My Darling Clementine

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13 Jul

My Darling Clementine are Testifying in These Towns…

Dear friends,

Hope the summer is treating you well.

Just a brief newsletter to let you know about 2 shows this month. These will be our last shows in the UK until October.

SO… we will be TESTIFYING IN THESE TOWNS

Saturday 15th July – Bristol – River Town Americana Weekend:
http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/jim-lauderdale-darling-clementine/

*(featuring Al Cook on pedal steel and Al Gare on double bass)

Michael Weston King – “My Back Pages”
Thursday 20th July – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe:

VENUE: http://www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk/events.php?pid=lsm&lsm_id=1140
TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/391402#.WKhn8y8zBts.mailto

(MWK solo for 75 minutes then a My Darling Clementine acoustic set of songs to end
the evening)


RADIO RADIO

If you missed the recent BBC sessions you can catch up with them on BBC I-player via these links:

BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris session.

BBC Radio Scotland Janice Forsyth session.


READ ALL ABOUT IT

We are featured in the current issue of Country Music People. available from all good newstands.

You can also read more MDC mouthing off via these fine web sites

No Depression
Say It With Garage Flowers
Penny Black Music


STILL TESTIFYING

If you have not got your hands on a copy of the new album yet – what are you waiting for?   Make it the soundtrack of your summer.

Maybe these words to the wise will get you ordering now. On CD, vinyl or download here.

‘Still Testifying is a triumph’
Bob Harris,  BBC RADIO 2

‘Where gospel, country and Southern soul happily collide. Terrific’
UnCut 8/10 ********

Like Nick Lowe, Weston King and Dalgleish, are able to create songs that make you feel that you know them while being quite new and gorgeous.
Record Collector 4/5 ****

The Guardian 4/5****    The Daily Express 4/5****

Even more depth and darkness than on their previous two albums. A stroke of genius.
Country Music People 5/5 ***** 

Laying claim to be the best country album of the year for the third time and shaping up to be their most successful yet. Long may they continue to bear witness.
FR-UK


We love getting YOUR feedback so please keep these comments coming, either via Facebook, Twitter (@My_Darling_Clem), or the MDC web site.

Or post your review of the album on the Amazon page.

Thanks everyone,
Lou & Michael

28 Jun

SOME WORDS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT

The album has been officially out now for 3 weeks and the reaction from all of you who have heard it has been so positive. We are delighted you are digging it.

The response from both the press and radio has been fabulous, too.

Here are a few things to check out:


Jolene’s Story is on the BBC Radio 2 Country playlist this week.

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MDC are live in session with Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 July 6th, between 7pm and 8pm.

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The new issue of Country Music People carries an interview & feature:

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Wednesday 28th June – MDC are live on BBC Radio Scotland Janice Forsyth show with Ian Rankin – broadcast live from The Oxford Bar in Edinburgh between 2pm-3pm.

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More support last week on BBC Radio Scotland c/o Ricky Ross show Another Country.

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Here are a couple of recent reviews from UnCut and The Daily Express:

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Various excellent on-line reviews over the past 2 weeks also  – here are a few link to peruse;

No Depression
Penny Black Music
Fatea Records
Folk Radi

12 Jun

The new My Darling Clementine album “Still Testifying” is Out Now!

(c) Marco Bakker

Order now!


‘Still Testifying is a triumph’ –Bob Harris,  BBC RADIO 2
UnCut 8/10 ********
Record Collector 4/5 ****
Country Music People 5/5 ***** 

Read in-depth interview at NoDepression.com.

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The UK tour continues throughout June and July. Details of all shows here.

24 May

May Day, May Day – “Still Testifying” band tour starts in 2 weeks

Hey everyone,

Just 3 weeks now until the new album is officially released.

(c) Marco Bakker

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.


DANCEHALL

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

Although it is not officially released until June 2, all the pre-orders have now gone out. There is still time, if you wish, to pre-order to get an advanced copy from our website or from Amazon.

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!


MATINEE IDOLS

A new video for the song “There’s Nothing You Can Tell Me”, was just premiered on the CMM / Country Music Magazine web site on Friday here.  (Please check it out, and look out too for a lengthy MDC feature in the next issue)The direct YouTube link is here.You can also get a download of this song when you pre-order the new album.



RADIO RADIO

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.

Lots more radio to come and live sessions too.  We will keep you updated on these via Facebook and Twitter.


Thanks again everyone, enjoy the new video, please share, share, share (and Cher) and BOOK your tickets for the tour NOW!

– Lou & Michael

 

03 Apr

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.

As a taster for the album, and ahead of the North American tour starting on Friday,  here is a Stateside themed video, shot in Oregon and Washington State for the song Eugene.

Pre-order the album now and get a free download of this song from CRS.

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.

Tickets are now on sale for all UK concerts.

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”

More info here.


SHOP AROUND

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.

The Official Facebook page.
MDC on Twitter.

Thanks all.

Keep testifying.

Yours in music,
Michael & Lou