The Maverick team have been attending all the best shows and festivals over the past few months, including the great Buckle & Boots as well as the Bearded Theory festival, among others.
We have some fresh new ideas for this great magazine and media platform, and we want to continue to give you an insight into the lives of some of your favourite artists, as well as introducing you to some of the finest new music available. The best people to learn from are you our loyal readers, so please get in touch and let me know what you think, and as always if there are any artists that you think we should be covering please let us know!
One of the changes that we have made in this issue is to our lifestyle section. Eric Dahl, our lifestyle editor has completely refreshed the section and it is jam-packed full of the latest instruments, amps and accessories (Page 40). There really is something for everyone, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
This issue is bursting with some great interviews from the best up and coming artists from the world of country, folk, bluegrass, singer-songwriter and roots. In this issue we are celebrating the amazing women in country and we have got up close and personal with the likes of KT Tunstall, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Watkins, Carlene Carter, Terra Lightfoot and Hattie Briggs.
Not to mention our fantastic cover stars Ward Thomas! Hailing from a farm in Hampshire these sisters are taking the UK country scene by storm. I spoke to them about their new album CARTWHEELS, released September 9, and heard all about the process of making the album and what life is like on the road for these two young country stars. (Page 50)
We also have some great male artists in this issue, including an extended feature with Eric Bibb. We were lucky enough to catch up with him before going on stage and he gave some insightful words of wisdom, as well as entertaining us with stories of jamming with musical legend Bob Dylan when he was just a child.
A stand out for me in this issue is how wonderful our review section is looking, we have such a wide range of artists, some well established and some brand new. There is everything from hard core country to brand new folk, as well as the ever growing bluegrass genre.
This really is a fantastic magazine to be a part of, and as I am new to the team I look forward to connecting with you all in the future. It will be great to also meet some of you at the festivals we are lucky enough to attend here in the UK, especially the Shrewsbury folk festival which is coming up soon. See you there!