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Alt. country /Americana sensation "My Darling Clementine" at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, Sunday 29th September




My Darling Clementine are a superb Alt. country /Americana band,  conceived and featuring Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish. 
No strangers to Southsea, they've both appeared at a number of Southsea Folk & Roots Festivals.  Michael has also appeared at many other Barking Spider Promotions, notably with  Jackie Leven.  Sadly, Michael played his very last gig with Jackie Leven at Southsea Folk & Roots Festival.... RIP, Jackie...
My Darling Clementine had a fantastic year in 2012, picking up accolades everywhere they went including the BCMA ‘Americana Act Of The Year 2012’. Their debut album ‘How Do You Plead?’ has been heaped with praise. For instance, top publication  "Country Music People" (who awarded the album five stars out of five!) said.....
"There are songs here George Jones and Tammy Wynette would have wanted to record. Quite simply - the greatest ever country album recorded by a British artist - and that includes Elvis Costello"
 Michael,  the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons (who MOJO dubbed “England’s very own Uncle Tupelo…”),  is widely seen as one of Britain’s finest singer songwriters, with 10 albums and countless tours, both solo and with the likes of Nick Cave, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn to his credit. Collaborations with Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith and the legendary Townes Van Zandt (who cut his own version of Michael’s song 'Riding The Range'), have further enhanced his burgeoning reputation.
Michael,  the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons (who MOJO dubbed “England’s very own Uncle Tupelo…”),  is widely seen as one of Britain’s finest singer songwriters, with 10 albums and countless tours, both solo and with the likes of Nick Cave, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn to his credit. Collaborations with Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith and the legendary Townes Van Zandt (who cut his own version of Michael’s song 'Riding The Range'), have further enhanced his burgeoning reputation.
Lou Dalgleish is one of the finest female singers in the UK; who has been praised by, and worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, The Brodsky Quartet, Sophie B Hawkins and many more. From 1993 – 2000 she released 4 albums that showed off her unique song styling as well as her stunning vocals.
Both Michael and Lou are no strangers to successful, independent music careers but after 10 years of marriage, the two  turned their attention towards a joint project. The result is  “How Do You Plead?”, an album that has  taken the Country /Americana world by storm.  It has garnered incredible critical acclaim, the debut single,"100,000 Words" became a BBC Radio 2 hit, and the band and album went on to win awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
Their  new album, “The Reconciliation” was recorded at the renowned Sheffield studio, Yellow Arch and produced by Colin Elliot  (who also produces Richard Hawley, Duane Eddyand  Kylie).  “The Reconciliation”  features all of Hawley's band , plus added horns and fiddle, as well as the pedal steel maestro, Al Cook. Michael’s right hand man for many years,  There are also special appearances too from Kinky Freidman and The Brodsky Quartet .
For The Square Tower gig on Sunday 29th September, it’s going to be the full 7 piece band cranking out a memorable night of Country ‘n Americana to die for in  an "up close and intimater" environment! !

 Michael,  the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons (who MOJO dubbed “England’s very own Uncle Tupelo…”),  is widely seen as one of Britain’s finest singer songwriters, with 10 albums and countless tours, both solo and with the likes of Nick Cave, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn to his credit. Collaborations with Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith and the legendary Townes Van Zandt (who cut his own version of Michael’s song 'Riding The Range'), have further enhanced his burgeoning reputation.

Lou Dalgleish is one of the finest female singers in the UK; who has been praised by, and worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, The Brodsky Quartet, Sophie B Hawkins and many more. From 1993 – 2000 she released 4 albums that showed off her unique song styling as well as her stunning vocals.
Both Michael and Lou are no strangers to successful, independent music careers but after 10 years of marriage, the two  turned their attention towards a joint project. The result is  “How Do You Plead?”, an album that has  taken the Country /Americana world by storm.  It has garnered incredible critical acclaim, the debut single,"100,000 Words" became a BBC Radio 2 hit, and the band and album went on to win awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
Their  new album, “The Reconciliation” was recorded at the renowned Sheffield studio, Yellow Arch and produced by Colin Elliot  (who also produces Richard Hawley, Duane Eddyand  Kylie).  “The Reconciliation”  features all of Hawley's band , plus added horns and fiddle, as well as the pedal steel maestro, Al Cook. Michael’s right hand man for many years,  There are also special appearances too from Kinky Freidman and The Brodsky Quartet .
For The Square Tower gig on Sunday 29th September, it’s going to be the full 7 piece band cranking out a memorable night of Country ‘n Americana to die for in  an "up close and intimater" environment! !
The gig's being promoted by our good friend Ken Brown of Square Roots Promotions, and there are a very lmited amount of tickets (£15) available
.
Make sure you get yours a,s,a,p, , to avoid disapointment!!!!!
 
TicketsSecure Online Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/218149
http://www.squarerootspromotions.co.uk/my-darling-clementine/
Box Office: 02392 382888
 
Here's some more press reviews...................


“A finely crafted homage to the classic country duos such as Cash and Carter, or Jones and Wynette. All songs written by King and Dalgleish and many sounding like lost classics.”                                                                                                                                                                                 The Guardian
 
"13 all-new duets that carry the sting of authentic country classics. Just wonderful!"                                                                                                  UnCut **** 4/5
 "Every song could be mistaken for a classic Nashville standard. You could easily imagine it topping the country charts in the ‘50s or ‘60s"                   Americana-UK ******** 8/10  
  "These tales of love and loss sound like forgotten country classics"
  **** 4/5  The Sun
 “How Do You Plead?” -  the most exquisitely pained American country albums of the year comes from this British couple"                                          New York Daily News 
 “A baker’s dozen of originals that sound like they came straight out of the June/Johnny-Emmylou/Gram-Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood catalogs. This is as authentic as anything out of Nashville or Texas..A batch of superb C&W corkers.”                                                                                            American Songwriter 4 out of 5
 “You would swear blind this albums cuts are lifted straight from the pages of some long-lost country songbook”                                                                 BBC on-line music reviews