Meet the Team
the faces behind country lowdown
I’m Kate. I live with my long suffering husband and cat in Sussex, ten minutes from Brighton and an hour from London. I work full time and country music takes up most of my sparetime , when I’m not at a gig you can find me on a tennis court or cooking for friends in my kitchen.
My location means I can attend most gigs easily, assuming I have the finances! I’ve travelled through Europe to see Eric Church, Midland, Drake White and Darius Rucker.
My country music tastes are eclectic from Bluegrass to Honky Tonk, Americana, Southern Rock, Outlaw and Neo Traditionalists. I love finding new artists and sharing their music. I’m a big fan of social media and spend far too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
My current favourites are: Eric Church, Drake White, Midland, Chris Stapleton, Aaron
Watson, Sam Outlaw, Brothers Osborne and Kendell Marvel.
My father is to blame for my love of Country music. I remember back in the ‘70s he bought a set of 6 Country & Western cassette tapes (remember them?) from a newspaper advert. I got into serious trouble as I wore tape number 5 out by playing it so much! I would love to know now what was on that tape! Unfortunately in 1976 my father died and apart from what was on the radio (Terry Wogan in particular!) Country music was switched off in our house.
Talking to mum now, we are not sure why and we have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t actually a conscious decision by any of us!
My love was reignited in the 90’s when a trip to Calgary Stampede introduced me to Garth Brooks & Friends in Low Places in particular. The song was EVERYWHERE!! Every bar, dance hall, shop, radio station, TV programme. I came home with the No Fences CD! Went back the following year & bought more CDs, another Garth Brooks CD, Clint Black & Lorrie Morgan amongst them. I kinda then went quiet again. Country music just didn’t sound right back in old Blighty!!
A trip to the CMA Awards in Nashville started me off again (for the 3rd & final time!) in 2010. This time it was Miranda, Lady A & Sugarland who had me hooked. Shortly after I got home I discovered Spotify which made all the Country music I was beginning to love, easily accessible and then in 2012 the 1st Country 2 Country (C2C) festival was announced. From there on in Country music DID sound right in this country. Not only that, everything else began to pale by comparison!
I have been to all every single day of every single C2C (& have my tickets for next year!)
In 2015 I decided to give FSA Fest a go. This opened up a whole new world to me, UK
Country artists, many of whom have been Pop Ups at C2C. Several of these artists have
since become friends & I have become as passionate about them as I am about the US artists!
Starting Country Lowdown is a new challenge, one which Caroline, Kate & myself are very excited to be doing, let’s hope it isn’t a bumpy journey! Happy readings!
Hi, I’m Caroline. I live in the heart of Northamptonshire and am lucky to be close enough to Birmingham and London to travel regularly for gigs. A rowdy Irish household shaped my childhood and introduced me to the classic country legends that are Don Williams, Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, to name just a few.
Particular highlights of my childhood are my grandad teaching me to play ‘Any Dream Will Do’ on his accordion & harmonica and listening to him sing ‘Nobody’s Child’ at our family jam nights (which were usually every Friday and Saturday night after the pub!). I spent most of my early years devouring as much rock music as I could get my hands on (courtesy of my parents’ record collection), and I fell deeply in love with CCR, Joplin, Hendrix, Rush, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. A subsequent trip to Nashville cemented my love for all things Americana & Country/Country Rock. My current playlist is an eclectic hotchpotch with everything from Charlie Worsham, Merle Haggard and Don Gallardo to Lukas Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Pearl Jam and Myles Kennedy.
In my spare time I try to embarrass my two girls as much as possible; drive my husband insane by playing nothing but country constantly; over-indulge my little French Bulldog, Ozzy (yes, named after Ozzy Osbourne as he’s completely mental); fail miserably in a battle of wills with my cat, Velma; watch Supernatural & The Walking Dead and play guitar (very badly) when I’ve had a few sherries. My favourite current obsession is staring at the banjo I’ve just been gifted, wondering when I’ll open the ‘Bluegrass for Beginners’ book.
Don’t be shy, come and say hello if you see me out and about. I LOVE meeting like-minded people – see you at a gig soon!