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HAYES CARLL TRIO (USA) + Support (Birmingham Glee Club)
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Sat 5 September 2015
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PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT THE GLEE CLUB IN BIRMINGHAM: The Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD

Born in Houston, he went to college at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas – getting a degree in History, then heading back to Crystal Beach to play for a wild assortment of people either hiding out, hanging on or getting lost in the bars along Texas’ Gulf coast.

Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. In a world of shallow and shallower, where it’s all groove and gloss, that might seem a hopeless proposition. His song “Another Like You,” Carll’s stereotype’s attract duet of polar opposites, was American Songwriter’s #1 Song of 2011 – and KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association’s #1 Album, as well as making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice.

But more importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band the Gulf Coast Orchestra merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubband’s lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people.

After releasing Flowers & Liquor in 2002, Carll was voted the Best New Artist of 2002 by The Houston Post. He would go on to release Little Rock, on his own Highway 87 label, which became the first self-owned project to the top the Americana charts. It wasn’t long until Lost Highway, home of Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Van Morrison and the Drive-By Truckers came calling. Trouble in Mind yielded the tongue firmly in cheek “She Left Me For Jesus,” a know-nothing redneck send-up/beer joint anthem somewhere between “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” and “Up Against the Wall.” “Jesus” was the 2008 Americana Music Awards Song of the Year.

All the accolades, all the facts and all the stats are awesome, but they don’t tell the story. Fiercely individual, Carll’s banged-up take on classic country is honed by the road – sometimes as a man and guitar, sometimes with his scrappy band, but always taking in the vistas and humanity before him. But for whatever reason, ten years into a recording career, Hayes Carll shows no signs of having arrived at his creative apex. Each album expands on his already extreme vintage country, extreme thumping bad road boogie, extreme heartbroken ache.

http://hayescarll.com/



ANDREW COMBS (USA) + Barna Howard (USA)
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Wed 9 September 2015
The Maze £13 Adv


"Andrew Combs brought the charm. With his long hair and his dry, deadpan wit, he had an easy-going Tim Riggins-reading-a-Merle-Haggard-biography-while-drinking-beer-in-a-hammock demeanour, and his songs revelled in classic country tropes, particularly those of the rule-breaking, vaguely rebellious nature."—CMJ

Like a character in a dreary West Coast short story by Raymond Carver, Nashville songwriter Andrew Combs moves through a hazy modern world, trying to find the meaning in life on his sophomore album, All These Dreams. While the album may adhere to this darker internal script, its musical inspiration comes from vintage 1970s production: California-tinged AM Gold; the Laurel Canyon tones of Jackson Browne and The Eagles; and Paul Simon’s Muscle Shoals-laced R&B funk. All of it amounts to a huge step forward for Andrew who released his debut album, Worried Man, in 2012, which American Songwriter named one of the year’s best, while Southern Living praised Combs for being “well on his way to becoming a prominent voice in his genre.”

For the new album, Combs worked with producers Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson — who recently co-produced Caitlin Rose’s The Stand-In and have worked with Justin Townes Earle — and recorded the album in Nashville with many of his longtime musical collaborators, including lead guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum Jr. (of the instrumental duo Steelism).

Combs has been identified with a new crop of Nashville-based songwriters, who have also looked back to the ’70s for songwriting inspiration. Combs is featured in the upcoming documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited, alongside Nashville-based songwriters like John McCauley, Jonny Fritz and Robert Ellis — as well as one of his heroes, Guy Clark.

Ultimately, All These Dreams finds Combs in a league of his own, wholly focused on perfecting his own songwriting and storytelling, and delivering it all in a rich musical style that’s much more than the sum of its parts.

BARNA HOWARD

Barna’s self-titled debut chronicled these moves as he struggled with the contrast between his small town upbringing and these big city wanderings. The album was met with critical acclaim and underground success, partly thanks to an opportunely placed song in the hit indie film, Drinking Buddies. One critic even likened him to some “Lost genius of the late 60’s.

The songs on Barna Howard’s second album, Quite A Feelin’, ruminate on his relationship with home. Now entrenched in Portland, Oregon, many of the album’s tracks immortalize and reflect on the Eureka he once knew, while others focus on the relationships that define his new home out west. Small town life has long been celebrated in country and folk music, but Barna’s knack for capturing his own deeply personal nostalgia resonates in a rarely universal way.

www.andrewcombs.net/
www.barnahoward.com/



ERIC TAYLOR (USA) + Support
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Sun 4 October 2015
The Maze £10 Adv


"Eric Taylor was one of my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s," says Earle. "He's the real deal."

Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/ songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Taylor. If you're not familiar with Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue.

Taylor learned intricate blues guitar stylings from music legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi Fred McDowell while working at the Family Hand club. Later, he developed his own unique guitar picking style, that would be imitated by many of his contemporaries from the early Houston days, such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Nanci Griffith.

"To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time, would be an understatement," Nanci Griffith says.

www.bluerubymusic.com/‎



AN EVENING WITH TOM RUSSELL (USA)
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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.

www.tomrussell.com/



FRAZEY FORD BAND (Canada) + Support (Birmingham Show)
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Sun 11 October 2015
£15 Adv


PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT THE GLEE CLUB IN BIRMINGHAM: The Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD

Frazey Ford, best known as the lead voice of beloved alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas, returns with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean -- a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental sound. There's affirmation in its 11 songs, as Ford's self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones.

On the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Obadiah, Ford unleashes an unbridled full-throated ebullience that takes listeners down to where the soul rivers run deep. The Hi Rhythm Section, Charles Hodges (organ), Leroy Hodges (bass) and Teenie Hodges (guitar), the latter who recently passed away, helped Al Green pen some of his most famous songs. Ford is the beneficiary of their almighty talents, the trio accentuating her sensual and opulent vocals with deep-bottomed bass, subtle backbeats, and airy flights of organ.

The root of all soul music is freedom-sheer abandon. It's about luxuriating in the emotions that make us all human. No wonder singer Frazey Ford placed her ear to the earth and tapped into that lush tradition to give voice to her own stories on Indian Ocean, an album about pain and dealing with tough truths but also about trust, love contrition and being bold. Ford's self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones, and you hear a record hit the essence of Aretha's notion of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

www.frazeyford.com/news



DREAMING SPIRES + Support
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Thu 15 October 2015
The Maze £10 Adv


The band is led by singing brothers Robin and Joe Bennett, who also handle most instrumental duties. Known to some as “the Notorious Bennett Brothers”, Robin and Joe have carved out some renown as accomplished musicians as well as being co-founders of acclaimed festivals - Wood & Truck, a label and even a record store.

The Dreaming Spires have been lucky enough to have 3 great drummers: Jamie Dawson plays drums and percussion on the new album, and Mike Monaghan and Loz Colbert played on Brothers in Brooklyn. Nick "Growler" Fowler (also of Gaz Coombes’ band) contributes guitar to many tracks and occasionally plays live with the band.

The brothers' musical pedigree includes stints in Goldrush and Danny & the Champs, touring and recording with Mark Gardener of Ride, and collaborations with everyone from Gary Louris to Garth Hudson of The Band, Mercury Rev to Saint Etienne (the brothers are members of the present live incarnation of Saint Etienne). Joe also plays with fellow travellers Co_Pilgrim and Robin co-writes with several other acts and has his own side-project Dusty Sound System.

From their earliest guise (a band called Whispering Bob who released a mini-album in the late 90s and received airplay from radio legends John Peel and, naturally, Bob Harris) the Bennett brothers have long straddled a line between the influence of roots music, classic 60s pop and their youthful love of indie rock from both sides of the Atlantic, always anchored by their distinctive harmonies in the tradition of The Everly Brothers, The Beatles and The Byrds.

www.dreamingspires.co.uk/



EILEN JEWELL BAND (USA) + Support MISS TESS
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Sun 18 October 2015
The Maze £14 Adv


As hard as it is to categorize Jewell’s music—terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot—it’s even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter’s powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she’s singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling camp fire. She does so much, so well.

A few examples: Butcher Holler, Jewell’s acclaimed 2010 tribute to Loretta Lynn, underscores her love for tough traditional country music, coal miner’s daughter style, while her electrifying cover of “Shakin’ All Over,” originally a 1960 chart-topping British hit for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, was one of the surprise highlights of 2009’s Sea of Tears. Propelled by Jerry Miller’s shimmering guitar dazzle, the song remains a live showstopper where hints of ’60s surf instrumentals and “Paint It, Black” are deftly thrown in for good measure. On 2011’s Queen of the Minor Key, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Big Sandy and Zoe Muth, Jewell penned all the songs.

Four years after the release of Minor Key, Jewell and her tighter-than-ever band—which besides guitarist Miller is filled out by the longstanding ace rhythm section of drummer Jason Beek (Jewell’s husband, who sports the glow of a young Levon Helm) and upright bassist Johnny Sciascia—make their eagerly awaited return with Sundown Over Ghost Town. Rich with cinematic visions, elegant sweet and smoky vocals, and hauntingly autobiographical songs, Sundown is bursting with stellar performances and is likely her most personal, fully realized album yet. And that’s saying a lot! The record, with all its songs penned by Jewell, is a poignant, ever-so-flavourful reflection of her return to Boise after nearly a decade in the Northeast.

MISS TESS (DUO)

After a move to Boston, Miss Tess took a few classes at Berklee College of Music and formed a new band with a few fellow jazz students. Miss Tess quickly established herself as a songwriter and performer in the storied Boston music scene, playing regularly at local clubs. Over four years she won a Boston Music Award, and was nominated several other times in the Folk and Jazz categories. Miss Tess later moved to Brooklyn and has been there for almost five years. She has since developed her sound to include more classic country, rockabilly and vintage rock 'n' roll.

"I don’t know of anyone else right now touring in the Americana scene that has such an eclectic, jazzy, old school and interesting vibe. There’s an authenticity present in Miss Tess’ music. It is not contrived, not too far a stretch for the skeptical imagination. She is real. And she is rare." -- No Depression.

www.eilenjewell.com
www.misstessmusic.com



SIMONE FELICE (USA) + Support (BIRMINGHAM GLEE CLUB)
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Mon 19 October 2015
£15 Adv


PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT THE GLEE CLUB IN BIRMINGHAM: The Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD

‘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 seminal self-titled album remains one of the most influential works of this century's indie-folk revival. In the spring of 2010 Simone underwent emergency open-heart surgery to halt the degenerative effects of a childhood fever. It was this dance with death - coupled with a need to tell his own story - which prompted him to walk the solo path.

His new live double album 'From The Violent Banks Of The Kaaterskill' (feat. The Felice Brothers) will be released this summer on Mighty Hudson Records. This special anthology showcases selected works from a decade of writing, truly capturing Simone's rare gift as a songsmith, poet and visionary.

Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion.’ BBC

‘There is a boldness to Simone's writing, the fierceness and fearlessness of complete honesty that pushes into places that simply take the breath away... Some of his songs are so perfectly formed they sound like they might have been around forever…’ The Telegraph

www.simonefelice.com/



SIMONE FELICE (USA) + Support
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Wed 21 October 2015
The Maze £15 Adv


‘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 seminal self-titled album remains one of the most influential works of this century's indie-folk revival. In the spring of 2010 Simone underwent emergency open-heart surgery to halt the degenerative effects of a childhood fever. It was this dance with death - coupled with a need to tell his own story - which prompted him to walk the solo path.

His new live double album 'From The Violent Banks Of The Kaaterskill' (feat. The Felice Brothers) will be released this summer on Mighty Hudson Records. This special anthology showcases selected works from a decade of writing, truly capturing Simone's rare gift as a songsmith, poet and visionary.

Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion.’ BBC

‘There is a boldness to Simone's writing, the fierceness and fearlessness of complete honesty that pushes into places that simply take the breath away... Some of his songs are so perfectly formed they sound like they might have been around forever…’ The Telegraph

www.simonefelice.com/



HOLLIS BROWN (USA) + Bruce Sudano
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Thu 29 October 2015
The Maze £10 Adv


Since New York-based band Hollis Brown started out in 2009, they have grown into one of the most convincing current young rock ’n’ roll acts. While their music is based on an almost inexhaustible pool of sixties and seventies influences yet anchored in the here and now, their releases show a clear development from the raw, direct sound of their debut to the complex, multi-faceted approach on their new album ‘3 Shots’. The album’s eleven songs document Hollis Brown’s grown creativity, more substantial songwriting and a more clearly defined identity.

Named after an early Bob Dylan song (The Ballad Of Hollis Brown), school friends Mike Montali and Jon Bonilla founded this band as a quartet in 2009 in Queens, NY. Their eponymous debut and a few privately released EPs indicate great passion and drive as well as a search for musical direction. With the widely distributed 2013 album ‘Ride On The Train’ Hollis Brown started a-rolling – with very fresh-sounding first-class American rock ’n’ roll. Combining sixties and seventies virtues with No Depression and alt.Americana sounds, the foursome convey a deep appreciation and knowledge of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young, The Band, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones and The Kinks.

Produced by the experienced Adam Landry (Allison Moorer, Deer Tick) Hollis Brown are entering a garage-y, blues- and southern rock-drenched terrain with an indie-rock-meets-alt.country-vibe, not unlike Marah, Middle Brother, Felice Brothers, Delta Spirit, even Whiskeytown or Green On Red. The minimalist-rocking rhythm section of bassist Dillon DeVito and drummer Michael Graves provides a steady rumbling beat, lead guitarist Jon Bonilla knows exactly where to be economical and where to be crunchy with his riffs and Mike Montali is a mesmerizing frontman, teasing the audience with his high, nervous, cutting voice.

Singer, songwriter BRUCE SUDANO has a storied history in the world of music....a story that continues to unfold with his newest recording, "The Burbank Sessions".

Sudano first entered the charts in the 1970’s as a founding member of both Alive N Kickin’ ("Tighter, Tighter") and Brooklyn Dreams ("Heaven Knows"). Over the years he has co-written numerous songs for other artists, including “Starting Over Again”(charting #1 for Dolly Parton and #3 for Reba McEntire), "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming" for Jermaine and Michael Jackson, and “Bad Girls” for his late wife and long-time musical partner, the iconic Donna Summer.



www.hollisbrown.com/‎
http://brucesudano.com



SIMI STONE (USA) Plus Support
Plus Support Dan Whitehouse
Sat 7 November 2015
The Maze £10 Adv


PLEASE NOTE DOORS OPEN AT 7PM AND SIMI WILL BE ON STAGE AT 8.30PM

“Absolutely fascinating I love the sound she makes - just so beautiful, recalls the spirit of Carole King - the whole album is wonderful” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

Simi describes her sound as ‘Mountain Motown with a sprinkle of pop’

From Woodstock NY comes the beautiful, free spirited soulful sound of Simi Stone (formerly of The Duke & The King). A debut album of thirteen highly personal songs, each with an incredibly catchy, pop hook. After building up a strong following in the New York area with her magnetic live shows in many of the city’s leading clubs and theatres, Simi then recorded the self-titled album with co-writer and producer David Baron.

Simi is no stranger to the spotlight having already toured the world as a founding member of The Duke & The King between 2007-2009 (including many leading festivals and an appearance on BBC TV’s Later…with Jools Holland). More recently Simi has guested with the formidable and platinum selling songwriter Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) appearing in Merchant’s live band and opening for her at major concerts in America. The song ‘Don’t Come Back’ from the Simi Stone album was written by Natalie Merchant and given to Simi for her debut.

Her debut album features a band of truly world class musicians including drummer Zachary Alford (David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen), bassist Sara Lee (David Bowie, Gang of Four, B52’s, Ryuichi Sakamoto), guitarists Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Tears For Fears) keyboardist David Baron (Michael Jackson, also the album’s co-writer and producer) and Danny Blume (Lounge Lizards)

“ her mountain mouton ranges from ebullient pop to down tempo soul” Uncut Magazine

simistonemusic.com/
www.dan-whitehouse.com