Week 16 and here we go again, another lookback at my livestream viewing over the past week. Again a few things are opening up a little bit more so again there is a slight reduction in the number of livestreams as thankfully people are able to take advantage of a bit more freedom.
Monday started with a short set from Megan O’Neil and what a song she started with. I love her latest single Ireland and it is a powerful account of her love of her home and her next single due out on the 17th of this month “Fire With Fire” looks to be another great song. Next up keeping the Irish theme going with their usual top-class stream were The Rising. This time Chris and Chantelle went back to the 50s with some fantastic music featured including Buddy Holly and Elvis and the stream also gave us a chance to hear their new track which was released on Friday.
Tuesday featured young rising star Georgia Nevada streaming from the Belles and Gals page. Georgia is fast becoming a highlight of the livestreams and is developing her own material along with some great covers and I certainly liked her version of the Ashley McBryde song Bible And A 44. Robyn Taylor hit the screens with a fantastic mix of music and genres with songs from the likes of Shania Twain and Linda Ronstadt and Tammy Wynette to name a few and her voice just suits some of these great stars. Ags Connolly is another of Tuesdays streams and I managed to catch a few tracks from him. I really love Ags voice and he has an old-style country rasp to it. SaraBeth and Glen were live from the sofa again with their Tuesday night Tunes Night. These guys are so down to earth and natural you feel as if you are sitting in the house with them and I am only thankful that my neighbours don’t seem to notice my screeching along with the great tunes.
The wee Stoke on Trent songstress Samantha Lloyd has been lucky enough to be able to get back out busking but she still did her midweek stream and included a few of her own songs and covers from the likes of Maren Morris and The Civil Wars. A stalwart of UK country music that I have managed to catch the last few weeks has been Alan West who is very much at home singing the old classic country songs and it was a highlight this week to hear him talking so highly of a band I’ve known for more years than I care to mention (Colorado).
Thursday is Maggie Jade and Luke Thomas night and as always, their music was superb. Jade did a cover of “Wind Beneath My Wings and WOW did she nail it. Its also great to hear a few of her very early tracks along with her latest ones and as usual the banter between these two was 1st class. The 1st of two American acts came in the shape of Lockeland and these guys have fantastic harmonies and are definitely becoming a great favourite with the UK fans after their performances over here last year. Jessica Lynn also popped up for an impromptu gig and took requests. Anything goes and some of the requests were putting her to the sword but by goodness did she try her best. Jessica also included a live face to face Q&A with her choosing a few people watching to speak to her.
Friday was the launch of The Risings newest single “I Want You” so they held a single launch livestream and I hope that the new single will be another success for the two of them. It never ceases to amaze me that for someone so young, Chantelle can just break into a song associated with many of the comments that appear on the stream. Chloe Jones is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine and she appeared from her home to give us a few songs and again its great to see people streaming from home and her mum and dad just sit behind her quite happily getting on with their day. Emilia Quinn appeared on the Rogue Country platform to give us a few songs, both her own and covers and I loved her version of Girl Next Door by Brandy Clark. Fridays are always a night I love with the Pour Me A Strong One Sessions from Kezia Gill. This week’s theme was the 80s and she appeared with the backcombed hair and green leggings and just nailed each and every song she sung.
Saturday started with DC Browns episode 9 of The Writers Round and I caught performances from Emilia Quinn, Kirstie Krauss and the Uks Jessica Lynne then later in the day it was over to The Dixie Fields Streamed 2020 Festival. This started off with a New Music Hour on YouTube before concentrating on the main event on Zoom. Gareth Nugent kicked off the afternoon with his great brand of music and was then followed by an act new to me “The Jackson Line” who I thought were fantastic and I believe they had gone down a treat at last years festival. Another of my favourite UK acts was next in the fold and when I say that he performed a weepy called “Willow” many of you will know that I’m talking about the great Stevie O’Connor. This gentleman is awesome either with a band or own his own. Hannah Paris was up next and didn’t disappoint either and she is another act who has been a treat to listen to during lockdown. I was able to catch another new act after the break and the girls from Steel Blossoms were great to watch and their sound with the fiddle and guitar was great. Kezia Gill appeared for her part of the show and again what can I say about this woman, but she is remarkable. The show closed with a rousing and great set from another new act for me Jackson Michelson. Katee Kross and Ross were on the road again and their Saturday night show came from Ayrshire again and my favourite song of the night from them had to be one of Katee’s own songs “Bluebird”. Zoee was over on Instagram and although a few technical issues appeared it was great to catch up with her live again. Samantha Lloyd did her own usual Saturday party night gig and it was great to see her getting very emotional when at the end she was shown a video her fans had made for her to say thanks for her livestreams. A big well done to superfan William Hope of Hope Its Country for putting it all together.
Buckle & Boots opened up my Sunday with a stream from Australian Andrew Swift, I’ve never heard of Andrew before but as with many other new artists that have been showcased these last few months I will certainly look him up again. The Songs and Stories Collective had a theme of beginnings or endings as their theme this week and its great to see what Sarah Yeo, Tennessee Twin and Donna Marie come up with in their interpretation of the theme both in their covers and original songs. This week they had another of the young UK set guesting and it was lovely to hear Louise Parker again. Laura Oakes did the first of her two streams on the day with a show full of Bonnie Raitt songs with my favourite of hers Angel From Montgomery done to perfection. My week of livestreams was concluded by an exceptional stream of song swapping covers from Gary Quinn, Jade and Luke, Kezia Gill and Laura Oakes, where they covered each other’s songs in an incredible 2 hours of music. Each artist took it in turns to cover each other’s songs and the interpretations of each others works make each and every song sound different. I only wish I had some of the talent any of these guys have. The show inspired a singer songwriter from the far north of Scotland, Keith Macleod to make a cover of Gary Quinn’s song “He Don’t Show Her Anymore” and boy does he make a great job of it too. One final addition to this week’s lookback is the penultimate UK Country Collective track and again it’s a cracker. This time it’s a cover of the Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell track “What Happens In A Small Town and Tim Prottey Jones is joined by Eleanor Nelly on this one along with some more brilliant musicians.
As always until next week stay safe and well.