(UK) Though somewhat atypical for a group rooted in country to find success in the UK, it is par for the course when it comes to the unlikely group Jess and the Bandits. The Bandits met Texan favourite Jessica Clemmons, the opening act, during a 2012 tour while playing with The Overtones and instantly bonded over their mutual love of Country Music. As they began to play together more and more, it became painstakingly clear that their chemistry was flawless. Thus, Jess and the Bandits were born.
The band spent the majority of 2014 on the road, with performances at Country 2 Country, as well as The Isle Of Wight Festival and a support tour with Pete Molinari. Later in the year Jess re-joined her co-writing team in Nashville including Jeff Cohen (The Band Perry, Sugarland), James T. Slater (My Daughters Eyes’), Brian White (Rascal Flatts) and producer Larry Beaird (Dolly Parton, Faith Hill). These Country credentials are especially displayed on the group’s much-anticipated album ‘Here We Go Again’ which will be released on March 30th 2015.
Opening with the determined country rock of ‘Ready Set’, Jess and the Bandits show that their debut album is designed to move you in every way possible. While the equally feisty ‘My Name Is Trouble’ and ‘Drunk On Me’ show that the troupe know how to have a good time, their sensitivity is also worn on their sleeve. From the contemplation of ‘What If’ and ‘If You Can’t Be Mine’ through to the honest realism of addictive current single ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ and self-belief anthem ‘Nitty Gritty’, Jess and the Bandits’ debut album is unafraid of showing their inner emotions or challenging social attitudes.
With fan favourites ‘Single Tonight’ and ‘Wanted Man’ also included in the collection, Jess and the Bandits’ debut album is a true celebration of their journey to date. Closing with Jess and the Bandits’ Terry Wogan approved cover of Glen Campbell’s ’Wichita Lineman’; they show that their take of New Country is still connected to the old school.
28th February – Little Rabbit Barn, Ardleigh
4th March – Country Collective London
8th March – C2C Festival London
10th July – Cornbury Festival
25th July – Ramblin Man Festival
30th August – London Music Festival
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