Michelle right on song in Nashville

New band proves hit with TV tunes

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

The sound of Nashville is hit­ting the right note for one Ruther­glen woman.

Michelle Low, of Farme Cross, is the lead singer with Glasville, a band who play the songs from hit TV drama Nashville.

The pro­gramme’s mix of var­ied coun­try tunes and soap-style plots have meant it has be­come a big hit in both Amer­ica and the UK.

And au­di­ences are clearly lov­ing Glasville’s take on the show’s tunes, as their next gig at the Clas­sic Grand has sold out over a month in ad­vance, while they’ve up­graded an Ed­in­burgh show due to de­mand.

“I re­ally liked the TV show and the songs, and bored all my friends with my chat about it,” laughs Michelle, a for­mer Stonelaw High pupil.

“Then my friend Au­drey (Tait, who plays in the band the Miss’s with Michelle) had bumped into a guy she knew that was a drum­mer, and he men­tioned he was want­ing to set up a band do­ing songs from the show.

“She was like, ‘my god, you need to meet Michelle’. He’d spo­ken to some friends about it al­ready, but I sort of came out the blue .

“We had a wee chat, prac­ticed to­gether and loved it.”

The pop­u­lar show fol­lows the lives of sev­eral coun­try stars, and stars Con­nie Brit­ton and Hay­den Panet­tiere.

At first the band were just play­ing for fun, and they only had their first show a few months ago.

Then they played Stereo in Au­gust, and no­ticed their Face­book pages was sud­denly get­ting likes and ticket re­quests from peo­ple that no­body in the band knew.

That was when they re­alised things were on the up.

“I didn’t re­alise there was such a big mar­ket for peo­ple want­ing to hear the songs from the show played live,” adds Michelle.

“They know I’m not go­ing to dress up as char­ac­ters from the show, they just want to hear the mu­sic live in a big room they can dance in.

“It’s good, too, be­cause the more peo­ple hear­ing us play means there’s more peo­ple that can sug­gest what songs from the show they want to hear, be­cause we can’t play all of them.”

Do­ing all the songs of the show means that Michelle has to sing ma­te­rial that’s per­formed by sev­eral dif­fi­cult char­ac­ters - and types of vo­cal­ists - in the show. though. That’s not al­ways an easy task. “There’s only four of us, and the singing is be­tween me and Mikey, the gui­tarist.

“But we cover five or six char­ac­ters each - I can’t do cos­tume changes or any­thing like that but ev­ery char­ac­ter has a dif­fer­ent style or per­for­mance, so we do lean into that.

“There’s some that are more coun­try than oth­ers and that’s good, be­cause it ex­pands my vo­cal range too.

“The range on some of these songs is ex­tra­or­di­nary and it needed a lot of prac­tice.

“There’s one duet that’s be­tween two women, and I sing all of it.

“It’s not a cut and paste job with the vo­cals so you can tell it’s me singing both parts, but it was tricky do­ing it.

“It’s a very wordy song and re­ally high, so that was tough.”

Next up for the group is a Clas­sic Grand gig on Novem­ber 27, with all the pro­ceeds from the show go­ing to­wards the Prince & Princess of Wales Trust.

More in­for­ma­tion on the band can be found at www. face­book. com/ Glasville

The range on some of these songs is ex­tra­or­di­nary

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