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Lauren Watkins Performs New Song 'Mama I Made It' at C2C Festival 2024

March 9, 2024 9:59 am GMT
Last Edited March 14, 2024 6:05 pm GMT

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Lauren Watkins performed new song ‘Mama I Made It’ as she opened the main stage at the C2C Festival in London on Friday, delivering an acoustic set alongside Karley Scott Collins and Conner Smith.

All three artists are in the UK for the first time and were at the festival as part of Introducing Nashville, a showcase of the freshest voices straight from Music City, compered by Alana Springsteen and 'Whispering' Bob Harris.

'Shirley Temple' singer Watkins had teased fans on social media that she had new music coming in 2024, showing herself writing with collaborators like Ashley Monroe and Carter Faith.

The confessional ballad 'Mama I Made It' suggested that Watkins’ new music will continue the theme of broken hearts and homes that filled her 2023 EPs Introducing: Lauren Watkins and Introducing: The Heartbreak, released on Big Loud. “Mama, I took his favourite baseball put it right through the dry wall/there’s a year’s worth of picture frame glass up and down our hall”, Watkins sang in her signature dry rasp.

Karley Scott Collins also debuted new song 'Quit You', a soulfully delivered story about supporting a loved one through addiction. “You’re probably never gonna quit your drinking and I’m never gonna quit you” she sang, the catch in her full-throated voice filling every corner of the arena. Her current single, 'Marlboro Reds', delighted fans as she sang the ode to her nana and the smoke breaks she’d take whilst telling tales of third husbands and second cups of coffee.

Conner Smith performed his newly announced UK Country Radio Airplay Chart No.1 'Creek Will Rise', 'Take It Slow' and fan favourite 'I Hate Alabama', a story of football rivalry and hearts shattering in the Yellowhammer state. Goaded by the crowd with shouts of ‘roll tide’, fellow Nashville native Watkins had the final word, refusing to pick a football team but proclaiming “I do hate Alabama though”.

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