I’ve been a fan of country music since as long as I can remember, my whole life. I was raised on it.
My Nanna loved it, my mum loves it and I love it.
Country music tells stories like no other music does, it heals me when I’m feeling down, it makes me happy like no other genre of music can and for some reason, people think its ok to mock my beloved country music. People who have probably never heard real country music, only songs like cotton eye joe, which is in no way a true reflection of country. It’s not all yeehaw and do-si-dos like people make out.
When I was younger I was brought up on people like my idol Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Billie Jo Spears, I listened to Glen Campbell and Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash, all of the greats. I’ll be honest, country music is not like it used to be but it is so vast these days.
Some artists like Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves and Jon Pardi to me still have that amazing old school country sound that I adore and Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum give is a more modern spin on country music.
My love of country music has made me some wonderful new friends, some of whom I’ve met, some I’m yet to meet but these people hold a special place in my heart because here in the UK we are unique, there are more of us than I ever thought there was and thanks to the amazing Country2Country Festival that is held in the O2 every March and our little place on Facebook we know we have kindred spirits out there.
We meet up at concerts throughout the year and its like meeting up with family, what more could you ask for?
I couldn’t love music any more than I do and in the words of Loretta Lynn.
“If you’re looking at me, you’re looking at Country”