PREMIERE: Country/Americana Duo The County Affair Share ‘Playing Poker’


We’re delighted to bring you the exclusive premiere of the brand new single from The County Affair, ‘Playing Poker’.

Playing Poker depicts the story of the “chancers” in life, those people who are always convinced that the next deal will be their big one, possibly naively and often to their detriment. The band found a fuller sound in the studio, and with electric guitar licks, pedal steel and a sprinkling of keys, it’s an immersive listen.

Having met in Nottingham in the 70’s , childhood best friends Kevin Brennan and Tony Regan (formerly The Rambling Boys) have reunited after 30 years. Enthralled by the ‘country rock’ and ‘outlaw country’ sounds which were emerging from the US back in the 70’s, they began to introduce their audiences to the country rock of Waylon Jennings, Creedence and Joe Ely in their sets. 

The band parted ways as Kevin and Tony left to study at different universities, but their friendship endured. A couple of years later, they found themselves – separately – on the east coast of the US, Tony as part of his studies and Kevin coaching a kids’ soccer team. As if fate had brought them back together, they seized an opportunity to play for a new crowd in Houston and there the real adventure began. Eventually landing in the thriving music scene of San Francisco, they became sought after by venues across the city sometimes playing up to 4 hour sets, four nights a week.

30 years later, married with families and successful careers under their belts, the duo are picking up where they left off as ‘The County Affair’. Kevin, who recently stepped down from a significant role at a major international brand, had been penning his own songs for the last several years. He would send these onto Tony, who tweaked the vocal and lyrical arrangements, adding in chords here and there… and just like that, The County Affair was born. The band caught the attention of veteran producer Tom Nichols, a partnership was struck and their Abbey Road album soon took shape.

Check out the new single below:

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