JOANA SERRAT (USA) Plus Support Tue 24 January 2017 £10 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.
‚ÄúLike Mazzy Star guesting on an early Neil Young demo‚ÄĚ 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 Bilerman‚Äôs 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 song‚Äôs 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.
‚Äú‚Ä¶the spectre of Joanna Newsom hangs heavy on her breathy vocal ‚Äď evokes the sweeping alt-country of Lambchop. Gorgeous.‚ÄĚ - NME.
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
TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS (USA) + Support Plus Support Thu 9 February 2017 The Maze £14 Adv
‚ÄúJust saw them in Spain last week. Awesome concert! The best of the festival! And unique opportunity, sadly they don't come around here often‚ÄĚ
If Turnpike Troubadours are playing in your town, you‚Äôll know it. Get closer and you‚Äôll start to hear the music -- rockin‚Äô hard, lashed by burnin‚Äô 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, you‚Äôll 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. They‚Äôve drawn full houses at Joe‚Äôs Pub in New York and The Troubadour in L.A., among many other nightspots from coast to coast.
So is that the story? ‚ÄúThe Turnpike Troubadours Tear It Up Night After Night‚ÄĚ? 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."
CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS +Support Plus Support Sun 19 February 2017 The Rescue Rooms £18 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 ‚ÄėLet Freedom Ring‚Äô, to ‚ÄėTemple Beautiful‚Äô and his last album ‚ÄėNight Surfer‚Äô 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 ‚ÄėYou Did‚Äô or ‚ÄėCastro Halloween‚Äô.
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. Prophet‚Äôs music has been featured in films as well as the hit tv shows ‚ÄúTrue Blood‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúCalifornication‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúSons of Anarchy‚ÄĚ and most recently been covered by the likes of Bruce Springsteen.
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 9 April 2017 The Maze £16 Adv
Escovedo‚Äôs soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded in April at Portland‚Äôs 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 Francisco‚Äôs 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 1992‚Äôs acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine‚Äôs Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association‚Äôs Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.
‚ÄúYou just do your good work, and people care,‚ÄĚ Alejandro says. ‚ÄúI 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.‚ÄĚ
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 music‚Ä¶and its possibilities.