‘A Town Called Bel Air’ is a country cover of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme (Will Smith) performed by the South Wales based husband and wife Americana duo – The Goudies. Released as a free download to their mailing list and on YouTube as part of the The East Street Deli Session video series – alongside The Goudies most recent original single ‘Two’.
The session was recorded live in the duo’s previous hometown of Wimborne, Dorset and has featured on BBC Wales Welsh A-List. During the UK lockdown of 2021, The Goudies streamed weekly ‘Tiny Shows’ from their home – including a regular “Will It Country?” challenge, where they took song requests from their audience and reimagined them as country classics. Then someone suggested the theme tune to the 90s sitcom – The Fresh Prince of Bel Air… “I love the genuine joy this cover brings people. It started as a bit of a joke, but we actually found something heartfelt in the lyrics (which indeed we already knew, like any good 80s/90s kids.) Every time we start playing it live, I close my eyes and feel like it’s a Springsteen song – pent up with longing – but then we sing the ‘smell you later’ line and we both look at each other and remember how wonderfully ridiculous it is. – Sam Goudie (The Goudies)”
THE GOUDIES (GOW-dees) are South Wales based, husband and wife folk-country duo — Sam & Beth Goudie. Their close harmonies and honest sound have drawn comparison with the ‘California Sound’ of 60s/70s Laurel Canyon and Americana artists such as The Civil Wars and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. As singers and songwriters they explore the relationship of love, faith, and the spaces in between — always ending in hope.
The Goudies have been featured at the British Country Music Festival, on BBC Introducing, and Absolute Music Country as well as winning the Amazing Radio weekly audition and being selected as Richer Unsigned Artist of the Week.
They brought their solo projects together at the start of 2021, whilst the UK was locked down – having started a weekly live stream (Tiny Show Tuesday) for their friends from their then home in Wimborne, Dorset. They played old songs and country covers, and debuted new songs they’d written together. In 2022, after a year exploring where to live, The Goudies moved back to their beloved South Wales, making their family home and reconnecting with their roots in the local music scene. From here they are steadily building a loyal following around their emotionally articulate songwriting and moving live performances.