For what began life as something of a side project for Michael Weston King & Lou Dalgleish, a labour of love, a homage to the classic country duets of the 60’s and 70’s , My Darling Clementine is now very much part of the country and Americana landscape. 3 critically acclaimed albums, over 700 shows across Europe and N. America, numerous accolades and awards has placed the band at the forefront of the burgeoning Americana scene
The debut “How Do You Plead?” was produced by Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe) and featured some of London’s finest musicians from the 70’s pub rock era. Players who understood ‘classic country’. Released in 2011, it was immediately acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. Country Music People called it; “The greatest British country record ever made” while American Songwriter stated “this is as authentic as anything out of Nashville or Texas…A batch of superb C&W corkers.”
Such praise led to a US record deal and invitations to appear at the Americana Music Association in Nashville and SXSW in Austin in 2013
2013s follow-up, “The Reconciliation,” produced by Colin Eliot (Richard Hawley, Duane Eddy) and featuring guest appearances from Kinky Freidman and The Brodsky Quartet only enhanced the bands growing reputation and received a similar critical response. Uncut exclaimed; “The husband-and-wife duo serve up more countrified duet thrills…on this form, it’s a winning formula that looks set to run and run,” while in the States the New York Daily News choose it as album of the week while Popmatters put it in their Top 10 Country Albums of 2013.
Their next move was a slight departure as they the collaborated with best selling crime writer, and avowed country music fan, Mark Billingham on the ‘story and song’ project, The Other Half.
Billingham writing a noirish tale of lust, murder and betryal based around 8 King and Dalgleish songs. The Other Half became an album, an audio book, and a stage show and featured contributions from actor David Morrisey and singer songwriter Graham Parker.
After 18 months of touring The Other Half , Michael and Lou returned to the studio for album no. 4. Re-uniting with producer Neil Brockbank, Still Testifying was released in the summer 2017. Stylistically, it was further shifting away from classic country to embrace gospel and country soul and was widely acclaimed with their new direction being praised by fans and critics alike;
…‘more Delaney & Bonnie than George & Tammy. It’s a triumph’ Mojo
‘where gospel, country and southern soul happily collide… it is terrific.’ UnCut
Never ones to stand still, work is already under way on the next project. A series of EP’s, entitled “Country Darkness” it sees them reinterpreting the country and country soul songs of one of their mentors, Elvis Costello. The recordings also feature long term Elvis right-hand man. piano maestro, Steve Nieve. Country darkness Vol. 1 will be released in October 2019 on Fretsore Records.
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