First Published as Introducing..... Stanford 'Letters' Review - New Country UK
The UK Country scene continues to prove that there is a whole host of homegrown talent ready to make an impact with the ever-growing audience. With their debut single 'Letters' set for release on 15th August, duo Stanford are the latest act about to make their mark. Consisting of songwriters and instrumentalists Terry 'Blackjaz' Muller and Rachael Muller, Stanford hail from south Hampshire and boast an impressive CV of material having been recorded by other acts. Now is the time for the two to step forward and present their own interpretations of their music to an eager UK Country fanbase.
'Letters' is a fascinating debut release, and an incredibly impressive one at that. With a rich acoustic feel and boasting tight harmonies from the duo, the track has real heart and a feeling of authenticity. Rachael takes lead vocals duties and proves to have a strong and appealing voice, which suits the material perfectly. Lyrically the song carries a great deal more weight than the listener may expect from an introductory offering from a new act, dealing with the long-term impact that an abusive relationship can have on a child who has seen her mother suffer. Stanford deserve a healthy dose of respect for starting as they mean to go on with strong song-writing that carries real emotion. 'Letters' marks the duo out as one to keep an eager eye on, a sumptuous song that definitely hints at a rich vein of further material to come.
Stanford are currently in the midst of their 'Open Ended 2014' tour of the UK, primarily based in the south, but I understand that plans may be afoot to expand this further north. The duo continue to work on new material so catching them live at one of their shows presents the perfect opportunity to hear more of what Rachael and Terry plan to release in the future. If 'Letters' is anything to go by, UK Country fans should be very excited at the thought of Stanford hitting their stride and delivering up further gems.