I recently commented on a post on a Facebook group for country music fans from someone saying “country music isn’t what it used to be.”
so it was good to see how this genre has changed and adapted over the decades when we visited the country music museum and hall of fame in Nashville.
From its roots in people playing basic instruments, sometimes home made, through the influence of cowboy tunes, Western swing and the impact of mass media. Through its history country has regularly found a new voice without losing sight of the debt it owes to previous generations.
And last night at the Grand Ole Oprey we saw a live example of how acts from other genres work with country acts when Little Big Town introduced Pharrell Williams as there surprise guest. Williams joined LBT to perform their new single, which he has co-written. You can view the action here.
I know we are just two days in to the trip but the visit to the GOO is a highlight. For a country fan in the UK the GOO is one of those legendary venues and it didn’t disappoint.
Larger than I thought, the concert is a radio broadcast, so it keeps moving along, with acts performing four songs each, interspersed with promos read out by the on stage announcer.
The line we saw included Darius Rucker, LBT and Miranda Lambert.
A great night out and a great experience.