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 to glowing reviews and great support at radio from Bob Harris on Radio 2, Chris Country Radio, Baylen Leonard 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 Roddy Woomble, 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.
Legends Of Country kick off 2018 in style with their brand new single New Year, New Me. A paean to fast living, broken relationships and short lived New Years resolutions, it might not exactly be a party record, but it’s the perfect soundtrack to waking up heartbroken with a thumping headache and a hangover of the soul.
The English alt-country band formed by Jof Owen from The Boy Least Likely To follow up last year’s Anything But Country single with a slice of creamy country that borrows its swagger from Dwight Yoakam and its sensibilities from George Strait. It’s the second single to be taken from their sophomore album due for release in 2018 and it finds the band in an eighties country party mood.
It's available from everywhere all over the world now.
Apple Music http://apple.co/2Cm0vgz
Google Play http://bit.ly/2AmC1kP
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 bands around comes from North London, not Nashville.
The band play The Borderline with Karl Blau on March 8th.
“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