It’s March, it kinda feels like Spring and on the second weekend of the month there’s really only one place you want to be. If you’re in or around Glasgow I suggest you might want to get yourself down to the river and beg, steal or borrow a ticket for Country 2 Country, the three day festival of all that’s best from Nashville.

I’m still celebrating the fact that we can all gather again. We missed two years of this great event and I’m delighted to tell you this year will have more people in attendance each evening than it had on its biggest night ever in 2022. That night, with Luke Combs headlining, was one of the best atmospheres I remember at the festival and there was a real sense of celebration in the room. This year I’ll be in my usual spot on stage welcoming some great guests including, Old Crow Medicine Show, Zac Brown Band, Lainey Wilson, Jordan Davis, Thomas Rhett, Midland and Lady A. If you’re there for the weekend then so am I and we’ll all hope to still be on our feet come Sunday night.

If this isn’t exciting enough we are hosting two very special afternoons over at Pacific Quay (BBC Scotland’s HQ) across the river, which is three minute’s walk from the Hydro’s front door. On Saturday and Sunday the stars of C2C will be performing acoustically and chatting with me as well as answering some questions from your good selves. We’ll be filming all of this for BBC Scotland TV and making a two hour special radio show for broadcast on Tuesday March 14th. You will certainly want to be there if you can and we’d love to have a packed house of AC listeners and country music fans. If you’d like to be in the audience you will need to listen LIVE to Another Country this Tuesday evening as we’ll be announcing ticket details on the show. So do tune in.

Here’s little montage of some of some great times in the PQ foyer over the last few years:

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On the show we’ll also be playing you tracks by the artists you’re going to see over the weekend as well as playing some great new cuts by Tenille Townes, the fab Wood Brothers and Ashley McBryde. With a little help from Jackson Browne we will also pay tribute to the late David Lindley after the sad news of his death last weekend. There are, I’m glad to say, always so many fantastic new records to play. So do join us live this week as it will be your chance to get up very close and personal to some of the biggest country stars on the planet. It will also be your chance to hear them perform their songs the way they sounded when they were first written.

So many people tell me they would love to go to Nashville and experience country music in its natural home. Let me suggest to you that on C2C weekend you can simply, and very easily, let Nashville come to you. Tune in this Tuesday evening on BBC Radio Scotland or on BBC Sounds from five past eight and find out how to be part of the gathering. I look forward to seeing you there.