Ottar Johansen and Tore Andersen flew to Minneapolis from Oslo on May 11, picked up new NorVille/Nashville member fiddle player Karen Pendley the following day at the MSP Airport and drove to the Coachman Inn Lodge in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Joe Sun, with NorVille Road Manager Ted Barton, drove from Nashville to Stoughton on May 12 to meet the group at the lodge.
On Friday night, May 13, Norville played an impromptu acoustic set in the Coachman Inn’s Restaurant and Bar to the delight of all the customers. NorVille wishes to thank Theresa Johnson and all the staff at the Coachman Inn for their wonderful hospitality.
On stage at the beatutiful Stoughton Opera House, WI
Norville´s tour was sponsored by: Fond For Lyd Og Bilde.
The brand new video from NorVille (the Nexus to American-Norwegian Roots Music), released May 17th.
Founding members Ottar Johansen and Joe Sun created the union after performing together at the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival in 2009. Explains Johansen, “On this evening, Joe and I took the stage with fellow writers Dean Dillon and the late Hank Cochran. As we left the stage Joe and I hooked up for a beer and began discussing our unique musical heritage. We realized that we had something of substance – a Norway Nashville country connection - to share with the world. It was a magical moment in my career.”
The final product is the 14-track CD, NorVille,” featuring the song “Take Me Back” written by members Johansen, Joe Sun and Tore Andersen – a tribute song for Norwegian-American immigrants. The song was premiered by NorVille at the opening of the Nashville chapter of Sons of Norway (Music City Vikings) in October 2009. The group showcases strong vocal performances from each member, resulting in a delightful blend of vocal harmonies.