Music preview: State Of The Union @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

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Tonight (25 April), 7pm, £12.50, The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 556 7060. www.thevoodoorooms.com

VIDEO: State Of The Union - Distant Memory (State Of The Union, 2012)

Our relationship with Americans is not always, let’s say, special. We’re offended by their arrogance; they don’t like our teeth. But really, we share very similar customs, speak the same language, and work a hell of a lot better together than apart.

Helpfully illustrating this last point is a musical collaboration that’s taking the folk-country world by storm.

Comprised of cult English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine and Georgia-born blues guitarist Brooks Williams, State of the Union’s charming vocals, slick instrumentation and evocative lyrics are a testament to Western roots music.

The duo’s eponymous debut album – recorded in Glasgow – went down well on both sides of the pond upon its release earlier this month.

Tonight, on a tour of many intimate venues across this fair land, they visit Edinburgh’s The Voodoo Rooms. So order a whisky, or a bourbon, and open your ears to the transatlantic magic on offer here.