The new My Darling Clementine album “Still Testifying” is Out Now!
May Day, May Day – “Still Testifying” band tour starts in 2 weeks
Just 3 weeks now until the new album is officially released.
We are so looking forward to you all hearing it and to getting out on the road with the full band again to play it live.
The tour started last week with 2 acoustic shows in Sheffield and Durham. Wonderful nights in intimate surroundings. Thanks to all who came
Here are live ticket links to ALL the UK shows in June and July. So….… your night with MDC is just ‘one click away’
If not booked already, and you are planning on coming to a show please do book early. The band are sounding amazing, and we really don’t want you to miss out on hearing them. The line-up for the tour is the same core of fabulous players who made the album. Martin Belmont, Neil Bullock, Alan Cook, Kevin Foster, Liam Grundy.
There will also be additional guests at selected shows.
MDC on stage at New York City Winery, April 10th
33 & 1/3 RPM
OR, just buy it the first week of release — from you local store or on-line. That would be wonderful — who knows, we may even chart!
Bob Harris played Jolene’s Story* on Bob Harris Country BBC Radio (51.30 mins into the show)
Ricky Ross played There’s Nothing You Can Tell Me on Another Country, BBC Radio Scotland.
Ralph Mclean played The Embers & The Flame BBC Radio Ulster (5.05 mins into the show)
Iain Anderson played The Embers & The Flame BBC Radio Scotland – opening the show with it.
Thanks again everyone, enjoy the new video, please share, share, share (and Cher) and BOOK your tickets for the tour NOW!
– Lou & Michael
Album Release / Tour Dates / New Video
Welcome all, to the Spring newsletter.
When its spring again,
I’ll bring again
Tulips from ……….
– Max Bygraves
APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire.
– T S Eliot
33 and a 1/3 RPM;
We are thrilled to announce that the new album, “Still Testifying” will be released on June 2nd by CRS / Continental Record Services.
It was recorded in London last year, between May and September, and produced by Neil Brockbank, who worked with us on How Do You Plead? It features the core of the brilliant MDC live band (Martin Belmont, Neil Bullock, Alan Cook, Kevin Foster, Liam Grundy) plus many other amazing guest musicians.
Those of you have already pre-ordered via the MDC web site, your copies of the album will be with you by mid-late May.
DANCEHALL – America;
It has been too long a spell without any shows – the last one being back in October, so, it is an understatement to say we are looking forward to getting back out on the road.
Firstly… starting next week, 16 shows in America and Canada. Some of these will be with friends and kindred spirits in the shape of Dale Watson & Ray Benson in New York, Johnny Dowd in Ithaca, & The Rizdales in London, Ont.
DANCEHALL – UK
… then back home, touring from May onwards. A mix of acoustic and full band shows. We are really looking forward to playing these new songs live for you.
Early bird tickets are available for the album launch on Wednesday 7th June. These are very limited so early booking is advised.
Friends, we really need your support at ALL of these shows. It is tough out there, with so many acts on the road, all trying our best make a living in the face of declining album sales so PLEASE, do book early and spread the word when and where you can.
You know a great night is always delivered when MDC get on stage, so bring along a friend or 2. Have them converted to the “church of heartache”
In between the US and UK tours there will be 2 MWK solo shows.
Friday 28th April – Otley, Korks
Michael Weston King – “The Songs of Townes Van Zandt & Jackie Leven”
Thursday 4th May – Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe
Michael Weston King – “My Back Pages”
With the imminent arrival of the new My Darling Clementine album we are making some space here in the stock room. So, please check out these offers;
An MWK bargain bundle – CD/DVD/BOOK/A2 poster. 60% discount.
Also, just a few of these DVDs left. Contains all the promo videos to date plus a selection of live footage recorded in the UK and Europe.
As they used to say in all the worst commercials, “HURRY NOW WHILE STOCKS LAST!”
READ ALL ABOUT IT
An interesting article about the state of “country” music in Europe, however we define country music. It is worth a read, and we get a name-check.
REGARDS THE END
Some very sad news reached us in February, when we heard of the passing, on Feb 12th, of Robert Fisher. Robert was a friend, an ally, a collaborator. A man for whom music was a vocation and who lived and loved his life accordingly. Here is a recent post describing our friendship.
With his band Willard Grant Conspiracy, he left behind an incredible body of work. For those not familiar, here is a fine article, and a playlist, to get you started.
OK, that all the news that is fit to print for now. Do stay in touch, especially via Facebook or Twitter. We will be posting our on-the-road adventures up there, so come and join us.
Yours in music,
Michael & Lou
What’s Another Year?
Our best to you for 2017 and to quote the ‘great’ Johnny Logan (Google him!), “What’s another year?” Well, lets hope, in many ways, it as a vast improvement on the last one.
One thing you can be assured of is that our new album is on it’s way. At last! Those of you who saw the shows in October will have heard some of the new songs, and we are really excited to share them with you all.
We are closing in on the final draft of the new album art work. There are just under 2 weeks left before it is signed off so, if any of you still wish to be part of the album, by pledging towards it and in doing so, have your name, or that of loved one credited on the sleeve, just click here to do so. THANK YOU.
There are free concert tickets too for all who get involved and everyone who does will also go into a draw for a free house concert. Yes, MDC in your living room!
While on tour in Holland in October we did a photo session for the album with the renowned Dutch photographer Marco Bakker. You can see one of his shots at the top of the website, and here is Marco in action.
From Massachusetts to North Yorkshire
Two videos clips we thought you may enjoy, from a couple of live shows last year
1 – Recorded in Natick, Massachusetts, when opening for Graham Parker:
Our Race Is Run
2 – Recorded at the Harrogate Festival, North Yorkshire, in the fine surrounds of The Spiegeltent. Also features a very special guest:
The first shows of the new year will be in America. We are back on the east coast plus shows in and around Chicago – the first time for MDC in Illinois and Michigan.
Meanwhile back home, these shows are confirmed. Yes we know, ALL but one in the north but more are being added right now.
Thursday 11th May – Sheffield
Friday 12th May – Durham
Friday 2nd June – Euston, Suffolk
Saturday 3rd June – Liverpool
Thursday 29th June – Dundee
Friday 30th June – Edinburgh
Saturday 1st July – Carlisle
If you want us to come and play a show in your town or city, or at a venue you really like OR even come a play a show JUST for you, then send a message via the website.
So far we have made 2 videos for songs from the new album, and the shooting of a 3rd gets underway in 2 weeks time. We will start to share these with everyone very soon. Meanwhile here a couple of stills from one of them:
Prices have been kept low in the MDC emporium until the end of the month, so, if you need that perfect something to brighten up a dark January, click here.
Two items to bring to your attention:
Michael Weston King Guitar String Bracelet
The good people at Basement Tapes design very stylish bracelets incorporating used guitar strings. If you want a little bit of MDC/MWK around your wrist, check this out. Vintage brass clasp and warm 1970’s brown leather. Something that certainly would have been worn by the main character in I No Longer Take Pride… before his downfall!
Copies are also now available of the MWK compilation CD Handpicked.
It was released to tie-in with the European solo tour last November/December. 13 songs taken from 13 different albums from over the past 20 years . You can order via the MDC site or the MWK site. The album includes 3 My Darling Clementine songs, and all are signed and personalised.
A message to members old and new, and those yet to join, we are now taking membership for 2017.
Just some of things DL members have received in the past include;
– Private demos of brand new songs
– Signed photos and art prints – a number of which only available by being a member
– Free CDs
– Backstage passes to MDC shows
With the new album coming too, there will be lots of new merch (shirts, posters etc) – some of this will also find it’s way into future members packs, plus there will be discounts too on MDC products;
We look forward to seeing you at a forthcoming show, or drop us a line. We love hearing from you with any feedback on songs, shows etc.
Yours in music,
Michael & Lou
October News! Upcoming Shows / New Album
Two brief pieces of October news
We have been overwhelmed by how far folks have been travelling to come and see aMy Darling Clementine show over the past couple of years. We try to be on the road as much as we can but sometimes we just can’t get everywhere, and certainly not with the a whole band in tow, so we really do appreciate you making the effort to come to us.
Now, this October, we are doing 2 full-band shows which we are very excited about. One is in London and one is in Birmingham so, again, unless you live local you will need to make a something of journey. BUT IT WILL BE WORTH YOUR EFFORTS. We will be show-casing brand new material from the forthcoming album as well as lots of songs from the back catalogue. Anything you want to hear? Just let us know and we will do out best to include it.
The band line-up is the stellar collection of Martin Belmont, Neil Bullock, Alan Cook, Kevin Foster & Liam Grundy. There may even be some surprise guests too!
If anyone needs suggestions of places to stay in Birmingham, just ask. Everyone needs a wild night out in Birmingham once in a while… Get your tickets here.
We are delighted to announce the new album, “STILL TESTIFYING” is now completed and we are thrilled with how it has turned out. We hope, and think, you will be too.
Even with the recording finished there are still videos to be made, sleeves to be designed etc, etc, so any additional income from friends, fans and supporters will be a huge help and go towards funding these.
If you have not yet become part of the project, and would like to do so, there is still time. Time to have your name within the credits, time to order your personalised advanced signed copy, time to pre-order the album
There are free concert tickets too for all who get involved and you will also go into a draw for a free house concert. Yes, MDC in your living room. So just click here and be a part of it.
Thanks for your support, and see you at show soon….. in London & Birmingham or in Germany, The Netherlands & Switzerland.
– Michael & Lou