Nashville Hurricane at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Chase Padgett in Nashville Hurricane. Photo credit: Andy Batt

Chase Padgett in Nashville Hurricane. Photo credit: Andy Batt

Nashville Hurricane by Chase Padgett and Jay Hopkins
August 11 – 21 at Venue #30: Princess Theatre

An interview with Chase Padgett. 

Describe your show in five words.

Funny Musical Riveting Impressive Story

Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?

BEST OF FEST EDMONTON 2013 – Chase Padgett, star of last year’s smash hit 6 Guitars, brings to life a manager, a mother, a mentor, and a guitar prodigy as each shares their side of the rise, demise, and resurrection of the best damn guitar player you’ve never heard of… the Nashville Hurricane. Filled with lots of laughs, dramatic turns, and incredible guitar music.

“5 STARS – Padgett has the audience hanging on his every note and word.” – Winnipeg Free Press.

“5 STARS – Nashville Hurricane is a Fringe force of nature. Don’t let it pass you by.” – CBC Manitoba

In Nashville Hurricane as well as another of your shows, 6 Guitars, you transform into a number of different characters. What do you love about the challenges of playing so many characters?

Great question. I love the challenge of telling stories from different perspectives, especially in Nashville because one of the characters is a lying scoundrel.

How did you go about creating the different characters that make appearances in Nashville Hurricane?

I pay attention to the quirks and patterns of people I find interesting to watch either in real life or documentaries. Then I map those traits over real aspects of myself to provide a character that is unique yet familiar.

For those that have seen your show 6 Guitars, what similarities and differences between the two shows can they expect?

6 Guitars is more of a comic character cabaret whereas Nashville is MUCH more of a full story. Nashville also has less music but the songs I play are way harder and more impressive than anything I do in 6 Guitars.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

Nashville Hurricane appeared early in it’s development at the 2013 Edmonton Fringe and won a Best of Fest holdover. Since then I’ve expanded the comedy and double the music so now it’s funnier, sharper, and just plain better in every way.

The 35th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 11 – 21. Get your tickets at

Nashville Hurricane – Trailer from Chase Padgett on Vimeo.

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