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Group vows to be in the charts with Black Country anthem

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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A SONG celebrating the pride of the Black Country has been declared as the area's official anthem as the countdown to the national day in the region's honour begins.

With national Black Country Day coming up on July 14, community groups and individuals are continuing to work with Dudley Council to ensure it is marked with a festival of activities.

And now with 100 days to go before the big day, Black Country band, The Empty Can, are looking to break into the charts with their charity song I Vow to Thee Black Country.

The song, a Black Country version of the patriotic classic, I Vow to Thee My Country, goes on pre-order sale during May ahead of a May 27 release date, after being acclaimed as the Black Country anthem by locals on popular facebook page The only way is Dudley.

And all money raised through sales of the single, which can be bought for just 99p, will go to Compton Hospice. The charity has been chosen in dedication to Steve Evans, a former Wolverhampton City Council worker, magician, comedian and keen fisherman, who died in January aged just 52, following a two-year battle with stomach cancer.

James Stevens, aged 36, lead signer in the three-piece folk band, said: "Within hours of this going on YouTube last year it crashed the views counter and we think it reached around 250,000 views in total before we took it off.

"If people in the area get behind it we genuinely believe we could get the Black Country in the charts."

Steve Edwards, a factory worker from Brierley Hill, who has more than 17,000 likes on his The only way is Dudley facebook page, has created a video of iconic old images of the region to go with the song.

Professional musician and youth worker James is joined in The Empty Can by NHS nurse Rachel Slater, 36, who is a nurse from Gornal, and 40-year-old lead guitarist Steven Henley who works for a local family business.

In the mean time people can email black countryday@hotmail.co.uk to join the mailing list to receive email notification when the song is available.

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