CHANGING perceptions about country music as a genre that only appeals to Americans is the mission of four Nelson Mandela Bay divas who are staging Kiss My Country Bumpkin in the city this week.
Marelize Barnard, Niqui Cloete-Barrass, Annaline Stiolingh and Faye Oatley will belt out songs made famous by country music stalwarts like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
Modern country crossovers from Bon Jovi, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Cher and even Lady Gaga will also feature. The production will mark the first time all four singers will be on stage at the same time.
Barnard said Kiss My Country Bumpkin would attempt to change perceptions about the genre.
"This is essentially a country music show but it's also a revival of the reputation of country music.
"A lot of people have the perception that country music is for Americans living in the backwoods. We've included a whole bunch of newer and more commercial country music singers in the show.
"We want to show people that country is not really what they think it's about in the negative sense," she said.
The show, which has taken the quartet about two months to rehearse, is about 90 minutes long – excluding the interval.
The show runs on Wednesday and Thursday at the Amphitheatre at the Boardwalk.
It will also run on Friday April 26 at the Barkley Street Theatre in Uitenhage.
Tickets are R95 and partial proceeds will go to the Khayalethu Youth Centre for former street boys. Book 10 or more tickets and receive a R200 voucher from Jenni Gault International Jewellery Design.
For more information, contact Lindsay on 083-455-8007, or Brenda on 041-586- 0570 or, alternatively, e-mail bumpkinshow @gmail.com