The Nashville Story at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall is one of ten shows at this year’s Fringe from Night Owl Shows in their highly successful show-umentary format. For anyone who hasn’t been to a Night Owl show, this means that the story is told via film and sound-bites, with highly talented singers and musicians performing songs live on-stage.
The Nashville Story is no exceptional to this very professional and enjoyable format. With a Scotsman, Irishman and Englishwoman on stage, it might not seem the ideal combination for a show of American country music, but when Jamie, Michael and Hannah sing, they certainly sound like the real deal. This show was a little more light-hearted than some of the others I’ve seen, mainly due to Glaswegian Jamie Rodden’s warm humour and banter with the audience, but that didn’t detract in any way from the music. Running from the beginnings of WSM Radio in Nashville in the 1920s, through the city’s heyday as “Music City” and right up to date, the show gives us songs made famous by the likes of Patsy Kline, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks and more. Hannah has a beautiful singing voice, with a real American country twang to it, and her rendition of Patsy Kline’s “Crazy” was just amazing.
I have to admit that while I like current Americana music, and I know a lot of the classic country songs, I wasn’t familiar with the more recent ones in the show. However, this was a great 50 minutes of music and fun – and judging by the amount of people singing along in the audience, it hit the right note with country music lovers of all ages.
Hannah also appears in The Dolly Parton Story, and Jamie in The Johnny Cash Story.
The Nashville Story
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
Country: United Kingdom - England
Group: Night Owl Shows
Review by Lisa Sibbald