Ciara Bains

Ciara Bains is a music journalist, radio host and musician from London, currently working as the Assistant Editor of Holler. 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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PLAYLISTCountry Thanksgiving Songs

By Ciara Bains, November 21, 2022

A time to give thanks, celebrate and share - with the best country music!

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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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Highways Festival 2023: Line-Up, Dates & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, December 2, 2022

All the latest line-up announcements, date confirmations and ticket details for Highways Festival 2023.

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Kelsea Ballerini to Present 2023 CMT Music Awards

By Ciara Bains, November 3, 2022

The country superstar will co-host the awards for the third consecutive year.

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Winterwondergrass Colorado 2023: Line-Up, Dates & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, November 4, 2022

All the latest line-up announcements, date confirmations and ticket details for Winterwondergrass Colorado 2023.

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Stagecoach Festival 2022: Line-Up, Dates, Tickets

By Ciara Bains, March 21, 2022

After a two-year break, California's iconic Stagecoach Festival will return to Empire Polo Club, Indio from April 29 to May 1 2022. Here's all the line-up, attractions, dates and general info you need to know.

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BREAKINGLuke Combs Wins Entertainer of the Year at CMA Awards 2022

By Ciara Bains, November 10, 2022

Combs is the first person to win Entertainer of the Year for two years in a row since Garth Brooks won in the category in 2016 and 2017.

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Luke Combs Breaks Global Records with 2023 World Tour

By Ciara Bains, October 26, 2022

Immediately selling out 37 of the 39 shows on his forthcoming world tour, Luke Combs yet again breaks global ticket-selling records

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C2C Festival Announces 2023 Headliners

By Ciara Bains, October 17, 2022

Thomas Rhett, Lady A and Zac Brown Band confirmed as lead headliners for C2C Festival in March 2023.

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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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Jon Pardi, Cody Johnson and More Announced for Country Thunder Arizona 2023

By Ciara Bains, November 17, 2022

Country Thunder Arizona takes place from 13th - 16th April in Florence, Arizona. All the updates from Holler.

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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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ACM Awards Announce 2022 Nominations

By Ciara Bains, February 11, 2022

The event will livestream on March 7 from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, exclusively on Prime Video

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Tyler Childers Concert Tour 2023: Tickets and Dates

By Ciara Bains, November 10, 2022

Full details and ticket information for all of Tyler Childers's 2023 Send in the Hounds concert tour dates.

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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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CMT Awards 2023: Nominations, Performances & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, November 3, 2022

All the latest nominations announcements, performance and tickets details for CMT Awards 2023.

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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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UK Americana Week 2023: Line-Up, Dates & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, October 24, 2022

Caleb Caudle, Emily Scott Robinson, Brennen Leigh and many more have been confirmed for UK Americana Week 2023. All the line-up, dates, ticket announcements and more here.

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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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Lucktoberfest 2023: Line-Up, Dates & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, October 31, 2022

All the latest line-up announcements, date confirmations and ticket details for Lucktoberfest 2023

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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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Country Thunder Bristol Announces Eric Church and Brooks & Dunn as 2023 Headliners

By Ciara Bains, November 2, 2022

The country superstars will perform at the Bristol Motor Speedway in October 2023.

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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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Winterwondergrass California 2023: Line-Up, Dates & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, November 4, 2022

All the latest line-up announcements, date confirmations and ticket details for Winterwondergrass California 2023.

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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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Kane Brown Announced as Fourth Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2023 Headliner

By Ciara Bains, November 4, 2022

He'll join Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert and Hardy at the festival in June 2023.

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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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Breland, Reba McEntire and More Announced as 2022 CMA Awards Presenters

By Ciara Bains, November 4, 2022

The 2022 CMA Awards have announced a selection of all-star presenters for the 56th annual event.

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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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Stagecoach Festival 2023: Line-Up, Dates, Tickets

By Ciara Bains, September 12, 2022

Following a successful 2022, Stagecoach Festival returns to Empire Polo Club, Indio, California in April 2023. Here's all the line-up, attractions, dates and general info you need to know.

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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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Bonnaroo 2023: Line-Up, Dates & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, November 2, 2022

All the latest line-up announcements, date confirmations and ticket details for Bonnaroo 2023

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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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Sylvie releases nostalgic new single 'Stealing Time'

By Ciara Bains, June 9, 2022

Ben Schwab (Golden Daze, Drugdealer) introduces his new project Sylvie, steeped in the sounds of mid-70s Laurel Canyon - listen to 'Stealing Time' now

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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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PLAYLISTThe Best Country Winter Songs

By Ciara Bains, November 7, 2022

We're getting a country kinda cozy!

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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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ESSENTIALSHoller Albums of the Year 2022

By Ciara Bains, November 30, 2022

A look back on an incredible year of new country, Americana and roots albums

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Country Thunder Florida 2023: Line-Up, Dates & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, October 24, 2022

All the latest line-up announcements, date confirmations and ticket details for Country Thunder Florida 2023.

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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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PLAYLISTFeminist Country Anthems

By Ciara Bains, March 8, 2022

A selection of the best feminist country bangers for you to sing along to while empowering women and dismantling the patriarchy

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UK Americana Awards 2023: Nominees, Honourees & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, November 8, 2022

The AMA-UK have announced the nominees and honourees for the 2023 UK Americana Awards, to be presented in London in January 2023.

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PLAYLISTThe Best Halloween Country Songs

By Ciara Bains, October 26, 2022

It's a monster's holiday!

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Nominees and Honourees Announced for UK Americana Awards 2023

By Ciara Bains, November 8, 2022

The awards celebrating both UK and international artists will be presented in London on 26th January 2023.

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CMC Rocks 2023: Line-Up, Dates & Tickets

By Ciara Bains, October 11, 2022

All the latest line-up announcements, date confirmations and ticket details for CMC Rocks 2023.

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ESSENTIALSCountry Christmas Gift Guide 2022

By Ciara Bains, December 5, 2022

The perfect gifts for country lovin' folks this Christmas!

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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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BREAKINGChris Stapleton and Patty Loveless Perform 'You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive' at CMA Awards 2022

By Ciara Bains, November 10, 2022

Celebrating their shared home state of Kentucky, the live collaboration follows their appearance at October's Kentucky Rising concert.

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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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INTERVIEWThe Songs That Changed My Life: Russell Dickerson

By Ciara Bains, November 3, 2022

Be it in its 80s and 90s throwback glory or its sexy, 2000s R&B-inspired slickness, it makes sense that Dickerson's six picks for The Songs That Changed My Life similarly span the decades and genres that made him.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Kris Kristofferson - 'Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down' (Live at Gilley's, 1981)

By Ciara Bains, July 21, 2022

Taken from the forthcoming record 'Live at Gilley’s - Pasadena, TX: September 15th, 1981', Kris Kristofferson premieres the iconic 'Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down' exclusively at Holler.

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Overturning Roe v Wade: Country Music Reacts

By Ciara Bains, June 28, 2022

Following the US Supreme Court's unprecedented decision to overturn Roe v Wade, country music stars express their outrage, sharing statements of compassion, hope and allyship for all affected.

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Song Suffragettes Announces Monthly London Residency

By Ciara Bains, October 27, 2022

Announced during a sold-out London debut during Country Music Week 2022, the groundbreaking all-female writer’s round from Nashville will now plant its roots outside the United States with a monthly night at The Camden Club.

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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.