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Tuesday, 1st March 2016
Popup station Radio 2 Country returns in 2016 covering C2C festival

Featuring special broadcasts live from the C2C: Country To Country festival at The O2 in London, BBC Radio 2 Country begins broadcasting on Thursday 10th March 2016 for four days of country music delights.

Available as a popup station on your DAB digital radio, Radio 2 Country programmes begin on Thursday 10th March as Bob Harris launches the four-day celebration of country music with his show Welcome To Radio 2 Country (Thurs 10 March, 12-1pm), looking ahead to the weekend’s C2C: Country To Country music festival. Six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner Miranda Lambert, honky tonk legend Dwight Yoakam, crossover country star Thomas Rhett, country duo Maddie and Tae, reigning CMA Male Vocalist Chris Stapleton, and country rock sensation Eric Church are all due to perform.

The BBC Radio 2 Country calendar includes a celebration of country pop with Sara Cox, and a look at storytelling in country music with Steve Wright. Paul Sexton predicts Nashville’s next big stars and breakout artists of 2016, Paul Gambaccini presents America’s Greatest Country Hits, and CMA-winning singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters presents 'Sad Songs Make Me Happy', with tracks from Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill.

From Friday evening, 6-11pm, presenters Bob Harris and Jo Whiley introduce music from the C2C: Country To Country festival from the O2 in London. Radio 2 Country will be broadcasting all the action (which will be simulcast on BBC Radio 2 from 8pm). Alex Lester and Paul Sexton join Bob at the festival on Saturday 12 March (4-11pm), with Baylen Leonard joining him on the final day (13 March, 4-11pm).

Other highlights on the four-day pop-up DAB digital radio service include Jeremy Vine’s Stompin’ Country, plus the Eagles front man, Don Henley, selects his favourite country music including tracks from George Jones, Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack. Cerys Matthews presents a special programme exploring the roots of country in old time Appalachian and American folk music, and the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, introduce their favourite road songs.

Further special country programming comes from Alex Lester, Michael Ball, Ken Bruce, Liza Tarbuck, Patrick Kielty, Ricky Ross, Sally ‘Traffic’ Boazman and Simon Mayo. You can download a PDF poster of the full schedule and visit the BBC Radio 2 Country website, which is also shown on our national radio stations listings page, to listen online and find out more.

How can I receive Radio 2 Country on my DAB digital radio?

Tune to BBC Radio 2, Five Live or BBC Radio 3 on your DAB radio. Then, look for BBC R2Country in your station list and select the station.

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