My Darling Clementine


26 Sep

The Refuge of the Road – The My Darling Clementine Autumn Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Michael here, writing to you from the ancient Norwegian town of Halden.

I am out here for some solo shows while Lou is at home packing boxes, or at least pointing and directing overall-clad men who are packing boxes.

Yes, we are on the move, heading north from Birmingham to the great city of Manchester, which goes someway to explain why we have not been so proactive on stage over the summer.

But we will be fixing that later this month and into October with a run of shows in Germany, Austria, one in Holland and then 4 in the UK.

We then return to The Netherlands in November, from the 4th -12th, including a collaboration with the great Dutch photographer Marco Bakker in Edam on Nov 12th. This is both a gig and a photo exhibition. Marco took the fabulous photos that feature on the album.

Details of all shows and how to get tickets can be found here.

Many of these shows will be acoustic duo shows but Lou and I will be joined by various amazing players in Glasgow, Harrogate and some of the Dutch shows

AND DON’T FORGET – If you want to see My Darling Clementine play in your part of the world, please get in touch. We can arrange something directly with you or in conjunction with a venue near you.  Contact us via our website, or our Facebook page, or on Twitter.


We are delighted to announce a brand new video for the song “Yours Is The Cross I Still Bear”

Once again it has been put together by our good friend and colleague John Humpheys, this time using selected footage from his brilliant 2015 film Numbskull, and features our much-missed and wonderful friend, the actor, musician and all round renaissance man, Paul Murphy:

Enjoy, and please share. We would love for as many to see this as possible.

To watch the full film of Numbskull go here,


Please tune in on Monday, September 25th, 4pm, on BBC Radio 4 when Lou and I join Mark Billingham and others to discuss the late great Hank Williams, talking about his life, his music and his demons.  We will also be singing. As a taster, you can listen now to the My Darling Clementine version of “Your Cheatin’ Heart”


Great reviews continue to come in for the the new album “Still Testifying”.  The latest from 2 wonderful Irish webzine, Lonesome Highway and Whisperin’ and Hollerin’.

Here in the UK the current issue of Country Music Magazine carries a 4/5 review and an interview, and RnR (Rock ’n’ Reel) also has a 4/5 review. There are also more articles and interviews in the next issues of RnR (Rock ’n’ Reel), Record Collector and on

Over in Germany, Soul Train (among many others) has had great things to say about “Still Testifying” and in The Netherlands too:


If you don’t have the album yet, there are various ways to got hold of your copy. Just hit this link and take your pick. Thanks for all your kind words about it – do keep them coming.

And which ever way you buy the album we would love it if you could leave a comment on the album page on Amazon.

Thanks everyone – we will see you on the road this Autumn.

07 Aug

Matinee Idle & MDC Live on BBC Radio Kent

We are delighted to announce that the DVD “Matinee Idle” is now BACK IN STOCK Only 50 copies are available so, as they say in all the best commercials, “hurry now while stocks last!”

If you missed MDC playing live on Saturday 5th August on BBC Radio Kent, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer. A lot of banter and a lot of music – 7 songs played live during the show, between 11am and 1pm.

17 Jul

New Dates Announced!


Lou will be joining Michael on Thursday at his solo show at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Birmingham to close out the evening with a set of MDC songs.

Michael Weston King – “My Back Pages” (MWK 75 minute solo set  followed by My Darling Clementine acoustic set of songs from the new album to close)

Thursday 20th July – Birmingham @ Kitchen Garden Cafe: VENUE | TICKETS


Michael and Lou will be live on air on BBC WM with Paul Franks between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesday.

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.


Saturday 15th July – Bristol – River Town Americana Weekend:

*(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:


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


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.


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


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.

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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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