Fretsore Records has signed Northamptonshire troubadours Don’t Drink The Water. Formerly known as Cold Cold Heart, the band made an impression on label owner Ian Sephton at the Rushden Beer and Music Festival in 2019:

Dave and Ben O’Leary came to my attention via our mutual good friend Ian Griffiths at Beat Route Radio. Their dark Americana songs fit neatly into the label’s repertoire and their genuine enthusiasm is infectious.”

“We’re really excited to be signing to Fretsore Records and looking forward to working with Ian Sephton and his team.” states lead singer Ben. “The roots of Don’t Drink The Water go back to us playing Irish traditional music and moving on to country rock influences, alt. country, folk and blues.”

Since their recent signing, the band have been in the studio with Scottish producer and fellow Fretsore artist, Jack Henderson.

On the upcoming tracks, songwriter Dave O’Leary states; “Our inspiration starts with Hank Williams through to Eamonn Kelly and continues with great writers and artists like John Prine, Levon Helm, Slaid Cleaves to Jack Kerouac and Brer Rabbit. It’s the music of outlaws, bar room romeos, friendly waitresses, lonesome railroad men and tough situations.”

Don’t Drink The Water’s 4-track EP will be released on Fretsore Records in 2020 and preceded by their debut single in early summer.

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