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JACE EVERETT (USA) & DAN STUART (USA) (Birmingham Show)
Plus Support Kathleen Haskard
Thu 24 April 2014
£14 Adv


'SPECIAL DOUBLE BILL' AT: THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 High St, Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7JZ www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

DAN STUART

Dan Stuart is Green on Red’s former front man and main scribe. 2013 saw the release of, ‘The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings’ which was in fact his first solo album to be released this century. His old band Green on Red were reluctant members of LA’s Paisely Underground (Dream Syndicate, Bangles, Long Ryders etc.) before unintentionally inspiring the Alt-Country/Americana ghetto of Wilco, Ryan Adams, Calexico et al. Hell, Stuart and tour mate Steve Earle once took on half of London in a bar fight, but why no one really remembers. His songs have been covered by a wide spectrum from the cute punky pop Vivian Girls, literary miserabilists Richmond Fontaine, to the late great Jim Dickinson, not to mention the unfortunate Travis and Manic Street Preachers. He has written songs with Memphis soul legends Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham as well as ultra-wasp Loudon Wainwright III. Producers such as Al Kooper and Glyn Johns have all tried to tame him, to no avail.

In a page from B.Traven's life, Mr. Stuart has been living under the name of Marlowe Billings in Southern Mexico. Rumors of an escape from a New York mental health facility have not been denied. What is certain, is that Mr. Stuart has been spotted playing gigs around the world, thoroughly surprising himself and others. Que un milagro!

JACE EVERETT

Jace Everett hails from Nashville these days, although his musical origins lie in his Texan upbringing with the evangelical church; growing up, he knew music and responsibility from an early age, and Everett was a father and a labourer before truly taking the spotlight.

In 2006, Josh Turner charted at Number One on the country charts with the song ‘Your Man’, which Everett co-wrote, and for which Everett received a Broadcast Music Incorporated award. The album's other singles, ‘Bad Things,’ reached No. 2 in Norway, No. 30 in Sweden and No. 49 in UK in 2009. This song is best known for the theme song for the HBO TV series ‘True Blood’ and won a 2009 Broadcast Music Incorporated award. His album, entitled Red Revelations (which also includes the song True Blood), was released in June 2009. His duet Evil (Is Going On), a cover of the song written by Willie Dixon, with CC Adcock is part of the True Blood season 2 soundtrack. A new album, ‘Mr. Good Times’ was released in 2011. His latest album, Terra Rosa was released in late 2013.

His life experience and insight translate into a powerful musical experience, something raw and soulful with a learned, romantic wit.

KATHLEEN HASKARD

Recently seen on these shores with Darden Smith, Kathleen Haskard has one of those come hither voices that could move the dead. Produced by Chuck Prophet (who also plays guitar), “Where The Land Meets The Sky” is a slinky noir set that slithers out of the speakers with sinuous grace. Throughout there’s a cinematic feel to the music, a mean streets, Bogart, hard-bitten-ness that builds in layers and layers to create an almost stifling landscape.

www.marlowebillings.com/‎
www.kathleenhaskard.com/‎/‎



POLICE DOG HOGAN
Plus Support DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show
Sun 27 April 2014
The Maze £11 Adv


POLICE DOG HOGAN, 7 PIECE BAND FEATURING BANJO PLAYER AND GUARDIAN COLUMIST FOR THE SATURDAY MAGAZINE, WEEKEND.

“One of my bands to watch – great songs, great musicians, and their live shows are really, really good fun.” DJ Johnnie Walker

“Footstompin’ Townbilly for people who don’t like old-time country. Their album, From the Land of Miracles, took my breath away as it sounds different – but different in a very good way. Trust me: Police Dog Hogan are well worth seeking out before the youngsters claim the band for themselves.” No Depression, The Roots Music Authority since 1995

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. Banjo player Tim Dowling is also columnist for The Guardian who has a weekly column in the paper's Saturday magazine, Weekend. The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “just a really good, fun time”.

Their literate and superbly crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and falling in love on a Tennessee highway. Founded in 2009, the band is now gigging in earnest, buoyed by a rapturous reception at festivals last summer, with appearances at Cornbury, Camp Bestival, Larmer Tree and Kendal Calling, among others, in 2012.

Their new CD, ‘From the Land of Miracles’, produced by Eliot James (Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Noah and the Whale, Two Door Cinema Club)

www.policedoghogan.com
www.skiffleshow.com



JACE EVERETT BAND Plus Support
Plus Support
Tue 29 April 2014
The Maze £13 Adv


Jace Everett hails from Nashville these days, although his musical origins lie in his Texan upbringing with the evangelical church; growing up, he knew music and responsibility from an early age, and Everett was a father and a labourer before truly taking the spotlight.

In 2006, Josh Turner charted at Number One on the country charts with the song ‘Your Man’, which Everett co-wrote, and for which Everett received a Broadcast Music Incorporated award. The album's other singles, ‘Bad Things,’ reached No. 2 in Norway, No. 30 in Sweden and No. 49 in UK in 2009. This song is best known for the theme song for the HBO TV series ‘True Blood’ and won a 2009 Broadcast Music Incorporated award. His album, entitled Red Revelations (which also includes the song True Blood), was released in June 2009. His duet Evil (Is Going On), a cover of the song written by Willie Dixon, with CC Adcock is part of the True Blood season 2 soundtrack. A new album, ‘Mr. Good Times’ was released in 2011. His latest album, Terra Rosa was released in late 2013.

His life experience and insight translate into a powerful musical experience, something raw and soulful with a learned, romantic wit.

www.jaceeverett.com/‎



DAN STUART (Duo) (USA) Plus Kathleen Haskard (USA)
Plus Support Kathleen Haskard
Wed 30 April 2014
The Maze £11 Adv


Dan Stuart is Green on Red’s former front man and main scribe. 2013 saw the release of, ‘The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings’ which was in fact his first solo album to be released this century. His old band Green on Red were reluctant members of LA’s Paisely Underground (Dream Syndicate, Bangles, Long Ryders etc.) before unintentionally inspiring the Alt-Country/Americana ghetto of Wilco, Ryan Adams, Calexico et al. Hell, Stuart and tour mate Steve Earle once took on half of London in a bar fight, but why no one really remembers. His songs have been covered by a wide spectrum from the cute punky pop Vivian Girls, literary miserabilists Richmond Fontaine, to the late great Jim Dickinson, not to mention the unfortunate Travis and Manic Street Preachers. He has written songs with Memphis soul legends Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham as well as ultra-wasp Loudon Wainwright III. Producers such as Al Kooper and Glyn Johns have all tried to tame him, to no avail.

In a page from B.Traven's life, Mr. Stuart has been living under the name of Marlowe Billings in Southern Mexico. Rumors of an escape from a New York mental health facility have not been denied. What is certain, is that Mr. Stuart has been spotted playing gigs around the world, thoroughly surprising himself and others. Que un milagro!

"All in all this was one of the best gigs I’ve seen this year and I look forward to hearing the new album when it gets released." No Depression Magazine.

KATHLEEN HASKARD

Recently seen on these shores with Darden Smith, Kathleen Haskard has one of those come hither voices that could move the dead. Produced by Chuck Prophet (who also plays guitar), “Where The Land Meets The Sky” is a slinky noir set that slithers out of the speakers with sinuous grace. Throughout there’s a cinematic feel to the music, a mean streets, Bogart, hard-bitten-ness that builds in layers and layers to create an almost stifling landscape.

www.marlowebillings.com/‎
www.kathleenhaskard.com/‎



ELIZA GILKYSON (USA)
Plus Support
Sun 11 May 2014
The Maze £14 Adv


This show will be mostly seated, (unreserved seats)

"one of the most influential artists on the American folk music scene" Maverick Magazine

Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk and Americana music circles. The daughter of songwriter Terry Gilkyson, whose songs were recorded by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, the White Stripes, and Dean Martin, Eliza was headed for a career in music at an early age.

She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside legends Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith, received a Grammy nomination for her 2006 CD "Paradise Hotel", and is an on-going winner of the Austin Chronicle's various music awards, as well as the Folk Alliance Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year.

Eliza’s music has always reflected her vivid vision of the world around her, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”

Her latest release on Red House Records, "Roses at the End of Time" illuminates the issues, the inspirations and the agonies of our time, and the struggle to remain human in the midst of multi-dimensional crises.

“...like the master writer she is, Gilkyson cuts through the jungle of posturing leftist verbiage and conservative spin... She packs a political punch that is as entertaining and blue-collar as the work of Woody Guthrie” – Houston Press

http://www.elizagilkyson.com/



SCOTT MATTHEWS Plus Support
Plus Support
Sun 18 May 2014
The Maze £13 Adv


Ivor Novello award winning singer/songwriter Scott Matthews starts 2014 with a new album and intimate solo tour.

Scott’s debut album, ‘Passing Stranger’, contained an eclectic mix of styles and featured the world renowned tabla player, Sukvinder Singh Namdari, who had played alongside such artists as Ry Cooder and Ravi Shankar and it wasn't long before Scott was getting national airplay from the likes of Janice Long, Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.

Scott's first single "Elusive" was released in September 2006. The single received much airplay from BBC Radio DJs Jo Whiley, Dermot O'Leary, and Zane Lowe. Lowe played "Elusive" once each night as his chosen Single of the Week. Matthews also visited the station to perform "Elusive" and other songs from the album.

Scott has not only embarked on a number of sell-out headline tours, but has also been fortunate enough to tour with some of the world’s most respected artists, including, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Rufus Wainwright, Tori Amos and Robert Plant.

The show will feature songs from Scott’s three previous albums, along with tracks from his forthcoming studio album “Home Part 1” due for release early 2014.



www.scottmatthewsmusic.co.uk/‎



AMANDA SHIRES (USA) Plus RACHEL RIES (USA)
Plus Support Rachel Ries
Tue 20 May 2014
The Maze £11 Adv


“Shires is a damn talented and idiosyncratic song-writer…She is a fiddling maestro. At times her energetic, jittery vocals and eccentric lyrical subjects mark her out as a young female heir to the godfather of strange, Mr. Tom Waits. In her more conventional moments Shires sounds like the weird young niece of Dolly Parton.”

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- To Jason Isbell fans, she’s the fiancée -- the talented fiddler, singing harmonies and cracking jokes, standing by her man at his concerts. But Amanda Shires has a career all her own, and a catalogue of Americana records to prove it.

Shires, a Lubbock native, was named artist of the year for 2012 by Texas Music magazine. She appeared in the 2010 movie “Country Strong,” as a member of Gwyneth Paltrow’s backing band. Amanda Shires is an American singer and violin player. She has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, in a duo with Rod Picott, and has released four solo albums.

Amanda Shires writes songs so rich in imagery and poetic lyricism, her work could easily be considered a torch-bearer for folks like Leonard Cohen and Iris DeMent (she dedicates a song on Down Fell the Doves to a fantasy about the former). Fans of fellow literary-minded Generation Y singer-songwriters like Anais Mitchell, Samantha Crain, and Shires' husband Jason Isbell would be interested in Amanda Shires' approach to narrative songwriting.. In addition to working closely with Rod Picott and touring at length with Earle, Amanda Shires has leant her remarkable talent to the work of Todd Snider and her husband Jason Isbell's band the 400 Unit. She and Isbell began dating in 2011 and married in early 2013. Throughout their courtship, they challenged each other to song writing contests and both garnered enough material from the challenge to put together what have been two of the finest albums of 2013.

Americana UK Amanda Shires is someone you simply can’t ignore and she’s back here in 2014 to support her extraordinary new album ‘Down Fell The Doves’. She has toured here with Rod Picott in the past but Amanda, voted Texas ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2011, now headlines tours in her own right and, boy, does she put on a show.

RACHEL RIES

Daughter of Mennonite missionaries, Rachel Ries hails from the inspiring, vast expanses of South Dakota, by way of Zaire. She crafts slyly compassionate songs for the crooked hearted. With an electric guitar, clear voice and steady hand, she pulls the listener into her world of city grit, country dirt, and her open-eyed search for redemption and reason. 2014 will see Rachel and her band touring to support Ghost of a Gardener, her 3rd album, out February 18.

amandashiresmusic.com/‎
www.rachelries.com/‎



NELS ANDREWS (USA) +Support
Plus Support
Sat 31 May 2014
£10 Adv


PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHOW WILL BE AT THE GUITAR BAR, At HOTEL DEUX, CLUMBER AVENUE, SHERWOOD RISE, NOTTINGHAM NG5 1AP Tel: 07770 226926 www.guitarbar.co.uk /

The extraordinarily talented Nels Andrews and AJ Roach return to the UK. We guarantee an evening of absolute delights from two of the finest singer/songwriters/musicians of their generation.

NELS ANDREWS

“Sparsely arranged, slyly intelligent country-folk stuffed with juniper winds, Juarez jails and long women in short dresses, delivered with all the gruff urgency of Tom Waits over lap steel and ruptured guitar.” UNCUT ****

Nels Andrews has spent the last decade wandering, gathering songs, and singing them all over the globe, sharing them around campfires, coffeeshops, clubs , festivals, and living room floors. Critically, he’s struck a nerve, earning songwriting awards from prestigious US festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. BBC 2's legendary DJ Bob Harris recognized his work as an album of the year. He has been in the top 5 of the year Americana UK charts, as well as European Radio Americana Chart .

Nels’ premiere album Sunday Shoes continued to find itself in Top Ten albums of the year lists, almost always as the only independent release. His second album, Off Track Betting, received similar critical acclaim, leading to headlining shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and appearances on national television broadcasts Nels third studio album ‘Scrimshaw’ has received similar accolades as his previous two records, joining up once again with acclaimed producer Todd Sickafoose (Tiny Resistors, Anais Mitchell, Ani Difranco, Andrew Bird, Yoko Ono)

www.nelsandrews.com/‎



PETE MOLINARI BAND Plus Support
Plus Support
Sun 1 June 2014
The Maze £11 Adv


’Molinari’s voice and haunting melodies left me feeling that the musical void in the British music scene will most definitely be filled. He can follow in the footsteps of Dylan and Guthrie’ – NME

One of Britain’s finest country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll singers, Pete Molinari grew up in Chatham where he was discovered and mentored by Billy Childish. During an 18 month stint in the US, Pete honed his style in New York's bars and coffee houses retreading the footsteps of his heroes Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and Dylan.

Those in the know know and without the fanfare of hype, Pete can count among his fans – amongst others - Bruce Springsteen, Ray Davies, Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Bob Dylan, Richard Hawley, The Black Keys and Elvis Presley’s backing band The Jordanaires, with who Molinari recorded in Nashville in 2009. Simply put he has risen to become one of Britain’s finest country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll singer.

Pete Molinari’s fourth album 'Theosophy' sits at that point where, as Muddy Waters put it, the blues had a baby and they called it rock ‘n’ roll. Here soul, country, blues and rockabilly collide in perfect symbiosis. The songs tell tales of life, love, literature and compact the singer/songwriter’s many decades of musical influences and his globe-spanning, wandering lifestyle down into a collection that is as uplifting as it lush, as classic-sounding as it is contemporary-minded.

Simply put it is the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll distilled down and delivered in neat shots.

The evolution of 'Theosophy' has taken in discussions and/or Pre-Production sessions throughout 2011 and 2012 with a variety of friends and cohorts including Vincent Gallo, Andrew Weatherall, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach - with whom Pete has collaborated - Liam Watson, whose Toe Rag Studio has been home to previous recordings, and Grammy award winning producer/mixer Tchad Blake, whose roll call includes everyone from RZA to T-Bone Burnett to Tom Waits.

Now 2013 sees Pete back living in the Medway Delta – well, Rochester, Kent - after stints residing in Nashville, New York and London. With 'Theosophy' his most assured, diverse and richest album yet the open road beckons once again.

www.petemolinari.co.uk/‎



JOHN FULLBRIGHT (USA) Plus Support (Birmingham)
Plus Support
Tue 3 June 2014
£12 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

“I have no doubt that in a short time, John Fullbright will be a household name in American Music” – Jimmy Webb

Quite simply, 23-year-old John Fullbright (Grammy-nominated) is one of the most exciting singer-songwriters to emerge this decade. His astonishing debut album (Blue Dirt Records/Thirty Tigers) features 12 original songs bursting with a musical and lyrical prowess that belie his youth.

Born in Woody Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, he grew up surrounded by a rich musical heritage. He started playing the piano at 5 and learned to play guitar at the legendary Blue Door eventually supporting Joe Ely and Jimmy Webb. His songs capture an America not heard on disc for a very long time and conjure up an authenticity that recalls all the greats.

John co-produced the album with Wes Sharon (Doobie Brothers, Gregg Allman) and plays piano, guitar, harmonica and organ. Special guests include guitarists Terry ‘Buffalo’ Ware and Andrew Hardin on guitar and Fats Kaplan on violin and steel guitar. One of the highlights of this year’s SXSW, John Fullbright has spent much of the year touring the USA where this album came out last May.

‘From the Ground Up’ is a lyrically diverse, genre-spanning collection of memorable songs with staggering depth and promise. His voice smoulders and his songs catch fire. ‘From the Ground Up’ is that all too rare creature: an album to cherish and admire.

“A mild-mannered dude with a guitar and a harmonica rack, Fullbright draws from surprising emotional depths for well-crafted songs that prick and caress, swinging between Merle Haggard country, Leon Russell song-craft and a rustic sense of the blues.” -Chicago Sun-Times

www.johnfullbrightmusic.com/



An Evening with SAM BAKER (USA) (Birmingham Show)
Plus Support
Wed 4 June 2014
£15 Adv


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

Sam will be doing 2 sets so the show will start at 8.10pm prompt.

“Baker captivated me. His songs are closely observed narratives of eccentric and marginalized people finding meaning in seemingly defeated lives–almost like Leonard Cohen’s, if Cohen had been a Baptist raised in West Texas”. Marc Eisen ~ The Daily Page

Sam Baker grew up in the Texas prairie town of Itasca. He is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words are placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. His website is stark: white, black, sepia, and shades of grey. Baker turned inward, to relearn the use of his body and brain after a Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986. It's taken years to heal. Time to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in painting, poetry, and music.

mercy, released in 2004, was the first in a trilogy of compelling albums with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by pretty world in 2007 and cotton in 2009. Each piece is imprinted with a theme: everyone is at the mercy of another one's dreams, how beautiful are these days, and talk about forgiveness. His latest 3013 release, say grace is another step forward. There is not a song on this record that won’t move you in the same way all his great story telling does.

Comparisons have included Townes Van Zandt, Randy Newman and even Lou Reed. But a better comparison might be that of Raymond Carver. Baker's pen is precise, cunning and original, often weaving humour with human suffering and tender beauty.

www.sambakermusic.com/‎



HOLLIS BROWN (USA) Plus Dennis Ellsworth (Can)
Plus Support Dennis Ellsworth (USA)
Thu 5 June 2014
The Maze £10 Adv


“SPIN writes "Hollis Brown make music that sounds just as alive today as it would've in 1966 and will 40 years from now."

Born and bred in New York City, Hollis Brown embarked on a pilgrimage to Nashville to capture their authentic sound. They shacked up for two weeks in the backyard cabin/studio of producer Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs), and found themselves. They recorded everything live to analog tape, creating a warm, vintage sound that displayed the band's explosive live energy. The tapes from those sessions caught the ear of renowned psychedelic/blues label Alive Naturalsound Records, creating an ideal home for the resulting album. Ride On The Train, the ten song collection from the band's pilgrimage, saw its release in March 2013.

SPIN writes "Hollis Brown make music that sounds just as alive today as it would've in 1966 and will 40 years from now." This should come as no surprise, as principal songwriters Mike Montali (vocals) and Jon Bonilla (lead guitar) grew up listening to the classics. These native New Yorkers were born in the late '80's when the city was identified by its grit, passion, and authenticity. The combination of an urban upbringing and throwback musical influences of traditional blues contributed heavily to the band's sound. However, contrary to most blues-influenced bands, Hollis Brown leans heavily toward melodic pop as well. You'd be hard-pressed to find a Beatles song these boys don't know by heart, and you can hear it in the music.

2012 was a memorable year. They toured extensively, appearing at national festivals and supporting acts such as Lucero and Deer Tick. They released Nothing & The Famous No One, their critically-lauded EP, and recorded a popular Daytrotter session. They signed to Alive. This momentum has carried over to 2013, and with the release of their debut LP Ride On The Train , and an impending European tour in the fall, this year is poised to be a breakthrough. Classic rock with a New York state of mind, Hollis Brown is a throwback to an era when music felt fresh, songwriting was revered, and performances routinely inspired.

April 2014 will see the release of ‘GET LOADED’ their tribute to The Velvet Underground. It started out as live tribute last November. Lenny Kaye, Arto Lindsay, Voidoids’ Ivan Julian and others convened at NYC’s Bowery Electric to pay homage to the late, great Lou Reed. Hollis Brown were also invited to perform the Velvet Underground’s 1970 album Loaded in its entirety. Hollis Brown Gets Loaded finds the foursome turning in earthy studio takes on all 10 of perhaps the VU’s most accessible tracks.

Everything you'd expect from a band named after a Bob Dylan tune, mixing Americana and Bible Belt blues with a heavy dose of no-frills Southern rock. - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

DENNIS ELLSWORTH (CAN)

Dennis has grown into one of Atlantic Canada's most potent songwriters, with beautifully poetic lyrics and a veteran's sense of melody, tune and arrangement. His most recent release, Dusk Dreams, was recorded in Athens, Georgia, with acclaimed musician and producer, David Barbe (Drive By Truckers, Cracker, Bob Mould/Sugar). The album consists of ten songs that blend folk, pop, country, lounge, blues, soul, and whatever else. Barbe's production is subtle, yet gorgeous and steers clear of interfering with the loosely wonderful performances. Critics are calling Dusk Dreams, Dennis Ellsworth's most beautifully crafted release to date

www.hollisbrown.com/‎
www.dennisellsworth.com/‎



An Evening with SAM BAKER (USA)
Plus Support
Sun 8 June 2014
The Maze £15 Adv


Please Note: Sam will be on stage at 8.10 pm prompt and will be doing 2 sets.

“Baker captivated me. His songs are closely observed narratives of eccentric and marginalized people finding meaning in seemingly defeated lives–almost like Leonard Cohen’s, if Cohen had been a Baptist raised in West Texas”. Marc Eisen ~ The Daily Page

Sam Baker grew up in the Texas prairie town of Itasca. He is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words are placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. His website is stark: white, black, sepia, and shades of grey. Baker turned inward, to relearn the use of his body and brain after a Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986. It's taken years to heal. Time to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in painting, poetry, and music.

mercy, released in 2004, was the first in a trilogy of compelling albums with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by pretty world in 2007 and cotton in 2009. Each piece is imprinted with a theme: everyone is at the mercy of another one's dreams, how beautiful are these days, and talk about forgiveness. His latest 3013 release, say grace is another step forward. There is not a song on this record that won’t move you in the same way all his great story telling does.

Comparisons have included Townes Van Zandt, Randy Newman and even Lou Reed. But a better comparison might be that of Raymond Carver. Baker's pen is precise, cunning and original, often weaving humour with human suffering and tender beauty.

www.sambakermusic.com/‎



BILLY WALTON BAND (USA) Plus Albany Down
Plus Support Albany Down
Tue 10 June 2014
The Maze £10 Adv


Unfortunately, nowadays, the phrase “Jersey Shore” comes with a lot of baggage. There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubbie Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called. Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings. For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different.

Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to center stage with the Billy Walton Band. The band has focused its’ effort in the UK. 13 tours since 2007 have established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join in with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For much of 2010 & 2011 Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that Southside is one of Jon Bon Jovi’s biggest influences. As a member of the Jukes, Billy got to jam with JBJ as well. Recording with Little Steven was another result of Billy’s involvement with the Jukes

Good things have been happening to the Billy Walton Band as well. In the UK the infrastructure has developed with an agent and an indie label deal. Crank It Up, the latest release, was released in April 2012. Jan 2013 saw a highly touted appearance at the Rock N Blues Fest in Skegness. Now the band has upped the ante. The upcoming release, Place Your Bet, will be a make or break recording. It was decided to bring in producer Tony Braunagel. Tony is Eric Burdon’s producer/drummer. Southside Johnny has made a guest appearance. The legendary Mike Finnigan, organist for Crosby, Stills, & Nash for 30 years, handles the keys. The current line up of Billy, William Paris (bass), Johnny D’Angelo (drums), Ian Gray (trombone), and Sean Marks (sax) are ready to stake their claim as the next great New Jersey Band.

ALBANY DOWN

Contemporary UK blues-rock band, Albany Down, came together with some classic rock and Brit blues-rock influences, but with their 2011 debut album, ‘South of the City’, they found their own sound.

"These guys are really going somewhere; make sure they take you with them!" - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

www.billywaltonband.com/‎
www.albanydown.com/‎



THE DELINES (USA) Plus Support
Plus Support
Fri 13 June 2014
The Maze £12 Adv


PLEASE NOTE:Some national press and ad listings for the date of this show maybe incorrect.

Retro country soul from novelist/songwriter Willy Vlautin, (Richmond Fontaine) Amy Boone (Damnations), Sean Oldham (Richmond Fontaine), Jenny Conlee (Decemberists) and friends.

The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations TX), alongside the keyboard work of Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) as well as fellow Portlanders Sean Oldham and songwriter/novelist Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine) and on pedal steel, Tucker Jackson (Minus 5). Vlautin is no stranger to critical acclaim in the UK, enjoying cult success and stellar reviews from the like of Uncut, The Observer, The Times and Q Magazine as the frontman of Portland alt-country outfit Richmond Fontaine.

The debut album from The Delines, Colfax (due April 2014) is a stunning timeless collection of songs with the intimacy of a midnight confessional. Like a beat-up Dusty Springfield after too many long nights working a dreary after-hours bar, Colfax has the skid row heart of Tom Waits, the street-tough weariness of early Rickie Lee Jones, and the cool, laid back sound of Mazzy Star.

The seeds for Colfax were sown in 2012 when Vlautin, so beguiled by Boone’s heartbreakingly longing, yet resilient voice, wrote an album worth songs and built a band around her. Recorded at Flora Recording and produced with John Askew (Dodos, Alela Diane) in Portland, Oregon, Colfax tells haunting, modern stories through the musical lens of soul and roots music of decades past.

‘Amy’s voice has always stopped me in my tracks,’ says Vlautin. “It’s all heart, beat-up but tough, vulnerable and worn. I’ve always wanted to work with her, so when she gave me the chance I spent a year writing songs for her. I wanted to write songs like her voice: songs that might have a drink in the morning but they still make it to work.”

Willy Vlautin is currently promoting his 4th novel, The Free, for Faber and Faber, which has seen the best reactions yet from fellow authors (and musicians alike- Drive By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood is a huge fan and even named his newest track after one of Willy’s characters) and is out early February, 2014. His first novel, The Motel Life, will be hitting UK screens this April so 2014 looks like it could be Willy’s year.

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THE DELINES (USA) + Support (Birmingham Show)
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Tue 17 June 2014
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PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT: THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 High St, Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7JZ www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

Retro country soul from novelist/songwriter Willy Vlautin, (Richmond Fontaine) Amy Boone (Damnations), Sean Oldham (Richmond Fontaine), Jenny Conlee (Decemberists) and friends.

The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations TX), alongside the keyboard work of Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) as well as fellow Portlanders Sean Oldham and songwriter/novelist Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine) and on pedal steel, Tucker Jackson (Minus 5). Vlautin is no stranger to critical acclaim in the UK, enjoying cult success and stellar reviews from the like of Uncut, The Observer, The Times and Q Magazine as the frontman of Portland alt-country outfit Richmond Fontaine.

The debut album from The Delines, Colfax (due April 2014) is a stunning timeless collection of songs with the intimacy of a midnight confessional. Like a beat-up Dusty Springfield after too many long nights working a dreary after-hours bar, Colfax has the skid row heart of Tom Waits, the street-tough weariness of early Rickie Lee Jones, and the cool, laid back sound of Mazzy Star.

The seeds for Colfax were sown in 2012 when Vlautin, so beguiled by Boone’s heartbreakingly longing, yet resilient voice, wrote an album worth songs and built a band around her. Recorded at Flora Recording and produced with John Askew (Dodos, Alela Diane) in Portland, Oregon, Colfax tells haunting, modern stories through the musical lens of soul and roots music of decades past.

‘Amy’s voice has always stopped me in my tracks,’ says Vlautin. “It’s all heart, beat-up but tough, vulnerable and worn. I’ve always wanted to work with her, so when she gave me the chance I spent a year writing songs for her. I wanted to write songs like her voice: songs that might have a drink in the morning but they still make it to work.”

Willy Vlautin is currently promoting his 4th novel, The Free, for Faber and Faber, which has seen the best reactions yet from fellow authors (and musicians alike- Drive By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood is a huge fan and even named his newest track after one of Willy’s characters) and is out early February, 2014. His first novel, The Motel Life, will be hitting UK screens this April so 2014 looks like it could be Willy’s year.

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ROBBY HECHT + PETER BRADLEY ADAMS + DAVID BERKELEY
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Thu 26 June 2014
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NEW AMERICAN TROUBADOURS TRIPLE BILL

Three of America’s finest young musicians, providing an evening of brilliant music, entertaining repartee and all round good vibes.Please note the show will start at 8.15.

ROBBY HECHT (USA)

“Robby’s an intuitively strong and gentle singer and his songs rock you in a cradle... you feel that everything will come round right.” Anais Mitchell

Robby grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, listening to Paul Simon, Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg and other classic singer/songwriters. After graduation, he moved to Paris with a friend and busked on the streets to make money. After returning to the states, Hecht moved to San Francisco where he fronted the folk/swing band All Day Radio and then settled in Nashville to pursue his songwriting career. He toured and wrote relentlessly over the next several years, winning the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Competition in 2006, the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition in 2008 and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest in 2010—along the way garnering comparisons to early James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee. Like these celebrated artists, Robby Hecht is a unique voice—one that is stirring, instantly recognizable and truly original.

His first album ‘Late Last Night’ became an instant classic and included the memorable ‘Freight Train Lady’. This was followed by ‘Last of the Long Days’ which cemented his reputation as a musician in the major league.

PETER BRADLEY ADAMS (USA)

Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo, eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band) to DreamWorks Records in 2002. Their single, “You Dance” was a no1 AAA radio hit (top 5 for 2 months) in 2003 and eastmountainsouth performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Eastmountainsouth performed their last show in September 2004 at the Hollywood Bowl with Shelby Lynne and Lyle Lovett. It was not long after that when Adams decided to venture on his own and become a solo artist. Peter's arrangement and interpretation of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times", the opening track on the eastmountainsouth CD, appeared in Cameron Crowe's film, "Elizabethtown" and also was included on the soundtrack album. Peter's songs and music from eastmountainsouth (as well as solo) has appeared in over 30 films and television shows in the US (including One Tree Hill, Smallville, The Mentalist and Alias). Years later sales of eastmountainsouth’s self-titled and only release rank in the top 20 in Amazon.com sales under the Alternative Folk category. Peter is now a highly sought after solo artist and has released four solo records as well as an EP with his side project, "Down Like Silver". He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

DAVID BERKELEY (USA)

"The best of the young American songwriters, a voice full of feeling and a big, big heart. And the balls to say what he thinks.” Boston Phoenix

David Berkeley is a romantic realist, known for his ability to look at the human condition in all its complexity and give us luminous songs full of sunshine and anguish, melancholy and delight On Some Kind of Cure, his fourth studio album, Berkeley delivers some of his most heartfelt tunes blending folk, rock, and classic pop to create timeless expressions of love and longing. Produced by Will Robertson the album features Peter Bradley Adams on piano, Kevin O’Donnell (Andrew Bird) on drums, Kim Taylor (Over the Rhine) on background vocals, and Lex Price (Mindy Smith) on mandolin and guitars. Berkeley’s philosophic and poetic lyrics have always set him apart from other singers of his generation.

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www.peterbradleyadams.com/



An Evening With IAN MCLAGAN (Birmingam)
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Tue 1 July 2014
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A special evening of stories and songs with Ian McLagan AT: THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 High St, Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7JZ www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

Ian McLagan is a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool rock'n'roller. In fact, his smiling visage - he was, after all, a member of the Small Faces and the Faces - would serve as an ideal illustration in the proverbial Dictionary of What Is Truly Cool.

A British rock legend, Ian McLagan's musical career began in the 1960's in the UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces. He has also etched his distinctive musical talents onto the playlist of rock'n'roll history co-writing such Faces hits as Cindy Incidentally, You're So Rude and Three Button Hand Me Down. His Wurlitzer electric piano is heard on everything from Stay With Me by the Faces to the smash hit Miss You by The Rolling Stones, and Mac's trademark Hammond B-3 organ is featured on the Small Faces classic Itchycoo Park and Rod Stewart's Maggie May and You Wear It Well.

Ian has toured and/or recorded with: The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, David Lindley, Paul Westerberg, Billy Bragg and Patty Griffin, to name a few of many. McLagan relocated to Austin, TX in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two decades. The Faces reunited (sans Rod Stewart) for a charity performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and performed select dates over the next three years, including their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2012.

Ian McLagan recorded his 2008 album 'Never Say Never' after losing his wife Kim in a tragic car accident. CBS Sunday Morning hailed it as a "knock-out of an album," and Mojo described it as "Pub Rock's answer to 'Blood On The Tracks.'"

Ian will release 'United States', his first new studio album in five years. The album, alternates between lusty grooves and reflective musings, showcasing McLagan's beguiling charm and timeless gift for crafting memorable hooks. The 10 original tracks on 'United States' have been recorded and produced at his own, Doghouse Studios and mixed by longtime friend Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones).

www.ianmclagan.com/



An Evening With IAN McLAGAN
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Tue 15 July 2014
The Maze £14 Adv


Ian McLagan is a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool rock'n'roller. In fact, his smiling visage - he was, after all, a member of the Small Faces and the Faces - would serve as an ideal illustration in the proverbial Dictionary of What Is Truly Cool.

A British rock legend, Ian McLagan's musical career began in the 1960's in the UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces. He has also etched his distinctive musical talents onto the playlist of rock'n'roll history co-writing such Faces hits as Cindy Incidentally, You're So Rude and Three Button Hand Me Down. His Wurlitzer electric piano is heard on everything from Stay With Me by the Faces to the smash hit Miss You by The Rolling Stones, and Mac's trademark Hammond B-3 organ is featured on the Small Faces classic Itchycoo Park and Rod Stewart's Maggie May and You Wear It Well.

Ian has toured and/or recorded with: The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, David Lindley, Paul Westerberg, Billy Bragg and Patty Griffin, to name a few of many. McLagan relocated to Austin, TX in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two decades. The Faces reunited (sans Rod Stewart) for a charity performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and performed select dates over the next three years, including their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2012.

Ian McLagan recorded his 2008 album 'Never Say Never' after losing his wife Kim in a tragic car accident. CBS Sunday Morning hailed it as a "knock-out of an album," and Mojo described it as "Pub Rock's answer to 'Blood On The Tracks.'

Ian will release 'United States', his first new studio album in five years. The album, alternates between lusty grooves and reflective musings, showcasing McLagan's beguiling charm and timeless gift for crafting memorable hooks. The 10 original tracks on 'United States' have been recorded and produced at his own, Doghouse Studios and mixed by longtime friend Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones).

www.ianmclagan.com/



OTIS GIBBS (USA) Plus Support
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Sun 27 July 2014
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Otis Gibbs is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, and podcaster who has independently self-released records outside the traditional record industry. Otis writes blue collar songs and looks like a cross between Casey Jones and the fourth ZZ Top member but he has a way with words that is comparable with Springsteen, Dylan and John Cash and any host of great wordsmiths before them. Not only is Gibbs an excellent songwriter and singer – with a voice like honeyed bourbon – he is a consummate showman in the old-fashioned sense of the word. His between song patter is as much part of the show as the tunes: Gibbs gives his music context by sharing his tales of growing up, the working life and the loves and losses inherent in life.

Set to release his sixth record Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth in time for the UK tour, Otis continues to write and tour in the only way he knows how – why -- because he is someone who ‘does give a damn’

About the new record……While writing the songs on this record, I found myself thinking an awful lot about my father and how he encouraged me to do everything I could to pursue a creative life. He rode a Harley Davidson Chopper, sang along to Jerry Lee Lewis records and took absolutely no shit from anyone. The only job he ever enjoyed was driving a tow truck, but he couldn't support the family on just 85 cents an hour. He was convinced he'd finally hit the jackpot when he got a job throwing 100 pound bags of starch into boxcars for $1.85 an hour. Thirty years later, he retired with a worn out back, a bad shoulder and a cheap certificate in a cardboard frame. He once told me they were his "Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth."

I'm a hell of a lot more like my old man than I'd care to admit. Like him, I work for a living. My job is to make people feel something and that's what I've tried to do with "Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth." It's a record that I'm proud of and I believe it's my finest work to date. Thank you kindly for taking the time to experience it and I hope we might one day meet in person.

Thanks for giving a damn, -Otis Gibbs

www.otisgibbs.com/‎