AN EVENING WITH CHIP TAYLOR (Duo with John Platania) (USA) Plus Support Wed 27 May 2015 The Maze £12 Adv
PLEASE NOTE THE SHOW WILL START AT 8.15pm.
The New York Times says it best about Chip Taylor. “If you only know him as the as the guy who wrote ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel of the Morning” — you don’t know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today.”
Creating distinctive music that is also enduring and influential has been Chip Taylor’s métier over the course of what is closing in on five decades as “one of America’s finest songwriters as well as a masterful singer and performer,” says Rolling Stone. His two best-known songs are only some of the many pop, rock, country and R&B chart hits he wrote in the 1960s (Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Frank Sinatra all recorded his songs). Taylor was then one of the pioneers of the pivotal country-rock movement as a recording artist in the 1970s. His 1973 album, Last Chance, remains a beloved cult classic. But after refusing to play by the Nashville establishment rules, Taylor gave up music for full-time professional gambling in 1980.
Since returning to music in 1996 he has enjoyed elder statesman stature within the Americana, contemporary folk and singer-songwriter scenes as an artist in his own right as well as in collaboration on albums and in performance with Carrie Rodriguez, Kendel Carson and John Platania. In a remarkable and prolific run, Taylor has released nearly an album a year since his return, each rising high on the Americana chart. As England’s The Guardian notes, “Chip Taylor, like Johnny Cash, is well worth rediscovering by a new generation.”
His latest album, The Little Prayers Trilogy, is a unique, eclectic collection of new songs over 3 albums. Ranging from stark demo recordings in his garage studio to fully fleshed out roots rock, the songs have in common the power and hope of prayer. Included are two stellar duets with Americana superstar Lucinda Williams that were written out of his experience playing a series of shows in Swedish prisons.
As Taylor’s muse continues to fire on all pistons, musical tastemakers agree that fans and listeners should tune their ears into the continuing creativity of a true musical master. “If names like Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt mean anything to you, you should make a point of discovering Chip Taylor,”
CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS (USA) Plus Support Sun 31 May 2015 The Maze £17.5 Adv
"Prophet delivers with quixotic swagger and declamatory sneer." MOJO
After his ambitious 2012 album Temple Beautiful, a song cycle about his home town of San Francisco, Chuck Prophet eases back just a bit with Night Surfer, a set of tunes that often have an autobiographical twist as Prophet (or a character speaking with his voice) interacts with a rogue's gallery of characters both honorable and dangerous. Whether he's hitting the highway on tour in a beat-up van, harvesting weed in Mexico, or jotting down mental notes about strangers in the park, Prophet has a great eye for details, and these 12 songs are often powerfully evocative and acidly funny, short stories of a memorable life where fate often puts a twist in the tale.
Night Surfer jumps from atmospheric pop to full-on rock with grace, precision, and just the right touch of attitude, and Prophet's wit and storytelling smarts never get in the way of his abundant heart and soul. Chuck Prophet has quietly amassed a very impressive body of solo work in the 21st century, and Night Surfer shows he's not slowing down anytime soon.
His search for a new perspective has paid off, much like at eighteen when he left his native Whittier, CA for San Francisco, which he still calls home, and before too long joined Green on Red, a gang of interloping Arizonans with no small impact on L.A.`s Paisley Underground. During an eight-year run with Green on Red, he cut his first major label session with legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson, burned through a couple of big record deals, and ventured a debut solo effort, Brother Aldo (1990). These were the first steps in the career that shaped Prophet into a prolific rock `n' roll classicist. With "his triple-threat ability — excellent songwriter, killer lead guitarist, charismatic front man Chuck pays homage to the city he calls home for his twelfth studio album, Temple Beautiful.
When you dig the details that have shaped Prophet's career, he has written with a wide rage of artists from Dan Penn to Alejandro Escovedo, laid down tracks on sessions for everyone from Warren Zevon to Kelly Willis and taken the stage with Jim Dickinson, Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann, to name a few. Prophet's production credits include Willis' Translated From Love (2007) and working on Jace Everett's ("Bad Things" / True Blood) Red Revelations. He's heard his own tunes performed by legends like Solomon Burke and Heart and his songs have charted on both country ("I'm Gone," a co-write with Kim Richey, on the debut album of country starlet Cyndi Thompson) and AAA radio ("Summertime Thing," from 2002's No Other Love, was a lazy radio anthem).
Over the past several years, Chuck's music has been heard in several hit television series' including True Blood (HBO), Californication (Showtime), and Sons of Anarchy (FX). He also co-wrote all the songs on Alejandro Escovedo's 2008 critically acclaimed album Real Animal.
"...a sparky songwriter worthy of greater attention." Q Magazine
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD + Goat Roper Rodeo Band Plus Support Goat Roper Rodeo Band Sun 21 June 2015 The Maze £11 Adv
"Wilson and the Champs' finest set yet" ★★★★
Danny & The Champions Of The World has always been a pretty loose collection of great musicians, songwriters, stowaways and adventurers. The current line up is the most steady so far - it’s not a collective of folks now, it’s a band, a great band: Danny George Wilson (acoustic guitar, lead vocals), Chris Clarke (bass, vocals), Paul Lush (guitar, vocals), Steve Brookes (drums, vocals) and Geoff Widdowson (saxophone, organ, vocals), Henry Senior (pedal steel guitar).
‘Stay True’ is the fourth album from Danny & The Champions Of The World. It's also Danny George Wilson’s eleventh album which includes six long players from the much loved Grand Drive plus a solo outing (as Danny George Wilson) entitled ‘Famous Mad Mile’. Danny has been touring the world and making critically acclaimed records for nearly 20 years now, the first Grand Drive release was on Loose back in 1997. ‘Stay True’ was recorded over five days at North London’s Reservoir Studios with Champs bass player Chris Clarke (ex Rockingbirds) and Danny at the helm.
"Sounds as if it was made in Stax Studios by a collective of Nashville’s finest Country musicians... unquestionably their finest" ★★★★★ MAVERICK
GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND
"Hailing from North Wales The Goat Roper Rodeo Band take a slightly psychedelic route to the finish line and include some serious footstompin' rock 'n' roll along the way, Mix in a little gospel fire and a sprinkle of Gram and these boys ruled our last afternoon"
HANNAH ALDRIDGE (USA) Plus Don Gallardo (USA) Plus Support Don Gallardo (USA) Tue 7 July 2015 The Maze £10 Adv
There are few artists that can truly encapsulate the essence and true range of Americana like Muscle Shoals artist Hannah Aldridge, whose musical pedigree precedes her and speaks for itself. Hannah is steeped in the music both of Nashville and Muscle Shoals, the two cities where she was raised as her father -- a Muscle Shoals legend as well as a much-honoured Nashville songwriter, musician and producer – plied his craft. Her musical youth was spent being trained to be a classical pianist. She didn’t begin writing songs until, as a 21-year-old sound-engineering student at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN
HANNAH ALDRIDGE'S "RAZOR WIRE" record was produced by Chris Mara and recorded at Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville. The album features 9 originals plus Hannah's haunting re-imagining of fellow Shoals' native Jason Isbell's "Try".
“Dark Americana,” is how the daughter of Muscle Shoals' royalty describes the ghostly, unflinching, sometimes gritty tales that separate her 10-song collection from the mainstream. The title song –reprised as an acoustic “bonus” at CD’s end -- is evidence of how this daughter of Shoals' tunesmith and icon, Walt Aldridge uses her stark poetic soul to visit life’s dark corners.
Hannah’s is often likened to: The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, Dylan LeBlanc and Jason Isbell. With sounds ranging from blues in the Mississippi Delta to the dusty, dixieland jazz sounds from New Orleans, the musical stylings of Muscle Shoals on up to the primitive roots of American Country music, Hannah Aldridge leaves no inspiration or influence untapped.
DON GALLARDO (USA)
Nashville-based Americana/Folk singer-songwriter, Don Gallardo, hails from a small town in Northern California and spent years cultivating his career on the west coast before relocating to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. Walking the line between classic 70's singer-songwriters and more contemporary flavours of folk and Americana, Gallardo is a diverse and multi-faceted performer with a lyrical depth and a warm, unique vocal style, which helps him weave between genres and become immediately relatable. With three full-lengths, a live acoustic session album, and an EP under his belt, as well as a fourth full-length to be released on UK label Clubhouse Records, Gallardo has already achieved critical praise and had his work prominently featured in films "Jolene" and Jackass Presents "Bad Grandpa" as well as highly popular television series, "The Vampire Diaries" and ABC's "Nashville."
AN EVENING WITH TOM RUSSELL (USA) Plus Support Wed 7 October 2015 The Glee Club £18 Adv
NB: Show starts at 7.50PM
For over four decades and 28 album releases Tom Russell has continued to live up to his status as “one of the best singer-songwriters of our time” (Washington Post). His previous two studio releases, ‘Blood and Candle Smoke’ (2009) and ‘Mesabi’ (2011), are considered his strongest composed works yet and were, in part, recorded with the ground breaking roots band Calexico.
In the 1990s, Russell and Dave Alvin were hailed as the architects of what came to be known as “Americana” music after their Merle Haggard tribute, ‘Tulare Dust’, initiated the Americana charts in the U.S. and remained number one for a year. Russell’s previous release, ‘Aztec Jazz’ (2013), moved Americana into a new realm and his acclaimed song catalog into uncharted territory.
Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, and others. ‘The Rose of Roscrae’ is his third in a series of acclaimed folk operas, follows ‘The Man From God Knows Where’ (1999) and ‘Hotwalker’ (2005). Russell has also composed movie scores, including songs for the Monte Hellman movie ‘The Road To Nowhere’. and published five books, most recently 120 Songs of Tom Russell. An accomplished fine artist, Russell’s paintings are featured in: Blue Horse/Red Desert: The Art of Tom Russell.
Tom Russell’s anticipated double-album folk opera, ‘The Rose of Roscrae’, features a who’s who of legendary Americana icons including amongst others : Jimmie Dale Gilmore, David Olney, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, Jimmy LaFave, Gretchen Peters, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Eliza Gilkyson, and many more.