Feelin’ Country is a blog created by two UK based country music fans: Phil Wearne and Rich Stephens. Together we will share our opinions on all thing country music related. Below are our reasons for starting this site and what this humble music genre means to us. Enjoy.
Have you ever had the sudden realisation that you want do something as if it hit square in the face? I did, that’s why I’m here.
I was wandering around London’s O2 Arena taking in the sights and sounds of 2017’s instalment of the annual Country 2 Country music festival; when not long after I had stopped focusing on the smell of all the BBQ’d meats, did the thought of “how cool would it be to write and share my opinions on all of this”.
I love music and all types of music at that; I was raised listening to everything from rock, classical, pop and everything in between. So many of my childhood memories have a soundtrack of whatever was being played on BBC’s Radio 2 at the time (my dad would never let us change the station in the car). However, it wasn’t until I was in my teens did I find the type of music that has now defined who I am in so many ways. I now have soundtracks to awesome summers, amazing holidays, fun Christmas’ and not so fun break-ups and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Country Music has made me who I am and has shaped my future in so many ways and that’s what I find so special about this particular genre, there’s a song for everything and every moment wherever you are and whoever your with.
That’s a little bit about me. Over time I’m hoping this will be a place for me to share my opinions (and trust me, I have many), I’m hoping I will be able to upload weekly, and consistently. So If you’re liking what you’ve read so far and you think you want to stick around; then please bookmark this page, and follow the website. My twitter link is available on this page so please do give me a follow and let me know what you think, I love hearing any and all criticisms as it allows me to improve.
Please check back soon for my review of this year’s C2C festival and many more whimsical ramblings.
Thank you for reading this.
Hi, I’m Richard, and I’m the other half of Feelin’ Country. I was born, and have lived the majority of my life in Cambridge. I grew up listening to a wide range of music but was mostly influenced by rap in the late 80’s and chart pop. I’m old enough to remember recording the top 40 on a Sunday and pausing in-between the chat to ensure I had nothing but the hits!
It was not until much later on in life, 2013, that I actually became obsessed with country music and the country scene. While on an impromptu visit to the States with Phil, my co-blogger, we spent 10 days in Nashville; and at the time, unknown to me, Nashville was the country music capital of the world. Until this trip, whenever I thought about country, I thought Billy Ray Cyrus, mullets and denim, all the denim! However it was on this trip, that while sitting in the hotel watching television, Luke Bryan’s ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ and Tim McGraw’s ‘Southern Girls’ would play over and over again. Admittedly, I fell in love with the Southern Girls video; but soon after that, these two songs became stuck in my head. I was slowly becoming a country music fanatic! That holiday, I got to do some very awesome things, including standing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, which at the time I took for granted as I had no idea of what that circle even was that I was stood on!
Fast forward 4 years and I’ve now attended England’s biggest and best country music festival Country 2 Country three years in a row, I’ve grown a beard, wear a ridiculous amount of camo and learnt to play the guitar! I even have a large tattoo on my forearm of the Country 2 Country logo! Country music has made a huge impact on my life and I feel everyone can relate to a song, be it a break up, losing your favourite pet or that damn car not starting. The community, and people that make it are awesome and super friendly and I now feel proud to be a part of that community in the UK.
I look forward to writing my experiences and sharing everything country with y’all!
Keep, Feelin’ Country
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