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Rising stars of Nashville tour the UK
The Country Music Association Songwriters Series is returning to the UK, kicking off with a show at St Luke's in Glasgow on October 16. Chris DeStefano, Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell and Tenille Townes will perform during the tour which also visits Liverpool, Gateshead, Manchester and London.

The series has a track record of launching new artists through its intimate storytelling format, which allows audiences to get to know the performers, their journey and the stories behind their songs. Each two-hour show features the artists together on stage, taking turns sharing a story before performing their song acoustically.

The 2018 tour introduces Chris, Kassi and Tenille to UK audiences for the first time as they join Ashley making her fourth appearance.

Country Music Association Songwriters Series, Chris DeStefano, Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Tenille Townes, St Lukes Glasgow, Country Music,
Chris DeStefano (pic: Jody Richfield)


Chris DeStefano is a Grammy award-winning singer/ songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. He boasts No 1 songs with the likes of Carrie Underwood (Good Girl, Little Toy Guns), Billy Currington (Hey Girl), Brett Eldredge (Don't Ya), Luke Bryan (That's My Kind of Night, Kick the Dust Up), Rascal Flatts (Rewind) and Jason Aldean (Just Gettin' Started). Chris and American songwriter Josh Osborne co-wrote Australian singer Morgan Evan's current single Kiss Somebody which was named 'Country Work of the Year' at the 2018 APRA Music Awards.

Country Music Association Songwriters Series, Chris DeStefano, Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Tenille Townes, St Lukes Glasgow, Country Music,
Kassi Ashton (pic: Alysse Gafjken)


Kassi Ashton is one of Nashville's rising stars. At the beginning of the year, she released the auto-biographical song California, Missouri, which paints an unconventional portrait of life growing up in a small town. She also caught the attention of Country Music superstar Keith Urban who featured her on his song Drop Top, a track on his latest album Graffiti U.

Country Music Association Songwriters Series, Chris DeStefano, Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Tenille Townes, St Lukes Glasgow, Country Music,
Tenille Townes (pic: Matthew Berinato)


Canadian Tenille Townes moved to Nashville from her home in Grande Prairie, Alberta, at the age of 19, five years ago. She spent her days writing songs and her nights at gigs or shows at the Bluebird Café. She scored a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog and earlier this year signed a record deal with Columbia Nashville. On June 23 she made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

Country Music Association Songwriters Series, Chris DeStefano, Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell, Tenille Townes, St Lukes Glasgow, Country Music,
Ashley Campbell (pic: Sean M Flynn)


Ashley Campbell is the daughter of music legend Glen Campbell. She initially pursued a career in dance and acting but when she was asked to learn banjo for a part in a play her ideas changed. She was soon studying with banjo luminary Carl Jackson (her godfather and longtime member of Glen's band) and mastering her technique. She went on to join her father's touring band, including his poignant Goodbye Tour in 2011-12. The family affair continues with the release of her debut album, The Lonely One, which she co-produced with her brother Cal. Her older brother Shannon contributes vocals and guitar, in addition to having co-written the track Looks Like Time with her.

Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development, said: "Presenting this very Nashville experience in an international setting not only makes for a magical evening, but it truly forges a deeper connection to the music for new audiences. The artists on this tour represent a true cross section of Country Music and we're honoured to be part of their journey as they build their international base."

Country Music Association Songwriters Series 2018 UK tour dates:

Oct 16: St Luke's, Glasgow;
Oct 17: St George's Hall, Liverpool;
Oct 18: Sage Two, Gateshead;
Oct 20: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester;
Oct 22: O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London.
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Why? Up and coming Country Music stars
When: Oct 16 - 22, 2018
Phone: 0141 552 8378
Where: St Luke's, Glasgow, and touring
Cost: £19.60 plus fees
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