fell into place around the same time. I started song writing at 15 after teaching myself guitar and country music was what I was listening to.
For anybody who hasn’t had a chance to listen to your music yet, how would you describe your sound?
Melodic, emotionally driven and authentic.
Tell us a little bit about your song writing. Where do you tend to get your ideas from when you sit down to write? And are you constantly writing and full of ideas or is it something you just have to be in the mood for?
I’m constantly writing down notes on my phone. I can be in the middle of a conversation with someone and if they say something that stands out I try to slyly write it down without looking like a weirdo. People are very inspiring.
Sometimes I get an intense feeling that won’t go away until whatever’s inside is down on paper. Those are the best moments.
Are you working towards a new EP/album?
Right now I’m working on a single that I’m hoping will be released very soon. I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to finally share it with people.
Do you have any gigs coming up in the near future? Where can the folks come and see you?
I have a couple of things in the pipeline and I post all gig info on on social media so be sure to keep an eye out. There will definitely be a launch gig when the single hits!
Where can people find you on social media?
I’m @itsbeththornton across all platforms!