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Jul
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Jessica Clemmons (Jess & The Bandits) On #StyleHasNoSize, Their Forthcoming Tour and SaladGate – Interview

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Jessica Clemmons is a Texas Spitfire, the Houston-born frontwoman of UK-based band Jess & The Bandits, with vocals that have been compared to Adele and a performance style that is high-energy and incredibly captivating. They released their debut album ‘Here We Go Again’ in April after forming last September (Jessica had enjoyed success as a solo artist prior to that), and since have been going from strength to strength, drawing insane crowds at March’s C2C Festival in London and recently announcing a headlining UK tour for October. They have also just partnered with plus size fashion chain Evans for the #StyleHasNoSize campaign in conjunction with the release of their new single ‘Nitty Gritty’, are working with the British Plus Size Awards (their song ‘Beautiful’ will be the theme song), and have announced a handful of festival dates this July. I spoke to Jess about these achievements, and her thoughts on the recent SaladGate controversy that has been burning in the country music community. Read on for the full interview!

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Jun
22

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EVANS Unveil Jessica Clemmons As The Ambassador of Their #SHNS Campaign

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Having debuted at #6 in the Official Country Charts with their debut album Here We Go Again, 1/5 Texan and 4/5 British country rockers Jess and the Bandits are currently gearing up for their debut UK headline tour this October, which follows on from their sold out London shows earlier this year.

Having received critical acclaim for Here We Go Again alongside support from BBC Radio 2 for the album’s lead singles, ‘Single Tonight’ and ‘You Can’t Stop Me’, the band are thrilled to announce that the new music video for their single ‘Nitty Gritty’ will be filmed in association  with High Street plus size fashion retailer Evans.

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May
20

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Jess And The Bandits Announce Debut UK Headline Tour

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After a #6 UK Official Country Chart debut for their album Here We Go Again, 1/5 Texan & 4/5 British Country group Jess and the Bandits announce UK tour

Having sold out their two pre-Country 2 Country performances in London, the band are excited to announce that they will be hitting the road and taking their live set around the UK in October. All dates below.

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Apr
22

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Jess & The Bandits ‘Here We Go Again’ – CD Giveaway!

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Our good friends Jess & The Bandits recently released their debut album ‘Here We Go Again’ (review here), and they’ve given us two copies to give away to FTCR readers! Houston-born Jessica Clemmons was already a Texas spitfire when she launched onto the scene a few years ago, but it was her partnership with UK-based group The Bandits that really hit on something special. The result is a band that straddles the differing styles of the Atlantic; deep-rooted country with a killer power pop sensibility, and it has made for a truly fantastic album.

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Mar
30

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Jess & The Bandits Reach For The Stars On ‘Here We Go Again’ – Album Review

It’s a simple drum track underneath a hypnotic bass line and slide guitar accent to top it off. The dance groove is tantalizing and hooks and grabs you and before you know it, the chorus sneaks up two verses in.The name of the song is “Nitty Gritty” and is a personal anthem for every woman who has ever struggled with their appearance and sense of self. Just as soon as you’re imagining turning the volume up on your car radio, you also come to the realization you’re in the middle of hearing a career-defining moment for Jessica Clemmons as she and her band Jess & The Bandits get ready to release their new album “Here We Go Again.”

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Mar
11

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C2C Festival Pop-Up Acts @ O2 Arena, London, UK | March 8th, 2015 – Review

Dexeter and the crowd at the O2 Arena during the C2C Festival in London, March 8th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR.

Dexeter and the crowd at the O2 Arena during the C2C Festival in London, March 8th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR.

It was a busy affair at the O2 Arena in London last weekend as many tens of acts took to the free pop-up stages around the venue, to play to the tens of thousands of waiting fans who were milling about. The Country to Country Festival (otherwise known as C2C) was in its third year and had burst into life with an extremely popular main stage line-up, and the increasing exposure both the event and country music had gained in the intervening twelve months. At 11:30am when we arrived there were a few eager fans wandering around, but it soon got crazy as by 1pm it became difficult to move in many parts of the large multi-venue arena, particularly around such acts as Sam Hunt, Sonia Leigh, David Bradley and Ward Thomas, who were commanding more than a thousand people at their respective stages. We were front and center at this year’s event, covering a multitude of acts in review and in pictures. You can check out our Instagram for impromptu phone shots and updates, or read on for our reviews (collaborative between Vickye, Andy and Nick) of the acts we saw and Amy’s fabulous photos.

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Mar
5

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Country Collective @ East Wintergarden, London, UK | March 4th, 2015 – Review

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Featuring Jess & The Bandits, Red Sky July, and Lucy May

It was a fairly warm March night in Canary Wharf on the evening of the second annual Country Collective event, a few days before this year’s C2C Festival kicks off. Set in the East Wintergarden arts centre behind a curtain, and peppered with cabaret-style tables in front of an impressively-sized stage, the audience chatter came to a respectful halt when the compere took to the mic to introduce the night’s entertainment. First up was Lucy May, an up-and-coming country pop songstress with a dash of rock, a 60s hairdo and a tiny leather fringe skirt. Due to the fact that she only had around forty-five minutes to make her mark (still a fair amount for an opener), it was down to business immediately, with minimal stage patter (apart from introducing the songs in a distinct East London accent) and back-to-back performances. In fact, she managed to squeeze in eleven songs in total, from last year’s BBC Radio 2 favorite ‘Paper Heart’, to current single ‘Whirlwind’, all the way through the likes of ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’, ‘Hole In My Heart’, Rosemary Lane’, and ‘Hooked On Your Love’.

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Jan
26

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Country Collective at Canary Wharf with Lucy May, Red Sky July and Jess and the Bandits, March 4

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Date & Times: Wednesday 4 March 2015 7.30pm
Doors: Open at 6.45pm
Venue: East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NX

Ticket details:   £15*

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