OTIS GIBBS (USA) +Special Guest Chris Pureka (USA) Plus Support Chris Pureka Wed 12 October 2016 The Maze £12 Adv
‚ÄúWith a low tolerance for bullshit and a guiding principle of maintaining his artistic integrity no matter what, Gibbs‚Äô songwriting is deeply personal and profound. It‚Äôs plain to see Otis Gibbs is a man you should give a damn about. ‚ÄĚ ‚ÄďRolling Stone
Raised in Wannamaker, Indiana, folksinger and songwriter Otis Gibbs' raspy vocals and sharp lyrics have had him compared to Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, and early Tom Waits, but his socially conscious writing style also puts him in a line that reaches back to Woody Guthrie and Peter Seeger.
His introduction to performing came when he was four years old and was being babysat by his uncle, who had recently been released from prison and had a drinking problem. The uncle would take Gibbs to a local bar with an upright piano and sit Gibbs up on it, where the child would sing Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams songs to the room. When bar patrons tipped him, Gibbs' uncle would take the money and buy more drinks, a practice that Gibbs would later wryly note was his introduction to how the music business really works.
Fiercely independent, Gibbs has self-released seven albums, beginning with 2002's 49th and Melancholy, and following it with 2003's Once I Dreamed of Christmas, 2004's One Day Our Whispers, 2008's Grandpa Walked a Picketline, 2010's Joe Hill's Ashes, 2012's Harder Than Hammered Hell, and 2014's Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth. Utterly unique, yet clearly in a delightfully stubborn American line of literate, politically and socially conscious folk artists, Gibbs deserves a much wider audience for his clear, simple, and cleverly crafted blue-collar songs.
‚ÄúSouvenirs of a Misspent Youth has been a constant companion on my headphones over the past few weeks.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄďBilly Bragg
CHRIS PUREKA (USA)
It‚Äôs rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Now, five years coming, she shares with us another powerful entry in her life‚Äôs work, her sixth release, the aptly titled, Back in the Ring.
Chris‚Äôs elegant emotionality as a vocalist, and her flair and immediacy as a lyricist have garnered her favorable comparisons to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and Patty Griffin. She‚Äôs earned accolades from such distinguished taste-making outlets as The New York Times, Paste, Magnet, Billboard.com, and The AllMusic Guide. She‚Äôs shared the stage with such diverse and esteemed artists as Dar Williams, The Lumineers, The Cowboy Junkies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Martin Sexton, and Ani DiFranco. Along the way, Chris has remained fiercely independent, selling nearly 50,000 albums through her own label, Sad Rabbit Records.
HOLLIS BROWN (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 16 October 2016 The Maze £12 Adv
Hollis Brown is an American Rock ‚Äėn‚Äô Roll band. Named after a Bob Dylan song (‚ÄúThe Ballad of Hollis Brown‚ÄĚ), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali and Jonathan Bonilla.
The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009. They released their debut album Ride On The Train in 2013, garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter, along with music placements on Direct TV's "Kingdom," Showtime‚Äôs ‚ÄúShameless,‚ÄĚ MTV‚Äôs ‚ÄúReal World,‚ÄĚ and the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film ‚ÄúBad Country‚ÄĚ. Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, the band record a tribute to the Velvet Underground‚Äôs classic album Loaded. In 2015 Hollis Brown released their third album 3 Shots featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration ‚ÄúRain Dance,‚ÄĚ and the duet ‚ÄúHighway 1‚ÄĚ with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane.
Hollis Brown‚Äôs latest vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls, was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016. The record is limited to 800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time.
The edgy, roots-rock indie band from Queens, NY, known for its adrenaline fueled performances, recently wrapped 40+ amphitheater shows across America supporting Counting Crows and Citizen Cope last Summer/Fall, followed by a month-long headline tour in the UK and Europe.
RICHMOND FONTAINE (USA) -THE FAREWELL TOUR Plus Support Peter Bruntnell Thu 20 October 2016 The Maze £17.5 Adv
26th March 2004 Richmond Fontaine took to the stage for the first time at the Maze.
Some 12 years later it looks like they have decided it‚Äôs time to call it a day, and a sad day indeed. One of the pioneers of ‚ÄėAlt Country‚Äô as it was tagged back then, Richmond Fontaine will be remembered as one of the best and most pioneering bands of the genre. In addition they are a fine bunch of genuine, honest and hard working people we have had the pleasure to work with and lucky to have had the great fortune to bring them to the Maze.
Richmond Fontaine | YOU CAN‚ÄôT GO BACK IF THERE‚ÄôS NOTHING TO GO BACK TO
is the tenth studio album by the kings of literate rock, Richmond Fontaine, their first in five years. Richmond Fontaine‚Äôs songwriter, Willy Vlautin says of the album ‚ÄúThis record was written for all the guys we know who have hit the wall, are about to hit the wall, or are in the middle of slamming into it, It‚Äôs a record about paying the price for the way one‚Äôs lived. All of us in RF are at the age where the bill starts coming due for the decisions we‚Äôve made along the way.
Recorded and produced in Portland, Oregon by John Askew at Flora Studios, YOU CAN‚ÄôT GO BACK features the stalwart line-up of Sean Oldham on drums, Dan Eccles on guitar, and Paul Brainard on pedal steel. Freddy Trujillo joins on bass for his first recording with RF, and long-time friend Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) plays keyboards with former bassist Dave Harding contributing some guitar after a move to Europe. While the atmosphere is familiar the songwriting is Vlautin‚Äôs strongest to date matching his lyrics in depth.
‚ÄúThe idea for the record started with the song Whitey and Me. It‚Äôs the story of two cowboy brothers who get their horses sold out from under them by a wayward uncle. They run into the uncle years later, only to find a wrecked man. Even though the brothers hold a lot of animosity towards the uncle they realize there‚Äôs no point in kicking someone who‚Äôs spent his whole life kicking himself. I‚Äôd just written the tune and not much later I was driving around central Nevada, and in the middle of nowhere I came across an old, blind Mustang. As I watched and worried about the horse, I studied his scars and thought about all the hard times he must have had. And now he was left alone to die. After that trip the songs just sorta spilled out. The characters in Wake up Ray, I Got off the Bus, Don‚Äôt Skip Out on Me, and Tapped Out in Tulsa are all like that horse: beat up, with nothing but hard miles behind them.‚ÄĚ
YOU CAN‚ÄôT GO BACK IF THERE‚ÄôS NOTHING TO GO BACK TO is the band at its best. From the epic A Night in the City to the pared-down, acoustic Three Brothers Roll into Town, to Dan Eccle‚Äôs inspired guitar work on Don‚Äôt Skip Out on Me, RF again has produced a wealth of beautifully executed story songs, the ilk of which is rarely matched in today‚Äôs musical landscape.
Richmond Fontaine rose to fame in 2004 off the back of their 5th album Post To Wire which went on to sell over 20,000 copies and earned them Album of the Month in UNCUT again happening the following year with The Fitzgerald. The press snowballed with those and the following three albums which saw the band playing Green Man, Primavera, End of the Road Festivals while building a loyal following over the last 11 years.
An Evening with SIMONE FELICE (USA) Glee Club Birmingham Plus Support Thu 27 October 2016 £0 Adv
This show is at: THE GLEE CLUB
The Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD
https://www.glee.co.uk/music/ . Doors open at 7.45pm
Please note Simone will perform 2 sets starting at 8.30pm.
"These are songs of memory and regret, of reminiscence and desire, songs that reflect on love and childhood and Americanness and, more than anything, on time passing‚Ä¶each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance." The Guardian.
Simone Felice is a founding member of internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain based artists The Felice Brothers, whose early seminal albums remain some of the most influential works of this century's indie-folk revival.
Simone has been widely hailed as one of the most gifted songwriter poets of his generation and has recently co-written and produced Bat For Lashes critically acclaimed concept album The Bride, as well as the #1 worldwide hit Cleopatra album by The Lumineers.
Join him for his One Man Show, premiering new songs as well as classics, in a select handful of intimate setting this Autumn.
UNCLE LUCIUS (USA) + Support Plus Support Wed 2 November 2016 The Maze £13 Adv
‚ÄúSouthern rock for the thinking man‚ÄĚ
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Uncle Lucius are a band whose rootsy blend of classic rock, blues, soul, and country flavors has won them a loyal fan following. From there first beginning the band was soon playing for packed houses at Austin venues like the Saxon Pub, Threadgill's, and Antone's.
In 2006, Uncle Lucius unveiled their first album, a self-released effort titled ‚ÄėSomething They Ain't‚Äô, and the group supported the release with steady regional touring. The second album, 2009's ‚ÄėPick Your Head Up‚Äô marked the start of a three-year run of tour dates that took Uncle Lucius across the continent. A self released album hailed for bringing rock and roll back to its heyday sound. Their third studio album, 2012's And You Are Me, now signed to a major label found them stretching their musicianship and reeling in eleven songs that punch with a fullness reminiscent of The Doors to early Black Crowes to the current new blues sound of The Black Keys.
The Light, released June, 2015 on Boo Clap/Thirty Tigers celebrates the bands independence from a major label with a highly-anticipated fourth album,. Most bands celebrate a long-awaited record deal. Uncle Lucius saved the champagne for when they got out of theirs. ‚ÄėThe Light‚Äô places the band in unfamiliar sonic territory, and much credit belongs to producer George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Band of Heathens) for testing their limits. Certainly there‚Äôs risk involved when a band decides to go its own way. Freedom carries with it the weight of responsibility after all, however the fact Uncle Lucius seems destined for a broader audience should come as no surprise, for music that comes from the heart and speaks to the soul.
ANAIS MITCHELL (USA) + Support Plus Support Wed 9 November 2016 The Glee Club £14 Adv
‚ÄúThe most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist currently working in the field of new American ‚Äėfolk‚Äô music‚ÄĚ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Ana√Įs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. As a Vermont-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell recorded for Ani Difranco‚Äôs Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010‚Äôs sensationally-reviewed Hadestown‚Äď a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth‚Äď and 2012‚Äôs Young Man in America, which was described by the UK‚Äôs Independent as ‚Äėan epic tale of American becoming‚Äô and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for Best Original Song.
Mitchell has headlined worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem (all of whom appear as guest singers on Hadestown), Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers. Her 2013 release, Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, is a collection of traditional Celtic and British Isles ballads. It won a 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Song, as well as finding itself on many ‚Äėbest of‚Äô lists in international publications. In fall 2014, Mitchell releases ‚Äėxoa'; a fifteen track solo collection including re-recorded songs spanning her ten year career, as well as a few completely new and previously unrecorded songs. If there‚Äôs a common thread in Mitchell‚Äôs work‚Äď from her earliest acoustic records, to the Hadestown opera, to this new chapter‚Äď it‚Äôs that she‚Äôs as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs why,‚ÄĚ as one journalist put it, ‚Äúeven in her most intimate moments, she never sounds like a confessional songwriter.‚ÄĚ
HADESTOWN, based on the acclaimed album, Anais and her collaborators have been working on the stage adaptation for ten years, and it will open on May 23rd 2016 at the New York Theatre orkshop.
‚ÄúBeautifully original, bristling with savage melancholy‚ÄĚ 4* THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
SARAH JAFFE (USA) + Support Plus Support Mon 14 November 2016 £10 Adv
This show is at the Bodga Social Club, Nottingham. 23 Pelham St, Nottingham NG1 2ED Tel: 0115 950 www.bodeganottingham.com/
‚ÄúTexas singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe has done a lot of growing up since her debut album, Suburban Nature. She has experimented more musically ... moving beyond straight-ahead guitar folk and into new jazz and electronic-inflected directions. The raspy and hauntingly beautiful vocals her fans value haven't gone anywhere‚ÄĒbut everything surrounding them is bolder and richer than before.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Interview Magazine
For 30-year-old singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, Don‚Äôt Disconnect, produced by Midlake‚Äôs McKenzie Smith, her 3rd album, is both a mission statement and a call to arms -- an album about getting to know yourself in a hyper-connected world that makes it nearly impossible to do just that.
Her debut EP Even Born Again was self-released in 2008, Jaffe‚Äôs endearingly stark narratives have gone from homespun folk-pop songs in the lineage of Lucinda Williams to decidedly cathartic blues-pop ballads that rest at the intersection of indie, folk, and electronic -- without losing any of the thoughtfulness or intimacy.
Part of Jaffe‚Äôs charm comes from that fact that she writes all of her lyrics herself: after wowing crowds at Austin City Limits in the late 2000‚Äôs, she earned local recognition through the Dallas Observer Music Awards and signed a deal with Kirtland Records in 2010. Her Kirtland debut Suburban Nature followed exposing the artist to an international audience who found solace in the album‚Äôs confessional, literary aesthetic without forsaking, as one reviewer put it, ‚Äúthe decidedly punky force behind the quiet fa√ßade.‚ÄĚ The record‚Äôs hit single, ‚ÄúClementine‚ÄĚ (19 million you tube hits) captured a similarly beautiful sentiment about living, freedom, and the wonder of being young. In 2011, she released, which was touted as an EP that included a DVD of her performance at Wyly Theatre in Dallas that February. This release included a cover of a Drake song: "Shut it Down". It was with this release that she started moving away from an acoustic folk sound to a more orchestral indie rock sound, but it was only a hint at what was to come.
By the time The Body Wins arrived in 2012, the pace of Jaffe‚Äôs music had shifted but the delicacy had not: the record‚Äôs instrumentation veered more towards electro-pop, but the troubadour storytelling and heartfelt lyricism was every bit as cerebral. The follow-up to The Body Wins, Don‚Äôt Disconnect continues to showcase Jaffe‚Äôs range.
DEAN OWENS Plus Support Plus Support Sun 20 November 2016 The Maze £10 Adv
Dean Owens is one of Scotland‚Äôs finest singer songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Ricky Ross, Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand.
Armed with a searingly soulful voice and a neat line in memorable heart-twisting melodies, Dean filters his love of Americana through a gritty yet lyrical Scottish sensibility. A compelling and engaging live performer, with an innate ability to connect with any audience, with an emotional hurricane of stories and songs.
This summer he hit the road with headline shows at SummerTyne and Southern Fried festivals, opening spots for Gretchen Peters and Jason Isbell, a tour as special guest of triple Americana Music Association award winners Danny and the Champions of the World, in addition to his tribute to Hank Williams (Settin‚Äô the Woods on Fire) at Edinburgh‚Äôs Queen‚Äôs Hall and tour dates with his own material that take him from north east and west of Scotland to London and south of England. He‚Äôll also play a double header with fellow Scot Yvonne Lyon at the Famous Spiegeltent‚Äôs ‚ÄúBefore the Fringe‚ÄĚ season in Edinburgh.
Dean‚Äôs much acclaimed Into the Sea CD is being reissued ‚Äď on 30 Sep - as a Deluxe edition which includes 4 extra tracks, all recorded in Nashville, including his recent single Cotton Snow. Into the Sea was recorded with producer Neilson Hubbard (at his Mr Lemons Studio, in Nashville, Tennessee) and a host of acclaimed US musicians, including guitarist Will Kimbrough and renowned singer songwriters Kim Richey and Suzy Bogguss. The lead single will be Virginia Street, which Bob Harris declared to be ‚Äúa really great song‚ÄĚ and his favourite from the album.
Into the Sea defies genre categorization and has had radio play on rock, indie, Americana, country and folk shows. Recent live sessions include Under the Apple Tree at ‚ÄúWhispering‚ÄĚ Bob Harris‚Äôs house in Oxford for WBTV (co-ordinated by Bob‚Äôs son Miles Myerscough-Harris), BBC Radio Scotland (inc Ricky Ross Another Country, The Janice Forsyth Show and Iain Anderson Show) as well as Bob Harris Country (BBC Radio 2) in December.
JAMES McMURTRY BAND (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 5 February 2017 The Maze £15 Adv
James McMurtry and his fab Austin band return to The Maze!
‚ÄúJames writes like he's lived a lifetime.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒJohn Mellencamp.
Witness Complicated Game. McMurtry‚Äôs first album in six years has garnered universal acclaim. ‚ÄúAt a stage where most veteran musicians fall into a groove or rut, McMurtry continues to surprise,‚ÄĚ Texas Music magazine recently noted. ‚Äú[Complicated Game] is a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity.‚ÄĚ
Indeed, McMurtry‚Äôs latest collection spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from the political toward the personal (‚ÄúThese Things I‚Äôve Come to Know,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúYou Got to Me‚ÄĚ). ‚ÄúThe lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,‚ÄĚ the longtime Austin resident says. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman.‚ÄĚ Either way, McMurtry spins his stories with a poet‚Äôs pen (‚ÄúLong Island Sound‚ÄĚ) and a painter‚Äôs precision (‚ÄúShe Loves Me‚ÄĚ) throughout.
Folks notice Complicated Game delivering McMurtry‚Äôs trademark story songs time and again (‚ÄúCopper Canteen,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúDeaver‚Äôs Crossing‚ÄĚ). ‚Äú[McMurtry] takes listeners on a road trip of unprecedented geographic and emotional scope,‚ÄĚ No Depression raves. ‚ÄúLyrically, the album is wise and adventurous, with McMurtry ‚Äď who‚Äôs not prone to autobiographical tales ‚Äď credibly inhabiting characters from all walks of life.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFuses wry, literate observations about the world with the snarl of barroom rock,‚ÄĚ National Public Radio (NPR) echoes. ‚ÄúThe result is at times sardonic, subversive and funny, but often vulnerable and always poignant.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúJames McMurtry is a true Americana poet ‚Äď actually he is a poet regardless of genre‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒMichael Nesmith