An Evening With TOM RUSSELL (USA) Plus Support Wed 3 April 2019 The Glee Club Ł22 Adv
PLEASE NOTE / DOORS OPEN AT 7.00 PM AS TOM WILL BE ONSTAGE AT 7.30pm
Folk Hotel is almost certainly the best Americana album of 2017 and the lyrics are some of the very best of the last decade. Tom Russell is one of the key songwriters of the last twenty years or so. He must now be included on any list of great songwriters which would also include important people like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams. Country Music People.
Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books - including a book on his art and a book of his songs. Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. Tom Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master's Degree in Criminology. He was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.
Mythical America explored by brilliant Americana songwriter...Russell is a riveting storyteller. UNCUT
EMILY DUFF (USA) + Support Plus Support Wed 10 April 2019 Ł10 Adv
This show is at the RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG
Sweet & Sour Rock and Roll with a great big hit of Country Soul! Recorded down in Muscle Shoals, AL at FAME, "MAYBE IN THE MORNING" is anything but a Maybe.
Raised in Queens and Long Island, Duff wrote her first song at age seven or eight, after her mother taught her to play four chords on the guitar. It was about trading baseball cards, and, with its chorus of â€śGot it! Get it! Need it!â€ť had a Ramones feel to it, although it was only 1973. Fans of the Emily Duff Band, which is rooted in country soul, may not be aware of her wide range of abilities and her early influences, but will be unsurprised by the threads that tie it all together.
Listeners of the Emily Duff Bandâ€™s newest album, â€śMaybe in the Morning,â€ť agree. Singer, songwriter, and author Rosanne Cash wrote, â€śThis is Emilyâ€™s strongest work yet. Sheâ€™s found a confident, slinky feel and a gritty groove that serves her uniquely original lyrics and gritty voice well. Her stellar band is more than supportive â€” theyâ€™re soulful stars in their own right.â€ť
It was a deeply spiritual experience for Duff to record the album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, at the FAME Studios. â€śGoing to the place where my favorite music was recorded was like going to church,â€ť she said. â€śIt gave me chills walking through the door.â€ť Duff has hundreds of unpublished songs and is also working on a gospel blues album.
â€śPut down the iPhone, say goodbye to the DJ, and remember that great songs and guitars save lives. Go see live music!â€ť
HANNAH ALDRIDGE (USA) + GOAT ROPER RODEO Plus Support Goat Roper Rodeo Band Wed 24 April 2019 The Maze Ł12 Adv
Hannah Aldridge is an Americana/ Folk artist originally from Muscle Shoals, Al. She is the daughter of the #1 hit songwriter and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee, Walt Aldridge, who has written and produced for such artist as Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, and Conway Twitty and has been named songwriter of the year twice by illboard.
When Hannah Aldridge released her first album Razor WireÂ« in 2014, she was described as Muscle Shoals' own Americana Princess. With the new, much anticipated album she's definitely claiming the throne as the Americana Queen of Muscle Shoals! The follow up, Gold Rush has a distinct rock edge making the 10 tracks explode with energy, sweat and pride. A uncompromising and confident attitude shines throughout the whole album. In literature and in songwriting, the American South is where writers go to face their fears. Hannah Aldridge doesnâ€™t just dip her pen into the well of the South, the Muscle Shoals native embodies it. Mixing her personal life and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah Aldridgeâ€™s new album also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling.
GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND
The boys from Wales will be opening for Hannah as well as backing her for her set. The Goat Roper Rodeo Band play vivid, compelling and soulful cosmic country blues; and when they let rip on songs such as Don't Believe You, they are just dazzling.
"Like the Everlys fronted by Gram Parsons" (Fatea) / "Amazing" (Bob Harris)
AN EVENING WITH SIMONE FELICE (USA) (Birmingham Show) Plus Support Thu 25 April 2019 Ł18 Adv
This show will be at THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 High St
Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7JZ
Tel: 0121 444 2081
â€śEach song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance.â€ť - Laura Barton | THE GUARDIAN
Simone Felice is a founding member of internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain based artists The Felice Brothers, whose seminal albums remain some of the most influential works of this century's folk-rock revival.
Simone has been hailed as one of the great songwriter-poets of his generation, bringing these gifts and history to his work as a prolific record producer.
Recent projects include The Lumineers #1 worldwide hit, Cleopatra, Bat For Lashes stunning Mercury Prize shortlisted concept album, The Bride, and new releases by Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, The Felice Brothers, Ian Felice, Jade Bird, Vance Joy, Noah Kahan and Peace.
Simoneâ€™s powerful new single â€śPuppetâ€ť is out now.
â€śA lyricist to rival Dylan, Cohen and Cave. An album crackling with menace yet infused with tenderness, The Projector conjures magic with fragile rays of light in the darkness.â€ť â€” The Telegraph
HAYES CARLL Trio (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 19 May 2019 The Glee Club Ł16 Adv
The chorus to the title track on the new Hayes Carll album, What It Is, is a manifesto.
What it was is gone forever / What it could be God only knows.
What it is is right here in front of me / and Iâ€™m not letting go.
Heâ€™s embracing the moment. Leaving the past where it belongs, accepting thereâ€™s no way to know whatâ€™s ahead, and challenging himself to be present in both love and life. Itâ€™s heady stuff. It also rocks.
With a career full of critical acclaim and popular success, Carll couldâ€™ve played it safe on this, his sixth record, but he didnâ€™t. The result is a musically ambitious and lyrically deep statement of an artist in his creative prime.
Hayes Carllâ€™s list of accomplishments is long. His third album, 2008â€™s Trouble In Mind, earned him an Americana Music Association Award for Song of the Year (for â€śShe Left Me for Jesusâ€ť). The follow-up, KMAG YOYO was the most played album on the Americana Chart in 2011 and spawned covers by artists as varied as Hard Working Americans and Lee Ann Womack, whose version of "Chances Are" garnered Carll a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song. 2016â€™s Lovers and Leavers swept the Austin Music Awards, and was his fourth record in a row to reach #1 on the Americana Airplay chart. Kelly Willis and Kenny Chesney have chosen to record his songs and his television appearances include The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, and Later w/Jools Holland. Carll is the rare artist who can rock a packed dancehall one night and hold a listening room at rapt attention the next.
Carllâ€™s last release, 2016â€™s Lovers and Leavers was an artistic and commercial risk â€” a bold move which eschewed the tempo and humour of much of his previous work. The record revealed a more serious singer-songwriter dealing with more serious subjects â€” divorce, new love in the middle of life, parenting, the worth of work. What It Is finds him now on the other side, revived and happy, but resolute â€” no longer under the impression that any of it comes for free.
CARSON McHONE (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 26 May 2019 The Maze Ł12 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.