Country Life (Show of Hands album)

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Country Life
Studio album by Show of Hands
Released 20 October 2003
Recorded Riverside Studios, Exeter, 2003
Genre Folk
Length 55:31
Label Hands On Music HMCD19
Producer Mick Dolan and Show Of Hands
Show of Hands chronology
The Path
Country Life
As You Were

Country Life is a 2003 studio album by English acoustic roots duo Show of Hands.


Helped to be promoted by a tour in 2003 (including a gig at the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival where copies of the album was signed), the album was released to a positive reception. It is subtitled The Album on the CD, due to their being a bonus disc of demos of three of the songs on the album (The Demos). This is therefore the band's only double studio album, and one of three double albums by the band overall.

The title track continued to be played live by the band, it was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2005 and featured on the corresponding album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Knightley, except where noted.

  1. "Country Life" – 3:58
  2. "Hard Shoulder" – 5:17
  3. "Suntrap" – 3:31
  4. "Smile She Said" – 3:52
  5. "Reynardine" (lyrics Trad.) – 3:55
  6. "Seven Days" (Knightley/Jenna Witts) – 4:05
  7. "Tommy" (Kelly Joe Phelps) – 5:39
  8. "Be Lucky" – 5:08
  9. "Drake" – 3:13
  10. "I Promise You" – 3:54
  11. "Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy" (Trad arr. Knightley/Phil Beer) – 4:08
  12. "Red Diesel" – 3:35
  13. "Don't Be A Stranger" – 5:10

Many copies come with a bonus 'promo disc' which features alternative versions to some of the songs on the album.