The third night of the Country 2 Country Festival saw Ashley Munro, Thomas Rhett, Dwight Yoakam and Miranda Lambert as the closing acts for 2016. Another early start with one of my personal favourites and one third of the Pistol Annies, Ashley Munro, opening the evening. Ashley performed songs from her latest album The Blade and from her first album Like A Rose showing that she is a strong performer in her own right – I especially like the Tammy Wynett “cry” in Ashley’s voice. Sadly her half hour set was just not enough. Next up was Thomas Rhett with his hip-hop/pop country crossover opening which traditionalists might say was a step too far. But whenThomas did sing in a more country fashion I think he would have won them over. He sqeezed his hits into his again short set. Dwight Yoakam followed Thomas and from start to finish he went like a train thundering along with song after song from his extensive back catalogue and new songs from his recent album. As the oldest performer of the night he showed the ‘young uns’ how its done and some! Finishing his set with an Eagles cover as a tribute to Glen Frey then a countryfied version of a Beatles hit for George Martin. With the night now running way behind schedule Miranda Lambert took to the stage to Led Zeps Rock and then proceeded to show her rock chick side while keeping it country. She looked nervous to start but soon felt the warmth of the audience and settled into some great songs from her Platinum album. But when it was just her and the guitar Miranda showed why she has so many CMAs. Although not the headline act I think Dwight was the night’s outstanding performance.

From start to finish the 2016 Country 2 Country Festival in Glasgow dished up some of the best country performers and music of today and I look forward to it coming back next year. Who was the best this year? Well of course that is subjective depending on whether you’re a Miranda or Carrie or Sam or whoever fan. For my money both Little Big Town and Dwight Yoakam had the most outstanding performances but a special mention must go to new artist Andrew Combs who shows us that the future for country music still looks good.