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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.
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.
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.
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.