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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Talk About Country - Issue 2

Talk About Country - Issue 2 - by Jof Owen/Legends of Country

28 pages, edition of 100.
7 inches x 7 inches

Unlike the USA, Country music in the UK doesn’t have a huge following. It is probably because we don’t have country, just countryside. Legends of Country haven’t let this deter them from producing a début album of a very British form of country music – songs about the lonely fall of a darts champion, being a Saturday dad, and turning forty realising you haven't done the things you'd thought you'd do. 

Jof’s love of country music is evident from his song writing, but it also extends beyond it into this series of lovingly produced zines Talk About Country. The zine is the size of a vinyl single, the cover screen printed in blue, the pages are printed reproductions of typewritten text and hand cut and stuck images. 

Features cover the king of heartbreak George Jones; calculate the feasibility of a road trip based entirely on Johnny Cash’s I’ve been everywhere; the new queens of country - Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, and the ubiquitous Taylor Swift; the beguilement of Jonathan Richman’s flirtation with country music; the activist country pop of Henson Cargill; plus spot the difference and ‘Give Dolly a do!’ puzzle pages.

Talk About Country is whisky slug of a country music zine for people who don’t know they like country music. 

And check out the very British take on country music by the Legends of Countryhttp://legendsofcountry.co.uk

Review by Nathan Penlington

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