Press Release, via AS Written, March 2021
TOM JONES LINK TO NEW LARISSA SINGLE
Country music star LARISSA TORMEY continues her flying start to 2021 with the release of another new single, ONE MAN BAND. In keeping with what you might expect from a lady whose last release, Agree To Disagree, was a duet with British country great Dave Sheriff, and who has also just been nominated for two Hot Press Awards alongside names like Imelda May, Emma Langford, Niall Horan, and Hozier, there’s a big-name link involved here too. And it’s one that leads directly to none other than SIR TOM JONES himself.
One Man Band comes from the pen of JON PHILIBERT, a gentleman whose achievements have justifiably earned him the distinction of being regarded one of the leading lights of British country music songwriting. The Londoner is the man responsible for writing what became – and remains – Jones’s longest ever country charting record, the beautifully titled, I’ve Been Rained On Too. The song became a top-ten for the Welsh legend in 1984, going on to hold a place on the Billboard Country chart for a staggering twenty-two weeks. I’ve Been Rained On Too has also been recorded by Charlie Landsborough and featured on his 1989 collection, Still Can’t Say Goodbye.
For Kilbeggan based Larissa, the opportunity to work with Philibert, who has also seen his songs recorded by artists like the great American country giant Bobby Bare, as well as Irish country stars like Mick Flavin and Trevor Loughrey, was an easy yes!
“Well first of all, who doesn’t love Tom Jones? [Laughs]. Like so many, I have always been a fan. And even more so because I’m a singer as well. I think any singer, regardless of age or genre, has an appreciation of both the amazing career he has had, and also the beauty of his voice. It’s quite timeless, in a way. For me to have any kind of a link to Sir Tom Jones in my career is something I never expected. But for it to happen by getting to know a gentleman like Jon, such a fabulous writer, well I can easily say that this is definitely a highlight of my life as a singer so far. Jon’s connection to Sir Tom is in the history books, and obviously Jon’s talent as a songwriter is the reason why. For me to be able to record and release ‘One Man Band’ is an honour.”One Man Band is a perfect example of excellence in country music songwriting, and of why so many people fall in love with the genre and its storytelling. Both a clever and a touching song about marital fidelity and a golden wedding band, the track has an ultra-catchy and radio-friendly hook, recalling the glory days of artists such as the Kendalls, Highway 101, and the Judds, with a feisty vivacity exquisitely entwined with a modern country sensibility.
~ ONE MAN BAND, the brand NEW single from double HOT PRESS Award nominee LARISSA TORMEY, written by JON PHILIBERT, is available now on all platforms, and to request from radio.