Ya’ll love country music, right? Well, here’s some news that you’ll find extremely exciting.
CountryLine has re-launched its platform, which allows you to seamlessly gain access to a range of interviews, access to watch country music videos online, exclusive sessions, gigs, tickets, and much, much more from a range of country stars across the globe. They also have an easy-to-use app on both iOS and Android to download for free. Think of CountryLine TV as the ‘Netflix for country music’.
Touting itself as the ‘global fan club for all country music’, its rise in popularity is nothing short of meteoric, with thousands of country lovers flocking to its platform to watch, listen and find out more information on their favorite country artists daily.
It’s no secret that country music is an emerging trend worldwide – particularly in the UK, where it’s the fastest-growing music genre. In 2022, country music as a genre boasted 1.4 billion streams, a 381% growth compared to 2018.
CountryLine announced its new app to celebrate its tenth year supporting C2C – Country 2 Country, the biggest country festival in Europe. CountryLine currently has a multi-year deal to host the Barrelhouse stage in the town square, London, and the official meet and greet.
CountryLine co-founder and creative director Nathalie Cox was back in London for the big occasion.
C2C was bigger than ever this year because country music is booming – with over 150,000 people in attendance.
The History of Country Music in the UK
Country music has had a niche following in the UK since the 1950s, with American artists like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash gaining a loyal fan base. However, it was in the 1990s that country music gained mainstream success in the UK.
One of the key figures in the UK’s rise in country music was Bob Harris, a radio DJ who started the BBC Radio 2 show “Country Club” in 1998. The show quickly became popular, featuring American and British country artists, and helped raise the country music profile in the UK.
The late 1990s and early 2000s saw a surge in popularity for country music in the UK, with acts like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Garth Brooks selling out arenas and topping the charts. British artists like The Shires and Ward Thomas also gained success in the genre.
In recent years, country music has grown in popularity in the UK, with festivals like Country to Country and The Long Road drawing large crowds. In 2020, the UK country music scene was recognized with the establishment of the UK Americana Awards, which celebrate the best in American roots music in the UK.
Overall, while country music has faced challenges in gaining mainstream acceptance in the UK, it has carved out a dedicated fan base and continues to thrive as a genre.