British Country Trio Essex County Drop Debut Single ‘So Good’

Jonathan Sommer
– Essex County
Kieran Bass, Nate Bass and Mark Bass (from left), who together comprise country trio Essex County.

British country trio Essex County are poised to take the States by storm.

Brothers Nate, Mark and Kieran Bass will release their debut single “So Good” on March 27, introducing their harmonious, rock-tinged brand of country to new audiences.

“It’s a dream come true to have grown up listening to American country music and get to release our debut song out of Nashville and into the genre that means so much to us,” singer Nate said in a press release.

“You can see yourself in it,” he continued. “Everyone looks back and reminisces and wishes they had done something different. Hindsight would be a wonderful thing – if you could go back and fix your mistakes.

“So Good” was helmed by Grammy-winning producer Ron Fair (Vanessa Carlton, The Black Eyed Peas) and written by Ryan Beaver, Jon McLaughlin and the late Andrew Dorff. The Bass brothers were friends with Dorff (Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride) before his death in 2016.

“It’s such a beautiful moment all these years later to bring to life the music he created,” Nate said. “It’s in homage to him.”

Though Essex County hails from across the pond, the trio has been entrenched in Nashville’s songwriting community for years, penning tunes with esteemed writers including Victoria Shaw, Jeffrey Steele, Desmond Child and Kent Blazy.

Europe, and the United Kingdom particularly, have a deep interest in country music, as best demonstrated by the C2C: Country to Country festival, the continent’s largest such gathering devoted to the genre, which was slated to feature headliners Eric Church, Luke Combs and Darius Rucker for its three-day 2020 event spanning London, Dublin and Glasgow, before its postponement due to the coronavirus.

Listen to Essex County’s debut single “So Good” here, and watch a behind-the-scenes clip detailing the song’s creation here.