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Vickye
Wirral, UK
Snarky country music blogger, writer, coffee-drinker, bunny lover, CMA member, and professional fangirl.
Interests: Running For The Country Record like a baws.
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You may have watched Eric Church's performance of his 2014 hit 'Give Me Back My Hometown' on Sunday night at the Grammys and thought that was all there was to it. A performance of a Grammy-nominated song from a Grammy-nominated album (he lost both, to Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert respectively, but who's counting). A slightly rough vocal performance on a stage that is probably too big for the song's slow burn and unconventional structure. But that wasn't the whole story. Continue reading
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Miranda Lambert had a pretty good night on Sunday, taking home the Grammy for Best Country Album for 'Platinum' (live during the main telecast), and turning heads with her classic black cut-out red carpet gown, complete with hot pink straps for a pop of color. But it was her explosive performance of current single 'Little Red Wagon' during the show that really set the house on fire. Continue reading
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This one's a bit of a tearjerker guys. Although the video depicts a tribute to our fallen soldiers (among other scenes of dealing with loss), 'One Hell of An Amen' is apparently actually about a real-life friend of Brantley's and his lost battle with cancer. Continue reading
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So how did you announce your tour? Dierks Bentley announced his 2015 Sounds of Summer Tour with the annual Polar Plunge, inviting opening acts Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae, and Canaan Smith to jump into the Percy Priest Lake in Nashville as part of their initiation. Continue reading
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Eric Church has been a mainstay of the live country music scene for several years now, and it seems like he just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Continue reading
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Some artists are totally stuck up. Others are just down-to-earth, appreciative and awesome. Zac Brown Band belong to the latter group. Continue reading
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Okay, I know for the past several weeks it's seemed inevitable that Brad Paisley's latest single 'Perfect Storm' would take the #1 spot eventually, but when it was first announced as going to radio I was totally skeptical. I have loved Brad for years but felt that his current album 'Moonshine In The Trunk' was a creative disappointment, with 'Perfect Storm' stalling and to be honest, being both a bit a messy and a bit boring. "She destroys me in that t-shirt" is also not the line to launch the chorus on, please. I honestly thought that like 'I Can't... Continue reading
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Sometimes, it's hard to know whether something's a good thing or not. Continue reading
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Florida Georgia Line are pretty much taking over every aspect of mainstream country music (and popular culture in general), so I guess it only makes sense that they'd announce their second annual 'This Is How We Roll' cruise in 2015 Continue reading
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With the Nashville season 2 finale airing tomorrow night, and fans in high spirits after the renewal announcement (with a full 22 episodes!), it’s about time we muse on this rather sweet penultimate episode that aired last week. Rayna begins the episode by having a conference meeting with radio promoters, as her album release is coming up. She’s cut short, however, when Bucky informs her that when out on a tour of Afghanistan to perform for the troops, Luke has been injured and rushed back home to the hospital. Rayna flies to New York City to see him, and luckily... Continue reading
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Episode 20, which returned after nearly a month of the show being off-air, showed most explicitly the aftermath of Scarlett having a breakdown on stage. Rushed off stage by Avery and whisked back home by Juliette (who is terrified about what the press will say, of course), the heavily sedated Scarlett is surrounded by people trying to help her, but who are all deeply affected by what has happened. Beverly, distraught, is trying to take over; Deacon pushes her away and Rayna takes control, the latter pair fighting through the stress, blaming each other. When Scarlett wakes up she has... Continue reading
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Well, it’s been a few weeks since Nashville last appeared on our screens, so I think it’s high time for a recap, don’t you? The Maddie Claybourne situation has blown up, and it’s hit the tabloids and the daytime talk shows, even though Maddie dutifully took the video down. Things are rocky for Rayna and Luke after the revelation, and he reveals that he’s loved her all these years, with Deacon being a sore spot as a result. Deacon meanwhile is hurting over the break-up with Megan and trashes the cabin where he is spending time alone, and where there... Continue reading
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This episode picked up where last week left off, showing Juliette officially signed to Highway 65. In the first official meeting to discuss strategy, Rayna and Tandy’s intentions to keep her signing under the radar until Rayna’s album release piss off Juliette, who wants to offer digital downloads and shout from the heavens about her return to country music. Grouchy about the fact that her new label head is praising other artists and not her (how much re-assurance and attention does this girl need?!), at an industry party to preview Rayna’s album Juliette gets up on stage and drops the... Continue reading
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Following the drama of last week, Nashville was back with a bang in episode 16, as we begin to inch towards the season’s climax. Rayna was on the warpath this week, discovering Liam was sleeping with Scarlett and firing him, after a conversation where Scarlett admitted she was falling for him, and firing Tandy after her poor keeping of the books led to cheques bouncing and The Cadillac Three choosing to sign with Big Machine instead of Highway 65. Refusing to have people around her who break her trust, Luke is back and tries to convince Rayna that she needs... Continue reading
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Nashville returned on Wednesday night after a 3 week hiatus, to an episode both exciting and darkly dramatic. Rayna is getting things together with her label and Scarlett’s new music, but Teddy arrives to tell her that Lamar is dead, and slips in a few white lies about how he tried to help but it was too late. They tell the press and begin preparations for a private family funeral (which strangely Juliette is invited to), and Rayna is faced with telling Tandy, who erupts into hysterical sobs, while her sister remains cold and hard-faced, still furious at her father... Continue reading
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The drama builds as we move towards 2/3rds of the way through season 2 of Nashville. Juliette and Avery have slept together, and the former is using his place to hide out and ignore the calls and messages from Emily. She wants to lay low, and to Avery’s dismay decides to change all the furniture to something a lot more feminine, while watching his weird artsy movies that she doesn’t understand. In the end Avery tells her to change all the furniture back, and convinces her to come out of her hole, and she turns up to Deacon’s recording at... Continue reading
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Rayna and Luke have gone public with their relationship, and Luke is really bonding with Maddie and Daphne, especially Daphne, who is enjoying the father figure with a lack of Teddy in the picture. Luke has casually bought Rayna a freaking NASCAR ad on the actual car and invited her to perform her new single and announce her album drop date at a private sponsor showcase he’s playing. Rayna spies Sam Boone, who is basically Mr. Walmart, and decides to woo him for shelf space, offering to show him round the Opry etc. It’s all going well until he tells... Continue reading
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The drama continues as Juliette tries to overcome the fact that thousands of fans are burning her albums. However, many venues are pulling out of her tour, for threat or for political reasons. Juliette is furious, but becomes increasingly deflated as the episode goes on, and considers that she might lose her entire career. Avery steps in to save the day (after she’s downed a bottle of vodka and passed out), and decides to remind her what she loved about her life in the first place, but dressing her up in disguise and taking her down to the street to... Continue reading
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Nashville returned with a bang last Wednesday night after a Winter hiatus that saw fans eagerly awaiting the news of whether Peggy and Will would bite the dust. Turns out it was Peggy (cue a huge sigh of a relief from most fans of the show) and Teddy is shown having to deal with this intense tragedy, holding back tears during a press conference to announce the detaining of the culprit. However, wrought with grief, he pours over the papers of the investigation, convinced that the murderer’s loss of job 5 years ago is not entirely to blame for his... Continue reading
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It’s been several weeks since Nashville last appeared on our screens, so I’m thinking we need a recap now more than ever, right? As the episode opens Juliette is confronted with the news of hers and Charlie Wentworth’s affair being leaked to the tabloids. This puts a severe downer on her headlining the Music City Festival, and she is ushered in back ways in order to escape the aggressive press. She’s seething and tasks Glenn with finding the person who tipped off the tabloids, although she’s convinced that it was Layla (which of course it was). Jeff warns Juliette about... Continue reading
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Juliette is annoyed at Charlie Wentworth for saying that he loved her, and she doesn’t believe him, hurt by previous lovers and aware of the Wentworth’s game. He is adamant that he is telling the truth, and to prove it he publicly announces his divorce from Olivia. Charlie convinces Juliette that he is serious and she begins to let him in, but just like Dante did in season 1, he makes Juliette feel more powerful than she is, and ruffles plenty of feathers, including Glen’s. Will says that maybe one day he’ll find someone that’ll make him the best version... Continue reading
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We have a new Hot Country Songs #1 this week in the form of Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Stay’, which is also now at #6 on Country Airplay and #3 on Country Digital Songs. However, they also hold the Country Digital Songs #1 with ‘This Is How We Roll’ featuring Luke Bryan (also #18 on Hot Country Songs), #5 with ‘Cruise’, #12 with ‘Take It Out On Me’, #13 with ‘Hands On You’, #18 with ‘Headphones’ and #25 with ‘People Back Home’, while ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ is at #4 on Top Country Albums. Luke Bryan’s also having a great... Continue reading