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Ward Thomas Interview: They’re not up and coming, they’ve arrived!

9 July 2014 Tom Butler

"In our wildest dreams we would love to collaborate with Kacey Musgraves and Allison Krauss!"

Catherine and Lizzy are twins. They also happen to be insanely talented muscians and make up the band Ward Thomas (their surname). Ahead of their new album release, and summer concert dates, London Calling caught up with the duo who’re bringing country music into the UK mainstream.

London Calling: For the uninitiated, could you tell us about your music?

Ward Thomas: Really we’re influenced by a whole variety of country artists. When we were teenagers we were introduced to music by the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and then later artists like Kacey Musgraves. We try to write songs about things that have touched us in some way.
 
LC: Who did you grow up listening to? Have they influenced your music?

WT: Before Country Music was introduced to us we grew up listening to old 60’s and 70’s Rock music. Our parents were in a covers band and we were quite heavily influenced by their tastes.

LC: It’s refreshing to see two young British musicians playing country music, how did that come about?

WT: We have a love for country music that we discovered after our Canadian cousin brought it over and we started to write when we joined a sixth form school that was heavily art concentrated. That’s when we discovered our sound! We write about our lives and our experiences from our own country upbringing.

LC: Why do you think there is so little country music played in the UK?

WT: The country that we know and love explores interesting emotions and issues and mixes clever melodies and lyrics together. But that’s not really what country’s most famous for. A lot of popular country in America is dominated by songs about trucks and girls in tight jeans and it’s a shame because people just assume all country is like that.
 
LC: And on that basis, do you see it becoming more popular/mainstream in the near future?

WT: Yes definitely. We were at the C2C Festival this summer and it was fantastic to see how popular it was. The major bands like the Dixie Chicks and Zac Brown band sold out the O2 arena and the public, un-ticketed areas were packed with people visiting the pop up stages where some really good new groups were playing.

LC: You’ve recently spent three months in Nashville, why was that? How was it?

WT: Amazing!! We spent a lot more time in the city, so got to see the local places and explore a lot more. It was nice to really build a group of friends out there too. We spent enough time out there to call it a home away from home. We feel a bit like it’s a Trans-Atlantic life now!

LC: If you were to have a dinner party and could invite one musician each (living or dead) who would it be?

WT: Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

LC: Who would you love to collaborate with on future songs and albums?

WT: In our wildest dreams we would love to collaborate with Kacey Musgraves and Allison Krauss!

LC: Who are you listening to at the moment?

WT: We are listening to a lot of music at the moment, but to pick a few we love a mix Kacey Musgraves, Striking Matches and George Ezra.

LC: What should audiences coming to see you live expect?

WT: We would love the audiences to have lots of fun and see a varied set of music! We are very looking forward our tour, should be a lot of fun!

From Where We Stand, Ward Thomas’ debut album is released on the 21st July. They will also be performing live at the Green Note on the 25th July. For more information please click here.

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