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Following on from rave reviews of her summer release ‘The Goldie Hawn Stole My Guitar EP’. Carly Connor is back with another equally fiery, tongue-in-cheek offering, Always The Bridesmaid, Never The Bride, showcasing again her natural talent for dark and witty country humour.
The song, which features on Carly’s 2nd EP of this year takes aim at the raft of friends who are all dropping like flies getting married in a constant stream of confetti. Carly decided she’d had enough of fake smiling though their ‘big days’ (clearly evident from her comical EP artwork) and Always the Bridesmaid never The Bride was born. Carly explains, “Everyone’s getting married now I’ve got to this age and I’m still not getting those feelings yet… it’s giving me the fear. It’s just a wee nod that I’m quite happy still being the bridesmaid and not the bride! “
27 year-old Carly, who hails from Glasgow’s tough housing scheme Easterhouse, earned her musical stripes as a young teen playing working men’s clubs, where she was discovered and signed by Warner Records at only 17. This led to Carly spending time in Nashville, ‘Music City’, where she unlocked her love of the grittier side of Country Music, working with songwriter legends such as Angelo Petraglia (EmmyLou Harris, Kings of Leon), Steve Booker (John Newman, Duffy) and Jim Hogarth (James Morrison, James Bay, Tina Turner), and from there she developed her quirky combo of alternative country and soul.
This four track EP includes another self-penned title Half of Me Without You, already a fan favourite at her live shows… Carly says, “I’ve said on stage when I’m about to play this tune ‘this is one of my slower tracks’ but I always forget it kicks right off at the end and has become the band and my favourite so quickly! It’s not as jokey as the rest so you’ll get a rare sighting of me trying to sing a serious love song!”
The 3rd track on the EP is Swear Box, written by Ian W Brown and Andrew Bullimore. Brown, a successful film producer and songwriter (Sandi Thom/Jessie Buckley/Fishermans Friends), is a long-time collaborator with Carly and one of her biggest champions. Carly recalls, “when Ian sent me this track last year I thought he must have been following me around because this tune has mega similarities to my life! It’s like we were on a parallel universe, so I quickly shouted MINE!”
The final track is a cover of Don’t Toss Us Away by Lone Justice., “Soon as I heard this song I honestly fell in LOVE!”, says Carly, “After two listens it was in my head and I recorded it on my phone. Maria McKee’s voice is something else, so I just hope I’ve done this song justice, or I’ll have an angry mob at the door”.
Having been described as ‘A Scottish Amy Winehouse in Rhinestones’ and with a voice that rasps and yells like Janis Joplin, and rages the wildfire of Maria McKee it’s true that once you’ve heard and seen Carly, you’ll never forget her, and after a summer of Scottish festivals & shows (C2C, TRNSMT, KING TUTS SUMMER NIGHTS, PATP and ST LUKES supporting Wild Rose star Jessie Buckley), it’s fair to say that with each live performance Carly enhances her reputation as a real storyteller with a natural humour and killer voice winning over new audiences and growing her army of fans.
Carly is celebrating the 1st November release with her fans at an EP launch party at The Attic @ The Garage in Glasgow.
Always The Bridesmaid Never The Bride EP out NOW: https://smarturl.it/AlwaysTheBridesmaid
Always The Bridesmaid Never The Bride’ official video – https://youtu.be/Pw6fRmbTJf0
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YouTube – Carly Connor YouTube Channel
1st November – EP Launch at The Attic @ The Garage, Glasgow – sold out
2nd November – Conroys, Dundee (supporting Billy Mitchell) – sold out
1st December – EH6 festival, Edinburgh