JOANA SERRAT (USA) + Hope In High Water Plus Support HOPE IN HIGH WATER Tue 24 January 2017 Ł10 Adv
THIS SHOW WILL BE AT THE POPPY & PINT, Pierrepont Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5DX. Tel: 0115 981 9995. DOORS OPEN AT 7.30.
âLike Mazzy Star guesting on an early Neil Young demoâ MOJO
Cross The Verge, just as its name promises, shows us another side of Joana Serrat, who so enchanted audiences on her 2014 album Dear Great Canyon. On Cross The Verge, her third album, Joana lays bare all the cracks, inconsistencies and fears that come with life, with the album revealing itself to be an especially beautiful tribute to the acknowledgment of loss and the acceptance of the uncertain.
To record this album, Joana Serrat travelled from her home in Vic, near Barcelona, to Montreal, Canada to team up with producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, The Barr Brothers, Vic Chesnutt) in his analogue studio, The Hotel2Tango. In the recording process Joana was joined by the likes of Gavin Gardiner (The Wooden Sky), Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, City & Colour , Cowboy Junkies) and the acclaimed Canadian auto harpist and vocalist Basia Bulat. Elsewhere, Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3) and Ryan Boldt (The Deep Dark Woods) joined Joana in two duets from two different approaches; the shimmering pop of Cloudy Heart and the wrought Americana of Black Lake.
Howard Bilermanâs approach results in Cross The Verge feeling like a natural progression and a show of real maturity. Her ability to never waste a lyric or syllable where something need be said and never miss an opportunity to breathe life into a songâs darker corners illustrates her creative growth.
The British record label Loose -which releases USA Alt. Country and Folk artists such Sturgill Simpson, Israel Nash, The Handsome Family, Justin Townes Earle and more all around Europe- were quick to sign her up thereby providing Joana with her dream home for her unique talents. Joana was playing in several festivals as Primavera Sound (Spain), Paredes de Coura (Portugal), Down By The River (Netherland) and Pop Montreal (Canada) among others and supporting The Jayhawks, Neko Case, The Handsome Family, Nikki Lane or Mandoline Orange.
ââŚthe spectre of Joanna Newsom hangs heavy on her breathy vocal â evokes the sweeping alt-country of Lambchop. Gorgeous.â - NME.
HOPE IN HIGH WATER
Hope In High Water are a duo from Milton Keynes, UK whose distinctly British take on acoustic Americana has captivated audiences across the UK since early 2014. The pair incorporate folk, blues and country into their compositions, delivering what Rock ânâ Reel Magazine describe as âexuberant songs performed with passion and intensityâ.
Since releasing their 'When Sorrow Calls' EP in 2016 the duo have been featured in R2 Magazine, Americana UK as well as receiving radio play across the UK and US, including the likes of BBC Radio 1. Off the back of this Hope In High Water have shared the stage with Nikki Lane, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), Cale Tyson, Beans on Toast, Aoife O'Donovan, The Hackensaw Boys, The Stray Birds, Otis Gibbs and Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. They've also been invited to play The Americana Association's showcase event in February ahead of the UK Americana awards.
JAMES McMURTRY BAND + Alice Drinks The Kool-Aid Plus Support Alice Drinks The Kool-Aid Sun 5 February 2017 The Maze Ł15 Adv
James McMurtry and his fab Austin band return to The Maze!
âJames writes like he's lived a lifetime.â âJohn Mellencamp.
Witness Complicated Game. McMurtryâs first album in six years has garnered universal acclaim. âAt a stage where most veteran musicians fall into a groove or rut, McMurtry continues to surprise,â Texas Music magazine recently noted. â[Complicated Game] is a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity.â
Indeed, McMurtryâs latest collection spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from the political toward the personal (âThese Things Iâve Come to Know,â âYou Got to Meâ). âThe lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,â the longtime Austin resident says. âItâs also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman.â Either way, McMurtry spins his stories with a poetâs pen (âLong Island Soundâ) and a painterâs precision (âShe Loves Meâ) throughout.
Folks notice Complicated Game delivering McMurtryâs trademark story songs time and again (âCopper Canteen,â âDeaverâs Crossingâ). â[McMurtry] takes listeners on a road trip of unprecedented geographic and emotional scope,â No Depression raves. âLyrically, the album is wise and adventurous, with McMurtry â whoâs not prone to autobiographical tales â credibly inhabiting characters from all walks of life.â âFuses wry, literate observations about the world with the snarl of barroom rock,â National Public Radio (NPR) echoes. âThe result is at times sardonic, subversive and funny, but often vulnerable and always poignant.â
âJames McMurtry is a true Americana poet â actually he is a poet regardless of genreâ âMichael Nesmith
TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS + Robert Vincent Band Plus Support Robert Vincent Thu 9 February 2017 The Maze Ł14 Adv
âJust saw them in Spain last week. Awesome concert! The best of the festival! And unique opportunity, sadly they don't come around here oftenâ
If Turnpike Troubadours are playing in your town, youâll know it. Get closer and youâll start to hear the music -- rockinâ hard, lashed by burninâ fiddle and guitar, maybe a little rough on the edges but with a deep-rooted soul that's impossible to resist. And if you make it through the door, youâll witness one of the best shows you'll ever see.
Audiences in their home state of Oklahoma and down in Texas have known this for years. It's no longer news when they draw 5,000-plus at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, sell out three nights in a row at Gruene Hall or turn several hundred away at the Legendary Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin. Theyâve drawn full houses at Joeâs Pub in New York and The Troubadour in L.A., among many other nightspots from coast to coast.
So is that the story? âThe Turnpike Troubadours Tear It Up Night After Nightâ? Actually, no.
The self-titled third album contains 12 songs featuring the quintet's signature blend of roots rock, folk and raw country played with grit, passion and conviction. Word of their fiery live performances has spread throughout the U.S. making them a must-see act. However, the true strength at the core of Turnpike Troubadours has always been their songwriting. The new album is yet another testament to that point.
"This album sounds like us at our best," Edwards says. "We weren't going for being overproduced.
What we got was exactly what we wanted because we didn't have that time factor problem."
And this is the paradox of the Turnpike Troubadours: Do they sound their best when they're delivering
another electrifying live show or when they've crafted an artful album? Honestly, the band doesn't worry much about that. "The show is about people having fun," Felker says. "The more fun they have, the more fun we have and the better off everybody is. The record is about understanding the poetry in a real way. I figure it's like people sitting around in their house, maybe drinking a beer. That's more the place for poetry." "Our sound comes from playing country music, punk rock and anything else we liked in honky-tonks and beer joints," Edwards adds. "You've got to give the crowd something to dance to and have a good time. But songwriters are the most important thing. So I think everything we've done says that you can have it both ways."
ROBERT VINCENT BAND
Robert Vincent is an award winning singer songwriter from Liverpool. He is currentlyÂ supporting Paul Carrack âfor the third time on his full UK tour and has been receiving raveÂ reviews (see above). It comes as no surprise therefore (especially to his legion of loyalÂ followers) that the legendary Bob Harris âhas joined the ranks of his admirers.
thoroughly modern piece of country rockâÂ 4/5 Q Magazine
CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS + Max Gomez Plus Support Max Gomez Sun 19 February 2017 The Rescue Rooms Ł18 Adv
Chuck Prophet returns to Europe this coming February 2017 with the Mission Express in support of his thirteenth album which is scheduled for release early next year on Yep Roc. Every year Chuck ups the quality stakes on his albums from the amazing âLet Freedom Ringâ, to âTemple Beautifulâ and his last album âNight Surferâ they have all seen Chuck at the top of his game. Chuck excels the most in the live setting with his two hour powerhouse shows pulling tracks from his massive back catalogue and stretching them out with epic guitar solos on tracks like âYou Didâ or âCastro Halloweenâ.
Since emerging onto the music scene at age 18 as a member of the seminal rock band Green on Red, Prophet has collaborated with everyone from Warren Zevon, Kelly Eillis, Jim Dickinson, Alejandro Escovedo and Lucinda Williams. Prophetâs music has been featured in films as well as the hit tv shows âTrue Bloodâ, âCalifornicationâ and âSons of Anarchyâ and most recently been covered by the likes of Bruce Springsteen.
AMERICAN AQUARIUM (USA) + Support Plus Support Thu 23 March 2017 The Glee Club Ł14 Adv
For a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it's a blessing. American Aquarium's songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there's a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there's the chance of a broken heart. It's that kind of honesty - that sort of balance - that makes the band's newest album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.
And it nearly didn't happen. When American Aquarium traveled to Muscle Shoals to record Burn.Flicker.Die. in 2012, they were convinced the album would be their last. Even though they had enlisted the help of award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell to produce the sessions, they were exhausted; weathered and whittled to the bone by more than a half-decade of heavy partying and heavier touring. To a small group of diehard fans, they were absolute rockstars... but being rockstars to a cult audience doesn't always put food on your table or gas in your tank. BJ Barham, the band's frontman, was so poor that he'd been living out of a storage unit for months, unable to afford an apartment in the band's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Clearly, something had to give. Maybe it was time to make one final album - an album about failure, desperation and disillusionment - and then throw in the towel.
As fate would have it, Burn.Flicker.Die. eventually proved itself to be the band's most successful release to date. Critics loved it. Fans rallied behind it. Fast forward 2 years and almost 500 shows later, the band has travelled the world, quadrupled their fan base and reinvented their passion for the road. When the time came to record another album in June 2014, it only made sense to do something that celebrated survival rather than failure.
The result? Wolves, which Barham describes as "the sound of a band firing on all cylinders". Produced by Megafaun's Brad Cook and recorded during a 20-day stay at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Wolves was funded entirely by American Aquarium's diehard fanbase. The album's 10 tracks represent a departure from the band's signature twang. Instead drawing more from the alternative rock sound that inspired their name a decade ago. Wolves blends the twang of the pedal steel with the dark, dirty swirl of two electric guitars, creating a sound that's fit for the roadhouse, the honky tonk and the dive bar. Barham has certainly spent time in all three, but now looks to brighter horizons in these new songs.
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO (USA) + Don Antonio Plus Support Don Antonio Thu 6 April 2017 The Maze Ł16 Adv
Escovedoâs soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded in April at Portlandâs Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).
In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Franciscoâs famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992âs acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazineâs Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Associationâs Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.
âYou just do your good work, and people care,â Alejandro says. âI always believed, when I was a kid, that if you worked hard, you would find fulfilment. I think I got a lot of that from my father and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.â
Burn Something Beautiful is Alejandro Escovedo at his very best. His many gifts are revealed across a lifetime spent in dedication to and faith in the hard work of life and musicâŚand its possibilities.
LYNNE HANSON & THE GOOD INTENTIONS (Canada) Plus Support Thu 27 April 2017 Ł13 Adv
THIS SHOW WILL BE AT THE POPPY & PINT, Pierrepont Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5DX. Tel: 0115 981 9995. DOORS OPEN AT 7.30.
> LYNNE HANSON and The Good Intentions (CANADA) are known for their hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar. Lynne Hanson's deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude, and she's drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Gillian Welch thrown in. In her brand new release Uneven Ground (April 2017), produced by Winnipegâs Scott Nolan, she explores the realm of giving sound advice through songwriting and fighting back against the devil within us. With a liberal amount of Texas grit and a polished Nashville sensibility, it would be easy to assume the Canadian songwriter came from the southern USA.The songs are brimming over with imagery and cleverly penned lyrics and fall into the next generation of roots and blues music while still respecting traditions.
WHITNEY ROSE BAND (Canada) + Support Plus Support Tue 23 May 2017 The Maze Ł11 Adv
The past two years have been massive for Whitney Rose, who is rapidly becoming an International sensation. The vintage country pop specialistâs sophomore offering, Heartbreaker of the Year, converted criticsâ double takes into palpable buzz with its beguiling blend of then and now. Her 2015 release Heartbreaker of the Year was produced by The Mavericksâ Raul Malo, who also performs on multiple tracks. Roseâs vocals convey both vulnerability and sharpness â a contrast that permeates her music as a whole â to enthralling results. The albumâs success has impelled those in the know to include Roseâs name in any conversation about the future faces of Americana and Country music.
âWhitney Rose has been lighting up the touring venues ever since her breakout album, Heartbreaker of the Year, and standout performance at last year's AMA. She's beenpraised everywhere from ND to The New York Times. And like any serious heartbreaker, she's got a killer bandâ - No Depression
Before moving to Austin, Whitney Rose had never danced the two-step. Now, the country-pop singerâs infatuation with Texasâ rich musical culture, from stage to studio to dance floor, informs an enthralling new project, a love letter to the Lone Star State. Her new EP, South Texas Suite, is a touch nostalgic, deeply romantic and defiantly personal â itâs Texas, through Whitney Roseâs eyes and ears.
South Texas Suite is a meticulous study of sound and place, but also a product of unexpected circumstance. Last October, shortly after the release of her album Heartbreaker of the Year, Rose packed up her boot collection and headed south to play a two-month residency at Austinâs famed Americana bastion, the Continental Club. But that November- December engagement went so well, she wound up staying. Since then, sheâs toured extensively throughout North America, made her European debut and signed with Thirty Tigers-distributed Six Shooter Records.
South Texas Suite will be released on January 27th 2017