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The Southern Companion - 1000 Days of Rain


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The Southern Companion - 1000 Days of Rain
Following on from the debut album "Short Stories and Tall Tales' independently released in 2011, "1000 Days of Rain" sees the band comfortably established in their own British take on the Americana/Country genre,
The songs, with the exception of "Heaven Knows" were all penned by singer/songwriter/guitarist Darren Hodson who fronts the band consisting of Simon Johnson (Guitars, Mandolin), Stuart Ross (Bass), Lee Maycock (Keys), and Oliver Richmond Jones (Drums).
The album was produced by multi Grammy nominee Ron Thaler and features guest appearences from industry legend Robbie McIntosh and Ben Gunnery on Fiddle.
Darren has just returned from suppoirting the Platinum selling artist Rumer on her UK and European tour and after winning new "Southern Companion" fans all around the continent he was invited to follow Rumer stateside to open her show at The City Winery in Nashville.
When asked about the bands sound Darren describes it as "a big old blending up of all the great nusic I love, Americana Fold & Roots meets classic British Pop Rock, a Mid-Atlantic sonic whirlpool where the US&UK currents meet."
His range of influences include Tom Petty, The Allman Brothers, The Band, The Black Crowes, The Beatles, The Stones, The Faces, Del Amitri, Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, Jackson Browne.....we could be here all day!!!
Darren performs live with a humble quality that has endeared him to audiences for over 20 years. Whether he is performing with the full band or playing solo, his passion for the music he loves is infectious,
Darren is honest about why it's taken him until well into his 30's to record his own solo material after many years as a sideman/back line member in various different bands. "As a younger man I thought of myself as a guitar player that sings a bit, I loved singing but never had much love for my voice or my writing.  The songs I've always gravitated towards sound like they come from a genuine place, from people who have lived a little.  It feels odd to say that now, after many years performing everywhere from intimate "house gigs" to 20 strangers, in noisy packed bars where you have to fight for every pair of ears, to a sold out 02 Arena opening for Bon Jovi.  I've got to a place in my life with enough years and experience under my belt where I have an unfamiliar confidence in my songwriting and my ability to deliver the story.  I write about real life, I feel like I have something to say that real people will relate to"
Although The Southern Companion is a new name to most people, the band's collective CV is long and varied.  Their sound carries with it the weight of extensive touring and studio experience. Described in Darren's own words "Countless shows, endless miles, hundreds of songs, changing bands, plans, vans and aching hands.  Near misses and death wishes. False starts and broken hearts, blank pages and lonely stages.  Blind faith and blind drunk, hangouts, hang ups and hangovers.  Self doubt and not selling out.  Blood, sweat, tears and beers.  Cheers everyone, mine's a large one!"

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