Ciara Bains

Ciara Bains is a music journalist and podcast producer from London. Also a promoter and touring musician in her own right, she's a lover of all things disco, rock and roll and cosmic country.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Korby Lenker - 'Crow Country'

By Ciara Bains, April 27, 2021

Deeply reflective and unashamedly vulnerable, the brand-new single from Korby Lenker – premiering exclusively at Holler today - captures a period of grief and self-imposed isolation with unique and intricate beauty.

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Jason Isbell to livestream New Year's Eve show

By Ciara Bains, December 18, 2020

It's a rare opportunity to catch the full 400 Unit in action in 2020.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Honey Harper

By Ciara Bains, December 18, 2020

Honey Harper on creative freedom, future-country and all the glamour that goes into making him the star he is.

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Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard release 'Undivided'

By Ciara Bains, January 14, 2021

Country icons offer hope and self-reflection with heartfelt track

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Hiss Golden Messenger drop soulful new track 'Sanctuary'

By Ciara Bains, January 14, 2021

Grammy nominee Hiss Golden Messenger release brand new single and video 'Sanctuary'

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Travis Linville - 'Blue Sky Bound'

By Ciara Bains, May 6, 2021

"There is no great story or reflective mystery on this one. Let’s go, let’s get away, hit the road without looking back."

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ALBUM REVIEWCharley Crockett - Welcome to Hard Times

By Ciara Bains, December 18, 2020

Crockett's eighth studio album is another jewel in the crooner's crown.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Riley Downing

By Ciara Bains, March 23, 2021

Ahead of his forthcoming debut solo album, Missouri-based Riley Downing is today premiering his latest single ‘Good To See Ya’ on Holler. A blues-drenched jam that moseys along to the rhythm of Downing’s dusty Southern drawl, the track is an ode to staying hopeful and appreciating life’s happy moments, no matter how small they might be.

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Nathaniel Rateliff shares new song 'Redemption'

By Ciara Bains, December 18, 2020

The track was written for the new Justin Timberlake movie Palmer, premiering in January.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Fancy Hagood

By Ciara Bains, May 10, 2021

As he eloquently addresses cultural change in country music and the power of storytelling through songwriting – all whilst adorning a statement pair of gold-rimmed glasses with bright orange lenses – it’s quite clear that Fancy Hagood is an artist that can’t be veiled.

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Hailey Whitters drops new single 'Fillin' My Cup'

By Ciara Bains, January 4, 2021

The new single 'Fillin' My Cup' features Little Big Town and raises a glass to positivity in 2021.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Olivia Ellen Lloyd

By Ciara Bains, January 11, 2021

With her reflective, soul-soothing Americana, Olivia Ellen Lloyd celebrates her Appalachian roots and finds an open space for emotional expression.

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Blake Shelton facing online criticism for new song 'Minimum Wage'

By Ciara Bains, January 4, 2021

The country singer is receiving backlash from fans who disapprove of lyrics

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Theme park sues Taylor Swift over album name

By Ciara Bains, February 4, 2021

A theme park in Utah has sued Taylor Swift over 'Evermore' album name.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Callista Clark

By Ciara Bains, June 24, 2021

Callista Clark takes a look back on all the influential music that's helped her carve her own path, selecting five of her life-long favourite songs for Cuts The Deepest.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Ryan Hurd

By Ciara Bains, April 14, 2021

When reflecting on his career, it becomes clear that Ryan Hurd is as grounded as he is ambitious.

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ALBUM REVIEWAubrie Sellers - Far From Home

By Ciara Bains, December 18, 2020

With Far From Home, Aubrey Sellers has secured her place as one of country’s vibrant frontrunners.

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Willie Nelson announced as SXSW 2021 keynote speaker

By Ciara Bains, January 15, 2021

The conference will be taking place online again this year.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: The Pink Stones

By Ciara Bains, March 8, 2021

As he chats about what the band hope to have in store for the future, The Pink Stones frontman Hunter Pinkston shares his own story - discussing what he’s learnt from punk culture, the emotional depth behind country songwriting and how discovering new music will never lose its special charm.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Cristina Vane

By Ciara Bains, February 3, 2021

Echoing the sounds of mountainous Appalachia, old-time country and western and American folk, Vane’s brand of blues is crafted from an eclectic melting pot of musical influences.

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Erin Rae performs new song 'He's Not Free'

By Ciara Bains, December 30, 2020

The Nashville singer performed the new song for GemsOnVHS.

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Russell Dickerson releases video for 'Home Sweet'

By Ciara Bains, February 4, 2021

Sprinkled with raw footage self-shot over the years, the films previously held private make their debut in the deeply-personal visual iteration of the song.

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Willie Jones drops new song 'American Dream'

By Ciara Bains, January 18, 2021

Ahead of his album release on Friday, Willie Nelson has released new single 'American Dream', in honour of Martin Luther King day in the USA.

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Parker McCollum achieves first radio No.1

By Ciara Bains, December 24, 2020

It ticks off an exciting year for the rising authentic voice.

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Dolly Parton releases animated 'Pretty Paper' video

By Ciara Bains, December 24, 2020

It's a Christmas treat from the reunited legendary pair.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: K.C. Jones - Heat Rises

By Ciara Bains, April 20, 2021

'Heat Rises' is a cosmic country night under the stars, complete with the warm strums of an acoustic guitar, the soft swirls of a pedal steel and lazy late-night harmonies.

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INTERVIEWMy Essentials: Lady Nade

By Ciara Bains, January 27, 2021

Sharing the remedies of her creativity comes naturally to Lady Nade - for the singer-songwriter, artistry is a lifestyle. Here she shares why music, community, spirituality - and chickpeas – are vital in her life for My Essentials.

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Devin Dawson drops music video for 'He Loved Her'

By Ciara Bains, January 7, 2021

Devin Dawson releases brand new video for 'He Loved Her', featuring his grandparents.

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Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' hits 14 x platinum

By Ciara Bains, January 12, 2021

The 2019 single recently became the highest certified song in RIAA history

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Carrie Underwood announces new gospel album 'My Savior'

By Ciara Bains, January 19, 2021

The record will be released on March 26

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Gabby Barrett's 'I Hope' returns to No.1

By Ciara Bains, December 18, 2020

It's a record breaking year for the singer.

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INTERVIEWTen Year Town: Hailey Whitters

By Ciara Bains, December 18, 2020

Stepping back from the daily grind, Whitters realised that instead of waiting for Nashville to write her story, she had to write it herself.