Charles “Chip” Esten is a household name for many, thanks in no small part to his role as Deacon Claybourne in TV’s much loved Nashville,which ended its 6 season run in 2018. Having performed as part of the Nashville Live shows over the last few years, this, his first UK solo tour, strips everything back to basics using just voice and (mostly) guitar.
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Eaten arrived on stage alone on the dot at 9 PM to huge cheers and applause, and opened the set with a reworked version of Whiskey Lips, a song he performed during his time on Nashville. The stripped-back opening verse showed off his impressive guitar playing, as well as the depth and drawl in his voice, before building up into a driving chorus that had the crowd clapping along.
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