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Brooke Eden Performs Unreleased Song and Plays a Drinking Game at C2C Festival in London

March 11, 2024 11:41 am GMT

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Photography by Kendall Wilson

“I realised that as an artist, my only job is to tell the truth, and I was not telling my truth,” Brooke Eden told Baylen Leonard, in conversation before she took the stage at the Holler Saloon for her final set of her C2C weekend.

She last performed at C2C in 2016, a significantly different time for her personally and musically. Since then, she has come out, got married to her wife, and is now able to write country love songs as her authentic self.

She sang songs including ‘Outlaw Love,’ a new, unreleased song called ‘U-Haul,’ and ‘All My Life’ which she wrote as her and her wife’s first dance song. Speaking about her wedding, she shared some pretty iconic ways country music was incorporated into their wedding, for instance having Trisha Yearwood officiating and Garth Brooks singing them down the aisle. “He said, ‘I’m very expensive you know, but luckily I take payment in chocolate chip cookies.’”

Brooke is always conscious of making everyone feel welcome in country music, saying, “Country music is for absolutely everybody, not just white, straight Americans.” She made the sentiment felt all performance, very much creating a safe space for all country lovers.

In good country fashion, she asked the audience to participate in a drinking tradition. “In Nashville we do a thing called the holler and swaller - we’re on the Holler stage, this is perfect!” Everyone holds their drink in the air, screams “holler” and then “swallers” (swallows) their drinks. It’s great to see Brooke having fun and being herself - country music is a better place for it.

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