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MARY GUATHIER (USA) Birmingham Show
Plus Support Ben Glover
Wed 1 October 2014
£14 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 7.00pm

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/



JMMY LAFAVE & THE NIGHT TRIBE (USA)
Plus Support
Sun 5 October 2014
The Maze £16 Adv


Jimmy LaFave will play 2 sets starting at 8.15pm

“The way he blends country, blues, folk, and early rock & roll, his work ethic, and low-key rapport with fans are all factors that make Jimmy LaFave and outstanding songwriter, musician and performer not to be missed”.

Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave brings a passionate rock & roll energy to his original folk songs, whether he's playing solo or with a band. LaFave grew up in Wills Point, east of Dallas, but at 17, his family moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma. When he was in his teens, his mother purchased his first guitar for him with green stamps. While Stillwater was not exactly bustling with musical activity, it wasn't a ghost town either, and it was close enough to Tulsa that LaFave found all the opportunities he was seeking as a young singer/songwriter. Here he crafted a musical style called Red Dirt music and became a disciple of the state's most famous folk musician: Woody Guthrie. However to find a wider audience and, more importantly, a record deal, LaFave thought it would be worthwhile to move to Austin. He found both after moving to Austin in 1985, and he's been based there ever since.

In 2005 Jimmy LaFave joined Red House Records and released his album Blue Nightfall in the same year which one reviewer called his "best work yet" and "a great introduction to an important artist". LaFave's second release for Red House Records was the 2007 album Cimarron Manifesto which went to No. 1 on the Association chart. In his review of LaFave's Cimarron Manifesto (2007) for the Folk Wax E-Zine, Arthur Wood calls LaFave "one of the finest Dylan interpreters ever. LaFave's 14th release and most recent, Depending On The Distance, was released in September 2012. Backing musicians include Austin's Eliza Gilkyson and John Inmon. In her review for The Oklahoman, Brandy McDonnell said: "Jimmy LaFave’s first studio album in five years, lives up to the intriguing promise of its title, finding the Oklahoma-Texas troubadour in a contemplative mood whether he is crooning his new original songs, covering an ’80s pop smash or reinterpreting anthems penned by Rock and Roll Hall of famers Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Jimmy LaFave came up honestly, honing his skills as a songwriter while hosting an open mic. in Austin, Texas; before long, he was winning awards, with veteran rock critic Dave Marsh praising him as "one of America's greatest voices."

www.jimmylafave.com/‎



RED SKY JULY + Support
Plus Support
Mon 6 October 2014
The Maze £11 Adv


Red Sky July, formed in 2009 are a trio with a phenomenal pedigree - husband and wife duo Ally McErlaine and Shelly Poole, and singer Charity Hair - all of whom have been steeped in music for as long as they can remember.

Shelly Poole was one half of the million-selling duo Alisha’s Attic and the daughter of famed ‘60s artist Brian Poole. Ally McErlaine joined Texas when he was just 17. He has been touring with them since 1988, selling over 15 million albums worldwide in the process. Ally and Shelly married in 2001. Charity Hair hails from the small town of Plant City in Florida, formerly of The Alice Band.

Red Sky July came together to make music they love with no boundaries and expectations. All three would later testify that the song writing process was one of the easiest of their respective careers, with songs and lyrics literally tumbling out as they discussed past relationships and experiences. Yet there was a two-year break where the entire project was put on standby – Ally suffered a major brain aneurysm and was in a critical state for over a year. The focus, of course, shifted to getting Ally fit and healthy. Once he was suitably recovered, the trio recorded their first album ‘Red Sky July’ release in 2011. The album garnered wide media support with Q Magazine describing it as “a timeless blend of vocals & intricate twang…. As atmospheric as it is emotional”. The release also saw support on national radio stations including Radio 2 and appearances on national TV including BBC Breakfast.

Consummate live performers, a headline national tour and support slots with the likes of Deacon Blue, James Walsh (Starsailor) preceded the group joining Jools Holland as special guests on his UK summer tour, returning later that year to perform at his sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Most recently they toured with renowned Nashville singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman on her UK tour, both opening for her and performing as her band.

This summer Red Sky July return with Lay Down Your Love the first single from new album ‘Shadowbirds’ which will be released in September 2014. The album was produced by Ross Hamilton and Michael Bannister of Glasgow’s Rocket Science Studios with musical collaboration from Mark Neary and Ally’s Texas band mates Ross McFarlane and Eddie Campbell. Gorgeous harmonies, beautiful melodies, top-drawer songwriting, signature guitar playing and an Americana-inflected, alt-country twang are the name of the game.

www.redskyjuly.com/



ERIC TAYLOR (USA) Plus Stuart Warburton
Plus Support
Fri 10 October 2014
£10 Adv


PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT: THE GUITAR BAR At Hotel Deux, Clumber Avenue, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham. NG5 1AP Tel: 07770 226926 www.guitarbar.co.uk/

"To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time, would be an understatement," Nanci Griffith says. "If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor, you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of song writing in our current time."

Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/ songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Taylor. If you're not familiar with Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue.

Taylor learned intricate blues guitar stylings from music legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi Fred McDowell while working at the Family Hand club. Later, he developed his own unique guitar picking style, that would be imitated by many of his contemporaries from the early Houston days, such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Nanci Griffith.In 1977 Taylor was a winner of the "New Folk" competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Shameless Love, his first album, came out in 1981 and after a hiatus of almost 14 years, he returned with the self-titled Eric Taylor, released in 1995. His output since then has been steady releasing a further 7 albums with his most recent recorded at the Red Shack Studio in Houston. Released in 2013 ‘STUDIO 10’ brings to light 9 new songs penned by Eric Taylor and a cover of Tim Grimm’s “Cover These Bones.”

www.bluerubymusic.com/‎



An Evening with ROD PICOTT (USA) (Birmingham Show)
Plus Support
Sun 12 October 2014
£11 Adv


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

Rod will be doing 2 sets so the show will start at 8.15pm prompt.

“Beautiful and heart-breaking songs-one of the best on the Americana and folk scene"- Slaid Cleaves

The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you'll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eagelsmith have recorded Rod Picott songs. A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self-released CDs over the last 13 years and a well-earned reputation as an engaging, emotion fuelled performer.

Rod’s current record (and possibly his best) Hang Your Hopes On Crooked Nail, produced by RS Field [Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll] is a collection of carefully crafted songs of rugged truth and beauty. Recorded at Joe Pisapia's [KD Lang, Guster] Middletree Studios in East Nashville the CD highlights Picott's particular gift for exploring complex themes in common language. The eleven songs on Hang Your Hopes On a Crooked Nail offer an unblinking albeit wry gaze into our common heart and a clenched fist of defiance against the trials that tear at our humanity.

“This talented singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee combines a smokey delivery with honest songs that speak of simple, often overlooked truths”.

www.rodpicott.com/



SARAH BORGES + GIRLS, GUNS & GLORY (USA)
Plus Support Girls, Guns & Glory
Thu 16 October 2014
The Maze £13 Adv


As cliché as it may be, absence makes the heart grow fonder couldn’t be a more genuine statement for singer/songwriter Sarah Borges as she embarks on her next musical adventure, the release of her new album, “Radio Sweetheart.” After a year away from pouring her heart and soul into her music, penning her emotions into powerful lyrics, and leaving it all on the stage during riveting live shows, her love for her craft grew that much stronger.

“After seven years, the Broken Singles had run its course. It was an amicable breakup. After a year, it hit me like a ton of bricks – I didn’t have to stop doing music,” says Borges, who under the name Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles released four critically-acclaimed records (with Blue Corn Music and Sugarhill Records), toured non-stop, and drew praise from the most elitist of music scribes from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today, Creative Loafing, The Boston Globe, and others.

Among the supporters were Rolling Stone magazine, which described the artist as “friendly pop–rock with bits of twang, rockabilly, and ’50 pop”; and The New York Times who described her as “a modern-minded honky-tonker with a retro streak.” Paste magazine hits the nail on the head when they wrote, “she has all the good parts of Sheryl Crow’s sound without the L.A. pop suckdom.”

This time out, the singer/songwriter/guitarist took the more daunting, yet more courageous, route of going it alone. “It’s scary and freeing at the same time to do a record where I don’t have anyone to answer to but myself. A big driving force for this record was to find myself again and remind myself how much I love music after being away from it. I had felt this sense of loss and didn’t realize how integral music was to me,” says Borges, who began her musical journey in musical theater at Emerson College before making a name for herself in the vibrant rock scene of Boston.

GIRLS, GUNS & GLORY

This is the first UK tour for Girls, Guns & Glory. Ward Hayden and the boys will be performing songs from their great album Good Luck and playing with Sarah.

www.sarahborges.com
www.girlsgunsandglory.com



NELL BRYDEN (USA) Plus Support
Plus Support
Sun 19 October 2014
The Maze £12 Adv


Nell Bryden has the heart of an artist, the mind of a storyteller and the restless soul of a troubadour.

These traits are in the genes of the native New Yorker – her parents are a painter and opera singer. But the self-belief and tireless work ethic that have seen her travel 300,000 miles to play 1,400 shows over the past seven years are all her own.Along the way Nell Bryden has picked up numerous fans, a few good friends, and a lifetime of tales to tell.

Following the enormous success of her last single “All You Had”, Nell’s third album “Wayfarer” will be released on 7th July 2014. Like its predecessor, “Wayfarer” finds Nell continuing her creative journey further into the world of rhythmic and electronic pop. Stylistically, “Wayfarer” is inspired by Fleetwood Mac, but with Nell’s soaring vocals reminiscent of classic Annie Lennox in her “Diva” heyday.

After 18 months promoting and touring her second album “Shake The Tree”, Nell has spent the last year writing and experimenting with her song writing and music, and finally settled on a stylistic direction for her next album in autumn 2013. Whittling down 25 demos to a dozen songs, and encouraged by the reception of “All You Had” at radio stations throughout the UK.

In between album writing and production duties, Nell has kept doing what she does best, playing live. In the last two years she’s performed 110 shows in UK, Europe and USA, most recently supporting Gipsy Kings on their Europe and UK tour, including her fourth performance at Royal Albert Hall, London, in a little over a year. Nell has been the support artist on major tours with Jools Holland, Chris Rea and Duane Eddy, alongside high profile Festival performances such as V Festival, Cornbury, Hyde Park, Guilfest and Bluesfest.

Nell is confirmed to perform at Chris Evan’s Carfest in August, the Milton Keynes International Festival in July, has been invited back to perform at Bluesfest in London in October and will be performing at Kew Gardens with Jools Holland in July. Nell is also getting recognition for her talents as a songwriter, with her song “Sirens” being picked up by Cher for her latest album, “Closer to the Truth”,

www.nellbryden.com



CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS (Birmingham show)
Plus Support
Mon 20 October 2014
£16 Adv


FOLLOWING LASTS YEARS SELL OUT BIRMINGHAM SHOW CHUCK AND THE MISSION EXPRESS ARE BACK ONCE AGAIN AT: THE OOBLECK VENUE, 78 The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA Tel 0121 270 6665 Website - www.facebook.com/theoobleck

Prophet delivers with quixotic swagger and declamatory sneer." MOJO

Chuck Prophet shapes his restless career with inimitable subtle flair: a vivid parade of razor-edged one-liners camouflaged in a slack-jawed drawl, songs about heartbreak and everyman heroism, drenched in twisted lines of rude Telecaster.

His search for a new perspective has paid off, much like at eighteen when he left his native Whittier, CA for San Francisco, which he still calls home, and before too long joined Green on Red, a gang of interloping Arizonans with no small impact on L.A.`s Paisley Underground. During an eight-year run with Green on Red, he cut his first major label session with legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson, burned through a couple of big record deals, and ventured a debut solo effort, Brother Aldo (1990). These were the first steps in the career that shaped Prophet into a prolific rock `n' roll classicist. With "his triple-threat ability — excellent songwriter, killer lead guitarist, charismatic frontman Chuck pays homage to the city he calls home for his twelfth studio album, Temple Beautiful.

When you dig the details that have shaped Prophet's career, he has written with a wide rage of artists from Dan Penn to Alejandro Escovedo, laid down tracks on sessions for everyone from Warren Zevon to Kelly Willis and taken the stage with Jim Dickinson, Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann, to name a few. Prophet's production credits include Willis' Translated From Love (2007) and working on Jace Everett's ("Bad Things" / True Blood) Red Revelations. He's heard his own tunes performed by legends like Solomon Burke and Heart and his songs have charted on both country ("I'm Gone," a co-write with Kim Richey, on the debut album of country starlet Cyndi Thompson) and AAA radio ("Summertime Thing," from 2002's No Other Love, was a lazy radio anthem).

Over the past several years, Chuck's music has been heard in several hit television series' including True Blood (HBO), Californication (Showtime), and Sons of Anarchy (FX). He also co-wrote all the songs on Alejandro Escovedo's 2008 critically acclaimed album Real Animal.



www.chuckprophet.com



An Evening With RED MOLLY (USA) (Birmingham Show)
Plus Support
Tue 21 October 2014
£13 Adv


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

RED MOLLY will play 2 sets so the show will start at 8.15pm prompt.

"Make room, Roches and Wailin' Jennys, Red Molly has earned a place among the elite female trios." -John Platt, WFUV

Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar). They perform original works composed by each of the group members, as well as covers of other songwriters including Hank Williams, Gillian Welch and Ryan Adams. This past year, the ladies were invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable Rocky Grass festival. They were also been invited to appear for the third time at NC's legendary music gathering, MerleFest.

Their CD "Light in the Sky" spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ's #3 Top Album of 2012. Throughout 2013, the band spent most of the time on the road touring throughout Australia, and in Europe for the first time. 2014 see them head back to Europe and this time take in their first visit to the UK where they will launch their brand new CD

‘The Red Album’ is the follow up to 2012’s ‘Light In The Sky’ and also their edgiest CD to date, a wildly cool collection of songs produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco). The Americana/Folk trio takes a distinctive shift towards darkness in the new indie collection, while maintaining their signature three-part harmony; gorgeous! With a mix of Americana, Folk, and Country, Red Molly once again displays their harmonizing, singing, writing and musical skills. The Red Album is a delightful listen from the first song to the last.

“Crystalline vocals and beautiful harmonies. Red Molly are red hot.” Daily Telegraph

“Utterly stunning, beguiling à cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing from upstate New York's Red Molly on their debut UK tour. Trademark three-part harmonies, dobro licks and arrangements to make your hair stand on end”.

www.redmolly.com/



CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS (NOTTINGHAM SHOW)
Plus Support
Wed 22 October 2014
The Rescue Rooms £17 Adv


"Prophet delivers with quixotic swagger and declamatory sneer." MOJO

Chuck Prophet shapes his restless career with inimitable subtle flair: a vivid parade of razor-edged one-liners camouflaged in a slack-jawed drawl, songs about heartbreak and everyman heroism, drenched in twisted lines of rude Telecaster.

His search for a new perspective has paid off, much like at eighteen when he left his native Whittier, CA for San Francisco, which he still calls home, and before too long joined Green on Red, a gang of interloping Arizonans with no small impact on L.A.`s Paisley Underground. During an eight-year run with Green on Red, he cut his first major label session with legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson, burned through a couple of big record deals, and ventured a debut solo effort, Brother Aldo (1990). These were the first steps in the career that shaped Prophet into a prolific rock `n' roll classicist. With "his triple-threat ability — excellent songwriter, killer lead guitarist, charismatic frontman Chuck pays homage to the city he calls home for his twelfth studio album, Temple Beautiful.

When you dig the details that have shaped Prophet's career, he has written with a wide rage of artists from Dan Penn to Alejandro Escovedo, laid down tracks on sessions for everyone from Warren Zevon to Kelly Willis and taken the stage with Jim Dickinson, Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann, to name a few. Prophet's production credits include Willis' Translated From Love (2007) and working on Jace Everett's ("Bad Things" / True Blood) Red Revelations. He's heard his own tunes performed by legends like Solomon Burke and Heart and his songs have charted on both country ("I'm Gone," a co-write with Kim Richey, on the debut album of country starlet Cyndi Thompson) and AAA radio ("Summertime Thing," from 2002's No Other Love, was a lazy radio anthem).

Over the past several years, Chuck's music has been heard in several hit television series' including True Blood (HBO), Californication (Showtime), and Sons of Anarchy (FX). He also co-wrote all the songs on Alejandro Escovedo's 2008 critically acclaimed album Real Animal.

"...a sparky songwriter worthy of greater attention." Q Magazine

www.chuckprophet.com/



An Evening With RED MOLLY (USA)
Plus Support
Sun 26 October 2014
The Maze £13 Adv


RED MOLLY will play 2 sets so the show will start at 8.15pm prompt.

"Make room, Roches and Wailin' Jennys, Red Molly has earned a place among the elite female trios." -John Platt, WFUV

Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar). They perform original works composed by each of the group members, as well as covers of other songwriters including Hank Williams, Gillian Welch and Ryan Adams. This past year, the ladies were invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable Rocky Grass festival. They were also been invited to appear for the third time at NC's legendary music gathering, MerleFest.

Their CD "Light in the Sky" spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ's #3 Top Album of 2012. Throughout 2013, the band spent most of the time on the road touring throughout Australia, and in Europe for the first time. 2014 see them head back to Europe and this time take in their first visit to the UK where they will launch their brand new CD

‘The Red Album’ is the follow up to 2012’s ‘Light In The Sky’ and also their edgiest CD to date, a wildly cool collection of songs produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco). The Americana/Folk trio takes a distinctive shift towards darkness in the new indie collection, while maintaining their signature three-part harmony; gorgeous! With a mix of Americana, Folk, and Country, Red Molly once again displays their harmonizing, singing, writing and musical skills. The Red Album is a delightful listen from the first song to the last.

“Crystalline vocals and beautiful harmonies. Red Molly are red hot.” Daily Telegraph

“Utterly stunning, beguiling à cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing from upstate New York's Red Molly on their debut UK tour. Trademark three-part harmonies, dobro licks and arrangements to make your hair stand on end”.

www.redmolly.com/



DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN with The Guilty Ones (USA)
Plus Support
Mon 27 October 2014
The Maze £16 Adv


‘Common Ground’ is their first album together in 30 years. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin who founded the Blasters have united again with a common interest in the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. The Alvins’ performances together since Dave’s departure from the Blasters in 1986 have been mostly limited to a reunion tour in 2003 and tracks on the John Mellencamp-Stephen King musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” and Dave’s last album, “Eleven Eleven.” Famous for not getting always along, they joked that doing Broonzy songs would eliminate the arguing.

Dave Alvin is one of America's foremost songwriters, with material like Marie Marie, American Music, Border Radio, King of California and Fourth of July to prove it. Brother Phil is, simply, one of the greatest rock singers ever. Together they founded The Blasters, regarded by many as the seminal American roots band. Like most musical brothers they don't always see eye to eye, but they've put old rivalries behind them with the release of their stunning new record. It's the masterpiece that you'd expect and this will be their first UK together in decades. Accompanied by Dave's band The Guilty Ones, this is simply unmissable.

It's clear Dave and Phil love this music and know how to mess with it in just the right way, and they don't treat Broonzy's tales of all manner of wild living like museum pieces, but as vital, living bits of American music, and that's how they sound on this album. Common Ground isn't "The Return of the Alvin Brothers" so much as a joyous continuation of the mission they launched when the Blasters first hit the stage in 1979, and if they're a little older and craggier in 2014, they clearly know how to make this stuff rock, and this is a modest triumph for one of roots rock's most fascinating partnerships.

www.davealvin.net/



THE MASTERSONS (USA) + SuPaul Handyside (Birmingham Show)
Plus Support Paul Handyside
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” is officially launched in January 2014.

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



MARY GUATHIER (USA) Plus Ben Glover
Plus Support Ben Glover
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)
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Fri 21 November 2014
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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
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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
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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/