Jess & The Bandits return to The Sage Gateshead

Jess & The Bandits
Jess & The Bandits

American/British quintet Jess & The Bandits are bringing their brand of country rock back to the North East.

The part-UK, part-USA outfit were among the gems on the bill at the 2015 SummerTyne Americana Festival at The Sage Gateshead, and are returning to the venue over the Bank Holiday weekend after a successful 12 months.

The gig on Sunday May 1 comes after a number of tours and festivals from LA to London.

After their debut album Here We Go Again reached number six on the official country charts, Jess & The Bandits returned to the recording studio in January to work on new material for their upcoming second album.

A deluxe edition of Here We Go Again is also to be released soon, to coincide with their Country2Country performance, the band will be heading up the release with the irrepressible Kiss You Now.

New single Kiss You Now was debuted by the band at their first show on 2016 at The Soup Kitchen in Manchester.

Jess Clemmons, the band’s vocalist and the face of high street fashion brand Evans, said: "We are thrilled to include 'Kiss You Now' on the deluxe edition of our album ‘Here We Go Again’. There are times when some of the writers we work with submit songs to us that they think will be great for Jess and the Bandits.

"This happened to be one of those times. Jeff Cohen, who co-wrote and produced many songs on our album, sent us ‘Kiss You Now” written by himself and Liz Longley.

"We immediately fell in love with it and knew we had to record it. It’s a bit of a different feel from the rest of the album but we hope that our current fans will love it as much as we do and it will be a great introduction to us for new fans as well.

"It’s a song about a girl taking the “bull by the horns’, as we say in Texas, and making the first move with the guy she wants. Full of fun and sass, it’s the type of song we love to perform! You even get a chance to hear Louis showing off his fantastic voice on this one."

Tickets for Sunday's gig cost £12.90 and are available via The Sage's website here
Other tour dates:

May 2 - Electric Circus, Edinburgh

May 5 – Talking Head, Southampton

May 7 - Waterfront Studio, Norwich

June 17 – FSA London

June 18 – Towerfest

June 26 – Buckle & Boots Music Festival

July 16 - The Lakes Festival

July 29 - Rock Ridge Round Up (Friday headline)

July 39 – FSA Festival (Newark)