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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) + Paul Cauthen (Birmingham Glee Show
Plus Support Paul Cauthen
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/
paulcauthenmusic.com/



ANDREW COMBS BAND (USA) + Paul Cauthen
Plus Support Paul Cauthen
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/
paulcauthenmusic.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
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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
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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/



DARDEN SMITH (USA) + Support
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Wed 14 June 2017
10 Adv


This show will be at: The RUNNING HORSE,16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG. Tel 07770 226926.

It is difficult to name the best songwriter in a town like Austin, but as Cloughie would say, this guy is in the top one!

Darden Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Austin whose thirty-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. His latest album, Everything, carries a timely message of unity. In addition to fifteen critically acclaimed albums, Smith continues to break new ground using the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship and service. He is the founder and creative director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that pairs professional songwriters with veterans and service members in retreat settings to craft songs about combat and the return home.

www.dardensmith.com



ERIN RAE AND THE MEANWHILES (USA) + AMELIA CURRAN
Plus Support AMELIA CURRAN
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.

AMELIA CURRAN (Canada)

Amelia Curran is a Juno-Award winning songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Curran’s music is distinguished by her intricate and elliptical lyrics, geologic in their resilience and oceanic in their depths. Over the course of a decade, Curran has built a shoreline of song, a place of radical, perpetual collision of matter and form. Even as she leads us to the ever-eroding lip of the abyss, Curran’s music helps us make sense of the heart’s imperceptible, relentless attrition.

Watershed, Amelia Curran’s newest album, marks a threshold, a shake-up, a directional change. The tenor of this new album is openness (not to be confused with optimism), a reflection in part of Curran’s increasingly public efforts to battle the stigma of mental health issues in the arts. As a whole, the album calls for compassion and unification as a breakwater against the sea of cruelties we inflict upon each other, and upon ourselves.

www.erinraemusic.com/
www.ameliacurran.com/



WILL HOGE (USA) + Support
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Sun 9 July 2017
The Glee Club 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.

www.willhoge.com/



JIM LAUDERDALE (USA) + Support
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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/



CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS (USA) Birmingham Show
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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/



SAM OUTLAW BAND (USA) + Support
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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/



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)
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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/