Michelle right on song in Nashville
New band proves hit with TV tunes
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