Red Sky July are husband and wife duo Ally Mcerlaine (guitarist in Texas) and Shelly Poole (one half of Alisha’s Attic) along with former model Charity Hair (The Alice Band). Red Sky July’s sound is a hazy blend of Alt-Country and Americana and they have been added to the playlist on BBC Radio 2 as well as appearing on a whole host of radio and TV slots. The band have supported artists such as; Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, 10CC, Tom Jones and Jools Holland. Festivals they have performed at include Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and T in the Park.
Red Sky July formed in 2009 however prior to entering the studio to record their debut album, the entire project was put on hold as Ally suffered a major brain aneurysm and was in a critical state for over a year. Defying all the odds, Ally recovered and their self-titled album was released at the end of 2011, immediately garnering the praise of the critics including excellent reviews from Q Magazine, the Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph, with Q describing the album as “a timeless blend of vocals & intricate twang…. As atmospheric as it is emotional”.
2014’s ‘Shadowbirds’ album came straight in at No. 3 in the official UK Country Charts, with Maverick describing it as “a beautiful slice of alt-country showcasing sunny songs and gorgeous harmonies. 5/5”. The band’s achievements were recognized at the Scottish Music Awards where they were presented with a prestigious Tartan Clef award by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.
Red Sky July released their third album ‘The Truth and The Lie’ in March 2016. Recorded in their own studio, the band were joined by Grammy nominated, Nashville based singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman (Elton John, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson). On release the album debuted in the top 3 of the Official UK Country Charts and garnered rave reviews and airplay. Renowned for Sound heralded it as “a modern country masterpiece.” The album has received critical acclaim across the board from the likes of The Guardian, Maverick Magazine, Guitarist, Daily Express, R2 and BBC Radio 2 to name but a few.
The trio performed twice at the prestigious C2C Festival London, Cornbury Festival and joined James as part of BBC Scotland ‘Quay Sessions’. Jools Holland invited them to appear as special guests at both the Montrose Music Festival and Somerset Rocks. The band headlined the legendary Bush Hall, London and took to the road in Scotland to support the release of their mini album ‘Voyager’ (September 2016). In the summer of 2017 the band released their ‘Radio Mixes EP’ featuring sonically different remixes of four stand out tracks from critically acclaimed album ‘The Truth And The Lie’.
“a timeless blend of vocals & intricate twang” – Q
“well-crafted songs featuring slick harmonies” – Telegraph
“a seductive, exuberant mix of voices” – Evening Standard
“touching lyrics and beautiful melodies” – BBC Radio 2
“could grace any multi-selling Nashville release” – Daily Express
“pleasantly slick musicianship, fine female harmonies – The Guardian
“a joyous blend of indie and country” – Daily Record