Buckle and Boots 2018: Sunday

Saturday night was a late one for us, hitting the pillow after 2am. It had been a great day of music and connecting with artists and fans, equally passionate about the music.

​Sunday began for us with Joe Martin, performing in the circus tent – sorry, paddock stage! His solo sound has hints of Gary Quinn and John Denver. We’re looking forward to more new music from him soon.

We also caught more action from the BCMA Horizon Stage, including a standout performance from Philippa Hanna, who Sheena spoke to on our show earlier this year.

Bristol duo Foreign Affairs impressed, with their ‘alt country’ sound, managing to play both guitar and percussion. The sun-kissed crowd made them welcome.

Another “in the round” followed, once more packing out the paddock stage. Jenn Bostic, Gary Quinn and Kirsty Lee Akers gave heartfelt performances and shared stories behind their songs.

Texan Curtis Grimes took to the main stage, visiting Buckle and Boots as part of his first trip to the UK. His sound is ‘modern traditional’ in our words, which seemed to connect well with the British country fans.

Simon James and his band gave a powerful performance on the paddock stage, which we sneakily enjoyed from our car nearby, with the doors wide open. When you’re working festivals, sometimes devices need a battery top up!

We caught up with Joe Martin, discussing his time spent in Nashville and what’s next for him in 2018.

Following a brief ‘jiggle’ to Whiskey Shivers and their inventive cover of ‘Friday I’m in Love’, we met up with Curtis Grimes. We talked about his time in the UK, the influence of his faith on his music and much more.

We had to zoom back down to our Midlands base before headliners and D&S favourites American Young lit up the evening with their unique, energetic style. A video of their ‘Wake Me Up’ cover confirmed for us, that once again, those guys delivered the goods – casting aside any hints of jet lag!

A perfect end to another fabulous Buckle and Boots. Roll on B&B 2019!


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