C2C Country To Country 2016: Saturday preview
It’s still an impressive thing that the O2 in London, as well as venues in Glasgow and Dublin, pretty much sell out for one of the UK’s biggest genre festivals, C2C Country To Country Returning as an extended three day festival this year we’re here to guide you through Saturday with a look at the five acts you really shouldn’t miss. Check out the official C2C app for all times and stages.
Even at 25 Nashville resident Maren Morris has been around the music scene for ten years with three independent records under her belt. It’s taken until now, and her eponymously titled EP, to make the breakthrough, and ‘My Church’ is playlisted everywhere. Alongside a couple of C2C appearances Morris is headlining The Borderline on Monday night. A busy weekend for the Texan.
Despite a recording career stretching back more than fifteen years, and writing hits for most of contemporary country's major artists Massachusetts born Lori McKenna hit the wider consciousness in 2015 as one of the writers of Little Big Town’s ‘Girl Crush’; which became a modern phenomenon. At C2C though McKenna will be showing her own performance skills, likely calling on 2014’s Numbered Doors as well as the other seven records of her own. Still her own take on that smash wouldn’t go amiss, but she’ll likely use that at the CMA Songwriters Series preceding the festival.
There are many country acts popping up in the UK scene at the moment but one of the most interesting is Jersey born Frankie Davies. You might have seen her supporting Chris Young in 2015, or on one of her many shows around the country. Playing three shows over the weekend, this should be the time to get UK country fans singing along to the likes of ‘Shiver’, ‘Superman’, and current single ‘Dancing All Night’. Take a look at Sunday’s Under The Apple Tree stage for the best of British; Frankie’s on at 13:20.
Another Brit.country act, Dexter have toured hard since 2015’s C2C, oh, and released their debut record. Grounded in the strong vocal presence of Deeanne Dexeter the band edge toward the pop end of the country spectrum. And as well as a new UK tour they’re prepping a new EP for release, so new tunes are on the horizon for the setlist.
Maddie and Tae
‘Girl In A Country Song’. That’s pretty much the only way to introduce Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye. That one song has propelled them onto the main stage at C2C, but one listen to their debut record, Start Here, tells you that this duo are not one hit wonders. It’s another pointer to the counter programming of this year's C2C that the two are opening the main show on Saturday night in a lineup that’s dominated by women. As this list is.