Current BCMA ‘Duo of the Year’ from Glasgow, who recently supported Brantley Gilbert and performed at Country2Country at London’s O2 Arena.
Multi award winning country duo â€˜Raintownâ€™ from Glasgow, Scotland are fast gaining the reputation as one of the hottest Country acts in Europe. The couple, Paul Bain and Claire McArthur had an exciting 2012 which included supporting Wet Wet Wet at their 25th Anniversary concert in front of 15,000 fans with their 7 piece band, winning two Scottish New Music Awards, including â€“ Record of the Year and successfully releasing a Christmas single â€“ Still Believe (Love this Time of the Year) – that saw them top the Amazon Hot Country Releases in December.
â€œWet Wet Wet had all agreed that Raintown were the real deal as far as music was concerned. The feedback from our own fan base has been brilliant and their live performance on the night was outstanding.â€ Tommy Cunningham â€“ Wet Wet Wet
They made history, as the first ever Scottish act invited to perform at the CMA Fest 2011 – Global Artist Party in Nashville and were invited back in 2012 to represent the UK once again at the biggest Country Music festival in the world. There is no doubting that Raintown are already creating quite a buzz.
â€œBased on their album, I expected the live Raintown experience to be enjoyable. But I was hardly prepared for the show-stealing triumph that they put on at the Stage on Lower Broadway in Nashville. I could sense the ripples spreading through the room as everyone realised, â€œThese people could be REALLY big…” Pat Geary (Voice of Country: Nashville â€“ CMA International Broadcaster 2003)
Fusing their passion for Country Music with the eclectic musical influences of their homeland, Raintown are continuing the tradition of exciting new music to emerge from Glasgow. Their catchy hooks and dynamic male/female harmonies are delivered with a passion and style that demands attention, while their carefully crafted lyrics articulate some very human emotions in a sincere, â€˜heart on the sleeveâ€™ kind of way. This is highlighted in their debut album, â€˜Hope in Troubled Times,â€™ which was acclaimed by critics and fans alike.
Raintown is certainly the sound of a duo staking their claim in the world of Country Music and in the process, redefining our expectations of what to expect from a European based act. It moved one commentator to say, â€˜we could be witnessing the first European Country Superstars in the making.â€™
â€œRaintown are one of the few UK artists whose music can be played seamlessly alongside the big Nashville-produced country hits of today.â€ Allan Watkiss- CMA International Broadcaster 2010 (BBC Radio Sheffiled)