LAURA CANTRELL (USA) + My Girl The River Plus Support My Girl The River Wed 4 May 2016 The Glee Club £16 Adv
Laura Cantrell is a country music artist based in New York City. Born in Nashville, TN, she came to New York to attend Columbia College, and found that her abiding interest in country music helped her stay connected with her family roots. That interest was the motivation behind her long-running radio program on WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, ‚ÄúThe Radio Thrift Shop.‚ÄĚ Beginning on WFMU in 1993, the program was a Saturday afternoon staple in the New York area for 13 years, then moved to WFMU.org and ran for two seasons on BBC Radio Scotland as a summer replacement in 2005 and 2006. In her ten-year recording career, Cantrell has released three acclaimed albums: ‚ÄúNot The Tremblin‚Äô Kind,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWhen The Roses Bloom Again,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúHumming By The Flowered Vine.‚ÄĚ She has toured extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and Ireland, and was a favorite of pioneering British disc jockey John Peel, who called her 2000 album ‚ÄúNot The Tremblin‚Äô Kind‚ÄĚ ‚Äúmy favorite record of the last ten years, possibly my life.‚ÄĚ Cantrell recorded several Peel sessions for the BBC from 2000-2004 and appeared on the first Peel Day program on Radio One commemorating the first anniversary of Peel‚Äôs death.
Cantrell‚Äôs music has been celebrated in the press including features in The New York Times, ‚ÄúO‚ÄĚ Magazine, Elle, and the Wall Street Journal. Cantrell‚Äôs music has been featured on NPR‚Äôs ‚ÄúAll Things Considered,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúOn Point,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWeekend Edition.‚ÄĚ She has performed on ‚ÄúA Prairie Home Companion,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMountain Stage,‚ÄĚ and the ‚ÄúGrand Ole Opry,‚ÄĚ and appeared on the television programs ‚ÄúLate Night with Conan O‚ÄôBrien,‚ÄĚ and the Sundance Channel‚Äôs ‚ÄúSpectacle: Elvis Costello.‚ÄĚ In recent years, she has been a contributor to The New York Times and www.VanityFair.com.
Last spring, Cantrell released Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen of Country Music, a recording she made in honor of one of her heroines, the great Kitty Wells. A meditation on femininity in country music, the set takes its title from an original song written in tribute to Wells. At present, Cantrell is at work on her fourth album of original material.
MANDOLIN ORANGE (USA) + Paul McClure Plus Support Paul McClure Fri 6 May 2016 The Glee Club £12 Adv
"Over a rich bed of banjo and violin, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz harmonize on lyrics about finding one's place and taking comfort in the discovery‚ÄĚ
Mandolin Orange has been quietly gathering local and faraway fans since its debut album was released back in 2010. The North Carolina duo's music -- laced with bluegrass, country and folk -- is often wistful and contemplative without being sombre, and always firmly grounded in the South.
Mandolin Orange‚Äôs first release, Quiet Little Room, included tunes Marlin and Frantz wrote when they met and according to Marlin, ‚Äúwas definitely us trying to figure out what worked for us.‚ÄĚ With their 2011 double album, Haste Make/Hard Hearted Stranger, the duo commanded attention as formidable folk singer-songwriters. Mandolin Orange has since grown from Marlin and Frantz performing as a duo to boasting a backing band of notable area musicians. Their crafty song writing and imagery took a leap forward in 2013. On This Side Of Jordan, their Yep Roc label debut, Marlin and Frantz seize the powerful ‚Äď and personal ‚Äď themes of love and loss, observing faith and religion, life and death.
The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since the 2013 release of 'This Side of Jordan.' NPR called the album "effortless and beautiful," naming it one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it "magnificent," and American Songwriter said it was "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings." After the breakout critical success of this record you'd expect the relentless onslaught of touring that accompanied it to seep into the writing of the North Carolina duo's follow-up. You'd expect the sound to reflect long days on the road, long nights onstage, unfamiliar cities, countless miles. You'd expect the classic "road record." But you'd be wrong. "All of these songs are definitely a product of being on the road," says multi-instrumentalist/singer Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange's gorgeous new album, Such Jubilee, "but they're not about the road." Such Jubilee is a record about home, both the place and the idea. Some days it's a safe, warm, loving refuge from the world outside. Other days it's cold and empty and too quiet. Either way, it's always waiting for you at the end of the road.
CALE TYSON BAND (USA) +Luke Whittemore Plus Support Luke Whittemore Thu 12 May 2016 The Maze £12 Adv
"Old school, sad-bastard outlaw country for a new generation of excited country fans." -Rolling Stone
Cale Tyson is a singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Fort Worth, the home of Townes Van Zandt and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholy, and undeniably whiskey-soaked sound.
In 2013, Tyson released High On Lonesome, his debut EP, which features Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart) on electric guitar. The release was featured on CMT.com and in American Songwriter Magazine, as well as numerous other outlets. Tyson has recently been opening shows for Dwight Yoakam on the road, in addition to wrapping up a new record which heavily features Robert Ellis on guitar and vocals.
In April 2014, Tyson was featured as one of PolicyMic‚Äôs ‚Äú9 Real Country Music Stars of Our Generation.‚ÄĚ In October 2014, Rolling Stone featured Tyson as one of the "10 New Country Artists You Need To Know."
"Tyson channels all the woe and despair you could find in his native Texas on the album, crafting meandering and warbling ballads that harken back to the heartbreak songs of old country." -American Songwriter Magazine
SID GRIFFIN Plus Support Plus Support Sun 12 June 2016 The Maze £10 Adv
Sid Griffin is that rare artist who has distinguished himself in a number of contexts and on two continents. While best known as the leader the Long Ryders, as a musician, songwriter, producer, author, and archivist, Griffin has become a pivotal member of the roots rock movement, both in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Born in the suburbs of Louisville, KY, Sid Griffin developed an appetite for music as a teenager, playing in a cover band called the Frosties that specialized in hits of the '50s and '60s, and in 1977, at the age of 21, he moved to California, eager to immerse himself in the Los Angeles rock scene. Griffin soon joined a short-lived punk outfit called Death Wish, but in 1979 his musical taste took a turn to the sounds of the past, and he jumped ship to play guitar with a group called the Unclaimed, who specialized in '60s-style garage rock. While Griffin's musical enthusiasms continued to be rooted in the 1960s, he began to nurture a passionate interest in folk-rock and country-rock, in particular the sounds of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
By 1981, Griffin had decided it was time to move on, and he and two other members of the Unclaimed -- bassist Barry Shank and drummer Matt Roberts -- defected to form a new group, the Long Ryders. One of Griffin's pals, Steve Wynn, stepped in to play guitar, but he soon left to form his own (much noisier) band, Dream Syndicate; however, Wynn and Griffin stayed in touch, and the Long Ryders and Dream Syndicate (along with Green on Red and Rain Parade) became known as the key members of a scene dubbed "the Paisley Underground.
In addition to the Long Ryders' catalog and eight full-length albums and two EPs credited to the Coal Porters, Griffin has recorded four solo discs: Little Victories (1997), the performance collection Sid Griffin: Worldwide Live, 1997-2002 (2002), As Certain as Sunrise (2005) and The Trick Is to Breathe (2014).
The Trick Is to Breathe, released in September 2014, was recorded in Nashville with producer Thomm Jutz and features such supporting musicians as Rounder Records artist Sierra Hull on mandolin. Justin Moses banjo and fiddle, and Grammy-winner Mark Fain (Ricky Skaggs) on bass. The album offers 10 new compositions as well as a fresh version of "Everywhere," a song written by Griffin and Greg Trooper in the 1990s which appeared on the Billy Bragg album Don't Try This at Home.
DOUBLE BILL: Amanda Pearcy (USA) & Barbara Nesbitt (USA) Plus Support Sun 3 July 2016 The Maze £12 Adv
Barbara Nesbitt, a Georgia native, has found her home in music. Her life is reflected in the songs she writes which are about the ways, large and small, we abandon and seek that elusive safety of home.
In late 2005, Nesbitt followed her heart to San Diego where, before long, she entered and won the San Diego Music Scene Cream of the Crop singer/songwriter competition and was nominated for best female singer.. Inspired by her new surroundings and everything that came before, Nesbitt wrote the words and music for her debut album, ‚ÄúA Million Stories.‚ÄĚ she was also nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the Best Americana category in 2008.
Her second album, The Bees, was released in January, 2011. It was produced by Jeff Berkley, and features Mike Spurgat, Bill Coomes, Marcia Claire, Doug Pettibone, and Dennis Caplinger. She relocated to Austin Texas in the same year and has quickly become a fixture in the world renowned music scene there. She helped form the band, The Whiskey Sisters, who have recorded, toured internationally and seen much success, buzz and press and has placed in the Austin Music Awards in the top 10 acoustic guitar players, top 3 singers, and top 3 songwriters.
Her third solo album, Almost Home, was released in August 2013. Currently, she is dividing her time between The Whiskey Sisters, Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe, and her ‚Äėsolo‚Äô project simply called Barbara Nesbitt. She has shared the stage / opened for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keene, Hootie & The Blowfish, Nickel Creek, Willie Nelson and more.
‚ÄúTexas-born and raised Amanda Pearcy produces music as wide and varied as the Lone Star State. ‚Ä¶she travels down a wide-ranging Americana highway with touches of blues, a little country, gospel, Tex-Mex and a whole lot besides‚Ä¶
Amanda Pearcy‚Äôs music is rooted in in her hardscrabble history, authentically grounded in her earthy, soulful voice. Testifying to her southeast Texas upbringing, with the region‚Äôs multicultural mix, its Gulf of Mexico coastline, and its shared border with Louisiana‚Äôs Acadiana, Pearcy‚Äôs songs carry a sense, and the sensuality, of the South, weaving themes of home and its loss; love, both surrendered to, and longed for; the ties that bind old friends; and our human experience‚Äôs collective memory.
Her chart topping 2015 release and third album with producer Tim Lorsch, An Offering, continues the journey where her critically acclaimed Royal Street left off, the timeless sound rolling with the heat waves off an asphalt highway, and quenching the thirst of a steamy summer evening. Bobbie Gentry‚Äôs ‚ÄúOde to Billie Joe‚ÄĚ fits hand in hand with the 11 original compositions, Pearcy‚Äôs own lyrics shining a light on the dark places of struggle prior to surrendering to life‚Äôs tougher lessons, with a faith in the insight that comes with getting to the other side of them. She puts flesh on the familiar bones of Southern gothic ‚ÄĒ and makes them sound like lived experience, only described by a sharp observer with a store of original images. The songs all have a retro blues feel to them...Janis Joplin-esque and R&B upbeat tracks cut against soulful, melodic songs. Amanda Pearcy's real-life experience and honest portrayal is conveyed in each and every song.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER (USA) + Applewood Road (USA) Plus Support Appelwood Road (USA) Mon 18 July 2016 £30 Adv
This show is at THE NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF. Tel: 0115 9419419
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter hits the road in 2016, performing timeless hits from her expansive and beloved 14-album catalog and new songs from her upcoming record The Things That We Are Made Of.
Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, including the lead track ‚ÄúSomething Tamed Something Wild,‚ÄĚ which can be heard at Rolling Stone, who praises: ‚Äú...Something Tamed Something Wild‚Äô and indeed the entire new album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation.‚ÄĚ
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like ‚ÄĚPassionate Kisses‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúHe Thinks He‚Äôll Keep Her,‚ÄĚ she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, in 2014, Carpenter released her acclaimed debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie. Arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza, the record is comprised of ten previously recorded compositions including ‚ÄúBetween Here and Gone‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúCome On Come On.‚ÄĚ Since it‚Äôs release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others.
REV. PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND (USA) + Support Plus Support Tue 19 July 2016 The Social £14 Adv
This show is at the Bodega Social, 23 Pelham St, Nottingham NG1 2ED.
‚ÄúThese guys are a hillbilly blues throwback ensemble, though, and no amount of refinement can really push them off their mark. Peyton‚Äôs voice still croaks, shouts, and roars, and his unique, kinetic slide guitar playing, whether it‚Äôs a ‚Äô30s National guitar, a cigar-box guitar, a Gibson flattop 1929 L2, or an Airline Map electric guitar, still drives and churns like a runaway train.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Allmusic
The Rev. Peyton‚Äôs Big Damn Band bridges genres and eras with an intensity and effortlessness few contemporary artists possess. And their new album ‚ÄėSo Delicious‚Äô elevates the trio‚Äôs work to a new level. Produced by Rev. Peyton, ‚ÄėSo Delicious‚Äô offers the band‚Äôs most diverse collection of songs buoyed by the Rev.‚Äôs supercharged six-string virtuosity ‚ÄĒ a unique style of finger picking inspired by his Delta blues heroes, but taken to new, original heights.
The fifth full-length original album by the group ‚ÄĒ which includes Breezy Peyton on washboard and supporting vocals and Ben Bussell on drums and supporting vocals ‚ÄĒ is their debut on Yazoo Records, a label known for the historic reissues of blues and other old time American music that are the bedrock inspiration for the Rev.‚Äôs sound and approach.
The Rev. Peyton‚Äôs Big Damn Band has always been strong on authenticity, playing music that blends blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk fueled rock. And performing tunes plucked from their lives, their community or from the canonical songbook that fed the Rev. Peyton‚Äôs formative creative identity. It‚Äôs a mix that‚Äôs allowed the band to win fans from all corners of the Americana and rock worlds, and bring a new generation to blues and other forms of American roots music.
CHUCK HAWTHORNE (USA) Plus Support Plus Support Sun 24 July 2016 The Maze £10 Adv
"Chuck really deserves to sit at the same table with Townes, Guy, Butch and all the other great Texan songwriters..."
If 21 years in the U.S marines is what is necessary to gain the ability to write songs of this quality then everyone should sign up. This is Chuck's debut album and came about due to a chance airport meeting with Ray Bonneville to whom we should be eternally grateful!
The eleven songs on this album are quite stunning in subject matter, as well as being built on hugely appealing melodies, with the sound being sparse and Chuck's warm vocals quite distinctive. Overall we can fit him comfortably into whatever genre we choose to put artists such as John Prine and Kris Kristofferson into, without, on the evidence of this album, Chuck being overshadowed.
Ray Bonneville produced the album and they had help from artists of the quality of Eliza Gilkyson and Gurf Morlix; that pair alone being sufficient to pique anyone's interest. This is a terrific recording that drags the emotions all over the place, always gaining sympathy for the songs subject and there will be few, if any, better debut albums released this year.
Named one of the "Best Country Albums of 2015"
The Telegraph, U.K.
RICHMOND FONTAINE (USA) -THE FAREWELL TOUR Plus Support Thu 20 October 2016 The Maze £17.5 Adv
26th March 2004 Richmond Fontaine took to the stage for the first time at the Maze.
Some 12 years later it looks like they have decided it‚Äôs time to call it a day, and a sad day indeed. One of the pioneers of ‚ÄėAlt Country‚Äô as it was tagged back then, Richmond Fontaine will be remembered as one of the best and most pioneering bands of the genre. In addition they are a fine bunch of genuine, honest and hard working people we have had the pleasure to work with and lucky to have had the great fortune to bring them to the Maze.
Richmond Fontaine | YOU CAN‚ÄôT GO BACK IF THERE‚ÄôS NOTHING TO GO BACK TO
is the tenth studio album by the kings of literate rock, Richmond Fontaine, their first in five years. Richmond Fontaine‚Äôs songwriter, Willy Vlautin says of the album ‚ÄúThis record was written for all the guys we know who have hit the wall, are about to hit the wall, or are in the middle of slamming into it, It‚Äôs a record about paying the price for the way one‚Äôs lived. All of us in RF are at the age where the bill starts coming due for the decisions we‚Äôve made along the way.
Recorded and produced in Portland, Oregon by John Askew at Flora Studios, YOU CAN‚ÄôT GO BACK features the stalwart line-up of Sean Oldham on drums, Dan Eccles on guitar, and Paul Brainard on pedal steel. Freddy Trujillo joins on bass for his first recording with RF, and long-time friend Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) plays keyboards with former bassist Dave Harding contributing some guitar after a move to Europe. While the atmosphere is familiar the songwriting is Vlautin‚Äôs strongest to date matching his lyrics in depth.
‚ÄúThe idea for the record started with the song Whitey and Me. It‚Äôs the story of two cowboy brothers who get their horses sold out from under them by a wayward uncle. They run into the uncle years later, only to find a wrecked man. Even though the brothers hold a lot of animosity towards the uncle they realize there‚Äôs no point in kicking someone who‚Äôs spent his whole life kicking himself. I‚Äôd just written the tune and not much later I was driving around central Nevada, and in the middle of nowhere I came across an old, blind Mustang. As I watched and worried about the horse, I studied his scars and thought about all the hard times he must have had. And now he was left alone to die. After that trip the songs just sorta spilled out. The characters in Wake up Ray, I Got off the Bus, Don‚Äôt Skip Out on Me, and Tapped Out in Tulsa are all like that horse: beat up, with nothing but hard miles behind them.‚ÄĚ
YOU CAN‚ÄôT GO BACK IF THERE‚ÄôS NOTHING TO GO BACK TO is the band at its best. From the epic A Night in the City to the pared-down, acoustic Three Brothers Roll into Town, to Dan Eccle‚Äôs inspired guitar work on Don‚Äôt Skip Out on Me, RF again has produced a wealth of beautifully executed story songs, the ilk of which is rarely matched in today‚Äôs musical landscape.
Richmond Fontaine rose to fame in 2004 off the back of their 5th album Post To Wire which went on to sell over 20,000 copies and earned them Album of the Month in UNCUT again happening the following year with The Fitzgerald. The press snowballed with those and the following three albums which saw the band playing Green Man, Primavera, End of the Road Festivals while building a loyal following over the last 11 years.