Independent Country

Independent Country

Since 2015 I have been playing and recording with Independent Country, a 6-piece band from Birmingham, UK, who play Country versions of classic Indie tunes. Our debut LP, “TrailerParkLife”, was released in December 2016 and features new versions of songs by Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, New Order, Teenage Fanclub, and others. Jim Reid from The Jesus and Mary Chain described their version of ‘Blues From A Gun’ as ‘the best thing I have EVER heard’.

Our 2nd album, “The True Adventures of Independent Country” was released in 2018, featuring songs by Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Smiths, Inspiral Carpets, Spiritualized. We are currently working on their 3rd record, and this time will be turning their attention to American Indie. Due for release late 2019, expect barnstorming takes on Nirvana, Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, and a host of others.

Since our debut live show in the summer of 2016 the band have played festivals all over the UK and have supported artists such as Karl Blau, Cale Tyson, and The Surfing Magazines. With a repertoire of over 40 songs - and counting - we play either full-band sets that’ll tear the house down on a drunken Friday night, or else a laid-back acoustic show that will provide the ideal soundtrack to a regretful, hungover Sunday.

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Craig Hamilton
Research Fellow

My research interests include popular music, digital humanities and online cultures