Chapter 1 – The Showband days

Chapter 1 – The Showband days

Growing up in ‘70s Nottingham, Tony and Kev shared a daily bus journey to school, usually dominated by talk of music. Whilst schoolmates might have been discussing The Clash, Gary Numan or The Undertones, the boys were delving into the country rock of Waylon Jennings, Creedence, Gram Parsons and The Eagles. From the age of …

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Chapter 2 – The USA adventure

Chapter 2 – The USA adventure

It’s summer 1984 and Tony and Kevin are working casual summer jobs – Tony in New Jersey, Kevin in upstate New York. They spot a classified ad in the New York Irish paper – a bar in Texas looking to fill a residency. Dropping quarters into a payphone, the boys convince the owner that they …

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Chapter 3 – Back together to pick up where they left off

Chapter 3 – Back together to pick up where they left off

The boys gigged together whenever possible during their early working lives, before jobs and families took priority. A musical “career break” swiftly turned into decades; although Tony had lots of fun for over ten years in tribute band The Pogue Traders. As children flew the nest and both of the guys started playing more again, …

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Chapter 4 – Coast to coast, USA

Chapter 4 – Coast to coast, USA

The summer of 85 saw the boys sat on a TWA flight to Houston with a healthy set of gigs booked and pocket full of contacts for new venues, importantly beyond the Texan heartland of 84. By now ‘New Country’ was in full swing in U.K. , with the likes of Steve Earle hitting the …

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Chapter 5 – The missing years

Chapter 5 – The missing years

By the mid-80s, Alt Country and New Country were in full swing. Dwight Yoakham had even made the Stetson cool again! For a year or two, the boys continued performing as a duo with a largely Alt-Country set. But steadily, careers and lives in different cities got in the way and families came along too. …

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Chapter 6 – The Grim Producer meets The County Affair

Chapter 6 – The Grim Producer meets The County Affair

After 10 years as CEO of plant protein business Quorn Foods, Kevin decided to step down to focus on the band. Recounting this plan in an early-morning news interview on BBC Radio 5, little did he know that listening in that day was a top Abbey Road producer who was instantly intrigued by the story …

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