Here’s a useful list of places to go if you are a country fan looking for ways to fill time before your next gig.
Rolling Stone Country: interviews, reviews and commentary.
The Country Show with Bob Harris: sessions, new music, the Whisperer himself on Radio 2.
Absolute Radio Country: Launched in April 2019 initially as Country Hits Radio, this is the first fully national country station. DJs include Baylen Leonard, recipient of the CMA International Broadcaster of the Year 2019, and Matt Spracklen, who plays UK acts in his Saturday afternoon show.
Chris Country Radio: The ‘Original Gangsta’ of country broadcasting in the UK, with a weekday breakfast show hosted by Chris Stevens, John Collins at drivetime and Tim Prottey-Jones’ Countryline Homegrown show on Wednesdays at 8pm.
ARC Radio: Launched in 2020 by Simon and Charlotte Birds, the station plays Americana, Roots and Country. At 4pm on Sundays, some berk called Jonny plays music from Texas and Oklahoma, celebrating the Red Dirt scene
Destination Country: A collective of country fans offering gigs and competitions to country fans
Your Life in a Song: Dan Wharton chats to country stars, and there are also reviews of great new albums.
Lyric Magazine: A portal of discovery, with playlists, interviews and coverage of all sorts of country music.
Buckle & Boots: The official website of the country festival held at Whitebottom Farm near Manchester
The Long Road: The official website of the country festival held at Stanford Hall, Lutterworth
w21Music.com: Reviews of music and gigs.
Entertainment Focus on Country: Interviews, reviews and news.
Belles & Gals: Now branching out into gig promotion, the focus here is on the females in country music.
Saving Country Music: The man called Trigger spotlights undersung talents, thinks critically about commercial country and offers balanced criticism.
Grady Smith on Country: ‘I listen to country and whatever else I want to!’ says the journalist-turned-commentator whose video on the snap track, ‘This Beat is Killing Country Music’, has taken his Youtube channel to 50,000 subscribers.
Country Music USA: I can lend you my copy of a book which originally came out in 1968 but has been updated to tell the complete story of country music as social history.
Country Music Attendees: A passionate fan community on Facebook.