News: CMA Songwriters Series Announces Second Annual U.K Tour


If you have been to any CMA Songwriter Series show, you will know that it is such a special evening with standout moments from some of Nashville’s most talented songwriters. For me, one of those highlights was Lori McKenna back in 2016. Last year was the first time the CMA Songwriters Series toured as part of the inaugural Country Music Week, and luckily for us thanks to it’s success that tour is set to take place for the second year running.

Hosted by Chris DeStefano and featuring Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell and Tenille Townes, the show is an evening of storytelling, allowing fans to get to know the unsung heroes behind some of their favourite songs and an opportunity to hear the stories behind the song from the writers themselves. The two-hour seated show is an intimate in the round kind of show, with each artist taking turns to perform acoustically and for Chris DeStefano, Kassi Ashton and Tenille Townes it will be their first time performing in the UK.

“Presenting this very Nashville experience in an international setting not only makes for a magical evening, but it truly forges a deeper connection to the music for new audiences,” said Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development. “The artists on this tour represent a true cross section of Country Music and we’re honored to be part of their journey as they build their international base.”

The tour dates continue to further CMA’s global expansion initiatives. In the U.K. alone, Country Music streaming is up more than 50 percent this year compared to 2017, where 78 percent of Country fans listen to a greater and more varied number of Country artists compared to last year, while 80 percent of Country fans are interested in and seek out more live Country Music shows and events. Earlier this spring, CMA visited both the U.K. during C2C: Country to Country festival—where CMA Songwriters Series held a sold-out show at London’s indigo at The O2—as well as Australia during CMC Rocks QLD festival.

Tickets are on sale this Friday, August 3rd 2018 at

October 16th // Glasgow, St. Luke’s

October 17th // Liverpool, St. George’s Hall

October 18th // Gateshead, Sage Two

October 20th // Manchester, RNCM

October 22nd // London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush (Part of Country Music Week 2018)


Samantha Stanley

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