Texas rocker Ryan Hamilton and British rocker Tony Wright, from Terrorvision, have collaborated on new album Grand Ole Otley.
The album, released on 8th June 2018, is an album of Country songs reworked in the duos unique style. The first single from the album is a cover of Don Gibson’s classic Oh Lonesome Me, a song that was also recorded by Johnny Cash.
Hamilton and Wright were introduced to each other by producer Dave Draper. Talking about it Hamilton says:
“Ya know, I’m still not exactly sure how it happened. At the time, our [Traitors] new single Smarter was doing well on UK radio… and one day, Dave goes, “What would you think about recording a song with Tony?” I was already a fan of Terrorvision, and we have a lot of mutual friends, but I had never met Tony. I don’t know if he heard our song on the radio, or just overheard our stuff that Dave was working on. Whatever happened, he expressed interest in working together. I was flattered and excited. Before I knew it, we were recording an old song together called Everytime I’m Kissing You. Never in a million years did I think we’d make an album together. Especially not THIS album. This whole thing continues to be the most wonderful surprise.”
The two musicians bonded over their love of good music and that resulted in Grand Ole Otley. Fans can expect a mix of Country, Americana and Folk.
The first takes for the album were recorded in Wright’s coffee/print shop in Bloomfield Square in Otley, West Yorkshire.
“There’s something really magical about Tony’s Bloomfield Square. Talking through, deciding on the tracks, and doing the initial recordings in the back of that beautiful old building definitely lent itself well to the vibe and a direction of the album. It’s strange how things have fallen into place with this project. Accidentally. Sort of creepy, actually. But, again, that old school, dark/creepy vibe lends itself well to these tunes. I think we’ve stumbled onto something wonderful here. Accident or not, it just works. Even though on paper, it looks like it shouldn’t.”
Hamilton and Wright will take to the road for a string of intimate shows in June. You can see them at the following dates:
6th June – Parish, Huddersfield
7th June – Gullivers, Manchester
8th June – St Pancras Old Church, London
9th June – Bodega, Nottingham
10th June – Prohibition Caberet Bar, Gateshead
Tickets & info from http://tonywrightandryanhamilton.com/.