January 8: Happy new year to you all! It's 2018 and it's already getting off to a great start! A new song written late last year has been selected for the songwriters' panel as part of the Americana UK Conference. I'll be performing this song to the likes of Mary Gauthier, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Chris Difford and Sam Baker! As well as all of the attendees which will be made up of artists, writers, promoters, agents, labels and fans of all types of Americana, folk, roots and country music. February 1 - so check back and I'll check in and tell you how it went. I'm also hitting the States in February to participate, be mentored, and perform at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, MO Feb 14 - 18. Cara Luft will be my roomie and mentor and I can't wait to explore and be a part of it all. Whilst in the States, why not play a show with the wonderful Paul Sanchez in New Orleans the night before my return at Chickie Wah Wahs on Feb 23 for a song swap? Hell, I might even get a gig or two in Nashville between February 19 and 22nd. Check the EVENTS page for regular updates. I'll be dropping in at Paul Kemp's birthday house concert to hear Robert Vincent and Dean Owens sing Greg Trooper songs and I might even sing one myself! There are some other irons in the fire so watch this space... Below is a new song. Inspired by the untimely passing of Tommy Keene, sometimes things happen so quick. A song about seizing the day!! Kris x
September 1: I really can't believe we're into September! I've been working behind the scenes getting us up and running on Patreon. If you haven't visited this site before, go and check it out. Artists like Amanda Palmer use it to connect her fans around the world and allow people to support her art in as little or as much as they want to. So for the cost of a coffee or a sandwich or perhaps a bit more for the goodies on offer, Patreon allows fans to be involved and get exclusive 'behind the scenes' access, including things like audio samples of new material, input into new songs or lyrics, live streaming and more. As I've been writing and demo'ing at home, getting new songs together, it is the perfect time to get fans on board to bring the new album and first singles into shape! Below is just one of the songs I'm working on now. As a patron you'll hear it before anyone else does and you'll have a hand in getting it out to the wider world when it's ready.
What people are saying about 'This Ain't No Fairytale' and My Girl The River:
Paste Magazine 8.1 stars ... a lovely mélange of Americana-Roots music
bring to mind works by other fellow alt-country musicians Jason Isbell and Lucinda Williams.
It demonstrates very well the knack that My Girl The River has for exceptional songwriting.
While this record may not be a fairytale, it will become something that is just as celebrated over the years to come.
Amazingly "This ain't no Fairytale" is the debut album by "My Girl The River" - amazing because it is such a rich and confident production. Add to that amazing an astonishment that the core of the tracks were laid down in just two days in a room in the home of Kris Wilkinson Hughes' - the gorgeously toned singer and songwriter of "My Girl The River" - with overdubs added later. This wonderful wistful country-folk is what experienced musicians can achieve when they set their hearts and minds to it - but this would all be for nothing if this was not also such an accomplished set of songs - superbly written observations on place and family, mixed with a keen edge of nostalgic yearning. Read more on the MGTR page.
March 16: We're anxiously awaiting the uploads to Bob Harris' Under The Apple Tree youtube channel - any time now you'll be able to see us performing live in Bob's studio - This Ain't No Fairytale, Woods Behind Our House and No More I Love Yous. It was such an honour to perform for the Harris family and we look forward to sharing these performances with you. Also live dates are trickling in so go to the EVENTS page and see if we are performing in a town near you!
Our cd single. Me and my PawPaw.
Hopefully we'll see you at a show very soon! Get a cd before anyone else and even have access to our beautiful postcards! Stickers are free. In fact, tweet a photo of your sticker in a fun and interesting place with #mygirltheriver - let's see how far these butterflies can fly!