Watch them blossom! Feel their pain! Come in, get comfy and get on down with Nashville’s nicest cuties as they ride the white-knuckle rollercoaster on the Country road to fortune and fame.
If you kept up with the Kardashians, O.D.’d on the Osbournes and are ready for an altogether gentler and more creative groove in your quest for guilty pleasure, look no further than this brand-new-to-British-TV series set in Franklin, Tennessee, which charts the course of Kate, Emily and Lindsay Anderton, a mother-and daughter trio on the mission of a lifetime.
Already a must-watch in the US, ‘Discovering Lucy Angel’ is attention-seeking at its finest. For these are sophisticated gals with heart, soul and twang in their blood, who will stop at little to realise their dream of Country stardom on the world’s wider stage.
Where run-of-the-mill reality TV can at times seem tired and contrived, the Anderton family are the classic breath of fresh air. Not only do they present as one hundred per cent who they really are, but they are also funny, opinionated, driven, beautiful, and nothing if not eminently watchable. The intense, eccentric dramas of their lives, times and ambitions are played out against the magnetic backdrop of the Nashville music scene. Unscripted, addictive and fantasy-indulging, the series satisfies even the deepest craving for fly-on-the-wall TV.
‘Discovering Lucy Angel’ affords ShowBiz TV the unique opportunity to celebrate the popularity of this much-loved heritage music, as well as to explore its compelling history and its place on the musical spectrum today. And guess what, it doesn’t ‘all sound the same’. Far from it. A great river that has absorbed countless streams, from immigrant folk songs, Irish and Celtic ditties, cowboy-blues and dance-hall swing to rockabilly, boogie and bluegrass, it has an irresistible under-current of honky tonk and gospel. Its modern-day significance as the ultimate crossbreed, and its vast importance in the global mainstream, cannot be under-played.
Country began life as community music with its own values, heroes and institutions, its own record labels and radio stations, and set out to entertain a modest-income audience widely neglected by America’s national media. From the turn of the last century, when it was still the music of the poor white Southerner, and of only marginal importance to the record industry; through its commercial expansion at the end of World War II, when several labels established offices and studios in Nashville to record Country’s top radio performers for Southern consumption; to its status as the driving force of American music today, the genre once derided as ‘hillbilly’ music has come a spectacularly long way. Breaking out of regional-appeal status, incorporating elements of other genres en route, and having made its way across the seas, it has acquired all the glamour, grit, personality and sexuality of rock ‘n’ roll.
This, then, is the heritage that the Anderton girls explore and make their own aided and abetted by ‘the G Man’, Kate’s long-suffering but infinitely patient husband and Emily and Lindsay’s father, who assumes managerial, promotional and production responsibilities, and acts as general dogsbody in between. He seems, at times, the only thing holding it all together as the girls strive to keep cascading golden curls intact, their delicate throats in shape, and their nerve…
Whether you’re looking for Reality TV or an escape from your own reality, Discovering Lucy Angel is the trip of a lifetime, as well as an exuberant celebration of the good things in life. Get with the programme and join in the chorus. We’ll see you by the barn.
Discovering Lucy Angel begins on February 14th on ShowBiz TV Sky channel 266 and Manchester Freeview channel 80.
7.30pm every Sunday evening. Tune in.
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