The UK Country Top 40 Chart Countdown: Fortnight Commencing August 5 2019

August 11, 2019

Bubbling Under: Traveller – Old Stories

40 Emily Faye – Little Bit Of You ft Jake Morrell

39 Jeannine Barry – Love Just Hurts

38 Hannah Paris – Never Bring Me Down

37 Jess and the Bandits – Don’t Let Me Take You Home

36 Liv Austen – Detour

35 Ferris & Sylvester – Flying Visit

34 Stuart Landon – The Shape I’m In

33 Jessie Buckley – Glasgow (No Place Like Home)

32 The Fatherline – Before The Trend Set In

31 Izzie Walsh – Clouded Mind

30 Laura Oakes – The Middle

29 Gasoline & Matches – Tequila’s a Healer

28 Backwoods Creek – When I Grow Up

27 Wildwood Kin – Never Alone

26 Jess Thristan – The Old Me

25 Holloway Road – Lightning

24 RE-ENTRY O&O – Tears in the Rain

23 Katy Hurt – Natchez

22 Remember Monday – Drive

21 Megan O’Neill – Lonely Weekend

20 Gary Quinn – Bumpin Into You

19 NEW Curse of Lono – Valentine

18 Foreign Affairs – You’ve Got a Friend In Me

17 Robert Vincent – Lady

16 The Southern Companion – Cigarette Row (Five O Clock Freedom)

15 Jade Helliwell – Put It On You

14 Two Ways Home – As I Leave

13 Jake Morrell – Freewheelin

12 Danny McMahon – Boys Cry Too

11 Kezia Gill – Dead Ends and Detours

10 RE-ENTRY Catherine McGrath – Wild

9 Ward Thomas – One More Goodbye

8 The Blue Highways – He Worked

7 Yola – Love All Night (Work All Day)

6 NEW The Luck – Ready To Run

5 NEW Sasha McVeigh – Rock Bottom

4 Clara Bond – Crown

3 The Adelaides – Good Love

2 Twinnie – Social Babies

1 Morganway – Let Me Go

Hear the radio show based on this chart at mixcloud.com/blastocast.

A playlist of all the tracks on this chart can be found here.


The UK Country Top 40 Chart Countdown: Fortnight Commencing July 22 2019

July 21, 2019

Bubbling Under: Curse of Lono – Valentine

40 Anna Krantz – Leo Sun

39 Stuart Landon – The Shape I’m In

38 The Fatherline – Before The Trend Set In

37 Backwoods Creek – When I Grow Up

36 Izzie Walsh – Clouded Mind

35 Laura Oakes – The Middle

34 Two Ways Home – As I Leave

33 Jeannine Barry – Love Just Hurts

32 The Wandering Hearts – Wish I Could

31 NEW Joey Clarkson – Sort Yourself Out

30 NEW Jess and the Bandits – Don’t Let Me Take You Home

29 Hannah Paris – Never Bring Me Down

28 Emily Faye – Little Bit Of You ft Jake Morrell

27 Ward Thomas – One More Goodbye

26 Roseanne Reid – Amy

25 Kezia Gill – Dead Ends and Detours

24 Wildwood Kin – Never Alone

23 Katy Hurt – Natchez

22 Remember Monday – Drive

21 Gary Quinn – Bumpin Into You

20 Jessie Buckley – Glasgow (No Place Like Home)

19 Jess Thristan – The Old Me

18 Jade Helliwell – Put It On You

17 Liv Austen – Detour

16 Megan O’Neill – Lonely Weekend

15 The Blue Highways – Play Johnny Play

14 Ferris & Sylvester – Flying Visit

13 Yola – Love All Night (Work All Day)

12 Binky – Drug In My Head

11 Jake Morrell – Freewheelin

10 Clara Bond – Pink Wine

9 Danny McMahon – Boys Cry Too

8 The Southern Companion – Cigarette Row (Five O Clock Freedom)

7 The Shires – Echo

6 Morganway – Let Me Go

5 Holloway Road – Lightning

4 Foreign Affairs – You’ve Got a Friend In Me

3 Robert Vincent – Lady

2 The Adelaides – Good Love

1 Twinnie – Social Babies

Hear the radio show based on this chart on July 28 2019 at mixcloud.com/blastocast.

A playlist of all the tracks on this chart can be found here.

 


The UK Country Top 40 Chart Countdown: Fortnight Commencing July 8 2019

July 7, 2019

Bubbling Under: Joey Clarkson – Sort Yourself Out

40 Anna Krantz – Leo Sun

39 Ward Thomas – One More Goodbye

38 Stuart Landon – The Shape I’m In

37 The Fatherline – Before The Trend Set In

36 Liv Austen – Detour

35 Izzie Walsh – Sidelined

34 Laura Oakes – The Middle

33 Two Ways Home – As I Leave

32 NEW Jeannine Barry – Love Just Hurts

31 The Blue Highways – Play Johnny Play

30 Lisa Wright – Tennessee

29 Emily Faye – Little Bit Of You ft Jake Morrell

28 Hannah Paris – Never Bring Me Down

27 Backwoods Creek – When I Grow Up

26 Clara Bond – Baby You’ve Been On My Mind

25 Binky – Drug In My Head UP

24 RE-ENTRY Peter Donegan – Superman

23 Kezia Gill – Dead Ends and Detours

22 Wildwood Kin – Never Alone

21 Katy Hurt – Natchez

20 NEW Jess Thristan – The Old Me

19 Jade Helliwell – Storm Chaser

18 Gary Quinn – Bumpin Into You

17 Roseanne Reid – Amy

16 The Wandering Hearts – Wish I Could

15 Danny McMahon – Boys Cry Too

14 Foreign Affairs – You’ve Got a Friend In Me

13 Remember Monday – Drive

12 Jake Morrell – Freewheelin

11 Morganway – Let Me Go

10 The Southern Companion – Cigarette Row (Five O Clock Freedom)

9 Yola – Love All Night (Work All Day)

8 Holloway Road – Lightning

7 Robert Vincent – Lady

6 Ferris & Sylvester – Flying Visit

5 Jessie Buckley – Glasgow (No Place Like Home)

4 Megan O’Neill – Lonely Weekend

3 Twinnie – Social Babies

2 The Adelaides – Good Love

1 The Shires – Echo

Hear the radio show based on this chart on July 14 2019 at mixcloud.com/blastocast.


The Country Way of Life Magazine – Editor’s Welcome

June 28, 2019

Well howdy! Welcome to this summer 2019 edition of A Country Way of Life, the paper version.

My name is Jonny Brick and I am on a mission to convert more people to the temple of country music. Whatever your denomination, it is a holy congregation, so hop on board.

In early 2015, I found myself in a tat shop in Greenwich which for some reason was playing country music by men like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. Because I could not distinguish between a Kenny and a Keith, I decided when I got back home to educate myself about American country music. I had no idea that commercial country was beginning to appeal in a big way to the urban areas of America like Los Angeles and New York, thanks to slick performers like Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge and Kelsea Ballerini. The more I listened to contemporary country music, the more I found myself wanting to learn about the genre as a whole.

In March 2016 I attended my first country music festival at the O2 Arena. Country2Country has grown and grown since it began in 2013, in tandem with the growth of country music as an exportable product. Yes, I call it a product: it’s ‘ka-ching’ with twang. The goal of commercial country music is to make money by being a true story with a good melodic and lyrical hook.

I hope to tempt listeners of pop music to country, as well as discussing what isn’t so great about the developments of the genre. I come at it from a musical and sociological viewpoint, conscious of the genre’s rich history which Ken Burns is exploring in an HBO series in 2019 called Country Music. As a musician and songwriter I appreciate the artform of country music. I hope to speak with writers, broadcasters and performers to help a general fan understand the business of country, one which Marty Stuart has described as a man ‘with a briefcase in one hand and a guitar case in the other’.

I am based in the United Kingdom, which has always been a marketplace for country stars since the initial expansion of the genre began. Going into 2020, many acts based in Nashville are making regular stops to the UK and, arguably, are happier playing to our crowds than those back home. Broadcasters like Baylen Leonard, Bob Harris, Shiona McCallum and Chris ‘Country’ Stevens are all flying the flag for country music over here with their passion and depth of knowledge.

I hope to add to the conversation about country music from a neutral stance, unafraid to offer criticism and tempering any praise with caveats. My own favourite acts range from Chris Stapleton and Eric Church to Abby Anderson and Maren Morris. I appreciate the poppier acts like Dan + Shay while saluting the more traditional voices like Mo Pitney and Josh Turner. I have a passion for country music made by UK acts, which is why I produce a weekly UK Country Top 40 Chart Countdown to shine a light on independent musicians who deserve to be heard. I also attend songwriters rounds, EP launches and festivals such as Buckle & Boots and The Long Road, which are places for country fans to congregate, drink, socialise and discover new music.

Online fans can swap recommendations, post videos of them singing or dancing, and transcribe their chats with new country acts looking to promote themselves amid the hundreds of other acts. Country music consumption is about discovery, reminding me of Steve Lamacq’s tagline to his BBC 6Music show: ‘On a quest to find your new favourite band.’

A Country Way of Life is active on Twitter @CountryWOL and Instagram @CountryWayOLife. The Facebook group is A Country Way of Life. I hope not to preach but to beckon, not to order but to stimulate, not to lay down the law but to examine existing laws. It is an exciting time to be a country music fan outside of the heartland and key market of the US, and I hope you can saddle up on your horse and ride with me into the sunset.


The Country Way of Life Magazine – Summer 2019

June 24, 2019

A 48-page digital magazine full of all things country.

The Summer 2019 edition features:

  • Buckle and Boots 2019
  • On the Majors: Yola and Twinnie represent UK country on the big labels
  • This Bar Believes…: A debate on legacy artists and their place in country music
  • Kaching with Twang: Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris and Songwriters
  • Aaron Watson: Red Bandana
  • Two Ways Home: Breaking the Silence
  • Country Way of Life Playlist: entries from Liv Austen and Megan O’Neill
  • Rounding up EPs from Danny McMahon. Kezia Gill, Katy Hurt and Jake Morrell
  • Under the Apple Tree Live Tour

To get the magazine, follow A Country Way of Life on Facebook or Twitter @countrywol.


The UK Country Top 40 Chart Countdown: Fortnight Commencing June 24 2019

June 23, 2019

To hear this Top 40 as a Spotify playlist: go here.

40 NEW The Fatherline – Before The Trend Set In

39 Emily Faye – Little Bit Of You ft Jake Morrell

38 Gasoline & Matches – Tequila’s a Healer

37 Binky – Drug In My Head

36 Danny McMahon – Boys Cry Too

35 NEW Anna Krantz – Leo Sun

34 Hannah Paris – Never Bring Me Down

33 Laura Oakes – The Middle

32 RE-ENTRY Holly Rose Webber – Let It Out

31 Stuart Landon – The Shape I’m In

30 Two Ways Home – As I Leave

29 Clara Bond – Does Your Girlfriend Know You’re Single

28 RE-ENTRY Worry Dolls – Tidal Wave

27 Megan O’Neill – Lonely Weekend

26 Izzie Walsh – Sidelined

25 Ward Thomas – One More Goodbye

24 Kezia Gill – Dead Ends and Detours

23 Wildwood Kin – Never Alone

22 The Blue Highways – Play Johnny Play

21 Liv Austen – Detour

20 Remember Monday – Drive

19 Katy Hurt – Natchez

18 Jade Helliwell – Stormchaser

17 Gary Quinn – Bumpin Into You

16 Lisa Wright – Tennessee

15 Backwoods Creek – When I Grow Up

14 Foreign Affairs – You’ve Got a Friend In Me

13 Jake Morrell – Freewheelin

12 Robert Vincent – Lady

11 Twinnie – Better When I’m Drunk

10 Roseanne Reid – Amy

9 Morganway – Let Me Go

8 Holloway Road – Lightning

7 The Southern Companion – Cigarette Row (Five O Clock Freedom)

6 Ferris & Sylvester – Flying Visit

5 The Adelaides – Good Love

4 The Shires – Ahead Of The Storm

3 The Wandering Hearts – Wish I Could

2 Jessie Buckley – Glasgow (No Place Like Home)

1 Yola – Love All Night (Work All Day)

The podcast for this Top 40 will be available on June 30 2019.

The next chart will be for the fortnight commencing July 8 2019.


The UK Country Top 40 Chart Countdown: Fortnight Commencing June 10 2019

June 9, 2019

To hear this Top 40 as a Spotify playlist: go here.

Bubbling Under: Anna Krantz – Leo Sun

40 Clara Bond – Does Your Girlfriend Know You’re Single

39 Demi Marriner – Learn To Love

38 O&O – Tears in the Rain

37 Elles Bailey – Little Piece of Heaven

36 Binky – Drug In My Head

35 NEW Jess Thristan – What The World Needs Now

34 Danny McMahon – Boys Cry Too

33 Hannah Paris – Never Bring Me Down

32 Emily Faye – Little Bit Of You ft Jake Morrell

31 NEW Stuart Landon – The Shape I’m In

30 Two Ways Home – As I Leave

29 Gasoline & Matches – Tequila’s a Healer

28 The Shires – Ahead Of The Storm

27 Megan O’Neill – Lonely Weekend

26 Laura Oakes – The Middle

25 The Blue Highways – Play Johnny Play

24 Ferris & Sylvester – Flying Visit

23 Wildwood Kin – Never Alone

22 Izzie Walsh – Sidelined

21 Liv Austen – Detour

20 Jessie Buckley – Glasgow (No Place Like Home)

19 Morganway – Let Me Go

18 Remember Monday – Drive

17 Ward Thomas – One More Goodbye

16 Foreign Affairs – You’ve Got a Friend In Me

15 Kezia Gill – Dead Ends and Detours

14 Roseanne Reid – Amy

13 Twinnie – Better When I’m Drunk

12 Jake Morrell – Home

11 Katy Hurt – Natchez

10 The Southern Companion – Cigarette Row (Five O Clock Freedom)

9 Jade Helliwell – Stormchaser

8 Lisa Wright – Tennessee

7 Backwoods Creek – When I Grow Up

6 Holloway Road – Lightning

5 Robert Vincent – Lady

4 Gary Quinn – Bumpin Into You

3 The Wandering Hearts – Wish I Could

2 The Adelaides – Good Love

1 Yola – Love All Night (Work All Day)