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Brief over video of the track from my self Nashville Storm Warning rocking country track with some excellent electric guitar slides and perfection harmonies from the trio its a proper traditional country track with all the band elements working perfect for this storm coming
The County Affair is a story of friendship, music and adventure. With the impending realisation that life is short, the country-Americana duo have decided to take the plunge, each leaving their respective careers in pursuit of the music that has solidified their friendship for the past 40 years. Having been enormously successful in their fields, Tony Regan in Advertising and Kevin Brennan in Marketing as Worldwide CEO of Quorn, it’s now or never and if the past year has taught them anything, it is that their path to happiness and fulfillment is paved with music.
Their musical journey dates back to the 70s, travelling together on the same school bus through Nottingham and talking endlessly about the ‘country rock’ and ‘outlaw country’ sounds that were emerging from the US at the time. As teenagers they joined The Moonshiners, an Irish country band led by Kevin’s father, and were playing up to three gigs each weekend whilst their schoolmates worked in shops and on paper rounds. Before long they had started their own band, The Rambling Boys (borrowed from a song) and took to the road. Though grounded in the Irish country they had grown to love, they began to introduce their audiences to the country rock of Waylon Jennings, Creedence and Joe Ely in their sets.
Having parted ways for university, they ended up on the other side of the Atlantic at the same time by chance and zig-zagged across the USA playing shows in Texas, San Francisco and everywhere in between. They turned down a management deal to pursue successful careers outside of the music industry for the past 3 decades but the longing to be on stage never quite left them and now it’s time to pick up where they left off. The County Affair’s story is that of music, friendship, and adventure and they are raring to go with their new music.
Drawing from the Irish country and American influences that dominated their youth, it only made sense that their own sound would be crafted on a wealth of country, Americana and blues. Their music draws influence from their decades of listening to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Joe Ely, as well their admiration for more recent artists like Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton, all while remaining grounded in the Irish country that has inspired them since their childhood.
When stepping into the studio to record professionally for the first time their vision was clear; strongly guitar led arrangements with tinkling piano and toe-tapping drums, interspersed with the rich sounds of Hammond organ and Tony’s iconic accordion playing. Together with Nichols, The County Affair have forged their own distinctive sound with a strong Americana band feel and powerful storytelling as they navigate life and the experiences of those around them. Tony explains:
“Kevin’s songs are like mini screenplays. Stories that anyone can relate to. It’s like in the advertising business where you have storyboards... you can almost see the songs as mini movies.”
The County Affair’s anticipated new album Off The Grid arrives with a story in every song and written over a 2 year period but drawing from decades of life experience to capture real life tales and encounters of people they have met and known over the years. From the barmaid and guitar player in Waitress to the indebted poker player in Playing Poker, each character is painted vividly with a tale that already feels familiar. It’s storytelling Americana with an Irish twist and with sentiments that are universal, guaranteed to resonate with most peoples’ own experiences.
Leading the charge is new single Nashville Storm Warning, which sits at the rockier end of the band’s repertoire. The hook-ridden song features the sweet vocals of Lonestar legend, Richie McDonald and a rich Americana sound. Lyrically, the track tells the story of an archetypal diva-like character reminiscent of the personalities familiar to us from TV shows like Dallas right through to more recent times in Nashville as well as in our personal lives. Whilst on a Sydney Harbour Ferry a few years ago, Kevin was struck with the inspiration for a storm metaphor and wrote the majority of the lyrics right there and then.
“We are huge Lonestar fans and couldn’t believe it when Richie wanted to perform on our song… even my sons have heard of Lonestar! From Nashville to Hollywood there have been many stories of sharp tongued divas. We felt that the idea of a storm warning was a great analogy for impact of these types of characters. We were delighted with the groove we got with this song as it has a quick tempo and a really catchy hook to it. I don’t think we could have played it any faster! Because of that we always feel it is a stand out track and one we absolutely love playing live.” - Kevin