Music has always been an important part of my life and my younger brother and I loved it when the house filled with the sounds of Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell and John Denver.
I was thrilled to arrive home in the UK last Sunday and especially so when my lovely mother presented me with a ticket to see Dolly Parton and friends at the local Malvern Theatre. Okay, it wasn’t the real Dolly but Sarah Jayne gave a believable and stunning performance as the Country Queen. If I had been sitting on the twirling judge’s chair of The Voice, I would have turned and expected to see Dolly herself.
The Country Superstars Experience show was one of the most authentic and charismatic tribute events I have attended. The audience was treated to Sarah Jayne’s vocal talents in the shoes of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and Billie Jo Spears as well as the awesome Dolly Parton. Not forgetting the male Country stars: Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, John Denver and my ‘crush’ Garth Brookes took to the stage and filled the auditorium with their own individual tones and much loved songs. These voices were impersonated to perfection by Andy Crust – who even had the individual swaggers down to a T.
The atmosphere the duo created in the theatre was electric and by the end of the show, no one wanted to go home. We were most definitely left on a high as the closing act, Kenny Rogers, took to the stage. Dolly Parton entered for the grand finale duet – Islands in the Stream. Everyone was on their feet, singing and dancing and thoroughly enjoying the Country Superstars Experience.
I love country music. For me, it is the perfect union of great story telling and harmony. Do you like country music?