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CARSON McHONE BAND (USA) + Rick Shear (USA)
Plus Support
Sun 26 May 2019
The Maze 12 Adv


Years before Rolling Stone was praising Carson McHone's rule-breaking roots music, the Austin, Texas native played weeknights in local bars like The White Horse, keeping dancers dancing and drinkers drinking. With her 21st birthday still in the distance, McHone entertained late-night crowds bearing witness to the good times and bad decisions that fill a busy bar. It was a rare, raw education. She pumped her music full of details from an early adulthood spent in the company of the heartbroken and high-toleranced. In 2015, McHone released Goodluck Man which earned her a cover story in The Austin Chronicle as well as the support of local icons like Ray Wylie Hubbard, who said she "writes songs like her life depends on it." Then she hit the road, touring the U.S. (and beyond) with acts like Shakey Graves, Gary Clark, Jr., and Joe Pug. Her writing style widened and her music evolved.

Dark, driving, and evocative, 2018's Carousel captures this period of remarkable growth, shining a light not only on McHone's honky-tonk roots, but on her development as a modern, alt-country storyteller. Carousel is a latter-day record unconcerned with flying the flag of old-school country, inspired by diverse sources like Dylan, the Velvet Underground, and American novelist Thomas Wolfe. It wears its eclecticism proudly, with McHone singing each song in a voice that is worldly-wise and woozily gorgeous.

RICK SHEA

Rick cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino, California and his songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with there. The Town Where I Live, Rick’s latest album, emerges from that world of haunts, hard choices and dusty rock and roll. From the rollicking fare thee well of Goodbye Alberta, the hard country twang of The Starkville Blues, the gospel touch of Trouble Like This and the guitar driven burn of (You’re Gonna Miss Me) When I’m Gone, it’s an album of lost roads, lost dreams and long rambling goodbyes.

carsonmchonemusic.com



LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES + IMOGEN CLARK
Plus Support Imogen Clark
Wed 10 July 2019
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Doors open at 7.30pm www.runinghorsenottingham.co.uk

One of Australia’s finest country bands, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes have been bridging the gap between country and alt-country/Americana music and built their reputation on storytelling. Over the past eight years they have released four records, toured Europe and the USA multiple times, shared stages with Americana and country heavyweights and picked up a string of awards, including the Golden Guitar for ‘alt country album of the year’ with their landmark release Black Coffee.

BUT they’ve never told stories like the ones on new record ‘Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music’. By far the band’s most ‘adult’ work, ‘Some Girls’ is a country record, but draws as heavily upon the influence of Leonard Cohen and Billy Bragg as it does Willie Nelson and Townes Van Zandt.

Having built songs around the storytelling of front-man Lachlan Bryan, the sensitive playing of members Shaun Ryan and Damian Cafarella and an assortment of regular ‘special guests’, the band has developed a sound that is at once accomplished and rough around the edges.

IMOGEN CLARK

Imogen Clark is one of few outside of the band to get a look in on ‘Some Girls’, which feature the stellar backing vocal contributions of young singer-songwriter including a co-written song by Clark’s partner and Wildes founding member/bass player Shaun Ryan.

When an artist first emerges at a young age, they often have a limited well of knowledge and experience to draw from, yet on her debut Love & Lovely Lies, Imogen Clark captured, with great clarity, that sense of blossoming creativity and wide-eyed innocence as it segued into the joy and pain of negotiating young adulthood. Fast forward two years and Imogen is taking another creative leap forward with the release of her second album Collide.

www.lachlanbryanandthewildes.com/
imogenclark.com.aus/



SAM OUTLAW BAND + Support
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Thu 3 October 2019
The Glee Club 16 Adv


“A legitimate contender to be the biggest country star L.A. has produced since Dwight Yoakam.” - LA Weekly

Sam Outlaw is a singer-songwriter living in Nashville, TN. Born Samuel Morgan in South Dakota, his stage name comes from his late mother’s maiden name.

At age 33, Sam released his debut album “Angeleno" in 2015. Produced by Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder, “Angeleno” introduced Sam as a distinctly assured voice in the Country and Americana scene. The album garnered awards and critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, NPR and countless others. His follow-up album, “Tenderheart,” gave Outlaw his first foray into self-producing and further evolved his “SoCal Country” sound by introducing more elements of Pop and Rock music. Also a critical success, “Tenderheart” was heralded as one of the year’s best country albums, supported by a full tour of North America and dozens of shows in Europe.

With new music planned for 2019, Sam recently moved his wife and kids from LA to Nashville to seek a better environment for raising their two small children.

He’ll make his Grand Ole Opry debut on May 3rd, followed by a European tour in the Fall. North American dates to follow.

"Outlaw has crafted an instant classic with his album, Angeleno." - NPR

www.samoutlaw.com/



ROD PICOTT (USA) + Support
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Sun 6 October 2019
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Doors open at 7.30pm www.runinghorsenottingham.co.uk

Cosmic American Music are pleased to announce the return of Rod Picott to Nottingham. Eighteen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter.

Rod returns to the UK in support of brand new record Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil.

http://rodpicott.com



ALICE WALLACE (USA) + Support
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Tue 8 October 2019
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Doors open at 7.30pm www.runinghorsenottingham.co.uk

"Wallace’s voice is a powerful natural occurrence...an awe-striking wonder of the West" Saving Country Music.

Up and coming country artist Alice Wallace, the singer/songwriter has a vibrant, powerful voice and a no-nonsense style. Genuine, often heart wrenching lyrics cut right to the soul, which is laid bare. Her songwriting style, in all of its uncomplicated beauty, is refreshing and distinguished. Wallace is a down home girl who is just following her lifelong passion—writing and playing music. About six years ago she got the opportunity to completely switch career gears. The Florida native transplanted across the country and now calls Southern California home.

Lauded by the media for her stunning performance at California’s famed honky-tonk, The Palomino, which re-opened for a one-night-only benefit in October 2018, Californian songstress Alice Wallace is ready to carry forward the West Coast country legacy that the legendary venue embodied with her new album Into the Blue. The album will be Wallace’s debut on Rebelle Road Records, a Los Angeles label founded by women and dedicated to balancing equity for female artists and keeping alive the California country sound.

Alice draws on some powerful female influences, like Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Not only are these powerhouses heard throughout her music, but Wallace is invoking their fierce, independent spirits and paying it forward for female artists.

She is returning to the U.K. for the first time since her debut at Country 2 Country (C2C) at the O2 London in 2015.

www.alicewallacemusic.com/



THE DELINES (USA) + Support
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Mon 4 November 2019
18.5 Adv


PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT: NOTTINGHAM: Metronome Marco Island, Huntingdon Street Nottingham. NG1 1AP

PORTLAND, Oregon — Sometimes, fate’s just a damned cruel thing. But when it nearly capsizes the career of an acclaimed band in the blink of an eye, the band’s only prudent choice is to hang in there until the ship is ready to sail again. That’s what The Delines did while supporting the recovery of lead singer Amy Boone, who underwent three years of treatment and rehab after both her legs were severely broken when she was hit by a car in Austin, Texas. What sustained their spirit, according to guitarist and songwriter Willy Vlautin, was knowing they already had most of their sophomore album, The Imperial, in the can.

The band finally released The Imperial on January 11th 2019 via Décor Records. It went straight in at number 1 where it stayed for two weeks and a further two in the top 4, the entire UK and Irish tour sold out and the press and radio loved it. It picked up where they left off following their stellar 2014 debut, Colfax. Like that album, The Imperial features Damnations, TX co-founder Boone evoking a beat-up Dusty Springfield or a weary Rickie Lee Jones on 10 tracks penned by Vlautin, who is also lead singer/songwriter for Richmond Fontaine whom broke up in 2016 and an acclaimed novelist (two of his books have become major films).

Equally adept at sounding broken-hearted and optimistic, weary and resilient, Boone conveys Vlautin’s characters in a voice that’s grittier than Bobbie Gentry’s and more lonesome than Sammi Smith’s, and steeped in the soul-ballad tradition. It’s the voice Vlautin fell in love with when he first heard it during a tour Richmond Fontaine did with Damnations, TX, the band Boone had formed with her sister, Deborah Kelly.

Portland’s Freddy Trujillo signed on to play bass. Sean Oldham ex of Richmond Fontaine on drums, multi-instrumentalist Cory Gray stepped in to round out the band’s cinematic, late-night country-soul sound with keyboard and trumpet.

www.thedelines.com



ERIN RAE (USA) + Support
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Sun 10 November 2019
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Doors open at 7.30pm www.runinghorsenottingham.co.uk

Gifted with a unique ability to fuse musical genres and influences to craft songs that feel fresh and wholly her own, with her new album Putting On Airs, Erin Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a Southern singer should be. Both lyrically and sonically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord, proudly releasing a deeply personal record that reflects her own upbringing in Tennessee, including the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day.

Buoying the release is Rae’s reputation as an enthralling live performer, which has earned her the respect of Nashville peers and music notables alike, including Grammy Award winner John Paul White, who has signed her to his Florence, Alabama-based label Single Lock Records. Rae joins a Single Lock roster that includes Nicole Atkins, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, and White himself.

Recorded in the dead of winter at The Refuge, a historic former Franciscan monastery-turned-creative space on Wisconsin’s Fox River, the isolated environment created the perfect setting for Erin and her band mates to track these genre-busting songs, using the chapel and other unique spaces within the cavernous building to explore new sonic boundaries, all while continuing to showcase Erin’s trademark vocals and song-serving restraint first heard on her critically-acclaimed 2015 debut album, Soon Enough.

www.erinraemusic.com/