Here we go again! Nashville Nights is becoming the regular pilgrimage for British country fans far and wide. Whether many of you who were there will actually remember the night’s events is another question, but I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s nowhere quite like Under The Bridge when the party starts. You’re surrounded by a community of like-minded people sharing their love for the greatest genre on earth…what’s not to like? Well worth the trip down from Birmingham every single time for me.
London-based musician Kaity Rae kicked off proceedings with her wonderful brand of infectious, easy-on-the-ear pop-country. She graced the stage with great confidence and gave a very accomplished performance for the Nash Nights audience who are notoriously difficult to engage. A couple of songs into her set, you could see the dance floor filling up with people really appreciating her talent and catchy melodies. She performed songs from her 2016 ‘This Time Around’ EP including a personal favourite ‘Back In My Heart’ which was the ideal anthemic crowd-pleaser that had everybody singing along by the second chorus. Her material reminded me of a very early Taylor Swift – the influence was clear. She also treated us to a countrified version of Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ which went down extremely well with the crowd. She’s definitely one to keep an eye on!
Soon after, the Nashville Nights DJ cranked up the volume for 4 hours of fan requests, country anthems and even some brand-new tracks, hot off the press! You can’t fault the playlists; we even had the newly-released Thomas Rhett/Maren Morris duet ‘Craving You’ alongside the outstanding new single from A Thousand Horses ‘Preachin’ To The Choir’ and new singles from Kip Moore, Cole Swindell/Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge and Little Big Town. Combine this with a little bit of ‘Chicken Fried’, ‘Bartender’, ‘Springsteen’ and ‘House Party’ and it’s a country fanatic’s heaven.
The interactive board always proves popular; people sending in their selfies to #nashnightsuk just to get their face on the screen never gets tiresome…it’s the little things! It turns the place into selfie capital. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who had plenty of, let’s say, ‘forgettable’ footage to delete from my phone on Saturday morning. What happens at Nashville Nights stays at Nashville Nights!! It was great to see so many familiar faces there, including Dawson Reigns and his band who had just arrived from their London gig. When you have Luke Thomas, Jack Cooper, Rob Gulston and a bar in the same place, prepare for carnage.
Nashville Nights will be back at Under The Bridge on Friday 12th May, the night after Kelsea Ballerini makes her UK debut there. If you haven’t been, I can’t speak highly enough of it – seriously, give it a try. Tickets are available now at: https://underthebridge.ticketabc.com/events/nash-8/
Dan Wharton (@LifeInASong_Dan)
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