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Country Darkness Vol.3 (Vinyl + Slip Case for All Volumes)


‘Country Darkness Vol. 3’ will be released on Oct 23rd 2020 on Fretsore Records via all digital services and on limited edition 12” vinyl.

The 12″ vinyl is now available for pre-order via the official MDC site

This is the 3rd and final instalment of the Country Darkness project, and like it’s predecessors, contains re-interpretations of 4 more Elvis Costello songs in collaboration with Steve Nieve.

Like Vol 1 & 2 , ‘Country Darkness Vol. 3’ was produced by Colin Elliot & MWK, and features Colin Elliot, Shez Sheridan and Dean Beresford.

The vinyl also comes with a free download code, and all copies ordered here will be signed and personalised as requested.

In addition Vol 3 comes with an added free bonus item, a beautifully designed, heavy card slip-case to store ALL THREE VOLUMES

Country Darkness Vol.3 – The Songs…

I’ll Wear It Proudly; The original ideal was to give this song the Boom Chikka Johnny Cash treatment but Steve heard it differently and suggested we try a “Bruce Springsteen – “Streets of Philadelphia” era approach.

The Crooked Line; Co-written by Elvis and T Bone Burnett this originally appears of the Secret Profane and Sugarcane album also produced by T Bone. We had hinted at our love of Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers on “Different Finger” from Vol 2 but we went full Sir Douglas Quintet on this. The EC original has an acoustic country bluegrass feel to it with fiddles and mandolins playing the instrumental passages but we went with Vox continental.

Indoor Fireworks; This song had been in Lou’s solo repertoire for years, performed simply, like this, just piano and voice. It recently returned to the MDC live set as duet, once we started on this project and has become a firm audience favourite so we just had to include it here.

Why Can’t A Man Stand Alone?; Arguably not a country or country soul song, it even becomes quite Brechtian by the end, and maybe not an obvious contender for remaking as a duet but it asks an import question in these current times.

“I can’t think of any act more appropriate to reappraise the extensive Costello songbook.”
Lonesome Highway

“My Darling Clementine and the country songs of Elvis Costello are a match made in heaven.”
The Alternate Root, USA