The Smith Club presents My Darling Clementine

The Smith Club Series, a small concert project presented by the Smith Center for the Arts, continues its 2016 season with My Darling Clementine in a 7:30 pm show at Ravines Wine Cellars at 400 Barracks Road in Geneva on Saturday, March 26th.Comprising of husband-and-wife duo Michael Weston King (a forerunner of the UK country/Americana scene for 20 years) and Lou Dalgleish (who has worked with The Brodsky Quartet and Bryan Ferry among others) are bringing their heartache back to America this spring.Mining a rich seam of country classicism, in particular the “countrypolitan” sound of late ’60s Nashville, the literacy and sophistication of Michael and Lou’s songwriting imbues this form with stature and dignity. The pair have also called upon a wealth of top-line musicians to help fashion their evocative songs of misguided love and heartbreak, including Martin Belmont (legendary guitarist from Graham Parker & The Rumour) and keyboard wizard Geraint Watkins. Debut album “How Do You Plead?” co-produced by Neil Brockbank, the man responsible for Nick Lowe’s last few records, took the Americana world by storm and was hailed as the ‘finest country album ever made by a British artist’It’s follow-up, “The Reconciliation?” which collaborates with Richard Hawley’s top team of players, including co production by his producer Colin Elliot, has garnered even greater praise, seeing My Darling Clementine acknowledged by the Americana Music Association in Nashville in September 2013, and the album finding itself in many top ten lists of last year including the New York Daily News, UnCut and hip USA taste-maker website Popmatters.In tandem with the lush, eloquent music, My Darling Clementine embrace bygone, retro imagery in their live performances, adding melodramatic textures to the songs, echoing the iconic work of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, or Johnny Cash & June Carter but still making it very relevant for today. While their songs encompass classic themes of betrayal, regret, guilt, love, revenge and hurt, they also deal with contemporary taboo subjects not often found in country music such as domestic violence and IVF. My Darling Clementine is Classic Country for the 21st century. To hear a sample of My Darling Clementine’s music visit www.mydarlingclementinemusic.co.ukTickets are $20 (fees included) and available at thesmith.org, at the Smith Box Office, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva or by calling 315-781-5483. Box office hours are Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

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