On a rainy Monday night in Manchester, the stars of the hit American TV show Nashville brought sunshine as they graced the stage to sing.
The spotlight shone on the stage as Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) kicked off the show with ‘What If I Was Willing.’ The atmosphere in the beautiful Bridgewater Hall was electric, excited fans all sharing the same passion for a TV show that encouraged people to fall in love with country music.
Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne), Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) and the beautiful Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor) followed with an eclectic set of original music and hit songs from the TV show.
There were so many shining moments during the show. The contrast of gentle ballads and uprising anthems took the audience on an emotional roller coaster. A few highlights to note are the incredible vocals that Sam Palladio showcased on the Nashville tune ‘You Can Count On Me’, the enchanting spell that Clare Bowen cast on the hall as she dedicated her performance of ‘Love Steps In’ to her brother who is currently battling cancer.
The brilliant Charles Esten sent echoes throughout the hall with the popular ‘I Know How To Love You Now’ from Season Three. Chris Carmack surprised the crowd with his heartfelt and melodic original ‘Pieces Of You’ from his newly released EP. He was then joined onstage by Sam Palladio as they collaborated on Sam’s original called ‘Headed To The Fire.’
A personal highlight for me was when Clare and Sam sang ‘Fade Into You’ from Season One, the on-screen chemistry was transported to the stage, the room fell silent as we listened to the blend of harmonies between the duo. Clare and Charles took it one step further as they paraded through the aisles of the stalls, grabbing the hands of giddy fans and dancing with glee.
The cast arrived on stage to perform one last song and received a standing ovation from adoring fans. The lights dimmed and moments later the room sparkled again with fireflies as the cast all came back on stage for an encore of the feel-good tune from the show ‘A Life That’s Good.’