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Music Editorial

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The Royal South released their debut single in January but they’ve already won plaudits aplenty among those who like their country music to come with lots of melodic polish.

And that debut single in full: ‘Cry Cry’. As calling cards go this one was a real doozy. Produced by Paul Worley – the chap behind some of the biggest names in the biz, including the Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum – its sunny mix of country, bluegrass and massive hooks saw it being propelled directly to the top spot in the UK iTunes Country Chart and #2 on the US iTunes New Country chart. It reached 100,000 streams on Spotify within three weeks of release, which led to the band making their TV debut on Good Day New York. Fronted by Texan SaraBeth, and backed in three-part harmony style by Glen Mitchell and Vickie Vaughn, the band recently released their second single ‘Shh (Don’t Say a Thing)’, which further burnished their credentials. By the time an album rolls round they’re bound to be massive so don’t pass up the chance of catching them play the intimate environs of Cluny 2.

The Royal South, Thursday 19 September, Cluny 2, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 7pm, £12. thecluny.com