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THE MASTERSONS (USA) + Paul Handyside (Birmingham Show)
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Sun 2 November 2014
£11 Adv


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

Male-female country collaborations are nearly as old as the genre itself. But thanks in part to the popularity of the Civil Wars, the concept is hot again. That makes the waters perfect for husband and wife duo The Mastersons to jump into the surf.

The Mastersons, husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, both Texas born, enjoyed successful careers as supporting musicians before marrying each other in 2009. The couple played on each other's solo records in 2009 and joined Steve Earle's touring band, The Dukes and Duchesses, in 2011.

The Austin, TX-based duo's lilting song craft and charismatic chemistry have already won over listeners around the world, thanks to the couples ongoing status as members of Steve Earle's band The Dukes, their frequent opening sets for Earle, and their critically-lauded 2012 debut album, Birds Fly South.

"Chris is the best guitar player that's ever been in this band and Eleanor's a better musician than any of us,” Steve Earle.

Although Good Luck Charm is the Mastersons' second album, in many ways it's their first full-on collaboration. Whereas Birds Fly South consisted largely of songs that they'd composed individually, all of Good Luck Charm's material was co-written by Chris and Eleanor, giving the material added depth as well as a powerful collective lyrical identity that's matched by their expressive harmonies. ‘Good Luck Charm’ has heavenly harmonies, stunning musicianship and vivid, insightful lyrics which is why they have been described as “Poised to be one of Austin’s breakout acts for 2014”

PAUL HANDYSIDE

Paul Handyside was singer and songwriter with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! who had album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records between 1982 and 1991. They played in Europe, USA and in 1988, with the backing of the British Council, toured the Middle East including Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. The Hurrah! back catalogue has recently been re-released on Cherry Red Records. During the nineties Handyside toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware label mate Martin Stephenson.

n 2001 Handyside formed alt country group Bronze releasing two albums The statue in the stone and A common prayer. He then went solo with the release of Future's dream in 2007, which received great reviews. Paul Handyside 1987. His song writing now blends elements of americana, pop, folk and English hymns. His second solo album “Wayward Son” was officially launched in January 2014.

"...a collection of songs that genuinely affect, move, touch and manipulate the senses. It’s powerful stuff...Class oozes from this album from start to finish" Americana uk.

www.themastersonsmusic.com/
http://www.paulhandyside.com/



MARY GUATHIER (USA) Plus Ben Glover
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Tue 4 November 2014
The Glee Club £14 Adv


MARY GAUTHIER ‘Trouble and Love’ is her brand new studio album, includes songs written with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gretchen Peters. Album guests include Duane Eddy

“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers…She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” Los Angeles Times.

A Louisiana-native turned Nashville-resident, Mary Gauthier (it’s French - pronounced Go-SHAY) has had an extraordinary life. A teenage runaway who found her first shelter among addicts and drag queens, struggled with drug addiction and became a chef/owner of three restaurants in Boston before selling them in 2001 to become a full time songwriter. She has subsequently received countless accolades for her six studio albums. The New York Times music writer John Pareles picked 2001’s Filth and Fire as the #1 Indy release of the year, 2005’s Mercy Now earned her the Americana Music Association’s New/Emerging Artist of the Year title and 2011’s The Foundling was named as one of the Records of the Year by the LA Times. Mary’s songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Boy George, Tim McGraw, Candi Staton amongst others. Her latest release, Trouble and Love, is winning rave reviews and includes “How You Learn To Live Alone”, co-written with Gretchen Peters and featured in Season II of the hit TV show Nashville. On the record, the legendary Duane Eddy plays guitar on this song.

BEN GLOVER

The music of Americana artists mixed with traditional Irish songs were the soundtrack for Ben Glover growing up in the sleepy seaside village of Glenarm in the north of Ireland. Ben relocated to Nashville in 2009 and immersed himself in the southern culture. He began exploring the locations that were closely associated with the music he grew up listening to.

Now having returned to live in Ireland, the result of this homecoming is Atlantic and is easily Ben’s finest record. Atlantic deals with many themes - place, growth, pain, love, faith, sin, redemption and ultimately homecoming. It’s not only the recording that was personal - the songs, which Ben found deep within himself, were stripped of pretence and calculation and clearly are those of an artist who has something meaningful to say.

Whether it’s examining how the choices we make affect our fate in “Oh Soul” written with Mary Gauthier, or the haunting gothic murder ballad “Blackbirds“ co-written with and featuring Gretchen Peters, or the angst filled “Too Long Gone,” these songs are evidence of a writer and a singer who has found his voice. Atlantic will be released worldwide on 1st September 2014.

www.marygauthier.com/
www.benglover.co.uk/



An Evening With HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN (USA)
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Thu 13 November 2014
The Glee Club £16.5 Adv


"An Arsenal of technique and joy." - New York Times

In the mid-'90s Elana James was looking to join a "gigging band" when Whit Smith answered her ad. Though he had no shows on the books, Whit somehow convinced Elana to come down to his East Village apartment and rock out for an evening just to see what would happen. When she arrived, he opened the door in big furry slippers and the rest is history.

More than a decade later, the Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to be the most globe-trotting, hard-swinging Western Swing trio on the planet. From early days busking for tips in San Diego's Balboa Park, the band has grown and developed into a formidable international sensation. The Hot Club's ever-growing presence on the international festival scene has grown with its relentless touring over the years as well as consistently releasing critically acclaimed CDs.

After a two-year hiatus during 2005-2007 the band went its separate ways, reuniting in 2008 The band--Elana James on violin and vocals, Whit Smith on guitar and vocals, and Jake Erwin on bass and vocals--still swings harder than ever as it continues to develop it's unique, ever-evolving sound. This journey, which began with the roots of the Hot Jazz era, Americana music, vintage pop and folk music, continues to unfold into the new sound of the group's original songs.

In the UK they have appeared extensively on BBC Radio with Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw, and on BBC TV's "Later" with Jools Holland, the "Live From Glastonbury Festival" broadcast, as well as throughout the UK at festivals, theatres, and clubs. These days, tours with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, the Mavericks and others keep the Hot Club of Cowtown busy dazzling new audiences both nationally and internationally throughout much of the year.

www.facebook.com/hotclubofcowtown



FRAZEY FORD BAND (USA)
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Sun 16 November 2014
The Maze £14 Adv


Best known as the lead singer for well-loved alt folk band The Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford's new album confirms what we have always suspected - that a great unexplored talent for soul music lay just below the surface.

Following up her critically acclaimed solo album Obadiah, Miss Ford returns with the lush, redemptive “Indian Ocean”, fulfilling a lifelong dream of working with the Hi Rhythm Section (made famous for backing up Al Green and Ann Peebles) in the historic Royal studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

The story behind the making of Frazey Ford's new album begins shortly after she penned the album’s rapturous leadoff single, “September Fields.” Filmmaker Robert Gordon (Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life And Times Of Muddy Waters) was working on a documentary on Memphis soul, focusing on Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell’s creative home base, Royal Studios, that was also the studio that fostered Green’s visionary backing band, the Hi Rhythm section. Gordon had heard Frazey’s song “If you gonna go” from her solo debut Obadiah (Nettwerk) on Memphis radio and was struck by how it conjured up a pivotal time in soul music history without aping its stylistic clichés. Robert initiated collaboration between Frazey and the soul all-stars, having previously lent the same assistance to Cat Power for her outstanding 2006 album "The Greatest".

The album's creative cycle spanned over two years, involving two recording trips to Memphis and multiple studio sessions with Frazey's Vancouver musicians. The iconic architects of the Al Green instrumental sound—Teenie Hodges, guitar, Charles Hodges, organ, and Leroy Hodges, bass lent their almighty talents helping Frazey's songs find their distinctive groove. The end result of all of this collective creative meshing is Frazey's folk-soul hybrid record that feels both familiar and innovative simultaneously.

Indian Ocean was co-produced and mixed by Frazey’s long-time creative partner John Raham in Vancouver at Afterlife Studios (who also produced and mixed Frazey’s first solo album, Obadiah).

www.frazeyford.com/



SIMONE FELICE (USA) Plus Dan Whitehouse (Birmingham Show)
Plus Support Dan Whitehouse
Fri 21 November 2014
£13 Adv


PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHOW IS AT THE GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM, The Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD 0871 472 0400 (9.30-5.30) & www.glee.co.uk Doors open at 8.00pm.

“With gospel tinges and road-dusted melodies, this is high-end Americana and piano balladry...” ★★★★✩ (4/5 stars) Q Magazine.

Celebrated Catskill Mountain songwriter Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Duke & The King) returns for a special string of intimate acoustic dates accompanied by the stellar Anna Mitchell on harmonium, piano, and vocal harmony. Expect mesmerizing renditions of songs from the recent highly acclaimed Strangers LP, plus a wealth of Simone's beloved back catalogue. Do not miss this show!!'

The music of Simone Felice is filled with songs of memory and regret, of reminiscence and desire, songs that reflect on love, childhood and, more than anything, on time passing. Each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance. Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion wrought by Felice’s careful approach. It shows that the power of music can lift your spirits and make your heart full. His music is so authentic, it’s strangely uplifting, it’s almost like you’re greeting the sunrise. 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.

"Each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance." - Guardian.

DAN WHITEHOUSE

Singer-songwriter based in Birmingham, Dan Whitehouse’s third album ‘Raw State’ is the sound of Dan instinctively and candidly arriving into the next chapter of his sound and adventure; a mature series of performances that feature some of the songwriter’s best material – head and heart music, rooted in the human condition. Produced by Danny George Wilson and Chris Clarke from Danny and the Champions of the World, ‘Raw State’ features a coterie of inspiring guest musicians and performances, including pedal steel legend BJ Cole.

Since releasing his debut in 2009, the prolific singer-songwriter has amassed a catalogue of five EPs/mini-albums and three full-albums, performed sell-out shows across the UK and North America and is an active community musician.

“Really, really gorgeous songs… ” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

www.simonefelice.com/
www.dan-whitehouse.com



SIMONE FELICE (USA) Plus Dan Whitehouse
Plus Support Dan Whitehouse
Tue 25 November 2014
The Maze £13 Adv


“With gospel tinges and road-dusted melodies, this is high-end Americana and piano balladry...” ★★★★✩ (4/5 stars) Q Magazine

Celebrated Catskill Mountain songwriter Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Duke & The King) returns for a special string of intimate acoustic dates accompanied by the stellar Anna Mitchell on harmonium, piano, and vocal harmony. Expect mesmerizing renditions of songs from the recent highly acclaimed Strangers LP, plus a wealth of Simone's beloved back catalogue. Do not miss this show!!'

The music of Simone Felice is filled with songs of memory and regret, of reminiscence and desire, songs that reflect on love, childhood and, more than anything, on time passing. Each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance. Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion wrought by Felice’s careful approach. It shows that the power of music can lift your spirits and make your heart full. His music is so authentic, it’s strangely uplifting, it’s almost like you’re greeting the sunrise. 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.

"Each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance." - Guardian.

DAN WHITEHOUSE

Singer-songwriter based in Birmingham, Dan Whitehouse’s third album ‘Raw State’ is the sound of Dan instinctively and candidly arriving into the next chapter of his sound and adventure; a mature series of performances that feature some of the songwriter’s best material – head and heart music, rooted in the human condition. Produced by Danny George Wilson and Chris Clarke from Danny and the Champions of the World, ‘Raw State’ features a coterie of inspiring guest musicians and performances, including pedal steel legend BJ Cole.

Since releasing his debut in 2009, the prolific singer-songwriter has amassed a catalogue of five EPs/mini-albums and three full-albums, performed sell-out shows across the UK and North America and is an active community musician.

“Really, really gorgeous songs… ” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

www.simonefelice.com/
www.dan-whitehouse.com



JEFFREY FOUCAULT (USA) Plus Support
Plus Support
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/



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)
Plus Support
Mon 16 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
Plus Support
Fri 20 February 2015
The Maze £13 Adv