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.

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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