About Nashville Sounds In The Round: Gasoline & Matches, Cody Pennington, Em/Elle, Neil Murdoch, Megan Rose
Open to Members: 10am Thursday 31 August
Open to All: 10am Friday 01 September
Now open to Members
Open to All: 10am Friday 01 September
Birmingham's premier country songwriter night 'Nashville Sounds In The Round' in partnership with B:Music! Hosted by multi award-winning Gasoline & Matches, artists are invited to tell the stories behind their songs in a Bluebird Café style ‘In The Round’ session, stripping the songs back to their origins and transporting the audience right back to the writing rooms.
Gasoline & Matches
Gasoline & Matches are a high energy, multi-award winning, dual fronted British band combining close harmonies, melodic guitar licks and serious musicianship. Fronted by Birmingham natives Sally Rea Morris and Stephen Marks, they are fierce entertainers known for their tongue-in-cheek and much-loved song "Never Have I Ever" described by Bob Harris as “Clever, funny, totally original…and it’s Country!” They built momentum after multiple spins on BBC Radio 2, and never fail to get festival goers on their feet to participate in the infamous drinking game which inspired the song. As resident hosts of Nashville Sounds in the Round, their Bluebird Cafe style songwriter round at Birmingham Symphony Hall, it’s clear to see their contribution & influence on Country and Americana music in the Midlands.
Nashville native Cody Pennington's eclectic life journey fuels his burgeoning presence in country music both in the UK and beyond. He has gone from military service to selling nearly 20,000 tickets across 2 sell-out tours and shows no signs of stopping. Cody's debut country EP "Downtown" is set for a September 2023 release, with the title track "Downtown" already hitting No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart. More tours are on the horizon, including a substantial UK tour in 2024, cementing Cody's continued rise in country music.
As recently seen on BBC Three’s ‘Project Icon’, described by Emelle as a mix between The X-Factor and The Apprentice. Emelle is a fiercely unique singer-songwriter making waves on the British Country Scene. With a sharp sense of humour and individual style, she has carved out a varied path in her music career at such a young age. Starting singing in musical theatre shows at just four, she then taught herself to play the guitar aged nine. When she was 11, Emelle started singing in pubs around West Kirby and then toured parts of Germany performing when she was just 14. Since then, she has had plays on Radio 2's The Country Show with Bob Harris and has amassed a huge following on social media, with over 140,000 TikTok followers.
Frontman of Blue Nation, a 3-piece Blues Rock band from Birmingham. Neil has played top venues around the country and internationally; including two acoustic tours in NYC across Manhattan and Greenwich Village. With a powerhouse vocal and natural charisma, it’s hard to ignore Neil’s energy and infectious personality. He plays from the heart and hits hard with emotion. With over 180 weekly "Live From The Front Room" acoustic streams under his belt since the start of lockdown, he has raised over £3000 for NHS & Samaritans via streams / gigs. "Where did that skinny kid (Neil) get that great voice." Big Mick FOH Sound Metallica
Megan Rose who describes herself as a 'Country Singer with an Urban Twist' has been taking the country music industry by storm over the last few years. With musical influences from the likes of Maddie and Tae, Carly Pearce, Miranda Lambert and Luke Combs; Megan's music is a great example of modern country that's apt for both a British and International Market. With her ability to write catchy melodies and relatable lyrics, Megan is sure to get the whole crowd stomping their feet and singing along during her performance. Megan's credits include performing at BBC Introducing Live at Tobacco Docks 2019, Buckle and Boots Festival 2023, Buck N Bulls Country Cruise 2023, Country on The Coast 2023, and West Country Music Festival to all but name a few. Megan Rose was featured in OK magazine following a performance at an In The Style Clothing Launch for Jacqueline Jossa’s new line in 2021. Megan Rose’s success doesn’t stop with the UK market, she has also played twice at Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia in 2019 and is just about to embark on her first tour of the US with five confirmed shows in Nashville. With support from radio stations all across the globe Megan Rose is certainly one to watch.
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