Paul Sexton

Paul Sexton’s country credentials include being one of the first UK journalists to interview Shania Twain and Taylor Swift, during a career in which he has written for all the quality national UK press and broadcast extensively on BBC Radio 2 and elsewhere.

Album Cover - Jim Lauderdale - Hope

ALBUM REVIEWJim Lauderdale - Hope

By Paul Sexton, July 28, 2021

To use an old advertising line, Jim Lauderdale is as good for you today as he's always been. With Hope, he delivers a specific message of better days to come.

Linda Rondstadt

GUIDEA Guide To: Linda Ronstadt

By Paul Sexton, July 15, 2021

Linda Marie Ronstadt has few rivals for the sheer breadth and depth of her interpretative skills. It’s a rare artistic timeline that began in folk, then sat at the forefront of country-rock to the tune of tens of millions of records.

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LONG READCharley Crockett: A Life Less Ordinary

By Paul Sexton, October 6, 2021

“I've been doing this since I was 17 on a street corner. There's no replacement for it.”

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INTERVIEWWhy I Love: Ward Thomas on Cam

By Paul Sexton, March 19, 2021

Following their collaboration with Cam on their latest single 'Don't Be A Stranger', British country trailblazers Ward Thomas spoke to Paul Sexton about their blossoming friendship with the American country disruptor.

Elvis Presley in Stay Away Joe

ESSENTIALSThe Best Elvis Presley Country Songs

By Paul Sexton, August 12, 2021

There's often a less celebrated tier to the Elvis legacy, and that's as a trailblazer and torch-bearer in country music. Here we rank the best country songs The King ever recorded.

Album Cover - David Crosby - For Free

ALBUM REVIEWDavid Crosby - For Free

By Paul Sexton, July 22, 2021

Crosby's better angels have delivered in spades again.

The Band

GUIDEA Guide To: The Band

By Paul Sexton, February 12, 2021

It's impossible to overstate what The Band did to bring rural North American musical tradition and time-honoured instrumentation into the rock world. To celebrate their legacy and the 50th anniversary re-release of The Band's third album Stage Fright, Holler took on the (rather daunting) task of capturing their lightning in ten momentous instalments.

Suzy Bogguss

INTERVIEWTen Year Town: Suzy Bogguss

By Paul Sexton, January 13, 2022

The tenacious work ethic of Suzy Bogguss meant she was never going to drop off the radar after her platinum-selling, hit-filled heyday.

Elton John

GUIDEA Guide To: Elton John's Country Songs

By Paul Sexton, October 19, 2021

Elton's most specific sorties into country have usually been tucked away on albums or B-sides, but it's an inspiration that has reared up repeatedly in his 50-year-plus recording career. So, take a stroll with us through Elton Country.

Parker McCollum

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Parker McCollum

By Paul Sexton, January 19, 2021

Country's freshest No.1-hit maker speaks with Paul Sexton on writing songs in the mirror, aiming high with MCA and his love for The Rolling Stones.

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GUIDEA Guide To: Glen Campbell's Hidden Songs

By Paul Sexton, December 18, 2020

With such a prolific discography, many wonderful treasures can be lost to time, so here we offer a deep dive past the linemen and the cowboys, glorious as they are, to offer a chronological selection of ten lesser-known diamonds from the Glen Campbell jewel box.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Kerri Watt

By Paul Sexton, January 22, 2021

Milngavie's finest is ready for the world.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Kezia Gill

By Paul Sexton, January 6, 2021

We caught up with Kezia Gill to discuss her unusual back story, what's next in her career and why she refuses to conform.

LeAnn Rimes - Blue Album Cover


By Paul Sexton, July 13, 2021

We take a look back at the iconic album that shot a 13-year-old LeAnn Rimes to global fame.

Twinnie - Hollywood Gypsy Reimagined

Twinnie Reimagines 'Hollywood Gypsy' Tracks For New EP

By Paul Sexton, April 6, 2021

The UK-hailing singer-songwriter will release a five-track EP on April 17th that will be exclusive to Bandcamp.

Lee Ann Womack

GUIDEA Guide To: Lee Ann Womack

By Paul Sexton, August 19, 2021

Lee Ann Womack blew into Nashville as a Texas traditionalist who knew how to meet the business halfway, going as commercial as necessary to land on the radio while staying true to the history and craft of the music she lived and breathed.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSKris Kristofferson - The Silver Tongued Devil and I

By Paul Sexton, July 19, 2021

While far greater stardom and albums with bigger hits were to come, The Silver Tongued Devil and I was widely received as even better than Kristofferson's greatest hits of a debut.

Stephanie Lambring

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Stephanie Lambring

By Paul Sexton, February 16, 2021

Holler sat down with the Nashville-based / Indiana-bred musician about being an artist whose emotional honesty is making her such a name to note, to discuss the inspiration behind her fearless songwriting and her eventual return to performing.

Mick Jagger by Roger Bamber / Alamy Stock Photo

GUIDEA Guide To: The Rolling Stones' Country Songs

By Paul Sexton, November 19, 2021

Country has been a recurring marker on the Stones' musical map of American influences - here, we take a look back at 14 occasions where the band went south, and west, and came back with an authentic twang of their own.

Bonnie Raitt

GUIDEA Guide To: Bonnie Raitt

By Paul Sexton, June 28, 2021

An eloquent advocate for artists' rights, Bonnie Raitt spends far more time championing her fellow travellers than amplifying her own achievements. It gives us all the more reason to do the latter, as we invite you to leaf through Bonnie's back pages.

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ALBUM REVIEWKatie Pruitt - Expectations

By Paul Sexton, December 18, 2020

Expectations is an album that begins doubtful and ends delirious, with years of personal growth in between.