Here are the highlights from the closing day of the annual C2C, festival, a celebration of country music. There is so much to see, from the Radio 2 stage, to special documentaries and the renowned Bluebird Café sessions, but I am going to focus on the main stage action.
The day kicked off with a stunning set from the Grammy winners Brothers Osbourne. They had so much energy and great songs. ‘21Summer’ was a big hit with the crowd and set the tone of exuberant, high quality music that marked the day.
Next was CMA and Grammy winner Maren Morris. Her heartfelt songs and talent commanded the stage. Her hit ‘80’s Mercedes’ was full of joy and won her several new fans.
It was wonderful to see British singer Lucie Silvas playing for her home crowd. ‘Just for the record’ was a reminder that good songwriting is appreciated anywhere in the world.
Marty Stuart’s old school country songs and stories brought depth and historical perspective.‘Honky Tonk Angel’ and his tribute to Jonny Cash- ‘Dark Bird’ were pure class and reminded me why the UK has fallen in love with country music all over again.
However the Zac Brown Band were the absolute stars of the day. The atmosphere was electric. From the opening notes of ‘Homegrown’ he had us hooked. ‘As She’s Walking Away’ and ‘Whiskey’s Gone’ pretty much transported us to the Grand Ole Opry. ‘Goodbye In Her Eyes’ was truly dramatic and his excellent band was on fire. His version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was a highpoint in the set. The hits just kept on rolling out ‘Day that I die’ and ‘Colder Weather’ were true favourites. His set was the perfect close to C2C.