This week’s Playlist is C2C Festival themed. The organisers are in full announcement mode at the moment, which is nothing but good for us paying customers! Last week they announced the acts on the Radio 2 Country stage at the Indigo and so this week’s playlist is dedicated to them!
Following her independent sophomore album release ‘Shuteye’, 25-year-old Logan Brill continues to define herself as one of the most important young artists in Nashville today. With a stunning voice that goes toe to toe with Nashville’s finest, the young Knoxville native opts for grit and authenticity over pristine pop in her song choices, drawing comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, and Mary Chapin Carpenter from national press
Rock-influenced country singer and songwriter Chase Bryant was barely old enough to order a beer when he first made an impression on the country charts with his song “Take It on Back.” Born in 1993 and hailing from the small Texas town of Orange Grove, Bryant was a youngster with music in his blood — his grandfather was Jimmy Bryant, the legendary Nashville session guitarist, and his uncles Jeff Bryant and Junior Bryant were founding member of the country band Ricochet.
The winner of the third season of NBC’s The Voice, Cassadee Pope is a powerful singer with a bent toward both pop and country. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Pope first started singing in middle school. In 2008, she co-founded the punk-pop band Hey Monday along with guitarist Mike Gentile. That same year, Hey Monday released their debut album, Hold on Tight. Several EPs followed in 2010 and 2011, as well as tours opening for such acts as Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard, and appearances on the Vans Warped Tour. In 2012, Pope parted ways with Hey Monday to pursue a solo career, and around the same time auditioned for and was accepted on NBC’s reality singing competition. Her profile was raised through the roof last year when she dueted with Chris Young on his mega hit ‘Think of You’. Expect to see them together on the Friday night in the arena!
Since bursting on the scene with the compelling single “We Got Us,” the young singer/songwriter has been touring with Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line, and now his latest single, “Love You Like That” is fast becoming a sizzling summer hit. Smith is an intriguing blend of the everyday working man and rowdy thrill seeker with a poet’s heart and pirate’s ambition. A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, he grew up singing along to everything from George Strait to Rage Against the Machine. He relocated to Nashville during college and began to perform around Music City’s local bars. He landed a publishing deal with Disney Music and teamed with Brett Beavers (Dierks Bentley) to produce his Mercury Records debut.
Seth Ennis may have been raised a proud Georgia boy, but the young singer-songwriter is as worldly as the most seasoned traveler — and it shows in his eclectic brand of country music, a sound inspired by his hero Vince Gill, the pop-punk bands he followed each year on the Vans Warped Tour and smooth R&B stars like Usher. Despite being just 23 years old, the multi-instrumentalist (he’s a natural-born drummer) has experienced a lot of life. Seth spent his formative years on a military base in Japan, cut his teeth as a touring musician while living in Raleigh and commuting to Nashville, and has now put down roots in Music City, where through perseverance and a dedication to his craft he landed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville.
Named after the city they grew up in (Temecula, CA), Dawson, Maddie, and Emma are ready to bring their brand of country music from SoCal to the rest of the world.
Sisters Maddie Salute, 14, and Emma Salute, 16, have been singing together for years, and recently joined forces with longtime friend, Dawson Anderson, 15, to form Temecula Road. The trio writes their own original material, backed by Dawson on guitar and Emma on mandolin.
Noted for their impeccable harmonies, Temecula Road have gained quite the fan following, playing a number of live shows in California. Temecula Road was recently named West Coast Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year.
Starting in his hometown of Grenada, Mississippi, Charlie was always out playing somewhere. From the Opry at age twelve to the local Missionary Baptist Church to the back-road blues joints he wasn’t even supposed to know about–much less play in. Wherever he found a stage, he played. And when he wasn’t playing, he was listening to everything from Don Williams to Tom Petty to Earl Scruggs. With his energy and showmanship onstage and his understated Mississippi “yes sir” and “no ma’am” offstage, it’s easy to understand why so many in Nashville’s music community are rooting for him.
Born in the UK and raised part of her life in New Zealand by her Kiwi Dad and Scottish Mother…Lucie Silvas grew up listening to her parents favourites from Ray Charles to Nat king Cole to James Taylor and Roberta Flack. She started playing the piano and writing songs at age 10 but wasn’t exposed to the music industry until she was 17 when she went out on the road as a backing singer for British singer/songwriter Judie Tzuke. A few years later she released her debut album “Breathe In” and toured extensively around Europe for the following years with both her debut and second album.
Lucie has worked and duetted with many artists including Jamie Cullum, Elton John, Lionel Richie and Jamiroquai. After selling over a million albums in Europe alone and achieving success for both her own music and songs she had written for other artists, Lucie moved to Nashville where she has been writing and performing with a number of Country artists including Kacey Musgraves.
Born in Hokes Bluff, Alabama, country singer and songwriter Drake White’s mix of country, blues, funk, rock & roll, and reggae and his energetic, foot-stomping live shows eventually led him to Nashville and beyond. Growing up, he sang in the choir at his local church, and after getting a guitar at the age of 14 from a neighbor down the road who played bluegrass, he began writing and playing songs, continuing to do so while attending Gadsen State Community College and then Auburn University, earning a degree in building science even as he played in the local venues at night. Drake released what was easily the debut album of the year last year, ‘Spark’, and his appearance at C2C is eagerly anticipated. He is also headlining the Saturday night aftershow party.
Actor, singer, and songwriter Jana Kramer was born December 3, 1983, and grew up with country music. Her striking good looks found her pursuing acting, and she appeared in a host of television shows, including parts in Friday Night Lights, 90210, and Entourage, before she landed the recurring role of Alex in the CW’s One Tree Hill, quickly becoming a fan favorite. The exposure Kramer received on the show was parlayed into the start of a country music singing career, and her first four singles, 2011’s “Why Ya Wanna,” “I Won’t Give Up,” and “Whiskey,” and 2012’s “What I Love About Your Love,” all broke and were featured on the One Tree Hill series soundtrack. A debut album, simply titled Jana Kramer, appeared from Warner Bros. in the spring of 2012. The album fared well, rising to number five on the Country Albums chart and going to 19 in the Top 200 survey.
In May 2014, Kramer released a new single, “Love,” which was the first sampling from her second album. The song cracked the Country Top 40, and a second single, “I Got the Boy,” fared even better; released in January 2015, it peaked at number 24 on the Country Singles chart and sold over 257,000 units. Kramer’s sophomore album, Thirty-One, was released in October 2015, and included a duet with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, “Bullet.”
Here’s the playlist: