The UK based band and winner of the Emerging Artist award at the UK Americana Awards, have released their latest song “Gold” and are gearing up for the release of their self-titled album coming July 30th.
Growing up, Whiffin was inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel and Van Morrison. Wilcox grew up on folk music from her parents and states that “the only thing I was good at was music." While the band is successful in the Americana and Country genre, they actually did not set out with any genre in mind. The band was drawn together by the magical harmony that was created when they first met. Band member Francesca Whiffin states that “The storytelling in country music is something that you do not hear anywhere else”. The band mates all grew up with similar interests in theater and being on stage, but as they started singing together, they got the confidence to “invest in the music”. Wilcox and Whiffin reflect on how Shania Twain is an inspiration for their music growing up “she was strong, brave, and powerful, and feminist before we were talking about feminists”. Wilcox also states Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill as other musical inspirations. The band currently has a song out off of their upcoming album titled “Dolores” named after the late Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries (Zombie), where Whiffin explains that an article and the story about the late singer sparked the songwriting for the new song.
The highlight so far of Wilcox’s and Whiffins time in the country music industry has been opening up for country legend Marty Stuart on tour in the UK and then got invited to tour with him again in the United States, where their first American show ever was at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. While the show was not only special as their first show outside the UK, but that night they also got to play with Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, and the late John Prine. Stuart has made such an impact on the band that they see him as their godfather. Make sure to check out their upcoming self-titled album as you may hear some lyrics written by Marty Stuart and even him playing alongside the band!
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Author: Charles Hacker