This newsletter will reach you just as we are heading into a 2nd full lock down here in the UK, and in many other countries around the world also.
Wherever you are, we wish you well and much strength to get through the coming winter.
These are difficult times for so many but one thing that does help us all, is music. It gives us such a spiritual lift and a distraction from the travails around us.
And we are hoping to provide such a lift for you with our new album, “Country Darkness.”
What began life in March last year with a rendezvous in Trouville sur Mer in Normandy with Steve Nieve finally sees fruition today, Nov 6th 2020.
It features our re-interpretations of 12 of our favourite Elvis Costello songs plus a brand new song of ours called Powerless.
You can buy it, stream, download, watch it, lots of ways to get a copy. Hit this link and make your choice.
Here is what the press has said so far:
“masterfully cinematic interpretations”
“Country Darkness finds the husband & wife duo covering neglected jewels from bespectacled band’s back catalogue with assistance from Attraction Steve Nieve… hooks sharp enough to ensnare”
“Superior, sweet and sombre collection of Costello country… My Darling Clementine (Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish) often strip these 12 EC covers to their very skeleton, embellishing only when absolutely necessary. In doing so, MDC emphasise the glory of the writing and the passion of the interpretation.”
-RECORD COLLECTOR 8/10
“The contents were originally released as three 4 track EPs but “Country Darkness” brings them all together on one disc for the first time, giving discerning punters a heaven sent opportunity to sample the couple’s soulful re-imaginings of finely crafted gems such as “Why Can’t A Man Stand Alone,” “The Crooked Line” and “Stranger in the House.””
“What makes this collection so successful is that My Darling Clementine don’t over think things. There’s never a sense that they are trying to be willfully different. The material plays to their strengths as singers, which makes sense considering that Costello is one of the best writers of his generation. Bringing Nieve on board as their musical compatriot only adds to the success.”
-FOR FOLKS SAKE
“a hugely impressive album from My Darling Clementine and Steve Nieve. They have taken the incisive lyrics of a master songwriter and have re-fashioned them in their own , inimitable style. The combination of Elvis Costello’s songs and My Darling Clementine is irresistible.”
“a brave album to record; but one that makes perfect sense when you know My Darling Clementine AND Elvis Costello; it’s a three-way marriage made in Nashville Heaven; and of course Steve Nieve is the Best Man too.”
-ROOTS & BRANCHES
“The album is sublime, without doubt, akin to an artist stripping back to accentuate the attention of song-writing ability, the nimble expertise of narrative which flows through a country legend, like Wynette’s or Parton’s, can be seen, full-colour within Costello’s writing. Yet through the eyes of another, there is even more scope for alternative angles and interpretation.”
“this is an album that is a must for any fan of Elvis Costello, My Darling Clementine or country music in general.”
-WALL OF SOUND
“Country Darkness is an album of love graced with immense talent.”
For those of you who like your music on vinyl, the 3rd and final EP ‘Country Darkness Vol 3’ is also available now
Country Darkness Vol.3 was released on Oct 30th and, like with Vol 1 and 2, it comes on 12 inch, limited edition vinyl.
It also comes with a stunning slip case to keep all three volumes together
If you have not bought any yet then you can buy all three, plus the slip case, as a bundle, here.
ON STAGE (and off)
And now the bad news. Saturday’s show and live stream has fallen foul of the new lockdown. Once again we are defeated in our attempt to play live for you. But, it has been rescheduled to December 11th, and all tickets remain valid. Here is the link.
The show at Thornton Hough, that should have been on Oct 30th will also be rescheduled. As yet no date is fixed. Again all tickets remain valid We can’t announce that exact new date yet as there is still uncertainty about restrictions but IT WILL TAKE PLACE.
What is 100% happening though, is, this Sunday, you can join us online, for free, performing a few songs with Steve via the wonders of modern technology. This will be available on his Facebook page from 9pm UK time.
A Message To You
For a limited period only (the new lockdown!) we are offering hand-written lyrics to any song of your choice, signed, personalised, dedicated to you or someone of your choice.
It can be a My Darling Clementine song or anything from our solo records. Full details here.
We are also using this “down time” to add more of our individual, solo back catalogues to the streaming site Bandcamp.
6 MWK solo albums are up there now for you to download or stream here. Lou’s solo output coming soon.
STAY IN TOUCH
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That is all for now. Please stay safe, keep well, and enjoy the new album. We send our best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Yours in music,
Lou and Michael