The Great Western Tears roam the same musical landscape that Springsteen inhabited during his Nebraska & Tom Joad journeys and are fueled as much by the ramblings of Kerouac as they are by Neil Young.
While their songs owe a debt to the pantheon of American Roots music it is their distinctive Anglo-Antipodean point of view that sets them apart from their contemporaries.
Borne of Multi Instrumentalist Garry Richardson & Waterhouse's desire to explore the intimate and acoustic side of their songwriting partnership they quickly gathered a full band around them and what was initially destined to be a stripped back guitar and vocal album became a project of much greater depth and range.
Kurt hamilton's pedal steel playing is integral to the bands soundscape. Rather than ploughing the familiar furrow of Country licks and tricks he uses his instrument to create widescreen themes and big hooks that add rich texture and atmosphere to the strongly grounded compositions.
Fern Thornton already had years of Country, Blues and Rock n' Roll duetting with husband Waterhouse behind her but inviting childhood friend Jodie Cooper to join the fray completed the sound of the band and adds a genuine Soul satisfaction on feel good songs Binky Of The Bay and Hang My Hat and poignant melancholy to the more introspective A Part Of You.
Coming from the same close knit Oxford Americana scene that has seen the likes of Ags Connolly and The August List emerge in recent years The Great Western Tears themselves have been key players in invigorating and promoting that scene, hosting the CountryFolk songwriters circles and more recently the infamous Roots Ramble pub crawl sessions.
After a keenly received self titled Ep in the summer of 2015 the band built up a head of steam on the gig circuit and 2016 has seen them play in exalted company at Country 2 Country festival at London's 02 Arena and receive airplay for early single Not The Losing Kind on Bob Harris's Radio 2 show.
Whilst Tales From Tallows is at its heart a contemplative and laid back record, their live show has rapidly grown in to something much more expansive and suggests a great future entertaining large festival audiences on sun drenched evenings both in the UK and further afield.
“A band to watch out for’’ - Americana UK
“Powerful, gritty and yet understated and refreshingly unmannered’’ - fatea
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