Single Review: Legends of Country – New Year, New Me

Steve Single Review

Legends of Country are capping off a great year (that saw the band play County to Country and Ramblin’ Roots festivals, as well as the sold out Islington Assembly Hall opening for Roddy Woomble) by releasing a new single, ‘New Year, New Me’, on 29 December.

With a reassuring country twang from the opening bars, and frontman Jof Owen’s trademark bitter-sweet, indie-pop lyrics, this latest ditty from one of the UK’s most exciting Alt-country bands will not disappoint their growing fan base. It’s a self-reflective song, the release of which has been timed perfectly, containing resolutions that we could probably all take on board following our festive overindulgences…

‘New Year, New Me’ follows on from the September release of ‘Anything But Country’, which skilfully blended mariachi and americana (yes, really), which all suggests that Legends of Country second album, expected in Spring 2018, is going to be something pretty special.

About the Author


Growing up, provided it had guitars, I’d listen to it. Rock, metal, grunge, Brit Pop, folk, blues, R&B. I was at gigs most weeks, 2-3 festivals each summer and it was an amazing time. But gradually all the artists, like me, started getting older. They stopped releasing new material and they toured less frequently. Weekly gigs turned to monthly gigs. Monthly gigs turned to 2-3 gigs a year. I started ranting about Glastonbury and V Festival headliners. If it hadn’t been for the Foo Fighters, Green Day, Springsteen and Divine Comedy still touring, I may have given up on life altogether! Then, driving down interstates visiting friends in the US, I found country radio and my wife revealed a childhood past I didn’t know about. We found Nashville together and a couple of years later Nashville found the UK. And now I’m back to weekly gigs and 2-3 festivals. It’s my happy place.