My Darling Clementine
BORN: Michael - Derbyshire, England / Lou - Birmingham, England
RESIDES: Birmingham, England
PLAYING SINCE: Band Formed 2010
"Often we argue..the funny thing is that all that, I think, fuels the songwriting process. It's kind of life imitating art..and we always make up at the end don't we? Or usually. Sometimes."
On Art of the Song we visited with My Darling Clementine, a husband and wife alt country duo from the UK. With harmonies reminiscent of Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, as well as Dolly Parton & Porter Waggoner, Lou Dalgleish and Michael Weston King embody the essence of the classic male-female country duet. Michael Weston King’s connection with country music has been well documented over the past 20 years, beginning with his days as a founding father of the British Alt. Country scene with his band, The Good Sons in the 1990’s. Lou Dalgleish, a fine singer-songwriter in her own right, began her career as a dancer and actor. We had the pleasure of visiting with My Darling Clementine in our Albuquerque home studio.
Hanging by a Thread - AOTS Studio
Backgrounds, Start of My Darling Clementine
Musical inspiration, Collaboration, Familiarity and fun in country music
Response to country, Writing process, Covers
Stereotypes in country, Country in the UK
Complete Unedited Interview
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Have been lucky to work / collaborate with a number of our personal favourites and many we would like to work with are sadly no longer with us but, to name a few.. T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Guitar and piano respectively but any instrument that our daughter Mabel is playing - she plays piano, drums, and recorder. Plays with us on record and on stage now, and seeing her play brings us more joy than anything
3: What was the worst advice?
4: What was your first concert?
First “real” concert - Dr Feelgood supported by Squeeze, 1977 at the Liverpool Empire - saw lot of rubbish before then
5: What/where is the best road food?
German autobahn food stops are very good, that food really keeps you gpj g between shows - and you can buy a drink too. But being Brits we love US diners of course. One thing we really miss when we are not there, especially small town diners.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
“Stick around Michael, just stick around” Townes van Zandt
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Gilbert O Sullivan