One thing I’ve not done a lot of since getting divorced is watch television. Having had Sky TV there was always something to watch and I love my series such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Walking Dead, Arrow etc, however with Freeview you just don’t get as much choice and watching terrestrial television is like sticking pins in my eyes.
In the last few weeks I’ve watched more episodes of Grand Designs, Location Location and Restoration Man that is healthy. With no broadband either thanks to a total cock up by BT I cannot indulge my love of Blink Box as much as I’d like to or use 4OD my other staple for catching up. Thankfully though this week the lovely people at Three mobile topped up my mobile mi-fi dongle and what was the first thing I did…run straight to 4OD to catch up on the amazing hit TV show that I fell in love with last year, Nashville.
If you haven’t caught this show yet which is now in it’s second season (where have you been) it is set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene, the new drama revolves around a 40-year-old superstar Rayna Jaymes, whose star begins fading. Rayna is forced to team up with the new teen sensation Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Paniettere) on tour in order to maintain her label’s support for her latest record, whose sales have been underwhelming.
The show is addictive, seriously addictive. Stunning clothes, hot guys and a great storyline. Then there’s the music. I had never been into country music, listened to country music or wanted to until I watched this show. We had a joke in our house that country music songs were all about three things; your wife had left you, your house had done and your dog had died. The music though in Nashville is stunning. The lyrics of the songs are brilliant, some of them make me sing at the top of my voice and I cannot get enough of the two Nashville albums I have bought or the Nashville country playlist I have on Spotify.
I am clearly not in a minority though in my love of country music, as country music sensation Garth Brooks recently revealed that Ireland is his favourite place to sing and his fans obviously love him as the Garth Brooks tour dates for his Ireland leg sold out in less than two hours when they went on sale recently!
Garth is one of country music’s biggest stars and even though he retired at the peak of his career in 2001 he has continued to pull in crowds across the globe and was on top form when he performed at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas in 2013.
Would I love to go and see him perform in Ireland – hell yeah! A weekend away in Dublin, one of th best cities in Europe would be fabulous and there’s some fantastic hotel deals on Hotel Direct that would make for a fabulous weekend break. I just need to find a stetson and some cowgirl boots to stamp my feet along in. In the meantime I think I will have to realistically restrain myself and make do with episode 3 of Nashville on 4OD and singing in my living room.