Authentic cowboys are few and far between here in London. So when Randall King strutted into the Betsey Trotwood pub for his Holler Live Sessions, we sure knew we were in the midst of one.
One of country's favourite upcoming neo-traditionalists, King is following in the footsteps of some of the greatest. With a sound that echoes the likes of George Strait, Keith Whitley and Alan Jackson, it's no surprise that the West Texas-hailing artist has been selling out shows across the States and receiving invitations to open for Cody Johnson, Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker.
Over in the UK for the annual C2C Festival, King made a stop off before his sets at the O2 Arena to join us for his Holler Live Session, setting up to serenade us simply with his acoustic guitar and smooth baritone drawl.
"We'll start out with one of my favourites", King says as he settles into his performance with 'Roger, Miller Lite and Me'. "It's a little tip of the hat to one of my honky tonk heroes Mr Roger Miller".
The lonesome slow burn of 'Mirror, Mirror' follows, capturing King in a more contemplative light, a momentary change in mood before he guides his set to a perfect close.
"We're gonna turn this pub into a little two-steppin' honky tonk", King then declares, before doing exactly that with his hit tune 'You in a Honky Tonk'.
Though he doesn't have his band in tow to rile up the energy of the set, King's Live Session is delivered with the charm, charisma and effortlessness of an artist who's sure to be going places. Watch this space.
Performing his songs 'Roger, Miller Lite and Me', 'Mirror, Mirror' and 'You in a Honky Tonk', this is Randall King for the Holler Live Sessions.
Director: Tom Francome
Cameras: Tom Francome, Nick Richards and Joe Monk
Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Kastoryano
Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)
Producers: Ross Jones & Gemma Donahoe