Solid Gold Country Legends The Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Celebrating its tenth year touring Europe and the USA, this show celebrates all that is great about country music.

Cheesy, predictable and seen by many as the antidote to cool, country is, nonetheless, adored by millions, and this extravaganza helped to demonstrate why.

It made me realise I knew scores more country hits than I’d have thought, and revelled in their melodies, harmonies and passion.

Stars of the show were Jeanne Jordan and BJ Thomas, who adopted the guises of various country legends, belting out their songs with great feeling and passion.

Weakest of the bunch was a comically nasal Willie Nelson. Much better were Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers and Garth Brooks.

All these from two incredibly versatile and powerful singers, backed by a polished trio on guitar, keyboards and drums.

From Jolene to Blanket on the Ground, Stand By Your Man, Islands in the Stream, Crazy, and Man, I Feel Like a Woman, the hits kept on coming.

A shame then that the house at the Kings was less than half full. All you country fans out there missed a fantastic evening. The rest missed a chance to be lured in. Yee-ha and goodnight.

ALAN COOPER