Towards the end of 2013 NCUK ran a review of ‘What If’, a wonderful EP that marked the debut of Texan singer Jessica Clemmons in the Country world. The 5-track collection represented an exciting taster of things to come from a lady with a remarkably big voice. In March of this year Jessica further enhanced her reputation amongst UK Country fans with appearances at the Country To Country Festival at London’s O2 Arena. Fast-forward to the present and Jessica has formally teamed up The Bandits, the band with whom she completed her supporting performances on the BZ20 Tour, to form new Country group Jess and the Bandits.
Comprising brothers Ricci and Louis Riccardi on drums and guitar respectively, Dave Troke on bass, and Steve Reid Williams on keyboards/guitar the Bandits are a band with an impressive pedigree. With influences ranging from Glen Campbell to Garth Brooks & The Dixie Chicks it is no surprise that the four-piece has been playing Country and Blues music for years. During their shared time on stage with Jessica on her previous tours everybody noted that the chemistry between this burgeoning five-piece was something special, making the decision to launch Jess and the Bandits inevitable.
In what has been a veritable whirlwind of excitement Jess and the Bandits have recorded their debut album ‘Here We Go Again’, which is set for release later this year. All of the tracks, bar one, were co-written by Jessica in Nashville and the record was also cut in Music City. Collaborating with some of the very finest in the business, including producer Jeff Cohen (who can list working with artists including The Band Perry, Sugarland and Big & Rich on a hugely impressive CV), has helped to give the album a cutting edge sound. NCUK has been lucky enough to have a pre-release listen to ‘Here We Go Again’ and, whilst delaying a full review until it becomes available in the UK, can definitely say that this is an album to get excited for…watch this space.
Prior to their debut CD being unveiled Jess and the Bandits will release their first single ‘My Name Is Trouble’ on September 15th, which will be sure to whet the appetite of UK Country fans. A blistering Country-rocker, ‘My Name Is Trouble’ lives up to its’ title and is packed full of attitude. Boasting a chorus as catchy as they come, some searing steel guitar and an huge shot of energy the track is the perfect introduction to a band set to make a big impact. It goes without saying that at the heart of the song are the fantastic vocals from Jessica, a lady who can handle both a tender ballad and a powerhouse toe-tapper such as this with consummate ease. The band recently shot a video for the single, showing them getting up to a little bit of (good-natured) trouble of their own, in a clip that perfectly captures the drive of the song.
This is just the beginning for Jess and the Bandits and we recommend that you get on board now. Check out the ‘My Name Is Trouble’ video, grab a copy of the single when it comes out on September 15th and get excited for the album due later this year!