After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, the Nashville Meets London festival returned last week – to a new venue (Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London, overlooking the River Thames) and with an absolutely stellar lineup.
We were lucky enough to be there for both nights and were treated to some great performances including artists like Shy Carter, Tebey, The Wandering Hearts, Matt Hodges and Essex County – and a special guest appearance from Seaforth! Although it was difficult to narrow down our list of highlights to just five, we finally managed to pick our favorites.
So, without further ado and in no particular order, here’s who we loved at Nashville Meets London, and we hope to show why you should be there next year…
1: Kyle Daniel
It’s no secret that we’re huge Kyle Daniel fans here at EF Country. After wowing audiences here with his debut here at Country Music Week in 2019, his UK return is long overdue – and his Thursday night set certainly didn’t disappoint. He absolutely rocked Trinity Buoy Wharf with tracks from his latest EP, ‘Following The Rain’ – including ‘Runnin’ From Me’, the title track and ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ – as well as new track ‘Deep In The Woods’, a featured cover of Brothers Osborne’s ‘Stay A Little Longer’ and older songs such as ‘Hangover Town’, ‘A Friend With Weed’ and ‘God Bless America (Damn Rock ‘n’ Roll)’. Plus, he’s hands down the nicest guy in country music, stopping to chat with just about everyone who’s come up to him, and clearly loves UK audiences as much as we love him!
2: Priscilla Block
TikTok sensation Priscilla was one of the festival’s biggest draws, especially after her sold-out show in London’s Lexington the day before her Nashville Meets London appearance. She wowed the crowd with tracks such as “My Bar” and the brilliant body positivity anthem “Thick Thighs”, as well as her sassy side on “Bet You Wanna Know” before taking a more introspective turn on songs like ” Me Part Two”. and the rock “Wish You Were The Whiskey”. Throw in a raucous rendition of current single “Off The Deep End,” a ’90s medley culminating in her version of Shania Twain’s “Any Man Of Mine” and her viral hit “Just About Over You,” and it all came together. added at the end of the festival on an absolute note.
3: Ruthie Collins
Ruthie Collins has already spent a lot of time in the UK this year performing at C2C and touring alongside Sam Outlaw, and we were delighted to have her back here for Nashville Meets London. She brought her delicate voice and sweet acoustic guitar melodies to Trinity Buoy Wharf, delivering beautiful performances of songs like “Hypocrite”, “Joshua Tree” and “Get Drunk And Cry”, as well as a superb cover of “It Must Have” by Roxette. been love’. Our only complaint is that it should have been more expensive!
4: Candi Charpentier
Formerly half of Church Of Roswell, Candi Carpenter was the biggest surprise for me at Nashville Meets London. I loved his balance of soft vocals and dark but hilarious lyrics on tracks like “Serial Killer”, “Novels About Vampires” and “Go Ahead And Sue Me”. She also produced a haunting cover of the 90s classic “Creep” (originally by Radiohead) and had a very warm and engaging manner which seemed to have won her many new fans. It’s a winning combination and I hope it means she’ll be back in the UK soon to show even more viewers here what she can do.
5: North Arbor
Husband and wife duo Michael and AC – AKA Arbor North – were making their London debut at Nashville Meets London, and they did a great job of getting the audience’s energy up on Wednesday night. Current single “Would’ve Met You Anyway” – which they mixed with John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”, giving Michael the chance to show off his guitar skills, slower tracks like ‘All The Right Mistakes’ and ‘You Me And Jesus’. I also loved ‘Castle’, which AC wrote and dedicated to his niece, and which moved me a bit with its beautiful message and magnificent harmonies. They were so much fun to watch and I can’t wait to see them here again before too long!
For more information on Nashville Meets London and to sign up for updates on future NML events, visit https://www.nashvillemeetslondon.com/