Well after binge watching and catching up to the present Season 5 and becoming somewhat of a Nashville addict I went to see them live, on stage, in the same room as Scarlett, Will, Deacon, Avery and Gunnar. In real life we are talking about the lovely and hugely talented Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio and what a show they put on.
It was my first time in the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and nice it was too. We made an afternoon of it, had some food and before the main show we popped to see a friend of ours perform on the Firestone Stage. Angels with Dirty Faces graced the small but nicely formed stage and provided some good country music in preparation and to get us all in the mood. They are worth catching live if you get the chance and for more information you can visit their website at www.angelswithdirtyfaces.uk
So we got seated and from 7..30pm to way past 10pm we were treated to an amazing show. Classic songs from the tv series and new original songs from the individual musicians themselves. They all sounded so good and had the audience in the palm of their musical hands with a rendition of David Bowie's 'Heroes' and finishing the night with the emotional 'A Life That's Good' from the show. The audience sang it out loud and waved their smartphone torches, it looked magical. I just loved it.
I think Country music gets a bit misunderstood here in the UK, it's a genre of music that has so many layers and sounds that if you have a listen to it and find a layer that suits you. It maybe a little on the pop side, classic, blues or rock influenced, it's all there if you try it. With Nashville the show you get treated to entertaining drama, a bit of a laugh, love, heartache and they touch on some of life's situations so there's something for everyone. I dare you to watch and not get hooked, you will have to keep watching and before you know it, dancing in the aisles of a mega big arena somewhere in the UK.
We all had a break in the middle of the proceedings. My goodness if you were desperate for the toilet you had no chance, the queues went on forever. Not for the weak bladdered amongst us. The second half was as good as the first and those guys were so energetic, even popping down into the crowd to get some Nashie love. That's what we're called, us addicts, I am a loud and proud Nashie, I't's quite cute. I'm sure I've been called worst things in my life.
We took our dancing feet and warm, clapped out hands away with us, well couldn't leave them behind could we? I didn't want to leave, could have carried on all night. If you're going to see the tour, you really are in for a treat, it's amazing. The guys have just played three sell out nights at The Royal Albert Hall which must have been such an experience, I feel after the first night at Birmingham I could have gone back every night and gone VIP! Can you imagine? Sue from the Brew let loose with all those beautiful people? Selfie heaven.
I would just like to say well done and thanks to the staff at the arena, so friendly, helpful and they did great security checks with everyone on the way in. In fact I nearly went around again for another check, nothing like having your body checked out. It doesn't happen very often, I need to get out more!!
You need to watch Nashville, that's all I will say, none of this 'well try it and see' just go for it and enjoy it. There are not many programmes you can watch that can back it all up with a tour as well.
Thanks for reading, I will catch you back here tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday.
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