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