On today’s Art of the Song, British Americana band My Darling Clementine is the featured artist of the week.
About the artists:
My Darling Clementine is singer-songwriter Michael Weston King and singing and life partner Lou Dalgeish. Together they have recorded an album of Country duets with echoes of those great Country duets of the Sixties and Seventies–George and Tammy, Porter and Dolly, etc. Michael Weston King is widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest singer songwriters, Admired by the likes of Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith, Jackie Leven, and the legendary Townes van Zandt (who recorded one of his songs), he draws his influence from a wide range of styles, from Pop to Folk, from Country to Soul, from Gospel to Blues. He is the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons, with whom he made 4 critically acclaimed albums in a seven year career.
MOJO magazine wrote ”The band who must rate as England’s very own Uncle Tupelo. A truly thrilling collection.”, while www.americana-uk.com said ”The British band that played alt. country before anyone knew what the hell it was.”
For the past eight years he has been a solo troubadour, touring all over the world, performing with the likes of Nick Cave, John Cale, Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, America, Chris Hillman, Nils Lofgren, Ron Sexsmith, Arlo Guthrie, Steve Forbert, Son Volt, and many more, and releasing 6 studio albums, 3 live albums .
“As fine a singer songwriter as Gram Parsons” —CHRIS HILLMAN
“…a voice part Nashville balladeer and part Alt Country hero…a cross between Nick Cave and Rodney Crowell.” —THE INDEPENDENT
“Like Tim Hardin, Phil Ochs or Townes van Zandt, King transmutes squalor and self-laceration into pure gold.” —MOJO
Together with his wife, the acclaimed singer Lou Dalgleish, and featuring the talents of Geraint Watkins, Martin Belmont, Bobby Irwin, and other legendary British musicians, under the band name of My Darling Clementine, Michael Weston King has crafted album of pure country duets, all new songs, no covers.
The idea behind the record was to evoke the great duets of the likes of Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, or George Jones & Tammy Wynette.
Recorded at Gold Top studios in Chalk Farm, London, with Neil Brockbank co-producing. Neil has produced the last few Nick Lowe albums, as well as work with Mary Coughlan, Alison Moyet, Tift Merritt, Geraint Watkins and more.