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Welcome and come on in to Think Country!

Think Country is here to help bring country closer to you all, it’s a one stop shop to read the latest news from country music in the UK and USA, reviews and interviews. Check out our fabulous gallery and take part in competitions and win great prizes.

So, please sit back, put your feet up, grab a cuppa, cold beer or sweet ice tea and have a look around.

We would love to know what you think, drop us a note at hello@thinkcountry.co.uk

Meet the team

Annette (Founder – Think Country)

Hi, I’m Annette, I have been a huge country music fan since the early 90s, those were the days we were lucky enough to have CMT in the UK.

I enjoy nothing more than listening to country music whilst having a cold beer (or a moonshine) with friends. I try to go to as many gigs as I can here in the UK and in the USA; I think of Nashville as my second home and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends in Tennessee.

Think Country is something I am very proud of, I just want to share my love and passion of all things country music related with you all.

Amy Westney

Hey all! I am a musician, photographer, writer whatever you name it. Jack of all master of none… Wait… I mean master of all… yep that’s the one!

Country music has been my beginning, middle and end (cheesy but true…) ever since i discovered it back in 2005 and to be involved with Think Country just means that I get to spend my time immersed in it. I have had the chance to meet a lot of incredible people through music and I am thankful to now call a lot of them friends.

Keep your eye out for me because I’m always here, there and everywhere! In the UK or in Nashville you never know where I might pop up!

Lesley Hastings

Hi there ( or should I say Howdy Y’all??)

So excited to be part of the Think Country team, I am a massive music fan with Country and Americana being my particular passions! Great to see their rise in popularity here in the UK. Just love great lyrics, vocal harmonies and a song with a story! Throw in some steel and I am in heaven…..

I have a serious gig-going and cowboy boot collecting habit, which I am sure some of you can relate to! Occasionally I pick up a guitar and try my hand at songwriting.  I am also passionate about animal welfare, and have recently left the London rat race behind to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle in Buckinghamshire with my rescue dogs and cats. Cowgirl Lesley. xx

Caroline Gulla 

Hi, I’m Caroline!  I live in Northamptonshire and from the outside I look like a normal mum of two lovely girls, dutiful wife to a long-suffering husband, head chef, housekeeper and dog walker of Ozzy, the Frenchie.  However, my alter-ego, Carolina, is a rock music turned country fanatic who grew up in an rowdy Irish family and whose main job between the ages of 7-16 was keeping the vinyl spinning on the vintage record player, be it old Irish rebel songs or classic country.  Don Williams, Jim Reeves, Tammy Wynette & Loretta Lynn were the songs of my formative years and inspired me to pick up the guitar and sing (ok, my singing is better than my guitar playing!).  My main hobby, outside of the day job, is attending live music events and travelling and my passion for modern country music was ignited on a trip to Nashville around 5 years ago.  My favourite male artists include Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Chris Young & female would be Miranda Lambert & Brandy Clark.  I love to discover new and local talent and I recently discovered Americana, which I now love.  I’m the one who can’t keep her feet still so come and say hello if you see me out and about! I am really excited about being part of the Think Country Team

Helen C Pocock

Hi, I am Helen & I am from Portsmouth/Southampton.  My father is to blame for my love of Country music.  I remember back in the ‘70s he bought a set of 6 Country & Western cassette tapes from a newspaper advert.  I wore tape number 5 out by playing it so much!  I would love to know now what was on that tape!  Unfortunately in 1976 my father died and apart from what was on the radio (Terry Wogan in particular!) Country music was switched off in our house.  Talking to mum now, we are not sure why and we have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t actually a conscious decision by any of us!

My love was reignited in the 90’s when a trip to Calgary Stampede introduced me to Garth Brooks & Friends in Low Places.  It was EVERYWHERE!!  Every bar, dance hall, shop, radio station, TV programme.  I came home with the album!  Went back the following year & bought more albums.  I kinda then went quiet again.  It just didn’t sound right over here.

A trip to the CMA Awards in Nashville started me off again (for the 3rd time!) in 2010.  This time it was Miranda, Lady A & Carrie who had me hooked.  Shortly after I got home I discovered Spotify which made all the Country music I was beginning to love easily accessible and then in 2012 the 1st C2C festival was announced.  From there on in Country music DID sound right in this country. Not only that, everything else began to pale by comparison!

I have been to all 4 C2Cs (& have my tickets for next year!)  Last year I decided to branch out and give FSA Fest a go.  Opened up a whole new world to me; UK Country artists, several of these artists had been Pop Up acts at C2C and some have since become friends.  I have now become as passionate about them as I am about the US artists!

Kate Willis

Hi I’m Kate. I live with my long suffering husband and cat in Sussex, ten minutes from Brighton and an hour from London. I work full time and country music takes up most of my spare time, when I’m not at a gig you can find me on a tennis court or cooking for friends in my kitchen. My location means I can attend most gigs easily, assuming I have the finances!  I’m a relatively new fan of country music, but once I found the country music Jesus that is Eric Church I’ve never looked back. My new love is Drake White and the Big Fire who stole the show at C2C2017, I flew to Zurich to see him play with Darius prior to C2C2017.

My country music tastes are eclectic from bluegrass to honky tonk, and ballads to rock. I love finding new artists and sharing their music. I’m a big fan of social media and spend far too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

My current favourites are: Eric Church, Drake White and The Big Fire, William Michael Morgan, Mo Pitney and Kip Moore

Patti McClintic

I’m Patti. I love just about every genre of music, history and I’m a genealogy addict. I’m a pop culture junkie and I have a lot of useless information stuck in my head! I’m so happy to be a part of the Think Country Team because teamwork is really what life is all about, isn’t it?

Bill (International Photographer)

I’m Bill and I’m thrilled to be a part of Think Country UK! I’m a resident of Nashville, Tennessee, which allows me to photograph so many amazing country artists – often so many that I have to turn down opportunities, because try as I might, I still haven’t figured out how to be in two or more places at one time! I love this city and I love sharing the music through my photography. I hope you enjoy the photos and I thank Annette for bringing me on board – it’s really an honor to be here.

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Sammy Boots

I am a country music loving asphalt cowgirl with a passion for helping kids with cancer. I was born and raised in Orlando, FL where I currently reside. Although I was born and raised in the city don’t let that fool you. If you run into me, there’s no doubt you will find me wearing one of my many pairs of cowboy boots! There’s really not a time I can recall as a child where I wasn’t jammin’ out to country on the radio with my mom and two sisters in the car. Country music has always been a strong part of my life; recalling when I was 6, I sat on Santa’s lap and all I asked for was an Alan Jackson CD.  Who knew two years later I would attend my very first concert to see Mr. Jackson.

Jordan 

Hello my name is Jordan! I am the very arty type; I studied Illustration in the lovely town of Falmouth, Cornwall… and I have a slight addiction to country music. Since travelling to the United States at a very young age of just 4 on family holidays I soon found that country music was really my kinda’ thing, now at the age of 23 I have attended the last four years at a country festival in Kansas and had trips to Nashville, so safe to say my love for this amazing genre is just growing. I have been very fortunate to have met some of my very favourite country singers and certainly love it when they come across the pond and play in our country, the UK certainly is liking the sound of country music. Feel free to say hi either on social media or if I see you out and about at a gig- I will most certainly be wearing my ‘Think Country’ T’shirt.

Jennifer Bailey 

I grew up without country music…but I survived, and recovered nicely. Now it’s an obsession, one which I never plan to get over. Born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, I love living in our small city. I work at a local radio station, as an on-air personality, Production Director, and Digital Media Director. We have 5 stations, and yes, 2 of them are country! I’m very involved in my community, play kickball, hike, boat, dance, and generally just enjoy the heck out of life. I have two boys, who have thankfully inherited my deep love for music.

I really started paying attention to country music during the Young Country movement in the 90’s. Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire…I fell in love with the music AND the people behind it. I began to recognize the country music culture as much like a small city: we might not all know each other personally, but when we find out we’re from the same place, it’s an instant connection. That belief has been strengthened the longer I’m in the industry. There are so many true artists, singers, performers, songwriters in country music, and I’m on a mission to hear and know them all. So if there’s one you think I’m not aware of, please share with me. There’s nothing quite like watching a fledgling country performer grow into a country music star!…a big star that still better call their Mama on Sunday.