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WILL HOGE (USA) + Guest Support HANS CHEW (USA)
Plus Support
Sun 9 July 2017
The Maze 14 Adv


Will Hoge is an extremely prolific songwriter with ten albums under his belt and countless songs written for others (including a Grammy nomination), Never fitting particularly neatly into a genre box, he's always just made the music that moved him– but it's safe to say that he feels more kinship with the country community than ever, particularly as a storyteller. After sell out shows in 2015, this is a rare opportunity to catch one of Tennessee's finest songwriters live.

"Took a whole lot of miles to know what I know now," sings Will Hoge on "Growing Up Around Here," the opening track off of his tenth studio album, Small Town Dreams. "I'm kinda proud of growing up around here." It's been a whole lot of miles, indeed: miles on the road, driving the bus himself from venue to venue since the nineties; miles to and from Nashville writing rooms, where he's spent countless hours penning songs – some for him, some for others; miles exploring lands outside of his native Franklin, Tennessee, chasing the spirits of his musical heroes. Roads meet, roads split, roads led to home. This is the album that follows them all, every twist and turn in Hoge's American journey – a journey that's positioned him as one of our keenest, most honest modern storytellers, telling both his tale and ours.

HANS CHEW (USA)

Perhaps best known for his keyboard work with other artists like D. Charles Speer, Jack Rose, Endless Boogie, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Steve Gunn, Hans Chew has established himself as a versatile singer, songwriter and performer in his own right. His 2010 debut album Tennessee & Other Stories… received four stars from Rolling Stone and was heralded by Uncut as one of the top 25 albums of the year.

www.willhoge.com/



JIM LAUDERDALE (USA) + Ags Connolly
Plus Support Ags Connolly
Mon 17 July 2017
13 Adv


PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT THE RUNNING HORSE VENUE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel: 07770 226926

Jim Lauderdale is both a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, who has written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman who has enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, he has created a critically acclaimed body of work spanning nearly 30 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock. Jim’s new album, ‘London Southern,’ (Proper Records) released this February, features co-writes with Dan Penn, Joan Oates, Odie Blackmon and Kendell Marvell, alongside six Lauderdale solo compositions and a host of celebrated guest musicians.

Throughout his three-decade career, Lauderdale has helped pave the way for the current Americana movement, recording albums and writing songs that cross genres from country, rock, folk and bluegrass. Jim has written many classic songs for iconic artists, including Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, Solomon Burke, Lee Ann Womack, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, and Patty Loveless among many, many others. He co-hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM with Buddy Miller, "The Buddy & Jim Show,"

Jim has won two Grammys and been honored with the SESAC Inspiration Award, the prestigious American Eagle Award from the National Music Council along with Kris Kristofferson and in 2016, the aforementioned US Americana Music Association’s Wagonmaster Award.

In February 2017, Jim toured as part of the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions alongside Tift Merritt, Eddi Reader, Dirk Powell, John Paul White and many more. Compare of the annual US Americana Music Honours & Awards, this year Jim also presented the International Album Of The Year at the UK Americana Awards (to Sam Outlaw for ‘Angeleno’).

www.jimlauderdale.com/
www.agsconnolly.com/



CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS (USA) + Curse Of Lono
Plus Support Curse Of Lono
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/
www.curseoflonoband.com/



SAM OUTLAW BAND (USA) + Worry Dolls
Plus Support Worry Dolls
Wed 26 July 2017
The Glee Club 15 Adv


“Angeleno made him a legitimate contender to be the biggest country star L.A. has produced since Dwight Yoakam.” – LA Weekly

Cynicism comes easy, but having a soft heart takes real guts. Sam Outlaw's new album Tenderheart dares to tread gently and look inward, with unapologetic sentiment and un-ironic nods to country music's greatest neon rainbow chasers.

Since the release of his 2015 debut Angeleno, Outlaw remains one of LA's only modern country singers to earn international acclaim. And with his follow-up Tenderheart he shows an impressive refinement of his artistic identity. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw's "SoCal Country" sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country's neo-traditionalists and LA's legendary singer-songwriters. Thematically Tenderheart is a thesis on self-discovery and the power of love. Alt-country pioneer Ryan Adams just recently praised Outlaw, calling his work "beyond great songwriting"

Angeleno's critical acclaim also led to 18 months of international touring. He entertained thousands of festival-goers with a prime slot at Stagecoach, made four trips to Europe, toured Australia twice and played several hundred gigs in the USA. After all those miles it's fitting that Tenderheart bottles the energy of the songs that have become mainstays of his live show. Fan-favorites like "Diamond Ring" and honky-tonk sing-along "All My Life" finally get proper studio treatment, along with "Look At You Now," a regular highlight of his acoustic tours overseas - where Outlaw is nominated for AmericanaUK's International Album of the Year alongside Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price.

Not one to mess with a winning combination, Sam called on many of the same musicians that made Angeleno such a success: harmony singer Molly Jenson, pedal steel pro Jeremy Long and guitarist Danny Garcia, along with Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket). Produced by Martin Pradler and Outlaw and recorded in the San Fernando Valley, Tenderheart also features Erwin Vasquez and Mariachi Teocuitatlan, a local mariachi group who appeared in the video for Angeleno's title track.

Now two years into his new life, Outlaw has learned that great dreams can only be achieved at great cost. And at its core, Tenderheart is the outcome of another lesson learned: if your heart stays true, the sacrifice is worth it.

www.samoutlaw.com/
www.worrydollsmusic.com/



SAM OUTLAW BAND (USA) + Worry Dolls
Plus Support Worry Dolls
Wed 30 August 2017
15 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 HIGH ST. KINGS HEATH, BIRMINGHAM.B14 7JZ www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

“Angeleno made him a legitimate contender to be the biggest country star L.A. has produced since Dwight Yoakam.” – LA Weekly

Cynicism comes easy, but having a soft heart takes real guts. Sam Outlaw's new album Tenderheart dares to tread gently and look inward, with unapologetic sentiment and un-ironic nods to country music's greatest neon rainbow chasers.

Since the release of his 2015 debut Angeleno, Outlaw remains one of LA's only modern country singers to earn international acclaim. And with his follow-up Tenderheart he shows an impressive refinement of his artistic identity. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw's "SoCal Country" sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country's neo-traditionalists and LA's legendary singer-songwriters. Thematically Tenderheart is a thesis on self-discovery and the power of love. Alt-country pioneer Ryan Adams just recently praised Outlaw, calling his work "beyond great songwriting"

Angeleno's critical acclaim also led to 18 months of international touring. He entertained thousands of festival-goers with a prime slot at Stagecoach, made four trips to Europe, toured Australia twice and played several hundred gigs in the USA. After all those miles it's fitting that Tenderheart bottles the energy of the songs that have become mainstays of his live show. Fan-favorites like "Diamond Ring" and honky-tonk sing-along "All My Life" finally get proper studio treatment, along with "Look At You Now," a regular highlight of his acoustic tours overseas - where Outlaw is nominated for AmericanaUK's International Album of the Year alongside Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price.

Not one to mess with a winning combination, Sam called on many of the same musicians that made Angeleno such a success: harmony singer Molly Jenson, pedal steel pro Jeremy Long and guitarist Danny Garcia, along with Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket). Produced by Martin Pradler and Outlaw and recorded in the San Fernando Valley, Tenderheart also features Erwin Vasquez and Mariachi Teocuitatlan, a local mariachi group who appeared in the video for Angeleno's title track.

Now two years into his new life, Outlaw has learned that great dreams can only be achieved at great cost. And at its core, Tenderheart is the outcome of another lesson learned: if your heart stays true, the sacrifice is worth it.

www.samoutlaw.com/
www.worrydollsmusic.com/



DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD + William The Conqueror
Plus Support William The Conqueror
Wed 13 September 2017
The Maze 12.5 Adv


Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World writing themselves large, giving themselves the space, and taking the time, to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass - a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands. Hidden away somewhere in this diverse collection you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and then serendipity, has been to maximise the creative potential of all The Champs.

The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were recorded in intensive ten day stints. The songs written and rehearsed, the musicians gathered in North London at bassist Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios and tracked everything at one fell swoop. This time around Danny wanted something different allowing an all-encompassing view of what the band was capable of.

The Champs are understandably proud of what they’ve achieved. Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record this line-up has come up with so far, while for Danny it’s “a bit like taking a peek into somebody’s house; there’s great stuff that immediately grabs your attention, and then there’s other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautiful”. That’s typical Danny Wilson, a brave stab at modesty but far too honest to sell himself short. He and his band are already much loved; for their whole-hearted openness, their democracy, and their sheer joy in what they do. They’re going to be loved too for this record. Very soon Brilliant Light will be the soundtrack to an awful lot of people’s lives, and that is no small achievement.

www.dannyandthechamps.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/



CHRIS PUREKA (USA) + Support
Plus Support
Sun 1 October 2017
The Maze 12 Adv


"…summoning the spirits of Gillian Welch's 'Revelator' or Ryan Adams' 'Heartbreaker”. -Billboard.com

It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Now, five years coming, she shares with us another powerful entry in her life’s work, her sixth release, the aptly titled, Back in the Ring.

“My music is the outward expression of the work I’m doing internally. What I do comes from my experiences, and I strive to express these experiences authentically. Speaking my truth, and being myself, is the way that I connect with people,”



https://www.chrispureka.com 



JESSE DAYTON (USA) +Support
Plus Support
Mon 23 October 2017
The Maze 13 Adv


First show from Jesse in Nottingham with his stellar Austin band!

Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following around the globe playing festivals in North America and Europe for years with his guitar shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. As a critic’s darling for his first record on Justice Records, Raisin’ Cain (1995), and a number one Americana radio ranking, Jesse was hired at a young age to play lead guitar on some of the last recordings, and play live, by country legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson & Glen Campbell and he’s been featured in many guitar magazines. Sensing a shift in the music business climate, Jesse formed his own label in 2002, Stag Records, and began his most prolific recording period. While recording five solo records, one duet record, one live record, all on Stag, as well as two soundtrack recordings (Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2) for rocker/director Rob Zombie, Jesse managed to act in movies and music videos, produce several records for other artists (the latest being Supersuckers front man Eddie Spaghetti’s “The Value Of Nothing” on Bloodshot Records), write two screenplays, and most recently wrote and directed a new horror movie, “Zombex,” starring Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, John Doe, and Lew Temple (“Walking Dead). All while still performing 150 shows per year.

Jesse landed the part of Kinky Friedman in Ted Swindley’s stage production of “Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman,” which ran for a few weeks and also led him to releasing a record of Kinky Friedman original songs called “Jesse Sings Kinky” which has opened up a whole new chapter for him with more radio airplay than ever in his career. As his film “Zombex” just got back from Cannes Film Festival, Jesse will be releasing the Zombex soundtrack which is steeped heavy in the Louisiana/Texas music of his youth. Before JD starts on his next film, he’ll be on tour “brangin’ it” with his all-star band of hotdog Austin musicians, playing to his faithful fans called “Hardchargers” around the globe. Don’t miss this show!!!



www.jessedayton.com



MARK EITZEL BAND (USA)
Plus Support
Thu 9 November 2017
The Glee Club 16.5 Adv


“If Leonard Cohen’s voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helm’s is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzel’s is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves.” Pitchfork

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) tours his biggest selling record in over 20 years in November. In addition to classics from American Music Club and solo albums, Mark will be featuring material from Hey Mr Ferryman. It was made with Mercury Prize winner Bernard Butler (ex-Suede, McAlmont & Butler), who has produced or recorded albums with Ben Watt, Edwyn Collins and more. Butler produced Hey Mr Ferryman and played all of the electric guitar, bass, and keyboard parts. Uncut said “Eitzel at his unflinching best” and Q “Eitzel’s best album in years”.

Hey Mr Ferryman features the vivid melodies long associated American Music Club, as well as Butler’s distinctive guitar that serves to complement Eitzel’s expressive vocals. “The songs on this record are about celebrating musicians and music, about misogyny, the long shadow of history, getting one’s head out of one’s ass,” quips Eitzel on the themes of Ferryman. “Also oceans, blood, skies, hearts, gay pioneers, carpenters, weeping women, and how death waits for you even in the happiest place on earth: Las Vegas.”

Rolling Stone awarded Mark and AMC their ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for their album Everclear, which remains a true and soul-stirring classic to this day.

“America’s greatest living lyricist” The Guardian

https://www.mergerecords.com/mark-eitzel