The Six Shooter Story…
Six Shooter Country is a place for country music fans… run by country music fans. Created as a humble blog in 2013, the year of the first C2C Festival in London and just before the genre was about to take off on our shores, and turned into Six Shooter Country as we know it in 2015, we believe in doing all we can to bring you the latest news and opinions from the country music world, as well as interviews with your favourite stars. We try to attend as many shows and festivals across the UK as possible, so if you see any of us please come and say hi!
From: I’m proud to be an Essex girl
Favourite Artists: (old school) Glen Campbell, Nanci Griffith, Dolly Parton (new school) Drake White, Kyle Daniel, Kip Moore, Ashley McBryde
First Country Gig: Glen Campbell – April 2, 1977 at the Royal Festival Hall
Favourite Country Album: Drake White – Spark
Favourite Drink At A Country Show: Southern Comfort
Random Fact: I used to co-run a safari camp in Zimbabwe
From: East Midlands
Favourite Artists: Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, William Clark Green, Jarrod Dickenson, Marty Stuart, Midland… all sorts, really!
First Country Gig: I’m quite late to regularly attending live music in general, so Little Big Town, 28th September 2017 at the Albert Hall, Manchester is my earliest country gig
Favourite Country Album: I’d probably go with “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks, as it was the album that started me looking at country music again after we’d parted company during my teens and 20’s.
Favourite Drink At A Country Show: Since you don’t tend to get a decent single malt at a gig, it’s usually a J.D. for me. Shoot me straight…
Random Fact: Marty Stuart called me an outlaw during one of his gigs.
Brian Bennie Jr
From: Glasgow, Scotland
Favourite Artists: I have many favourite artists that can chop and change but I always come back to Garth Brooks.
First Country Gig: Kenny Rogers at the Glasgow Clyde Auditorium, October 2006
Favourite Country Album: Garth Brooks – No Fences
Favourite Drink At A Country Show: Jack Daniels & Coke
Random Fact: I’m a founder member of the “Scottish Country Mafia” a Facebook community for Country Music Fans which now has over 3,000 members !
From: The Midlands
Favourite Artists: There are so many amazing ones to choose from, and I love discovering new artists. However my go to people to listen to include Kip Moore, Drake White, Miranda Lambert, Tim Hicks and Zac Brown Band.
First Country Gig: I was a bit late off the mark with discovering this amazing genre, but I’m certainly making up for it now! My first gig was Miranda Lambert, who played in Birmingham in August 2017.
Favourite Country Album: As with choosing my favourite artists, this was a tricky one (I find it changes dependant upon the mood I’m in!) but currently my go to listen is Aaron Watson ‘The Underdog’
Favourite Drink At A Country Show: As the almighty Luke Combs sings “No, nothing picks me up like a beer can” I find the best thing to drink at a show is an ice cold beer
Random Fact: I once stood up Darius Rucker, instead I ran across the road to meet Russell Dickerson!
From: Rugby, in the Midlands. Where the game was born
Favourite Artists: Drake White, Eric Church, Lonestar and, of course, 90’s Garth Brooks
First Country Gig: Keith Urban, Carling Academy 2007
Favourite Country Album: Garth Brooks – Double Live
Favourite Drink At A Country Show: Sorry, I’m usually Des (designated driver). Water for me. Otherwise, Honey Jack & Coke
Random Fact: I once sat in a Camden pub with the Cadillac Three boys discussing the merits of Page 3
Favourite Artists: Miranda Lambert, Lady A, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies, Kelly Clarkson, Angaleena Presley, Ashley Monroe.
First country gig: The Band Perry, O2 ABC, 2013.
Favourite Country Album: American Middle Class – Angaleena Presley.
Favourite Drink At A Country Show: Water – I don’t drink!
Random Fact: Got gifted a Lady A meet and greet by a kind stranger while waiting for my dad to buy Irn Bru from the concessions stand at the Hydro.
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From: Zimbabwe…I’m a bush baby at heart!
Favourite Artists: I’m definitely a foot-stomping type – Lanco, Brothers Osborne, Hannah Dasher…but also love so many of our home-grown artists – Katy Hurt, The Jackson Line, Kezia Gill, Jade Helliwell.
First Country Gig: My lovely wife introduced me to country (thank you!) so it was either Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett or the unforgettable Glen Campbell.
Favourite Country Album: Lanco and Hallelujah Nights but Manny Blu – DEViL is up there too.
Favourite Drink At A Country Show: I’m with Sally on this one, nothing picks me up like a beer can!
Random Fact: When I was learning to spearfish, I grabbed hold of a ‘log’ and it turned out to be a crocodile – it’s amazing how quickly you can get out of the water when you need to!
Alongside our regular team of contributors, we also have a growing number of guest writers sharing their love and knowledge of country music with our readers
Six Shooter Country founder Mark Wiggins might have stepped away from the helm but he’s keeping his country connections going as an occasional guest writer
Georgie Thorogood is best-known as the co-founder of the Tennessee Fields Festival, but she is also South Regional Director of the British Country Music Association, has her own country show on local radio and hosts the Tales of Tennessee podcast. Most recently, Georgie has been organising the Radio City Sessions in her home town of Chelmsford, alongside The Jackson Line. A long-time lover of country music, Georgie will be putting metaphorical pen to paper as a guest writer and reviewer for Six Shooter Country.
Paul Lewis has been a huge music fan since the early 1970s, and “discovered” country music in the early 90s, when he found it to be the home of much he’d loved about 70s music. His first country gig was Garth Brooks at the Point in Dublin in the mid 90s, still one of the great live music experiences of his life. Paul’s first son Max was born around that time, and inherited his dad’s love of country music. Their shared passion sees them at many country gigs together, and Max’s enthusiasm and extrovert character has seen him become well known among many London country gig-goers. Paul is now used to being greeted as “Max’s dad” at almost every country gig they attend – although he is sometimes allowed out to gigs on his own too!
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