Following Country to Country Festival 2018, fans across the UK can catch some of the hottest acts who will be headlining intimate shows on the C2C Roadshow tour.
A longtime friend of C2C, Kristian Bush of Sugarland will take the helm of the Roadshow tour and perform together for the first time in the UK with Lindsay Ell, joined by supports Levi Hummon and Twinnie on selected dates.
Midland – will make a quick costume change and take to the stage in London for a one off underplay at Omeara before heading back to the US to join the Little Big Town tour.
Ashley McBryde and label mate Ryan Kinder will co headline a London show before Ryan Kinder joins Ashley Campbell and Mo Pitney and heads to Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham on a triple-headline bill. Ashley Campbell and Mo Pitney will conclude their week in the UK with a co-headline show in London.
High Valley returns to the UK for their third tour and play one special show in Manchester following their C2C London and Glasgow performances.
The Roadshows present multiple artists on one bill to give fans outside of London a sample of the many excellent and new country artists from Nashville who are serious about taking their music to UK audiences and their UK fans.
GRAMMY-winning recording artist Kristian Bush has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist started his career with folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early 90s; in 2004, he exploded onto the country music scene with Sugarland, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning numerous awards, including GRAMMYs, AMAs, ACMs, CMT Music Awards and CMAs. Currently back in the studio, watch out for new music to come.
Headlining their own intimate date are C2C Mainstage performers Midland who takeover London’s Omeara on Monday 12th March. Rooted in tradition both in sound and style, Midlandinitially garnered attention playing clubs in the Texas region. Their self-titled debut EP features five tracks, boasting songwriting credits from each member. Midland intentionally nods to the wild west with Country music that is reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s with a modern day twist. They’ve opened for idols Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson and are currently in the studio with Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves) working on their full length release for Big Machine Records.
Named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch,” Lindsay Ell is a triple threat: accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter. The young Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. Ell honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) at the age of 13. Ell’s debut EP, Worth The Wait (produced by Kristian Bush) is out now.
Songwriter. Singer. Banjo player. Ashley Campbell juggles all three roles, armed with the ability not only to dream up a modern country song, but to deliver it, too. Already known for her work alongside her father, country legend Glen Campbell —who, during his final years as a touring musician, leaned heavily on his youngest daughter as a banjo player, keyboardist and harmony vocalist —Ashley is now stepping out on her own. Her music is a mix of her wide-ranging influences, combining the old-school country sound popularized by her father during the ’60s and ’70s with contemporary Americana, rootsy folk and country-pop. Glen Campbell’s long-time fans may hear something familiar in Ashley’s melodies as she embraces these similarities while distinguishing herself as a talented frontwoman.
When Mo Pitney sings “let me tell you about country” in his debut single, he’s doing more than telling. He’s showing. Appropriately titled, the song “Country” is as much positioning statement as introduction. In three minutes and 16seconds, it is almost precisely who he is in word and deed. The vocal delivery, storytelling, musicianship and reflections of his outdoor lifestyle – as well as faith, family and patriotism – offer a spot-on portrayal. Joined by early fan favourites “Clean Up On Aisle Five” and “Come Do A Little Life,” the song carves an unmistakably country yet completely fresh groove for the genre. In short, it sounds like nothing else, but absolutely belongs. To paraphrase the song, a life in music isn’t a place on a map; it’s a place in Mo Pitney’s heart. “I just love music,” Pitney says, exhibiting atypical maturity for someone still in their early twenties. “It has never been about praise.
Ashley McBryde who is performing on the London C2C Spotlight Stage joins Ryan Kinder at the Borderline on Monday 12th March. McBryde is a fierce singer/songwriter who The Tennessean vows are “worth discovering” and Rolling Stone calls a “Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert.” McBryde recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut with her heartrending ode-to-self, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” which she released last year due to demand.
For Alabama native Ryan Kinder, it’s all about the music. Inspired by his Southern upbringing, country strongholds Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, and rock and soul sensations like Eric Clapton, Marc Broussard, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jackson Browne, Kinder is perfecting a truly unique sound, both expressive and impactful, that hits close to the hearts of his growing fan base.
As previously announced C2C favourites High Valley will head to Manchester’s Deaf Institute on Sunday 11th March. The Canadian Breakout duo sighed Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville mark yet another career milestone with their single, “She’s With Me,” entering the Top 15 at country radio. The song tallies over 23 million on demand streams and serves as a standout on their major label debut Dear Life. Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel wrapped their first US headline run with multiple sold out dates at the end of last year and will embark on a global run of dates to Europe and Australia in March. The brother duo will open the BBC Radio 2 stage on Friday, March 9 as part of London’s C2C Festival before headlining the official aftershow party for C2C Glasgow at SW3G.
Levi Hummon made his imprint on the Nashville community before he realized the extent of his craft. Born and raised in Music City, Levi was surrounded by music greats. The LEVI HUMMON EP, was released by Big Machine Label Group in 2016, is a glimpse into the songwriter’s zest for life, thirst for adventure and homage to his upbringing. Levi’s been busy on the road touring with the likes of Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, David Nail, Michael Ray, and A Thousand Horses, plus Levi helped launched C2C 2018 with Lindsay Ell in London last October as part of Country Music Week.
After securing a publishing deal with Universal, Twinnie has branched out into all areas of the entertainment industry. She has performed backing vocals for the likes of Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines and BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge), Brian May and the Roger Taylor to name but a few. Twinnie’s debut single Cool and second single Home also reached number 2 in the iTunes county charts and she has received great support from BBC Radio 2 in particular and press from the likes of Heat Magazine, Digital Spy, Songwriting Magazine. Twinnie is now focusing on her album and is one of the upcoming talents to be featured at the C2C 2018.
High Valley tickets are onsale now.
C2C presents High Valley
Sunday 11th March – Manchester Deaf Institute
C2C Presents Midland
Mon 12 March – London Omeara (tickets go on sale 10am Friday 9th February)
C2C presents Ashley McBryde and Ryan Kinder
Mon 12 March– London Borderline
C2C presents Ashley Campbell and Mo Pitney
Sat 17 March – London Borderline
C2C Roadshow featuring Kristian Bush and Lindsay Ell with Levi Hummon,
Tue 13 March – Glasgow O2 ABC2
Wed 16 March – Birmingham O2 Institute 3
Thu 17 March – Manchester Ruby Lounge
C2C Roadshow featuring Kristian Bush, Levi Hummon and Twinnie
Friday 16th March – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 18th March – London Bush Hall
C2C Roadshow featuring Ashley Campbell, Mo Pitney and Ryan Kinder
Tues 13th March – Liverpool Arts Club
Wednesday 14th March – Manchester Deaf Institute
Friday 16th March – Birmingham O2 Institute 3