CMT: Next Women of Country

CMT: Next Women of Country

Reason number 532 why I love Bristol, we get some really good gigs touring here. So far this year I have seen Ward Thomas and recently the CMT: Next Women of Country tour rolled into town. I bought tickets for this while only knowing the headline act Cassadee Pope and just hoping for some other great acts to be announced.

While I was in Florida they finally announced who else was supporting and honestly, I think I was more excited for one of the supporting acts. Fans of Hollyoaks may recognise her as Porsche McQueen but in my little country world, she goes by Twinnie. I had witnessed her set while at Country to Country earlier in the year and became an instant fan. The other supporting act announced was Logan Brill who I hadn’t previously heard of.

What I didn’t find out until on the night was that this is actually the first time this tour has been to the UK, here’s hoping it becomes an annual event like in the US. Anyways, the venue chosen for the first night of the tour was The Fleece. It’s somewhere I haven’t been in many years since seeing OK Go in 2010. It’s an interesting venue, most of the other nights in the tour appeared to be at bigger venues but I wasn’t complaining, it gave the gig a very intimate feeling. The best part of this venue thought? It’s within walking distance of my house!

First up was Logan Brill who was really good. She has a fantastic voice on her and I enjoyed most of her songs. The only issue I had was that it was all a bit slow, the crowd was still being warmed up and it didn’t feel like there was that much energy. But yeah, great vocals and really talented, maybe I would have enjoyed her more in a different setting?

Next up was Twinnie. This girl is a breath of fresh air in the country scene, she was full of energy and spent her set dancing around the stage. She interacted with the crowd brilliantly. Maybe she has an advantage on this being that she’s British and gets our humour much more though? Her songs mostly focus on her love life and she doesn’t shy away from breaking a few boundaries, I’m talking about her song “Bad Bitch” here. She ended her set with my favourite song, “Better When I’m Drunk”. She really got the crowd going and set the mood for Cassadee Pope.

Cassadee Pope was the main reason most people were there. She’s recently been supporting Maren Morris on her US tour so our small venue must have seemed a bit of change to the places she was performing at recently. What becomes evident when watching Cassadee is that she is most certainly a professional at this. She has made a name for herself already in America when she won The Voice in 2012 so she has been on the scene for a while now. Her vocals were all perfect, her interaction with the crowd felt natural yet she was always 100% in control. She handed over to the small but mighty crowd a few times and nearly everyone was singing back to her.

There were a few fun surprises in store for us as well. After a few songs she got the other two acts, Logan and Twinnie on stage, and they covered the Lady Antebellum track “Need you now”. Later on, she was joined onstage by her boyfriend and singer Sam Paddadio who was a stand-in for Chris Young on the song “Think of you’.

There were also a lot of opportunities to meet the artists, this isn’t really my thing so we didn’t do it, but none of the queues seemed too long. There was also a small merchandise stall set up if you wanted this.

I had such a good night and really hope that this tour comes back to the UK again next year. This isn’t the end of my gigs for the month though and I have so much more to look forward to including Jillian Jaqueline, Maren Morris and Take That – so stayed tuned to hear what I thought of these.

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