Samstag 09.11.2019 20:00 Uhr
My Darling Clementine
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 400 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 Friedman 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 wrote a noirish tale of pain, loss, & violence, around 8 MDC songs. The Other Half became an album, an audio book, and a stage show and featured contributions from actor David Morrissey and singer songwriter Graham Parker
After 18 months of touring The Other Half, Michael and Lou returned to the studio for album number 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 as the perfect next step for an ever evolving band.
But if the musical landscape has changed a little then the message and tone of the songs stays pretty constant. 2 adults, a man and woman, singing to each, about each other, for and against each other. And still testifying.
"King and Dalgleish have re-invented the country duet - The mingling of these two voices is just heavenly” The Guardian
“The UK’s strongest and most assured purveyors of authentic traditional Americana” No Depression
“King and Dalgleish have earned their place in the role call of great country duettists” - UNCUT
“One of the most exquisitely pained country albums of the year” New York Daily News
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