Last week I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down for a chat with Emma Moore. Emma is a woman after my own heart – just a girl from the north west who grew up obsessed with Shania Twain. It was so much fun to hear Emma’s take on those classic albums, as well as her insight into songwriting and great advice – and of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask what made her country!
Let’s start with an introduction – tell me about you.
I’m in Blackpool – that’s where I was born and raised. I’ve travelled a bit, I was in London for last year just songwriting for the entire year, I went down and did a Masters in it so I got to completely focus on that. But I’m back in the north west.
It’s that time again! Vote for this week’s playlist and the winner will go LIVE on Saturday. Don’t forget, you can submit your own theme suggestions here!
This week’s votes are in and the winner is SMALL TOWN ROOTS!
I’m very excited to share this playlist because it has some of my absolute favourites on it – it was also the playlist I made which got me thinking about starting this site, so it’s a bit of a special one. This one runs a little deeper than last week’s; the theme ‘small-town roots’ is a pretty common one throughout country music, but in this playlist I wanted to specifically explore themes of the slower pace of life and the roots people set down in small towns.
Towards the middle of the playlist there’s an interlude with both My Oh My (The Wreckers) and I Ain’t In Checotah Anymore (Carrie Underwood) where we see the effects of leaving a small town, but as the playlist winds up we’re back in those muddy boots on dirt roads again.
My highlights on this week’s playlists are Another Sunday In The South by Miranda Lambert, Illinois by Brett Eldredge and of course, the inspiration behind the whole list, Meanwhile Back at Mama’s by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill. I’m a sucker for those slow slide-guitar melodies that sound like a hot afternoon on a back porch.
I hope you enjoy this one as we head into week whatever-it-is of lockdown – stay tuned next week for some more polls, more conversations and more about what made you country! Don’t forget, you can submit your own theme suggestions here.
Earlier this week, I sat down with Kelsey Bovey to find out a little more about her Disney preferences, what she’s been up to during this lockdown season, and of course – what made her country.
Let’s start with a bit about Kelsey Bovey, in her own words:
I do music, obviously. I write original music myself based on my own personal experiences, so, I was bullied in school so I write about that – and the lovey-dovey pop songs, the heartbreaks… I started when I was eight years old, started with the piano, got into singing and songwriting and then I picked up the guitar.
And then in my personal life I’m just a bit of a Disney freak!
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means – it’s time to vote for your playlist! Vote below for the playlist you’d most like to see this weekend, and don’t forget you can always submit your own themes too! As usual, the winning playlist will go live on Saturday, so you have the rest of the week to get voting.
So, the votes are in and the winning playlist is FIRE!
This is a pretty simple playlist to start off with and it’s not terribly deep – the theme is very transparent, so there’s not a great deal to say! My highlights on this particular list are House Fire by Tyler Childers, which has quite a unique vibe to it; Fire by Brett Eldredge which is one of my favourites from him and was an absolute treat to see live, and of course – Ring of Fire by the inimitable Johnny Cash. What are your highlights on this one – and what would you have added if you’d put it together yourself?
We’ve some exciting things coming up, including some conversations with some of the biggest names in the British country music scene, so stick with us to find out more. In the meantime, start the coming week with a bang with the Fire playlist. Submit your own suggestions here and stay tuned later in the week for another poll to vote for next week’s playlist!
Don’t forget, you can suggest playlist themes here!
This is Three Chords, a blog all about country music and specialising in playlists to get you through the night – and morning, afternoon, dawn, dusk and evening.
Once a week, you’ll be able to vote for your choice of playlist theme, and the winner will be posted later in the week. You can choose from themes such as ‘Fire’, ‘the girl of a lifetime’, ‘Miss Independent’ or even submit your own themes!
Put your headphones on and buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride.
Please suggest ONE theme per submission – but send as many as you like!