A COUPLE of country and western performers from North Wales are hoping for stardom in Nashville.
The pair, Dai Evison and Ady Burns, from Wrexham, have already been offered a song-writing contract with Paramount who are showing their work to top C&W stars like Shania Twain and Garth Brooks.
Dai, from Overton on Dee, and Ady, from Caia Park, Wrexham, have already sold several songs to the music publishing wing of Paramount.
The duo perform as Midnight Hustle and have been together on the local pub and club circuit for several years.
Dai explained: “We sent off a song to Paramount and the interest has just gone from there.
“They must have liked what they heard because they offered us a song-writing contract and have actually cut demos of some of our songs using their own session musicians and vocalists.
“They have even featured us on a demo CD called Raining In Heaven and when they offered us a contract we decided we needed some professional help.”
The couple turned to Gareth Kelly, a partner in the North Wales firm of Cyril Jones and Co, who plays guitar himself and was in a student rock band in the 70s. He said: “Contracts like this can be very complex, especially when you are dealing with the legal requirements of another country and here we are looking at something that is binding on parties here and in the USA.”
They have also got a music publishing contract with another Nashville company, Kevin King Music.
“We’d love to go out there (Nashville) and are hoping to make the trip this autumn,” said Dai, a social worker.
“It’s where all the greats have played but at the moment we’re pretty busy ourselves with a number of gigs and festivals including the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen.”
Ady added: “Paramount only usually take one song at a time but they have taken four from us, Tear My Heart, Misty Woman, Big River and Rocky Roads.
“We’re really trying to get as many gigs as possible now so that we can raise the money to go to Nashville – we’re even hoping to do a tour of Eastern Europe this summer.
“It’s fantastic that some of the top C and W stars are going to hear our songs but I would really like to play out there myself – just imagine Dai and me being on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.”
The pair are on stage at Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen, this Friday, in the celebration concert for the school’s hosting of the prestigious week-long World Youth Skills Challenge.