UK Country Pop trio The Adelaides are set to make available their jaw-dropping version of ‘Sanctuary’ which was recorded as a duet with Charles Esten on his October 2019 UK tour. The track will be made available on 13 March 2020, the date on which the band will reunite with Charles to perform together once more at Esten’s C2C appearance on the main stage at London’s O2 Arena.
The Adelaides said, “We love performing this song, it’s truly special to us and to perform it live on stage with Charles Esten was a dream come true. We’ve performed many times with him now, both across the UK and in Nashville, and this particular recording captures the warmth of the fantastic connection we have with him. It’s a special version of a wonderful song and we are delighted to share it.”
Charles Esten came to be known in the U.K. in the role of Deacon Claybourne on the hit TV show NASHVILLE. He has since been making a name for himself in the country music world, as well. According to Esten, “When I was preparing for my January 2019 UK tour, I was looking for a support act that might be able to sing a few ‘NASHVILLE’ songs with me during my set. The moment I heard The Adelaides and their gorgeous harmonies, I knew I was done looking. We ended up performing more than a couple songs together in every show, both from ‘NASHVILLE’ and from my own catalogue. When I returned in October with a full band, I knew we had to do it again. And I’m so glad we did. This live recording of one of my very favourite ‘NASHVILLE’ songs, ‘Sanctuary’, has somehow captured all of the magic that they brought to every stage we ever sang on.”
‘Sanctuary’ will be exclusively previewed on The Country Show with Bob Harris on BBC RADIO 2 this coming Thursday, March 5th between 21:00 – 22:00. The girls will also be featured in one of two special shows that Charles Esten is presenting on BBC Radio 2 & BBC Sounds – on March 7th & March 14th he takes control of the airwaves to play two hours of his favourite music by his favourite artists as part of BBC Radio’s coverage of C2C.
This will be Esten’s first time on the C2C Main Stage. Since his appearance on the C2C Spotlight Stage in 2016, he has toured multiple times in the U.K., both with the NASHVILLE TOUR and as a solo act, appearing in such venues as the O2 Arena and Royal Albert Hall. His current solo single, A ROAD AND A RADIO, has been streamed over 500,000 times and is available on all major platforms. An acoustic performance of the song will be available on an all-acoustic Charles Esten CD that will be sold exclusively at the C2C Festival.
This appearance at C2C will be the third consecutive time that the band have trod the boards at this celebration of Country music in the UK. Last year saw The Adelaides elevated to the biggest showcase in Country Music, when they performed at CMA Fest in Nashville. The band are a formidable live act and have just finished a set of support slots with Kiefer Sutherland and are now confirmed to support Home Free on four UK dates in March. The Adelaides have performed twice at British Summer Time in Hyde Park supporting Michael Bublé and Celine Dion and numerous festivals including Long Road Festival, Ramblin’ Man, Cornbury, Nashville Meets London, The British Country Music Festival, Hard Rock Country and Black Deer Festival together with their own headline shows.
The Adelaides are: vocalist / guitarist Paris Georgia, vocalist Alicia Alba and vocalist / guitarist Abi Phillips. A young band, in every sense, The Adelaides nonetheless hark back to the old time Country traditions of talent, truth and integrity. The girls’ self-penned originals, great tracks often emerging from Nashville writing sessions, are winning them new fans wherever they go – their debut album will be released later this year.
The Adelaides have always sprinkled their sets with carefully chosen covers and this beautiful version of ‘Sanctuary’, performed with one of their biggest supporters, showcases everything that makes this band so special.