Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

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Team News from Nashville has just returned from the second edition of the festival in Santa Susanna Spain, that occurred 5 – 11 October at the Hotel AquaMarina located 50 kilometers from Barcelona, along the Costa d ‘El Maresme.

One thing is certain, the Santa Susanna festival was very well thought out and organized, thanks to Mr. Bernard Blanot, President of “South Lattitude Sport”. He was smiling because this year the festival doubled its attendance over last year last from 300 to more than 700 people.

Official Photograph: Guillaume Samama

Official Photograph: Guillaume Samama



Bernard Blanot and Johnny Da Piedade

Bernard Blanot and Johnny Da Piedade

The program was promoted all summer on the network of over 120 radio partners and Big Cactus Country certainly contributed to the success!

I must say that the 2013 musical program was very attractive and the concept of the festival as upscale well received. The country festival was five stars, with its “all inclusive” formula including all the amenities and services with a broad Spanish smile, not to mention live music every night in a tent specially designed for the purpose and much more. Throughout the six-days, courses were offered for country dancing and there was a show of the Country French artist Pierre Lorry every lunchtime. Every evening there was a different concert waiting for us. A top level was achieved under the supervision of talented guitarist and singer Mister Jay,the head of the music program.

Mister Jay!

Mister Jay!

So to start the week on Saturday night, it was the Swiss Honky Tonk Farmers and Pierre Lorry. Monday, in was the “Music Road Pilots” a dutch group, four voices and outstanding musicians with hits from the playlists of Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Vince Gill with the same interpretations!

Honky Tonk Farmers and Pierre Lorry (Center) Photo: Alison Hebert

Honky Tonk Farmers and Pierre Lorry (Center) Photo: Alison Hebert

On Sunday night, it was the very talented Mariotti Brothers, with Laurent Philippe accompanied their father, Jean Pierre, putting on a great show in front of a raging public!

Mariotti Brothers Photo: Alison, Festival Santa Susanna

Mariotti Brothers Photo: Alison, Festival Santa Susanna

Monday, in was the “Music Road Pilots” a dutch group, four voices and outstanding musicians with hits from the playlists of Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Vince Gill with the same interpretations! Beautiful. Tuesday night was 100% left up to the Line Dancers group “Backwest, ‘Los Gringos and The Cowgirl’ ” who performed as the dance floor was literally invaded earning them two encores.

Backwest, Los Gringos and The Cowgirl

Backwest, "Los Gringos and The Cowgirl"

The Australian Wayne Law caused a sensation on Wednesday night with a concert of 100% pure country music, a real treat for the ears and loved by all.

Alison and Wayne Law

Alison and Wayne Law

And finally, the Texan singer and violinist John Permenter, closed the festival in style on Thursday night propelling us into a honky tonk bar in the Lone Star State once again with a country music show 100% George Strait. The results were very positive, the public was satisfied and the challenge met . Everyone left with a smile. A third edition is already in the making and scheduled for 2014 with plans for 1000 attendees.

Photo: Michel Blondeau

Photo: Michel Blondeau

The organizers will expand their marquee for the comfort of all! So ,if you dream of a Upscale Country holiday in the Spanish sun and with feet in the pool, the spa or in the nearby sea, book early. The full board for a week is that 405 € per person! Go to the site www.latitude-sud.com.