International country singers shine at CMA Fest - WKRN News 2

International country singers shine at CMA Fest

Posted: Updated: June 5, 2012 05:42 PM
Adam Gregory Adam Gregory
Duo Travellin Rose Duo Travellin Rose
Colm Kirwan Colm Kirwan

Country music singers from other countries took to the stage Tuesday at The Stage on Broadway for this year's CMA Music Fest International Country Music Show.

Artists from five different countries traveled to Nashville for their chance to perform in front of a live country music audience.

Adam Gregory who has been living in Nashville told Nashville's News 2 country music is popular where he comes from.

"I'm from Canada originally and actually country music is pretty big up there," he said. 

Travellin Rose, a duo from the UK calls themselves 'gypsies' because they've lived in so many places.

The pair grew up on a farm, living in a trailer and their sound is all country.

"We've tried to sing English and we sound Australian. So it [doesn't] work. We're blaming Loretta [Lynn] and Patsy [Cline]. That's what we listened to growing up," said Talia Smith, half of the Travellin Rose duo.

Breaking into country music is hard for all musicians, but Smith told Nashville's News 2 that it's even harder for someone who doesn't sound country when they talk.

"Let's say we just pick someone off the street, they'd probably get more credibility than us. That is the problem, credibility," she explained.

Colm Kirwan is from Ireland. He said he has been living in Nashville for the past two years.

He told Nashville's News 2 that country music isn't that different than the Irish music he grew up listening to.

"Country music came from bluegrass and the roots of bluegrass came from Irish traditional. So it isn't a million miles apart," Kirwan said.

Kirwan also points to artists and bands such as Munford and Sons and The Civil Wars who's sound borrows a lot of the Celtic influence from Irish folk.

The 41st annual CMA Music Fest kicks off in downtown Nashville on Thursday and continues through Sunday.

For a complete lineup of performers set to take the stage at LP Field, visit

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