Country star Will Banister heads to Widnes following a successfull UK debut in London

ONE of the freshest names in country music is heading to Widnes as he embarks on his first ever UK tour.

American Will Banister will play the United Services Club on September 20 following a successful UK debut at the International Festival Of Country Music at London’s Wembley Arena.

Banister, from Clovis, New Mexico, presented the audience with a six song set of original music.

Supported by the six-strong Mulberry band, Banister performed songs from his debut album Turned Her On To Country, as well as other classics such as Lovesick Blues and White Lightnin’.

The singer-songwriter said: “Playing in London at the Wembley Arena was a dream come true.

“It was such a pleasure to meet so many fans of traditional country music from the UK.

“Everyone treated me so nice I can’t wait to come back.”

The Daily Telegraph’s Douglas McPherson spoke highly of Banister in his Wembley review, saying: “The most memorable moment (of the festival) found 23-year-old Will Banister wowing the crowd with a sublimely straightforward Lovesick Blues.

“Sixty three years after Hank Williams sang the same song, it was proof that country, like rock ’n’ roll, will never die.”

Banister first gained the attention of the British public when his Turned Her On To Country album gathered a rave review in the Country Music People magazine.

The title song from the album continued to then enjoy a four-week stay at number one in the UK’s weekly Hot Disc charts.

Banister now follows in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Don Williams and Boxcar Willie, all of whom launched their successful British careers after similar rapturous festival debuts.

For tickets or more information call 0151 488 0678.