Michael Weston King

MDC July Newsletter – Country Darkness Volume 3 Completed

10 Jul, 2020

Hi everyone

Welcome to the July newsletter.

We hope this finds you well, or at least… surviving.

We are hanging in there. Just. The pots and pans have been flying and we are sick of the sight of each other but what’s new eh?

We need to get on the road, get out the house and get on a stage, but no prospect of that at the moment.

Still, we are trying to keep busy. We have some more new music soon, and an online event to share.


ON SCREEN

Sunday July 12th we are joining Steve Nieve on his Immobile Tour, which will be streaming via his artist Facebook page and on Instagram.

Steve has been running these since lockdown started and joined by various guests from around the globe.

We’ll be playing some songs from the Country Darkness series and an MDC song or two as well.

As a reminder to everyone, here are 3 songs, from the project,  and their accompanying videos. Please enjoy again and do share. We want a few more folks to hear and see these. Thanks.

 

We’d also recommend you check this out too:

The Road To The Townes Van Zandt Festival 

Each year for the past 20 years an annual Townes van Zandt International Festival takes place near Lake Como in Italy.

This years was cancelled for obvious reasons but the promoter Andrea Parodi has been asking previous performers to film a Townes song so as to bring the festival online.

Andrea asked Michael to play his song “Riding The Range”, and tell the story behind it. How it came about that Townes sang on the original and then later cut his own version.

This is the link to the episode which last for about 20 mins. Michael starts at 5 mins 30 seconds.

 


ON THE RECORD

Huge thanks to everyone who has bought the vinyl and the thousands who have streamed tracks from Country Darkness Vol 2. We have been really overwhelmed.

Different Finger,  Still Too Soon To Know and Either Side Of The Same Town are now our most streamed songs on Spotify by some distance.

Here again is the Spotify link.

And here are various links to listen / order / stream the EP.

For signed and personalised vinyl that also comes with tour poster and postcard, please order direct from our site.

For the limited edition bundle offer of Vol. 1 + Vol. 2 + signed poster, go to our Bandcamp page.


IN STOCK

We also have something new in store. In the age of Tweets, text messages, WhatsApp, and Messenger, who says we don’t capture the zeitgeist?

You can now buy ‘Country Darkness Postcards’ – which you can order in bundles of 5 or 10 over at the My Darling Clementine store.


THE DAILY PLANET

A lot of nice words been written in the past few weeks about Volume 2. Yes, you’re right, we shouldn’t believe everything we read in the papers, not these days eh! But we are pretty confident this ain’t fake news.


VOLUME 3

With lockdown easing a little  we were able to get back in the studio in June and we have now recorded 4 songs for Country Darkness Vol 3. This will be the last EP in the series and will be released October. Again, on 12 inch vinyl and via all streaming services.

The full album, of all 12 songs from Vol 1, 2 and 3, will appear on one cd. Thanks for all who have asked. This is set for release in November. We just now need to work out what to call it! Any suggestions to mwk1@blueyonder.co.uk

Keep well everyone, stay safe,  stay positive. We know how hard things are just now. Come and join us join Sunday.

-Michael and Lou

From Our Place To Yours – MDC May 2020 Newsletter

22 May, 2020

Hi everyone,

How’s lockdown life suiting you?

We are hoping we can come and share it with you on Friday if you’ll let us.


ON STAGE:

We are doing another Livestream show, playing from 10pm -11pm UK time. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/countryst/

We are going to play a few songs from Country Darkness Vol 1 and 2, some old MDC songs, a few choice covers too maybe, and anything else you want to hear.

So send us a request here.


ON THE RECORD:

Our new single, Different Finger, the first from the upcoming EP Country Darkness Vol 2, also comes out on Friday.

PLEASE head over to Spotify and pre-save – https://presave.to/pFRDB0018

We have a brand new, animated video created by Mark James. Hope you enjoy, and please share it far and wide.

Meanwhile the full EP comes out June 5th and there are various ways of pre-ordering:

For signed vinyl copies, order from our site

For the limited edition bundle offer of Vol. 1 + Vol. 2 + signed poster

For all streaming and download options

This new, 2020 tour poster, for the ‘tours that never were’, will be included, FREE, on all orders over £25. You can also buy it separately here.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, stay positive. We know how hard that can be at times but lets get together on Friday and have a good time

Our love,
Lou and Michael