“CHIPPENHAM is often seen as being more famous for its Folk Festival and its thriving live music scene of rock and pop,” says musician Reuben Reynolds.

“But things are changing with the growing popularity of American New Country, and Americana music.

“There are new UK-based country music radio stations, and music festivals and there is currently a boom in homegrown country talent in the UK as well.”

March sees two country music releases from artists based in the Chippenham area. Firstly Stuart Rolfe, who has been making a living in the music industry, as a session and touring musician, with the likes of Tim McGraw and Mark Knopfler.

Stuart has just released his debut single, a cover of the Tim McGraw song Real Good Man, with his band Stuart Rolfe and Daylight Stealers. “I got my break two years ago working with Tim McGraw and we had a discussion about this song and he let me record it my way for release,” Said Stuart.

“I’ve let go of the life of a session musician in favour of the freedom that working for myself gives me. I’m hopeful to be releasing my new EP later in the year, with an album to follow next year.”

The second release is from The Atlantic Project, which was primarily recorded at Utopia Studios in Chippenham.

Reuben said: “The composition Living a Lie is written by myself and Richard Benham and features Richard on guitars, with the added Nashville sparkle of Seth Morgan on vocals, from the USA.”

“Both are out now and can be found on Spotify, ITunes Amazon and YouTube. With the emergence of digital downloads and multiple streaming platforms, it is now easier for independent recording artists, to release music to the world, and to their potential fan base.”