Got a hankering for some old-school country music? The kind that put people like Johnny Cash and June Carter on the map? Look no further than My Darling Clementine, a British duo that sounds like they stepped out of Nashville, who are set to appear at the Lizzie Rose Music Room 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13.
“We’re kind of reliving the classic country couple thing,” says Lou Dalgleish, singer, songwriter and one-half the duo that makes up My Darling Clementine.
My Darling Clementine began as something of a side project for married couple Dalgleish and Michael Weston King. While both were songwriters, they each had individual careers: King as a singer/songwriter and Dalgleish as a songwriter with a musical theater and performance background.
“I have to credit Michael with opening my mind to listening to more country music,” admits Dalgleish. “I didn’t really like country music until I met my husband.”
King has made a career out of country music, both in his work with the band the Good Sons and as a solo artist. Performing with Dalgleish happened as most things happen within relationships — organically.
“It seemed the most natural type of music to work on as a duet,” Dalgleish says. “It seemed organically to make sense. (Either) it would be an absolute disaster or it would work out.”
It worked out.
With several albums under their belts, including their August 2016 release “Still Testifying,” their songs are the stuff of country legend: a husband and wife singing to, for and about one another.
“We wanted to make music in the style of those iconic country legends,” Dalgleish says.
Their road has had a few bumps in it though.
“We’re both songwriters, which comes with its own problems,” Dalgleish explains. “It’s an interesting learning curve — even if one of us comes to the other with a finished song, the other still has input. We’re writing duets. It’s important that we’re both happy.”
The result? Songwriting and performing that evokes both Americana and country. The irony, of course, is that King and Dalgleish aren’t from Nashville or anywhere folks would associate with the country music scene — they’re from the UK. Rather than detracting from the authenticity of their sound, their origins are a source of intrigue.
“Our show will include songs from our three albums, maybe one or two cover versions, some matrimonial bickering and a good time had by all … plus some British humor,” King says.