Tim Prottey-Jones and Kezia Gill Release Their Version Of The classic “Cotton Eye Joe”
The BCMA are excited to have chosen Tim Prottey-Jones and Kezia Gill as our Country Release Friday artists with MAM Roots this week with their new single Cotton Eye joe.
A classic country song reimagined with a 2022 flavour from Tim and Kezia.
During Summer 2021 – As the campaign for his most recent original music came to a close, Tim hit upon the notion of reworking some nostalgic 90’s one-hit-wonders & giving them a new lease of life as dark Americana tracks.
Having known each other on the UK country circuit, BCMA award winners Tim and Kezia first collaborated during the very first lockdown in 2020 as part of a remotely recorded series of tracks that celebrated the best UK country voices and musicians. From that moment, Tim knew he wanted to record with Kezia again & he set about producing a version of the track that would rekindle the magic of where the Civil Wars left off whilst being true to the origins of the song.
When we asked Tim about the song he explained, “Take everything you thought you knew about this 90’s Country Dance track, made famous by Rednex, and then really take on board the already brooding lyrics that reference a sinister character and the notion of being drunk on moonshine, and you’ve got the perfect gothic tale for a reimagined dark Americana version”
Tim is a writer, producer, artist, father & husband currently working out of London, UK.
As a founder of the UK alt-country band, ‘The Wandering Hearts’, he was signed to Decca/Universal & enjoyed success both in the UK & in the States & has played such legendary venues as The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, Bluebird Cafe, Graceland & Hyde Park.
Now, as a solo artist, Tim prepares to release new material, with a new attitude & a new sense of freedom & confidence brought about by many years in the music industry & live theatre scene.
Midlands based Singer/Songwriter Kezia Gill, has been singing professionally for over 15 years. Born in Nottingham to a large musical family of Irish decent, her early years were spent surrounded by music. Her father, a professional musician for over 50 years and her single biggest influence, introduced Kezia to the world of performing, writing and most importantly, the vast back catalogue of music that has shaped her individual style. Pulling influences from a wide range of genres including Folk & Irish, Country, Rock and Blues, her sound is completely unique. She performs all over the UK, as well as the world, including previous shows in Europe, Australia and America. Her individual and uncomparable style is not only evident in her original material, but laced throughout her wide repertoire of classic covers. With her impressive vocal range, energy on stage and multi-instrumental talent, she makes every song her own.