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AMERICAN AQUARIUM (USA) Plus TIM EASTON (USA)
Plus Support Tim Eason
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.

www.americanaquarium.com/
www.timeaston.com/



ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO (USA) + Don Antonio
Plus Support Don Antonio
Thu 6 April 2017
The Maze 16 Adv


Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded in April at Portland’s 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’s 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’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.

“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says. “I 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.”

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…and its possibilities.

www.alejandroescovedo.com/



PAUL McCLURE BAND + MOST UGLY CHILD
Plus Support Most Ugly Child
Thu 13 April 2017
The Maze 8 Adv


“Paul is one of the hardest working and best example of a true British Troubadour playing today”.

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, ‘Desire Lines’ in 2008. (The completion of this overlapped with the birth of The Hi And Lo) and ‘No Place Like Home’ in 2003 which had many favorable reviews, “..is fresh, vibrant and bounds with enthusiasm for his craft.. 4**** “ – 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 ‘Ten Tracks’

A positive career move was to join Clubhouse Records, which began with a track of his being used on their debut release - ‘Divided By A Common Language’ in 2010 and later he was involved in ‘Nebraska Sessions – A Tribute’ to mark the 30 year anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’ This led to his first solo output with Clubhouse, the excellent debut album in 2014 “Smiling From The Floor Up.” 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.

‘SONGS FOR ANYONE’ 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’s 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, ‘Copper and Lace’.

www.paulmccluremusic.com/
www.themostuglychild.com/



LYNNE HANSON & THE GOOD INTENTIONS (Canada) + Abi Moore
Plus Support Abi Moore
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’s 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.



www.lynnehanson.com
www.abimoore.com/



MARAH (USA) + support
Plus Support
Wed 3 May 2017
The Maze 16 Adv


Who remembers the classic and ground breaking Marah shows for Cosmic American at the Maze back in the day? If you were there all those years ago them I know you will be back for more – just as they are back to pick up from where they left off.

Reformed and reenergised this amazing live band delivers genuine American Rock Music and should not be missed by any stretch of the imagination. Marah are the Bielanko brothers, David and Serge, along with Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner, Adam Garbinski and Dave Peterson.

"Marah blow the roof off with their barely contained energy. It's street music, soul music, music to walk you off a skyscraper to... You're left with your hair standing on end, shaken up, exhilarated, that hole in your heart temporarily fixed, which is all you can ask of great rock 'n' roll. And God knows, this is great rock 'n' roll." - Uncut.

The best rock band in America," Stephen King wrote in Entertainment Weekly, after choosing Marah's "If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry" as 2005's best album of the year. "Quite possibly the best rock band in America," said USA Today, after Marah's triumphant appearance at 2006's Bonnaroo Music Festival. "I can hear everything I ever loved about rock music in their recordings and their live shows," Nick Hornby wrote in The New York Times. Get the idea? Theis band has certainly has its share of true believers…Tons of them (not to mention some of them are famous authors).

That's why it makes perfect sense when, at the opening of their 2006 live DVD, Sooner or Later in Spain, the first music heard is "Amazing Grace" sung by the band in the backstage hallway. Rock and roll as a religious experience is an overused cliché, but watching this live footage of a Marah concert, it's easy to see why. Marah's latest album, "Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania," was made on a Studer 8 Track tape machine and mastered directly to a vinyl lathe. "Mountain Minstrelsy is a collection of raw and unprocessed tape recordings (by today's standards) and that was the whole idea. Here we play together and all at once, one mic bleeding into the next right down the line," said Bielanko who feels that the limitations of the old technology line up perfectly with the spirit of folk music. "There's nothing casual when tape is rolling. You're forced to make it happen in that moment. There's a tension and sense of urgency in the room that I have never experienced in the digital world. Beyond that we approached this as if we were making any other rock and roll album."

www.marah-usa.com/



ANDREW COMBS BAND (USA) + Support (Birmingham Glee Show)
Plus Support
Thu 4 May 2017
13 Adv


This show is at the Glee Club, The Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD Tel 0871 472 0400 https://www.glee.co.uk/music/

“Ever heard of a happy song?” That question is posed to Andrew Combs in “Rainy Day Song”, the lead track on his acclaimed 2015 album All These Dreams, during a barstool chat with a sarcastic friend. The singer – offended but gracious – smiles and allows the moment to pass, eschewing confrontation for the sake of a gem he polishes as an afterthought for the listener: “Tab’s on me if you think I’m lying / Laughing ain’t a pleasure till you know about crying.” The moment,full of the understated charm and pulsing honesty that defines his music, and is as good a metaphor as any for the songcraft of Andrew Combs.

A Dallas native now living near the same Nashville airport immortalized in the opening sequence of Robert Altman’s country music odyssey, Andrew Combs is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and heir to that 1975 film’s idea of the Nashville troubadour as a kind of musical monk. Here in the twenty-first century whorl of digital narcissism, where identity can feel like a 24/7 social media soft-shoe performance, Combs makes music that does battle with the unsubtle. Like the pioneering color photographer William Eggleston, he sees the everyday and the commonplace as the surest paths to transcendence, and he understands intuitively that what is most obvious is often studded with the sacred. As a songwriter, Combs relies on meditative restraint rather than showy insistence to paint his canvases, a technique commensurate with his idea of nature as an overflowing spiritual wellspring. NPR music critic Ann Powers noted as much in a 2015 review: “His song-pictures are gorgeous, but he recognizes their impermanence as he sings.” This deeply felt sense of ecology, of the transient beauty within nature’s chaotic churn, lies at the heart of Combs’s approach to his art.

After touring behind All These Dreams, a record that earned him international accolades and comparisons to everyone from Leonard Cohen to Mickey Newbury to Harry Nilsson, Combs has returned with a new album that puts down stakes in fresh sonic terrain. Canyons of My Mind, as its title suggests — a landscape where the personal and the pastoral converge. Drawing inspiration from the biographies of literary figures like Charles Wright and Jim Harrison, Combs has created an album that explores the notion of “sustainability” in its many facets — artistic, economic, spiritual, environmental.

Combs says. "Canyons of My Mind is much more personal. It’s a testament to my acceptance of who I am as a man, and who I am becoming.” The record’s sonic adventurousness bears witness to that evolution, as well as to some big changes in his personal life. Between All These Dreams and Canyons, Combs married his longtime girlfriend Kristin, with whom he honeymooned for six weeks in the Minnesota wilderness. “She walks through her life exuding such open-mindedness and kindness,” Combs says. “I can’t help but watch in awe. She lets me be whoever I want to be, and that’s new to me. And quite refreshing, and freeing.”

For Combs, the quest to sustain his own capacity to create on a daily basis is what drives him. “I want to create for the rest of my life — writing, singing, painting,” he says. “I also want my life to include a family, a house, and kids. Seeking out other artists who’ve been able to keep the lights on without compromising their art – that keeps me inspired.”

www.andrewcombsmusic.com/



ANDREW COMBS BAND (USA)+ Support
Plus Support
Mon 8 May 2017
The Maze 12 Adv


“Ever heard of a happy song?” That question is posed to Andrew Combs in “Rainy Day Song”, the lead track on his acclaimed 2015 album All These Dreams, during a barstool chat with a sarcastic friend. The singer – offended but gracious – smiles and allows the moment to pass, eschewing confrontation for the sake of a gem he polishes as an afterthought for the listener: “Tab’s on me if you think I’m lying / Laughing ain’t a pleasure till you know about crying.” The moment,full of the understated charm and pulsing honesty that defines his music, and is as good a metaphor as any for the songcraft of Andrew Combs.

A Dallas native now living near the same Nashville airport immortalized in the opening sequence of Robert Altman’s country music odyssey, Andrew Combs is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and heir to that 1975 film’s idea of the Nashville troubadour as a kind of musical monk. Here in the twenty-first century whorl of digital narcissism, where identity can feel like a 24/7 social media soft-shoe performance, Combs makes music that does battle with the unsubtle. Like the pioneering color photographer William Eggleston, he sees the everyday and the commonplace as the surest paths to transcendence, and he understands intuitively that what is most obvious is often studded with the sacred. As a songwriter, Combs relies on meditative restraint rather than showy insistence to paint his canvases, a technique commensurate with his idea of nature as an overflowing spiritual wellspring. NPR music critic Ann Powers noted as much in a 2015 review: “His song-pictures are gorgeous, but he recognizes their impermanence as he sings.” This deeply felt sense of ecology, of the transient beauty within nature’s chaotic churn, lies at the heart of Combs’s approach to his art.

After touring behind All These Dreams, a record that earned him international accolades and comparisons to everyone from Leonard Cohen to Mickey Newbury to Harry Nilsson, Combs has returned with a new album that puts down stakes in fresh sonic terrain. Canyons of My Mind, as its title suggests — a landscape where the personal and the pastoral converge. Drawing inspiration from the biographies of literary figures like Charles Wright and Jim Harrison, Combs has created an album that explores the notion of “sustainability” in its many facets — artistic, economic, spiritual, environmental.

Combs says. "Canyons of My Mind is much more personal. It’s a testament to my acceptance of who I am as a man, and who I am becoming.” The record’s sonic adventurousness bears witness to that evolution, as well as to some big changes in his personal life. Between All These Dreams and Canyons, Combs married his longtime girlfriend Kristin, with whom he honeymooned for six weeks in the Minnesota wilderness. “She walks through her life exuding such open-mindedness and kindness,” Combs says. “I can’t help but watch in awe. She lets me be whoever I want to be, and that’s new to me. And quite refreshing, and freeing.”

For Combs, the quest to sustain his own capacity to create on a daily basis is what drives him. “I want to create for the rest of my life — writing, singing, painting,” he says. “I also want my life to include a family, a house, and kids. Seeking out other artists who’ve been able to keep the lights on without compromising their art – that keeps me inspired.”

www.andrewcombsmusic.com/



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’s sophomore offering, Heartbreaker of the Year, converted critics’ 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’ Raul Malo, who also performs on multiple tracks. Rose’s vocals convey both vulnerability and sharpness – a contrast that permeates her music as a whole – to enthralling results. The album’s success has impelled those in the know to include Rose’s name in any conversation about the future faces of Americana and Country music.

“Whitney 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” - No Depression

Before moving to Austin, Whitney Rose had never danced the two-step. Now, the country-pop singer’s infatuation with Texas’ 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 — it’s Texas, through Whitney Rose’s 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’s famed Americana bastion, the Continental Club. But that November- December engagement went so well, she wound up staying. Since then, she’s 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

www.whitneyrose.com/



THOSE PRETTY WRONGS (Duo) Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Luthe
Plus Support
Thu 25 May 2017
The Maze 12 Adv


“You can't throw a rock at the current/former indie-rock contingent without hitting a Big Star fan – Alex Chilton's band is considered by many to be the greatest power-pop ensemble of all time. Which is why, when Chilton suddenly passed away two days before the group was supposed to play SXSW in 2010, it wasn't surprising that a ton of famous fellow musicians and disciples came to Austin to join the surviving members onstage”

Those Pretty Wrongs are Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Luther Russell, two old friends and veterans of the music scene in different ways. Jody was the drummer for the legendary band Big Star and now helps run equally legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. Luther Russell was the leader of seminal roots-rock band The Freewheelers and is now an acclaimed solo artist and producer of such acts as Richmond Fontaine, Fernando Viciconte, Ned Roberts, Trujillo and Sarabeth Tucek.

It was the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me that brought Jody and Luther together creatively, when Jody asked Luther to join him for some promo performances. A chemistry was immediately noticed. They began writing songs and performing them whenever possible, soon taking their name from the opening line of Shakespeare Sonnet 41, which they slipped into one of their first collaborations, “Fool Of Myself”. Burger Records released the first track they cut in Memphis, “Lucky Guy”, with “Fool Of Myself” as the flip side. There was an outpouring of support for the new music, which gave Jody and Luther the confidence to move forward.

Those Pretty Wrongs was tracked entirely to 2” tape at Ardent Studios in Memphis, using much of the old Big Star gear, including Jody’s original kit from Radio City and Third and Chris Bell’s acoustic and electric guitars from #1 Record. The album was mixed by Luther Russell and Jason Hiller at Hiller’s Electrosound Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Jody is way out in front on this release--really for the first time ever--taking all lead vocals and co-writing all of the songs with Luther. Through the words on this record Jody opens up about his life, which has been well-documented, but not in this very intimate way. Adds Stephens: “For me the lyrics are a walk through day-to-day emotions and experiences." “Why stop now”, remarks Luther. “We’ve wanted to keep this thing sounding and feeling personal from the start because it’s extremely personal for both of us.” Just like Luther's handmade collage inside the LP, the record is akin to a series of snapshots: of lives present and past, and fleeting moments of simple joy and reflection.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/thoseprettywrongs/



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’s 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’s mammoth E Street Band shows as the “Tennessee Terror,” Tallent was born in Detroit and grew up in New Jersey. The “Tennessee Terror” 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’s 2017 situation. A founding member of E Street Band, Tallent will be part of Springsteen’s 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.

KEVIN MONTGOMERY

It has been awhile since Kevin Montgomery last played a ‘Cosmic’ show in Nottingham, so it will be a welcome return for him. For those who aren’t familiar with Montgomery family’s musical history here is a quick update.

Montgomery’s mother sang with Elvis (Suspicious Minds) and his Father wrote songs like “Heartbeat” 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.

www.garrytallent.com/
www.kevinmontgomery.com/



THEA GILMORE + Support
Plus Support
Sun 11 June 2017
18 Adv


PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW WILL BE AT: NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY, weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB Phone: 0115 948 9750

Furiously individual singer/songwriter and Brit Award 2001 nominee. 'Britain has spawned very few world class female songwriters, but Gilmore is already in a league of her own' (Q Magazine). She has received acclaim and admiration from her peers such as Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Martha Wainwright.

Thea Gilmore is an English singer-songwriter. She began her career working in a recording studio, where she was discovered by her now long-time collaborator, producer and sometime co-songwriter Nigel Stonier.

It’s been 13 years and eight albums since Avalanche, Thea's fifth release and the album often described as her breakthrough record. The then 23-year-old was writing, post 9-11 with a fire inside her stoked by global anxiety and an increasingly vacuous celebrity culture. Now, calling upon the spirit of this predecessor, Thea is back with the album she feels takes up where it left off. Although never entirely losing her voice of protest, on subsequent records Thea turned inward, singing songs about the depression she had been diagnosed with, love songs and songs informed by parenthood.

Now, however, she is back with The Counterweight, an album full of passion and disdain, an album that often muses on the rapid change in the social and political landscape that 2016 engendered. When finishing "The Counterweight" in September, Thea was impelled to look back at the recording period through spring and summer, the tumultuous times that were its backdrop. She reflected onsinging ‘Reconcile’ as Britain voted to leave the EU, and recording ‘Johnny Gets A Gun’ three days after the Orlando shooting. That June day was also, most harrowingly of all, the day when the world watched the tragedy of Jo Cox's murder unfold: at the eleventh hour this became the inspiration for the final track ‘The War’, with the first and last verses written about Jo specifically. The track is also possibly the mission statement of the album, a call-to-arms on the negativity and bleakness of the 2017 social terrain mesmerized by fake news and futility. The Counterweight tries to be exactly that. A redressing of the balance, a tool of pressure, an exertion of opposite force and as such, a flag of hope.

www.theagilmore.net/



ERIN RAE AND THE MEANWHILES (USA) + Support
Plus Support
Thu 22 June 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.

Growing up in Jackson, Tennessee, Erin Rae got an early introduction to folk music at home. Her mom and dad were both part-time musicians, playing their own brand of American roots music at churches, county fairs and coffee shops in west Tennessee. Starting as early as five years old, she would join them for a song or two.

Two decades later, she's still spending her time onstage — this time as the main act. Erin and company released her full-length debut, Soon Enough, independently in the US in September 2015, receiving glowing support from long-time tastemakers at NPR music (All Songs Considered + year’s end “Songs We Love” list), Rolling Stone, The Fader, and more. The success of her independent release in the US lead Clubhouse Records UK to pick up and release Soon Enough across the pond in June 2016. With continued support from NPR, BBC, countless music bloggers, and support from fellows in the Nashville community like Margo Price, what might have been a blip on the indie radar has proved to be a career-shaping record with life left in it, even a year later.

With her first UK tour under her belt, and another single released last fall (Playing Old Games feat. Pete Lindberg), Erin Rae is kicking off 2017 in a big way. She recently partnered with The Refuge Foundation for the Arts in Appleton, Wisconsin (Cory Chisel + Adriel Denae), to make her second full-length LP. Recorded at the Refuge, a beautiful, historic Franciscan monastery-turned-creative space on Wisconsin’s Fox River, the record is set to be released in the Fall of 2017, continuing the tradition of songwriting by Erin Rae that is deeply personal, and universally relatable.

“With a voice that swoons and soothes, Erin Rae makes smooth-edged music for Sunday afternoons.” – Rolling Stone, 25 Must-See Americana Acts, 2015

www.erinraemusic.com/



CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS (USA) Birmingham Show
Plus Support
Tue 25 July 2017
17.5 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT THE HARE AND HOUNDS, 106 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7JZ www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

Exclusive event - one of just two club shows this summer!

Chuck Prophet returns to Europe with the Mission Express in support of his thirteenth album Booby Fuller Died For Your Sins on Yep Roc. Every year Chuck ups the quality stakes on his albums from the amazing ‘Let Freedom Ring’, to ‘Temple Beautiful’ and his last album ‘Night Surfer’ 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 ‘You Did’ or ‘Castro Halloween’. 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’s music has been featured in films as well as the hit tv shows “True Blood”, “Californication” and “Sons of Anarchy” and most recently been covered by the likes of Bruce Springsteen.

www.chuckprophet.com/



An Evening With SLAID CLEAVES (USA)
Plus Support
Wed 27 September 2017
15 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.

Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes records. Travels around. Tries to be good.

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty four years into his career and with a new record due for this tour it is time to dust off your boots and get along to see a genuinely great country singer still touring these shores. He’s been compared to Guy Clark and John Prine, and that’s spot-on, with the resignation of the former and the ability to cut right to the quick of the latter. Like those songwriting giants, Cleaves is able to be direct and heartfelt, without irony, and never come close to cloying or corny. His is the voice of your conscience, focusing so well on those little details that matter and never engaging in hyperbole or easy generalizations.

wwwslaidcleaves.com/