Legends Of Country – “New Year, New Me” Out Today

Matthew Headlines, News

Legends Of Country kick off 2018 in style with their brand new single New Year, New Me. A paean to fast living, broken relationships and New Years resolutions not kept. It might not exactly be a party record, but it’s the perfect soundtrack to any regretful mornings after with a hangover from hell.

The English alt-country band formed by Jof Owen from The Boy Least Likely To follow up last year’s Anything But Country single with a slice of creamy country that borrows its swagger from Dwight Yoakham and its slickness from George Strait. It’s the second single to be taken from their sophomore album due for release in 2018 and it finds the band in an eighties country party mood.

Inspired by a long standing love of country music and memories of growing up watching Pebble Mill and listening to Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins, Jof Owen formed Legends Of Country in the Summer of 2014. Their songs combine a classic old country sound with an honest and unmistakeable English indie pop charm. Heartfelt and uplifting with a truckload of chicken pickin’ and country swagger thrown in. In the same way the Moldy Peaches and Jeffrey Lewis turned folk music on its head two decades ago, Legends Of Country are attempting to do the same with country music; they could well be the first truly Anti-Country band.

Their debut album, Talk About Country was released in 2015 to glowing reviews and great support at radio from Bob Harris on Radio 2, Chris Country Radio, Baylen Leonard on Amazing Radio and Cerys Matthews on 6 music, as well as other roots and country shows across the UK and the Rough Trade shop in London. The Saturday Dads was also the Record Of The Week on Absolute Radio. They’ve played headline shows across London at The Social, The Barfly, The Ace Hotel, Rough Trade East, The Lexington, The Slaughtered Lamb and the legendary What’s Cookin’ night, as well as supporting Roddy Woomble, Cale Tyson and Karl Blau in the UK and appearing at Country To Country, Maverick, End Of The Road and Truck Festival.

Jof Owen grew up in Wendover, a small market town nestled in the Chiltern Hills, and his ironically understated and reflective lyrics have take on the absurdities of modern life and middle age, the depressing reality of ageing and the frustrating responsibilities of adulthood. Colloquial and quintessentially English – full of references to A roads and seaside towns, little chefs and Benson and Hedges – the songs are sad but in a funny way, full of knowing humour and hope.

The single is available across all platforms from December 29th. Aside from the tongue-in-cheek band name, the only hint of irony here derives from the fact that one of the most exciting country bands around at the moment comes from North London, not Nashville.

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The single is available at all the usual places, including Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon.