Black Water County // Second Guessing // Featuring Hannah Greenwood from Creeper









Sometimes there are gigs where you simply pinch yourself and say, ‘I was there’, and tonight was one of those” ROCK REGENERATION


BLACK WATER COUNTY have released SECOND GUESSING – featuring guest vocals from HANNAH GREENWOOD of CREEPER – the third chapter in a series of singles leading to the self-release of their third studio album, The Only Life Worth Living, in November.


Second Guessing is the most integral single release from the album to date, and inherently different to its predecessors – the frantic and thrilling juggernaut of The Only Life Worth Living, and the tortured and frenetic nature of the banjo-led Cruel State Of Mind.


It features dual vocals from Shan of Black Water County and Hannah Greenwood of Creeper, an unusual occurrence in itself to feature two female vocalists on a rock ballad complimented by cello, violin, viola and piano, but even more so when their vocals intertwine in a hauntingly beautiful ballad that builds into a resounding and momentous crescendo.


Second Guessing is about closure between two people,” explain the band, “in which one leaves with the words of the other echoing in their head, “Don’t wait up for me, I don’t want to hear why you’re calling, what you’re doing …”. The song dwells on how this sinks in for that person, realising regrets and accepting that life will never be the same.”


This song with Black Water County came about very organically,” adds Hannah Greenwood, “when Shan reached out to me a few months ago wondering if I would be keen to feature on one of their forthcoming singles. I loved the song the first time I heard it, being a sucker for a ballad. It was great fun getting involved and embellishing the harmonies and the outro and also being a part of the video. Having worked with Zak Pinchin before, I knew the video would be great too!


And Hannah isn’t wrong about the video, which features appearances from Shan’s grandparents. Beautifully shot and expertly produced, it tugs achingly on the heart strings, recalling and evoking memories in even the hardiest of souls.


Watch the video here:


To coincide with the album release in November, Black Water County will play a full headline UK tour which includes a hometown date at Bournemouth Old Fire Station on Saturday 16 December, the only show where they will be performing their new album in its entirety, complete with special guests, live strings and brass. The band have also announced that the first support for the Bournemouth date will be the Bristol-based dynamic collective Mischa & His Merry Men.




Thu          09             NOTTINGHAM                        Rescue Rooms

Fri             10             LONDON                                    Camden Assembly

Sat            11             BRISTOL                                     Thekla

Sun           12             PLYMOUTH                              Junction

Thu          16             LEEDS                                          Key Club

Fri             17             NEWCASTLE                             Anarchy Brew

Sat            18             GLASGOW                                Audio




Sat            16             BOURNEMOUTH                    Old Fire Station


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Hailing from the South West and now celebrating a decade making music together, the award-winning Black Water County have deviated over time from the well-trodden path of alcohol-fueled teenage insolence to a vigilant state of introversion. Gone is that insolence, replaced by an aspiration to glean affinity through stories of the downtrodden and the heartbroken. With a necessary touch of both spirit and spirits, naturally.


In 2017 the band independently released their debut album, Taking Chances, and embarked on their first UK tour before signing with the renowned booking agency Midnight Mango the following year. The subsequent two years saw three national headline tours, gaining ever-increasing audiences, sold-out shows and a number of support slots across the UK playing with genre-diverse bands.


Black Water County also twice earned a place on the Fireball Fueling The Fire tour supporting legendary acts such as Less Than Jake, Flogging Molly, The Bronx and The Skints.


Ultimately it was Black Water County who landed themselves on the stage with Flogging Molly. The Emerald Isle-influenced five piece started the first moshpit of the evening and cemented themselves as firm favourites …” KERRANG


The band’s second album, Comedies and Tragedies in 2020, was again independently released, but just three days after its release the plug was pulled on the album tour when the global pandemic hit the UK. When venue doors finally reopened, the band emerged back into the live music world in March 2022 with a celebratory first headline show at Bournemouth O2 Academy. The spring of 2022 saw another sell-out UK tour before an even bigger national tour in the autumn.


The band’s prestigious UK festival appearances have included WOMAD, Boomtown Fair, Beautiful Days, Belladrum, Black Deer, Camp Bestival, Larmer Tree, Teddy Rocks and Takedown, alongside hundreds of further festival appearances in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands and France.

2023 is a year of evolution for Black Water County, a new age refining their direction and purpose. A time to embrace the promise of the next decade to come.


Black Water County are:


Shan Borovnicke Byrom – vocals and tin whistle

Tim Harris – vocals and bass

Bradley Hutchings Clarke – guitar

Gavin Coles – guitar, mandolin and banjo

Ollie Beaton – drums