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JEFFREY FOUCAULT (USA) Plus Support
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Sun 1 February 2015
The Maze £11 Adv


“JEFFREY FOUCAULT IS A YOUNG MAN WITH AN OLD SOUL... CONTEMPORARY AND TIMELESS” The New York Times.

Jeffrey Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000 and has gone on to become one of America’s leading singer/songwriters with a string of highly acclaimed albums to his name.

Long-time disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of song writing set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool.

Cinematic in scope and movement, Horse Latitudes, the stunning new album from Jeffrey Foucault was recorded in just three days in Los Angeles, seamlessly merges the ferocity of rock and the honesty of country behind the plaintive wonder in Foucault’s weathered voice. This is a cross-country collision of rock, country, and folk with equal grace on full-band ragers and whispered solo pieces, delivering a collection of songs that inhabit the borderlands of heartbreak and memory.

Combining the wide-open electricity of Neil Young with the brooding spaciousness of early Richard Buckner, Horse Latitudes shows Foucault in the fullness of his powers as a writer and producer, offering a compelling vision of modern American music.

UNCUT: “The music of Wisconsin native Foucault is the kind so many aspire to but never attain: beat-up troubadour folk whittled to dolorous perfection…”

www.jeffreyfoucault.com/



JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE (USA) + Special Guest Andrew Combs
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Wed 4 February 2015
The Glee Club £14 Adv


Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell.

His fifth album (and first ever on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations. Entitled Single Mothers, the album is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. What he’s created is an album that’s raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, Yum. With his heart and soul still rooted in Nashville, Single Mothers shows Justin’s continued combination of catchy songs and authenticity.

The album was recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players – just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment. JTE takes listeners on a journey through some of his most personal stories yet on what can only be described as an authentic country record.

SPECIAL GUEST ANDREW COMBS:

For those of you who were lucky enough to see Andrew perform in Sept 2014 at the Maze will fully understand why you should arrive in time to catch this extraordinary talented singer / songwriter.

Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who lives in Nashville. His music is equal parts rough-and-tumble '60s Chicago blues, Planet Waves-era Dylan, and vintage Nashville folk. His band’s live show was once described as a cross between Merle Haggard’s stripped-down country rock and the tightly wound garage punk of Detroit’s MC5. They call it “country soul swag,” and you should too.

www.justintownesearle.com/



DREW HOLCOMB (USA) Plus Support
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Sun 8 February 2015
The Maze £12 Adv


A welcome return to the Maze for Drew Holcomb who set the bar so high for us at the start of 2014 that only a handful of shows since that performance have managed to get close to that magical night.

Since releasing their first album, 2005’s Washed In Blue, Drew & The Neighbors (Ellie Holcomb, Nathan Dugger, Rich Brinsfield) have established themselves as a formidable indie act, selling more than 75,000 records, playing more than 1,500 live dates, selling-out headline shows, and touring alongside such varied acts as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, NEEDTOBREATHE, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars, Marc Broussard, and more. Their songs have been used in countless television shows and commercials, most notably in TNT’s Emmy Award winning 2011 Christmas Day NBA Forever spot, which paired the song Live Forever with a mesmerizing montage of past and present NBA video footage.

The hard work has paid off with the band’s sixth album Good Light showcasing Drew’s signature brand of singer/songwriter. Drew is now back with his follow up to his last stunning work with the release of, ‘MEDICINE’

Medicine is by far the best music we have ever made. When I played it for a respected friend, I asked, "What do you think?" The response was, "It sounds like it's always been there."

The twelve songs on Medicine deal with loyalty, hardship, marriage, friendship, feeling like an outsider, and wrestling with God. More than anything else, Medicine is born out of the stories we are told. We recorded the whole album in eight days, co-produced by the band and Joe Pisapia (Ben Folds, kd lang, Guster, Josh Rouse) at Joe's Middletree Studios, in East Nashville. We recorded one song at a time, until it was finished. No studio tricks, just me and a great band working together, creating, having fun, embracing the sorrow. It's always been about the song for us, a community of musicians surrounding that song and bringing it life, trying to make it sound like it has always been there.

www.drewholcomb.com/



SONS OF BILL (USA) + Support (Birmingham Show)
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Tue 17 February 2015
£13 Adv


PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT: THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 High St, Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7JZ www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

“One of the best live shows we have booked in the past 15 years” Cosmic American Music

This is a record that takes me back to some of the creative heights we achieved in Wilco,” says producer Ken Coomer about Sons of Bill’s latest LP Love and Logic. “I’m only interested in making records that are still going to be relevant ten years from now, and this is one of them. It’s unmistakably the real thing.”

This is an ambitious album for the three brothers Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, who share equal duty singing and writing throughout Love and Logic. The Virginia roots obviously run deep, with dreamy pedal steel, banjo, and three part harmonies that could have only been learned at church. But the record moves into enough layered pop productions and rock and roll bravado throughout to keep you guessing as to just who these boys are, and what they’ve been listening to.

It’s easy to say that Sons of Bill can sound more like Townes Van Zandt or early R.E.M. depending on the track, even moving into their own brand of down-home psychedelia that American Songwriter described as a “countrified Pink Floyd.” But the real achievement of Love and Logic is the song writing, the Wilson brothers’ ability to craft literate and deeply introspective lyrics while still managing to deliver it all as a rock and roll band. It’s a soul-searcher’s soundtrack for an over-stimulated age. A roots rock album that stands out above the all rest.

Sons of Bill became more than Charlottesville’s best kept secret with the release of the Sirens LP, a brash rock and roll record, which debuted on the Billboard top 200 and #12 on the Heatseekers chart in 2012. The band toured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic for a year and a half and gained some notoriety for their fiery live performances and road dog work ethic. But Love and Logic certainly marks a turning point for the band– a more sober, reflective, version of themselves– the sound of a band coming into its own.

www.sonsofbill.com



SONS OF BILL (USA) +Support
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Sat 21 February 2015
The Maze £13 Adv


WELCOME BACK SONS OF BILL

“One of the best live shows we have ever booked at the Maze in the past 15 years” Cosmic American Music

This is a record that takes me back to some of the creative heights we achieved in Wilco,” says producer Ken Coomer about Sons of Bill’s latest LP Love and Logic. “I’m only interested in making records that are still going to be relevant ten years from now, and this is one of them. It’s unmistakably the real thing.”

This is an ambitious album for the three brothers Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, who share equal duty singing and writing throughout Love and Logic. The Virginia roots obviously run deep, with dreamy pedal steel, banjo, and three part harmonies that could have only been learned at church. But the record moves into enough layered pop productions and rock and roll bravado throughout to keep you guessing as to just who these boys are, and what they’ve been listening to.

It’s easy to say that Sons of Bill can sound more like Townes Van Zandt or early R.E.M. depending on the track, even moving into their own brand of down-home psychedelia that American Songwriter described as a “countrified Pink Floyd.” But the real achievement of Love and Logic is the songwriting, the Wilson brothers’ ability to craft literate and deeply introspective lyrics while still managing to deliver it all as a rock and roll band. It’s a soul-searcher’s soundtrack for an over-stimulated age. A roots rock album that stands out above the all rest.

Sons of Bill became more than Charlottesville’s best kept secret with the release of the Sirens LP, a brash rock and roll record, which debuted on the Billboard top 200 and #12 on the Heatseekers chart in 2012. The band toured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic for a year and a half and gained some notoriety for their fiery live performances and road dog work ethic. But Love and Logic certainly marks a turning point for the band– a more sober, reflective, version of themselves– the sound of a band coming into its own.

www.sonsofbill.com/



BILL KIRCHEN (USA) Plus Support
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Wed 4 March 2015
The Maze £12.5 Adv


Nick Lowe – “A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth.”

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk.

Johnny Cash – “I think he’s great.”

Washington City Paper – “Like an impassioned preacher in a souped-up convertible, Kirchen described passing Muddy Waters, Link Wray, Merle Haggard, B. B. King, Carl Perkins, Jimi Hendrix and more, nodding in tribute to each one with a perfect guitar quotation as he drove by. … Bill Kirchen took every one for the ride of their lives in his Hot Rod Lincoln.”

www.billkirchen.com