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31 January 2016

Thank you for being my friend



"This is it, then, this is the day I have been dreading, the morning when you and I come to the parting of the ways... It's always been a source of enormous pride to me that you have come together in my name, that you are proud to call yourself my listeners, that you think of me as a friend, someone that you are close enough to laugh with, to poke fun at and – just occasionally, when the world seemed just a little too cruel – to shed a tear with.
I am not going to pretend that this is not a sad day. I am going to miss the laughter and the fun of our mornings together. We make no apology for the music being a little slow and sentimental this morning. There's a reason for it. I am going to miss you, until we are together again... Thank you, thank you for being my friend."
such sad news about Terry Wogan. I grew up listening to him in the mornings on the way to school and over breakfast, and as I got older, I’d listen to him on the way to work or wherever I was going that I probably didn’t want to go. It was always like listening to an old friend talking to me and his last Wake Up To Wogan was one of the most beautiful bits of radio ever. He was the first DJ to ever play The Boy Least Likely To on the radio too, and hearing him playing our songs on the radio always meant the world to us.
Sad, sad news.
Rest in peace Terry Wogan.

31 December 2015

Happy old year




Well, I suppose that’s it then. The end of another year. It’s been such an incredible one for Legends Of Country. A big thank you to everyone who has made it so special. A big thank you to all the record shops that stocked our album, in particular to Union Music Store for a lovely afternoon playing down there with my magical sparkly “microphone”. And thank you To Baylen Leonard for playing us on The Front Porch and to Chris Country for putting us on their playlist and to all the other DJ’s around the country who played us this year. An especially big thank you to Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port for making The Saturday Dads their Record Of The Week on Absolute Radio. It was really quite emotional hearing it every night as I drove back from the studio in the rain. Thank you to all the journalists and bloggers who took time to listen to the album and for all the kind things they wrote about it and especially to The Line Of Best Fit for going on about us all the time. Really looking forward to playing their Five Day Forecast in January. Tickets are just £6 in advance for the show if you’re quick by the way.

I thought we were all done for the year, but then on Christmas Eve Alistair Fitchett honoured Legends Of Country with the award for the “Most Unpopular Album Of 2015”, which really confused my parents, but meant the world to me.

As it’s the end of the year I’ve been inundated with requests for a list of my favourite albums of 2015, so here it is. No surprises at number one.

10. Ashley Monroe – The Blade

9. BadBadNotGood and Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul

8. Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

7. Cale Tyson – An Introduction To Cale Tyson

6. Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’

5. Eric Church – Mr Misunderstood

4. Chris Stapleton – Traveller

3. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit

2. Sam Outlaw – Angeleno


1. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material



And last but not least, a big thank you to Adam Chetwood, Rob Jones, Rob Smoughton, Moneer Seify, Jonny P, Ben Chetwood and Anthony Bishop for being legends along the way.

It’s been a bit of a quiet year for The Boy Least Likely To in 2015, but I’m really looking forward to getting together and doing something again next year. Oh my god! That’s tomorrow! It’s next year tomorrow! Panic!

Happy New Year.



04 September 2015

Flying without wings



I’ve been lucky enough to play in some of my favourite record shops over the years: Amoeba, Fingerprints, all the Rough Trade shops, that massive HMV on Oxford Street that’s now a Sports Direct. And this weekend I get to add another one of my favourite record shops to that list. Union Music Store in Lewes. And I’m terrified.

The shop itself isn’t terrifying at all. Far from it. Stevie and Jamie and Emma are all lovely and it’s just a shop full of records. And I’m not afraid of records. No, I’m just scared because I won’t have a microphone and Adam won’t have his guitar plugged into an amp. And I know this sort of thing shouldn’t frighten me because I go through my whole life without being amplified, but somehow if I haven’t got a microphone in front of people it feels a lot more like I’m giving a talk. And I’m terrified of giving talks. At college I was so nervous about a presentation I was doing on Women In R&B that I came up in a weird rash all over my body and felt light headed and feverish in the days leading up to it. The talk ended up being more of a mumble and I remember not being able to answer a question about why I thought Right Here by SWV could be seen as political and empowering for women in a post feminist society. As soon as the talk was over the rash went away and I felt completely normal again. So that’s how nervous I get about doing talks. But this weekend at Union Music I need to try and remember it isn’t a talk, even if there probably will be some talking. It’s more of a sing. And I’m nowhere near as nervous about sings as I am about talks.

I can’t remember the last time I really sang without a microphone at a show though. It was probably when I was eight or nine in front of the mirror and a stuffed toy audience, into a hairbrush. Maybe I’ll take a good hairbrush along to the instore to sing into just in case. Although they’ve probably got professional ones there.

Anyway, we’re playing at 3pm at Union Music Store in Lewes and it’s going to be a lovely intimate acoustic show and I was practicing with Adam for it yesterday and it sounded genuinely really quite special. I just hope no one asks me about why I think Right Here by SWV is political and empowering for women in a post feminist society.


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