Following my trip last week to see Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 the Musical, I’ve reignited my passion for Dolly and all things country (long-term visitors to Movie Talk will recall my love for such subjects some 4 or 5 years ago).

And, since the American musical drama series Nashville starts on More 4 this Thursday as well, I can find no finer excuse to start officially indulging my country music passions once again. You see, country music is becoming increasingly popular here in the UK – it’s been creepin’ in for a while and there’s the evidence – a new TV series set in Music City.

Clearly more of us are actually listening to country music these days too. In recent years, Taylor Swift has made it big here, Brad Paisley packed out the 02 in 2011, and Carrie Underwood‘s sell-out London gig last summer marked another major milestone. And this year – in fact, next month – there’s going to be a weekend-long country music festival at London’s O2 called Country to Country –  featuring such stars as LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill and star of Country Strong Tim McGraw!

So I’m pretty confident that country has finally arrived here in the UK! And, to mark this momentous development, I’ll be picking films with a country music theme for a while – whether it be films about country music, films starring country singers or just those movies set in the southern states of American where the slide guitar rules…

And so, since I’ve picked Country Strong today,  I guess I should actually get round to answering my own question – what is wrong with Country Strong?

Well, here’s the answer: Country Strong is a film about a troubled country singer whose attempts at a come-back are thwarted by the presence of her manager-husband, young musician lover and an ambitious singer.

It stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester, yet, out of those four actors, only Tim McGraw – the multi-award-winning successful country musician – is the one who doesn’t sing or perform. How crazy it that!

Country Strong (click on the link to read our Movie Talk review) is showing tonight – Tuesday 5th February – on Sky Movies Drama & Romance at 6pm.

Nashville is showing on Thursday 7th February on More 4 at 10pm

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