THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND + Support Plus Support Mon 13 March 2017 The Maze £8 Adv
‚ÄúAmazing‚ÄĚ (Bob Harris)
With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching ‚ÄėCountry Blues‚Äô like you never heard‚Ä¶ It‚Äôs up, it‚Äôs down, it‚Äôs soft and loud, it‚Äôs dark and lonesome too, there‚Äôs hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there‚Äôs love in what they do! There‚Äôs a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon‚Äôs blues ‚Ä¶ Simply put, it‚Äôs exactly what it says on the tin.
‚ÄúThe Goat Ropers are the real deal ! I was blown away when I first saw them play and heard them harmonise, I wanted desperately to join in. If there‚Äôs any justice in this crazy world, they‚Äôll soon be a household name and we‚Äôll all be keeping it country with them‚ÄĚ (Romeo Stodart- The Magic Numbers)
‚ÄúWith refreshing, startling vocal harmonies and quirky song writing skills, these young‚Äôuns can roll out a fab sombre number just as well as an upbeat one, the Goat Roper Rodeo Band possess a uniqueness and quality that promises success and lovers of this old timey sound are simply going to love this.‚ÄĚ (Maverick magazine)
‚ÄúWonderfully executed acoustic country blues with two guitars, a double bass and plaintive striking harmonies, a musical landscape driven by old timey sensibilities ‚Ä¶there‚Äôs a lot to like about the Goat Roper Rodeo Band.‚ÄĚ (R2 Magazine)
AMERICAN AQUARIUM (USA) + Support Plus Support Thu 23 March 2017 The Glee Club £14 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 £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.
PAUL McCLURE BAND + MOST UGLY CHILD Plus Support Most Ugly Child Thu 13 April 2017 The Maze £8 Adv
‚ÄúPaul is one of the hardest working and best example of a true British Troubadour playing today‚ÄĚ.
Paul McClure is a singer and songwriter from Rutland, England where he lives with his wife and daughters. He takes his inspiration from his world and the people in it.
Paul released 2 solo albums of original songs, ‚ÄėDesire Lines‚Äô in 2008. (The completion of this overlapped with the birth of The Hi And Lo) and ‚ÄėNo Place Like Home‚Äô in 2003 which had many favorable reviews, ‚Äú..is fresh, vibrant and bounds with enthusiasm for his craft.. 4**** ‚Äú ‚Äď Fatea Paul spent four and a half years playing with The Hi And Lo and put out their first and only album in 2010 called ‚ÄėTen Tracks‚Äô
A positive career move was to join Clubhouse Records, which began with a track of his being used on their debut release - ‚ÄėDivided By A Common Language‚Äô in 2010 and later he was involved in ‚ÄėNebraska Sessions ‚Äď A Tribute‚Äô to mark the 30 year anniversary of Bruce Springsteen‚Äôs ‚ÄėNebraska‚Äô This led to his first solo output with Clubhouse, the excellent debut album in 2014 ‚ÄúSmiling From The Floor Up.‚ÄĚ A stripped back release showing his early influences such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Jonny Cash as well as some latter day artists who he has opened,, Justin Townes Earl, Otis Gibbs, and Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou.
‚ÄėSONGS FOR ANYONE‚Äô typifies just what he has to offer and is the much anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut album Smiling From The Floor Up. Featuring the talents of Clubhouse Records label mates Hannah Elton-Wall of the Redlands Palomino Company and Joe Bennett of the Dreaming Spires this new work blends the raw bones of stripped down voice and guitar arrangements with the jangling band ensemble of a room full of good times picking up where the last album left off with the very personal themes of love, life and loss and taking them on to new heights...
THE MOST UGLY CHILD
A six piece Americana band from Nottingham , best described as, High and lonesome Americana for the soul. "Daniel Wright is a young man with a wise old head...like Justin Townes Earle, he seems possessed by the spirits of the great singers of the past." Alan J Taylor (No Depression/Maverick)
The Most Ugly Child play country music the way it‚Äôs supposed to be, played with battered hearts worn on their sleeves. The band is centred around the songwriting partnership of Daniel Wright and Stevie-Leigh Goodison who have been likened to some of the great country duos of the past. After a busy few years playing shows across the length and breadth of the country The Most Ugly Child have just release their first full length album, ‚ÄėCopper and Lace‚Äô.
LYNNE HANSON & THE GOOD INTENTIONS (Canada) Plus Support Thu 27 April 2017 £13 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 Winnipeg‚Äôs 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 £11 Adv
The past two years have been massive for Whitney Rose, who is rapidly becoming an International sensation. The vintage country pop specialist‚Äôs sophomore offering, Heartbreaker of the Year, converted critics‚Äô double takes into palpable buzz with its beguiling blend of then and now. Her 2015 release Heartbreaker of the Year was produced by The Mavericks‚Äô Raul Malo, who also performs on multiple tracks. Rose‚Äôs vocals convey both vulnerability and sharpness ‚Äď a contrast that permeates her music as a whole ‚Äď to enthralling results. The album‚Äôs success has impelled those in the know to include Rose‚Äôs name in any conversation about the future faces of Americana and Country music.
‚ÄúWhitney 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 band‚ÄĚ - No Depression
Before moving to Austin, Whitney Rose had never danced the two-step. Now, the country-pop singer‚Äôs infatuation with Texas‚Äô 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 ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs Texas, through Whitney Rose‚Äôs 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 Austin‚Äôs famed Americana bastion, the Continental Club. But that November- December engagement went so well, she wound up staying. Since then, she‚Äôs 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
GARRY TALLENT BAND (USA) + Kevin Montgomery Plus Support KEVIN MONTGOMERY Thu 8 June 2017 The Glee Club £18 Adv
The longtime bassist for Bruce Springsteen‚Äôs E Street Band will be the boss this May when Garry W Tallent embarks on his first solo run. He, along with Nashville singer-songwriter Kevin Montgomery will be stopping by The Glee Club in Nottingham with his 7 piece band featuring Americana favorites, Fats Kaplan and Kristi Rose.
Often introduced during Springsteen‚Äôs mammoth E Street Band shows as the ‚ÄúTennessee Terror,‚ÄĚ Tallent was born in Detroit and grew up in New Jersey. The ‚ÄúTennessee Terror‚ÄĚ moniker supposedly came about following a drive through the Volunteer State.
Tallent has an album to go along with his tour. The rockabilly-packed Break Time is available on vinyl and CD as well as via digital downloads. Break Time just might be an apt description of Tallent‚Äôs 2017 situation. A founding member of E Street Band, Tallent will be part of Springsteen‚Äôs Australia / New Zealand tour beginning next week and running through February 2017. He will begin his tour of the UK/Ireland on May 25th.
In addition to his work with Springsteen, Tallent has recorded with numerous other artists. In 1987 Tallent produced the song "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" for Marshall Crenshaw on La Bamba soundtrack. During the long time the E Street Band was inactive in the 1990s, Tallent moved to Nashville, having an affinity for country and rockabilly music. There he opened the MoonDog recording studio and helped start the D'Ville Record Group label. Tallent has produced such artists as Jim Lauderdale and Steve Forbert.
It has been awhile since Kevin Montgomery last played a ‚ÄėCosmic‚Äô show in Nottingham, so it will be a welcome return for him. For those who aren‚Äôt familiar with Montgomery family‚Äôs musical history here is a quick update.
Montgomery‚Äôs mother sang with Elvis (Suspicious Minds) and his Father wrote songs like ‚ÄúHeartbeat‚ÄĚ for Buddy Holly, and was his first musical partner. In turn Kevin Montgomery has written songs for Martina McBride and sung on Lee Ann Womack records, and is a hardcore troubadour with four 50 States in 50 Days tours under his belt and half a dozen releases of his own.