My Darling Clementine

Press Release – How Do You Plead?

One of the many definitions of harmony is.. “agreement; accord; harmonious relations” , so it is with sweet irony that in Country Music, the joining of two voices should so often be used to sing about disharmony. Songs of betrayal, regret, anger, guilt, revenge and hurt. But it is that contradiction which draws us to this music. Two people, singing to each other, about each other, while staring directly into each others eyes. As listeners we become voyeurs to something so personal. Like eavesdropping neighbours tuning into a domestic. We are at once curious, sad, compelled but yet unable to turn away. The classic country duets were undoubtedly at a peak in the late 60’s and 1970’s – the likes of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner, Johnny & June and many more. Fast forward 40 years and those timeless themes have now been revisited by……..My Darling Clementine (aka Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish)

Michael Weston King is widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest singer songwriters, Admired by the likes of Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith, Jackie Leven, and the legendary Townes van Zandt (who recorded one of his songs), he draws his influence from a wide range of styles, from Pop to Folk, from Country to Soul, from Gospel to Blues

He is the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons, with whom he made 4 critically acclaimed albums in a seven year career, MOJO wrote “The band who must rate as England’s very own Uncle Tupelo..”, while said “The British band that played alt. country before anyone knew what the hell it was. “

10 albums and countless tours, both solo and with the likes of Nick Cave, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn and many more, have seen MWK becoming recognized as one of our finest songwriters, and now, he has teamed up with his kindred spirit, his other half….

“As fine a singer songwriter as Gram Parsons”

“…a voice part Nashville balladeer and part Alt Country hero…a cross between Nick Cave and Rodney Crowell.”

“Like Tim Hardin, Phil Ochs or Townes van Zandt, King transmutes squalor and self-laceration into pure gold.”

Lou Dalgleish, one of the finest female singers in the UK, and she is right under the same roof. A dancer and actor, TV and film roles in her 20’s, she is a singer songwriter of outstanding quality, who has been praised by, and worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, The Brodsky Quartet, Brian Kennedy and many more. From 1993 – 2000 she released 4 albums that showed off her unique song styling as well as her stunning vocals,

“She has a complete range of emotions and a power of phrasing that can pluck the heartstrings just as frequently as wrenching them out with a clenched fist”
The Independent

“Her voice and her sound are timeless”

“Her deep introspective lyrics are expressed by an emotive voice. She is pure quality” OOR (HOLLAND)

Recorded at Gold Top studios in Chalk Farm, London, with Neil Brockbank co-producing. Neil has produced the last six Nick Lowe albums, as well as work for Mary Coughlan, Alison Moyet, Tift Merritt, Geraint Watkins ….

Featuring the talents of legendary British musicians such as Martin Belmont, Geraint Watkins, Bobby Irwin, Bob Loveday, a.o., all handpicked by MWK because of their love and knowledge of country music, they have crafted an album of pure, honest country duets, that evokes and honours the great duets of the past.

Thirteen brand new songs written by King and Dalgleish, of love, separation, bitterness and acrimony.

But this is no “parody” record, this is a serious piece of work, as well as a labour of love, something that honours the past but is also every bit as contemporary as the likes of Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell, or Jenny & Johnny. In some ways this is Michael and Lou’s very own ‘Almost Blue’. As Michael says;

Costello’s Almost Blue was the first time I ever really heard and understood country music. Until then it was just Slim Whitman and Jim Reeves albums on my parents tinny sounding music centre. Elvis introduced me to the songs of George Jones, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Harlan Howard and many more. It was like discovering a whole new world.

Since then country music has been a huge part of my world, and my writing style. Most of the songs on this album were written specifically for it but a few have been laying around for years, written after many a night of listening to George and Merle but then put away until I found the right people to perform them with. Now I have……….