Friday 9th September was a hugely exciting day for country music on these shores. A great summary of the genre’s progression in the UK this year. Ward Thomas topped the all-genre UK album chart with their new album ‘Cartwheels’, meanwhile Decca Records teamed up with Ben Earle (The Shires) to release four singles by different UK acts, all of which were written by Ben. Dexeter, Dahlia, Liv Austen and Megan O’Neill were all involved. It was such a refreshing sight to wake up to, seeing an influx of new British country music appearing on the iTunes chart.
Each of the tracks had their distinct qualities, but the best of the bunch was ‘Only Human’ by new country act Dahlia. The trio is made up of Jess Roberts, Lisa Wright and Paris Georgia, all of whom have had success with their own solo careers. When these girls got together, the end product was always going to be impressive. Their performance at FSA Fest a couple of months ago blew everybody away; there’s a lot of excitement about Dahlia in the UK country circle, and understandably so.
‘Only Human’ consists of nothing more than a subtle acoustic guitar, allowing the girls’ stunning harmonies to dominate. As they say, less is more, and this is certainly the case here. Jess kicks things off on the first verse, then Lisa and Paris share the second verse, giving us a taste of their immense individual talent, before coming together for the chorus with spine-tingling harmonies. Vocally, this is as good as anything you will hear from Nashville.
Speaking about the track, the girls said “It’s an honour to have recorded it and its quickly become a favourite in our live set both for us and listeners in the audience.” Lyrically, Ben Earle has got it spot on, giving us an emotional insight into someone’s personal struggles and fragility that many listeners will relate to. The stripped-back nature of the track with limited instrumentation really puts focus on the lyrics, and they convey the emotion beautifully with their vocal delivery.
If this is a sign of things to come from Dahlia, this is a trio that could potentially be very successful. It’s been a while since I’ve heard a British country song of such great quality, and I hope they’ll be able to live up to expectations with their future releases. Check out ‘Only Human’ now on all digital platforms – well worth a listen!