I must confess that I am hardly the worlds biggest fan of Country music. As a genre it largely passes me by but this year I have come across two acts who really are putting British country music on the map. The first was the Shires who I have talked about in the past.
The second is Jess & the Bandits. Jess herself is from Texas but the rest of the quintet are from the UK. Having sold out their three headline performances of the year and debuted at #6 on the official country charts with album Here We Go Again (listen here), the group blew Terry Wogan away with their reworking of Mama Told Me Not To Come and also stole the heart of Bob Harris, for whom they have already recorded two Under The Apple Tree sessions in 2015. It was their version of Glenn Campbell’s Wichita Lineman that made me sit up and take notice.
The song really allows Jess to showcase the strength of her vocals in a performance that can only be described as spellbinding. Check it out for yourself below.
October is an exciting month for Jess and the Bandits, who are about to embark on their first ever UK headline tour.
As fans of the burgeoning British country scene, Jess and the bandits are excited to have a wealth of homegrown talent to share the stage with as they make their way across the country. If you are interested in the growing UK Country music scene then jess and the Bandits are well worth checking out.
FULL UK TOUR DATES:
October 18: Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
(Jess And The Bandits & The Rising) (SOLD OUT)
October 20: The Bodega, Nottingham
(Jess And The Bandits, The Rising & Dexeter)
October 24: Whelan’s Upstairs, Dublin
(Jess And The Bandits, The Rising & Na Fianna)
October 27: Louisiana, Bristol
(Jess And The Bandits, The Rising, Southern Companion & Acoustic Journey)
October 28: The Borderline, London
(Jess And The Bandits, The Rising & Liv Austen)
October 29: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
(Jess And The Bandits, The Rising & Fitzwallace)
October 30: Gulliver’s, Manchester
(Jess And The Bandits, The Rising & Luke & Mel)
October 31: King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
(Jess And The Bandits, The Rising & Blackleaf 40)