The Garage, Glasgow
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On the launch night of Celtic Connections, Glasgow’s remarkable annual festival of roots music, a rival hoedown has completely sold out a local nightclub. Valiant pop-country princes Dan + Shay – AKA young songwriting duo Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney – may not yet be familiar names in the UK, but their strident, soaring take on the modern Nashville style has seen them continuously level up in the US.
The release of their self-titled third album and its breakout track Tequila last year seemed to be a tipping point: they brought in 2019 by guesting on beloved TV institution Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and will celebrate their two recent Grammy nominations by playing the awards ceremony next month, sharing a bill with Post Malone and Cardi B.
If the mainstream beckons, it is not hard to see and hear why. Compared with modern country’s square-jawed but often stiff solo male stars, Dan + Shay radiate
While their songs are consistently well-crafted, the default Dan + Shay setting seems to be magnifying everything from boozy hook-ups to renewed marriage vows into