A mild case of heat stroke or the result of a lingering PBR hangover, either-way I was buzzed by the easy charm of Music City, its music-rich story and the promise of fiery hot chicken on every corner.
In 1859, Mary Anne Evans became George Eliot in order to be taken more seriously as a novelist at a time when it was believed women wrote only light romances. Today, it's male authors who adopt female pen names to be taken seriously as romance writers.
Gareth Dunlop is a songwriter of uncanny ability. Listening to his records you wouldn't be able to tell that he's still only in his twenties. He has a gravelly voice and songs that shine with a confidence disguising his youth. In 2011 Gareth won the prestigious Young Songwriter of the Year award at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and Nashville beckoned.
"The magic of recording is that you don't quite know what you're going for until you're in the studio and working with the musicians and producers," says Pete Molinari. "That's a good thing. You have to let things unfold."
atching Jason Isbell play London's Electric Ballroom is a far cry from the pews of St Pancras Old Church where I saw him play to 100 people less than a year ago. A lot has changed for Isbell in the last 12 months...
John Daly has teed off beer cans and now he is teeing off people's mouths. Golf's "Wild Thing" was outside the Soulshine
There is a natural wariness that takes over whenever anybody asks: "Do you like country music?" As if by admitting to yourself that you like any songs from a genre that spans the majority of Western music means you immediately have to put on a stetson hat and chew on some straw.
With the announcement of Keane's forthcoming release 'Upstairs At United - Vol. 5', they have created a special edition 4 track vinyl recorded in analogue for Nashville based label 453 Music. Available through keanemusic.com, fans get to experience something truly magical.
Yesterday, there was the hot dog crust pizza. Today, it's Burger King's new bacon sundae. Spotted in a branch in Nashville