If you’re like me, then you’re missing gigs and festivals… big time, this year! But fear not, because although The Long Road Festival may be away ’til 2021, they’re putting on and curating a special online broadcast to spotlight the best in UK Country, Americana and Roots!
As part of an ongoing commitment to nurture UK music, the debut Hometown Sounds show premieres on 12th September and features Ward Thomas, The Adelaides and Ferris & Sylvester – plus a guest performance from Brandy Clark. Host Baylen Leonard will guide viewers through 1 hour of exclusive interviews and live sessions, filmed in the heart of London’s iconic Camden Town!
Whilst The Long Road is known for bringing the sounds and lifestyle of Nashville to British shores every September, the Hometown Sounds show is also developing the ongoing mission to highlight both established and up-and-coming homegrown acts. From TLR’s inception, nurturing new and unsigned talent has been intrinsic to its ethos, with stages such as the Front Porch and Honky Tonk being destinations for musical discovery over the festival weekend. Set to take place annually alongside the festival, the new show provides a vital platform for the growing scene and wider country music community here in the UK.
Last year, The Long Road partnered with PRS Foundation, British Underground and The Birthplace of Country Music to send two UK artists on a transatlantic road trip, and this year, is still committed to nurturing that cultural exchange at a time without international travel and mass gatherings.
The one hour broadcast will premiere on Facebook & YouTube Live at 8PM on 12th September, before airing as a special edition of ‘Country Hits Brits’ by Country Hits Radio at 7PM on Sunday 13th September. Content will then be available on-demand thereafter.
The Long Road festival will return in full force to Stanford Hall, Leicestershire on 10-12th September 2021, with weekend camping tickets on sale now here: https://www.thelongroad.com/tickets
The Long Road 2021 Line up so far:
BRANDY CLARK ★ DALE WATSON ★ SUNNY SWEENEY ★ GRETCHEN PETERS ★ CASSADEE POPE ★ WHITNEY ROSE ★ KYLE DANIEL ★ THE GHOST OF PAUL REVERE ★ SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS ★ CANDI CARPENTER ★ LILLY HIATT ★ GANGSTAGRASS ★ THE ADELAIDES ★ SARAH DARLING ★ LAUREN MORROW ★ FLATS & SHARPS ★ NOBLE JACKS ★ MORGANWAY ★ ROSEANNE REID ★ CALLUM PITT ★ JADE HELLIWELL ★ JESS THRISTAN ★ LEGENDS OF COUNTRY