INTRODUCING YOU TO THE HENGISTBURY
Firstly, I would like you to introduce yourselves to our readers?
Hello! We are a country duo from down on the South Coast in Dorset.
How old were you were you decided to start writing your own songs? And when did you write and perform your first song?
Jessie: I first starting writing a diary when I was 13, which included little poems...These evolved into songs when I was about 19 and realised I could put my thoughts to music...But I mostly kept them hidden. Still have all my diaries and they make for interesting reading now!
Jessie: Probably about 20 when I came runner up in a singer songwriting competition...But I didn't have the confidence to pursue the prize which was recording my song!
What is your favourite country song and who is your favourite country artist (can be more than one)?
You have your latest single out at the moment called 'What Folks Don't Know', could you tell us a little about it?
Pete: It’s a song about my best friend. He had a terrible year a while back and took some time out to travel around the US. I flew out to meet him in Nashville where we finished off an album from another project I was working on and talking to him about it while we were there, I was struck by the idea of being able to be completely anonymous with the arrival of each new place and being able to escape the baggage of the year he had had as a way of getting past it all. There’s also the line in there about a ‘friendly fire to guide you home’ as a reminder of the positives he still had in his life here in the UK and the Paul Simon reference to one of his wife’s favourite songs - he met her after he came back and it was the happiest ending to the story.
Does that mean that you are planning on releasing music in 2018? If so, when can we expect it?
Yes! We have been working really hard on our debut album and we want to get that out with a second single, probably towards the end of summer. It’s starting to sound really great now and we’re really exited about sharing it all with you!
Jessie: I think it's a great time to be part of the country music scene in the UK as it continues to gain recognition. Not only that UK artists are being recognised, but equally to bring the wide variety of country to the UK too.
Pete: I have loved seeing it grow! So many great artists coming through and it’s amazing that Country is starting to grow here. What really excites me is the way that UK artists are interpreting the form and starting to create a unique definition of what modern British Country is.