A very special relationship

State of the Union. Photo by Andy Craig.
State of the Union. Photo by Andy Craig.

State of the Union, Rothbury Roots, Queen’s Head Hotel, Thursday, April 26, 7.30pm. Tickets £10.

IN the grand tradition of the Special Relationship, State Of The Union combines the talents of American blues guitarist Brooks Williams and cult English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine.

State Of The Union is a materclass in songwriting and understated production which tackles a a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to Blind Lemon Jefferson, the wide open Fenlands and the frenetic buzz of London.

The chemistry between Boo and Williams has been undeniable since forming in late 2010 and a torrent of creativity was unleashed over the summer in Boo’s living room using their iPhones.

This debut recording is intimate and captivating, like a concert delivered in your living room by two talented friends, two guitars and a handful of great songs.

Whether it’s authentic Americana, delicate ballads, reimagining modern pop or a new take on the classic standard Peg and Awl, the union of Williams and Hewerdine is in a wildly creative state, producing one of the year’s must-have albums.