March 27: so the news is GIGS! Two really AMAZING gigs coming up in April and we can't wait to play them, share new songs and see your lovely faces - as well as listen to the other artists that are performing! Firstly - in Bedford - a not to be missed 'up close and personal' gig with our friends (and one of our favourite musical duos) Smith & Brewer. We'll all perform new songs (they have a new album coming out and we are collecting songs for our next one) and chat about the songs themselves with a Q & A BUT there is more because this is at the Pavilion in the Park in Bedford and it's a VEGAN supper club event! Very limited seating and a delicious dinner followed by some fine live music. Fabulous! Tickets can be found HERE! Then, as if that wasn't special enough, we have been invited down to Crawley to perform for an incredible one day mini-festival called Americana Live! It's free, held at the Hawth and starts at 12:30. You won't BELIEVE the talent across two stages. Our friends Smith & Brewer, The Rosellys, The Savannahs, Social, Southern Companion, Ags Connelly and more! And we have a surprise for you - Tom Moth, harpist for Florence & the Machine, is going to sit in with us on a couple of songs! This is a first! He's in deep rehearsal phase but has his one day off set aside to come down and play. So bring your phones, cameras, whatever you've got and record and share. We look forward to seeing you. Tell your friends and come on down!
March 2: Can you believe we're in the THIRD month of the year?? Wowza! So - February was a crazy month because I spent three weeks in the US. Family, being sick, loosing my voice, attending Folk Alliance International with the help of the British Underground and the First Timers scholarship, then back to Nashville to write with James House and then visit family before closing my trip with a gig with the wonderful Paul Sanchez in New Orleans. It was a whirlwind of ups and downs. I stayed with dear friends and wrote and pondered my songwriting career/art. Which brings me to a new song I wrote while on the road between Kansas City and Nashville. I pondered it for quite a few days - the chorus was a gift - like a lightning bug that just went off in my room and I grabbed it and held on to it. Slowly the story of the song presented itself to me and I recorded it with a new microphone I picked up at the Expo at the conference. Ear Trumpet Labs is a custom microphone maker in Oregon and I had my eye on one for awhile. The Del Myrtle is the way to go for me - a great stage mic but also a great recording mic for demos. I love it! You can listen to the new song demo below. Hope you like it! More to come - looking at an album release later this year. Fingers crossed. Until then...come to gigs - check out the EVENTS page. Kris x
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
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!