My Darling Clementine are releasing a new album that throws a spotlight on 12 hidden gems from the Elvis Costello repertoire and vividly reimagines them in the duet’s definitive country-soul styling. Country Darkness will be released on 6th November 2020; the record will see the familiar husband/wife pairing of Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish joined by a very special guest in the form of The Imposters / The Attractions original: Steve Nieve. With news of that and new single The Crooked Line out already, The Fountain caught up with the duo to discuss the album in more depth.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to The Crooked Line?  

The reception has been wonderful thanks. It is arguably the most upbeat track from the Country Darkness album and in these somewhat negative times maybe it’s positivity has appealed to people. Old Costello fans love it too as it strongly features Steve Nieve’s amazing organ playing just like on those early Elvis Costello and the Attractions tracks. 

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

The Crooked Line is three and half minute, Farfisa-organ-driven, guitar-twanging testimony to the joy of fidelity. It was co-written by Elvis Costello and T Bone Burnett and originally appears on the Secret Profane and Sugarcane album. We had hinted at our love of Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers on Different Finger from Country Darkness Vol 2 but we went full Sir Douglas Quintet on this. The Costello original has an acoustic country bluegrass feel to it with fiddles and mandolins playing the instrumental passages but we went with Vox continental. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release, I note an LP?

Yes, the Country Darkness album comes out November 6th. and we are excited to hearing that it has been over a year in the making. Sadly no live shows due to the ongoing restrictions, which is hugely frustrating, but we will be busy promoting the new album the best we can via radio, press and social media. We will be making a new video soon for another song from the album. We are also back in the studio soon to start on the next record. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging? 

We play so many shows in so many countries that is a hard call. Some favourite cities that immediately spring to mind are Liverpool, Glasgow, Belfast, Vienna, Utrecht, Bilbao, Madrid, Trondheim, Austin.

The next shows we have in the diary are March 2021 in Europe and then April 2021 in the USA. These are rescheduled American shows from April this year. They include a show at New York City Winery which we have played twice before. Lovely venue and looking forward to returning, We will also be playing our first show ever in West Virginia. A state we have not been to before. The show is in the town of Wheeling, West Virginia. Had never heard of it until we were booked. so really looking forward to that too but in a different way to NYC. Always good to play somewhere new.  The thrill of the unknown. 

Country Darkness is out on 6th November via Fretsore Records