Legends Of Country are an English Alt-country band formed by Jof Owen from The Boy Least Likely To. Inspired by a long standing love of country music and memories of growing up watching Pebble Mill and listening to Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins, Jof Owen formed Legends Of Country in the Summer of 2014. Their songs combine a classic old country sound with an honest and unmistakable English pop charm. Heartfelt and uplifting with a truckload of chicken pickin' and country swagger thrown in.
Their debut album, Talk About Country was produced by Rob Jones (Sweet Baboo, The School, Rozi Plain) and included the singles Talk About Country, It's A Long Way Back From A Dream, The Saturday Dads and Jelly And Jam. Released in 2015 to glowing reviews and great support at radio from Bob Harris on Radio 2, Chris Country Radio, Baylen Leonard on Amazing Radio and Cerys Matthews on 6 music, as well as other roots and country shows across the UK and the Rough Trade shop in London. The Saturday Dads was also the Record Of The Week on Absolute Radio. They’ve played headline shows across London at The Social, The Barfly, The Ace Hotel, Rough Trade East, The Lexington, The Slaughtered Lamb and the legendary What’s Cookin’ night, as well as supporting Cale Tyson and Karl Blau in the UK and appearing at Country To Country, Maverick Festival, End Of The Road and Truck Festival.
Jof Owen grew up in Wendover, a small market town nestled in the Chiltern Hills, and his ironically understated and reflective lyrics have take on the absurdities of modern life and middle age, the depressing reality of ageing and the frustrating responsibilities of adulthood. Colloquial and quintessentially English - full of references to A roads and seaside towns, little chefs and Benson and Hedges – the songs are sad but in a funny way, full of knowing humour and hope.
Anything But Country is the first single to be taken from their second album, due for release next Spring. A playful mix of Tex Mex and classic country with a hint of jangly C86 derived indiepop, the new single picks up where the last album left off. With Bakersfield guitars, a Kenny Rogers shuffle beat and mariachi trumpets blasting away, it’s a song that will ring hopelessly true with anyone who’s ever loved country music in a world that doesn’t understand.
It's available from everywhere all over the world now.
Apple Music http://apple.co/2xV0bTA
Google Play http://bit.ly/2vU0HUi
Talk About Country is available on cd and download and vinyl from all good record shops. Aside from the tongue-in-cheek band name, the only hint of irony here derives from the fact that one of the most exciting country records of the year has come out of North London, not Nashville.
The band play Islington Assembly Hall with Roddy Woomble on October 20th.
“One of the most charming debuts we've heard all year”
- The Line Of Best Fit
“Manages to successfully anglicise Nashville’s ability to universalise heartbtreak”
“Legends Of Country twang, finger-pick and joke ruefully along familiar country lines but with a local, indie-pop twist - ****”
“Pulp playing the Grand Ole Opry”
“A very shrewdly observed overview of modern day living and a lesson in life"
- Fatea Magazine