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AMY RIGBY (USA) + Support
Plus Support
Thu 9 April 2020
11 Adv


Sorry to announce this show and all UK dates are cancelled due to Coronavirus fears as she will be travelling here from American. Hope to re-book later in the year.

www.amyrigby.com


EILEEN ROSE & THE HOLY WRECK (USA) + sUPPORT
Plus Support
Sat 25 April 2020
13 Adv


Show cancelled due to the current Coronavirus situation.

www.eileenrose.com


CARSON MCHONE (USA) + Special Guest NATIVE HARROW (USA)
Plus Support
Thu 30 April 2020
12 Adv


Show cancelled due to the current Coronavirus situation.

www.carsonmchonemusic.com


LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES (Australia) + Support
Plus Support
Sun 10 May 2020
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT:THE FLYING CIRCUS. 53 Castle Gate, Newark, NG24 1BE. Tel: 01636 611844 https://www.flyingcircuspub.co.uk/

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes have 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. it seems Lachlan and The Wildes have achieved a different sort of musical perfection – the kind that puts the listener in an emotional space from the first to the last bar. ‘Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music’ is a ragged, poetic, alt-country gem.

“We really enjoyed leaving the dirt on” says Lachlan, “we didn’t want to round off the edges too much and we always chose the most meaningful take, which is almost never the most musically perfect”.



www.lachlanbryanandthewildes.com



MIKE FERRIO (USA) + JONATHAN SPOTTISWOODE
Plus Support JONATHAN SPOTTISWOODE
Fri 22 May 2020
10 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT:THE FLYING CIRCUS. 53 Castle Gate, Newark, NG24 1BE. Tel: 01636 611844 https://www.flyingcircuspub.co.uk/

Tandy, were the vehicle of songwriter and frontman Mike Ferrio. The band went through a number of changing line-ups until eventually being disbanded after the death of multi-instrumentalist Drew Glackin in January 2008. Despite being feted by the music media and building up a small core of devotees, Tandy never made the breakthrough to bigger things. How they went under the radar for so long is something of a mystery. In reviewing their fourth album ‘Wide Open Spaces’ in 2001 No Depression wrote “For five years Tandy has been crafting some of the finest music you’ve probably never heard”.

Tandy’s self-titled debut album was released in 1997 on Tomato Records, the label set up by Townes Van Zandt’s manager Kevin Eggers. It disappeared without trace, but is an excellent debut and well worth seeking out. The follow-up in 1998 ‘Some Summers Day’ refined and improved the band’s roots-rock sound. However, it was with their 1999 release ‘Lichtenstein’s Oriole’ that Tandy reached their peak. The album is their masterpiece and to this day remains one of my favourite albums. If you are not familiar with it, I highly recommend that you check it out.

Deeply affected by Drew Glackin’s death, Ferrio disbanded Tandy in 2008. By then through line-up changes and more erratic output, Tandy had run its course. Mike Ferrio went on to form Good Luck Mountain, which gave him a new lease of life and a return to form. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that people don’t always get what they deserve. For me Mike Ferrio is a major talent.

JONATHAN SPOTTISWOODE

Jonathan Spottiswoode is a New York based musician, writer, and filmmaker. The son of an American singer and English clergyman, he was raised in London.

His short film "The Gentleman" has been shown at a number of film festivals and in regular rotation on the Independent Film Channel, but he is best known as the front man of the band Spottiswoode & His Enemies.

LOST IN THE CITY is our most ambitious song cycle to date. An emotional sucker punch. Tales of love and death in the Big Apple. Celebrating two decades together as a band, the music reflects the raw energy and sophistication of the city we’ve called home; a giddy brew of balladry, jazz, rock, blues, minimalism, you name it.


www.spottiswoode.bandcamp.com



CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS (USA) + Support
Plus Support
Mon 25 May 2020
20 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 High St, Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7JZ Tel: 0121 444 2081 www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

Chuck Prophet - singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer extraordinaire returns with his band The Mission Express for the first time in over three years. Chuck is currently getting ready to release his 14th studio album this Spring on Yeproc Records. Chuck started his wild ride as a kid back in 1984 when Green on Red plucked him out of Berkeley, CA and threw him in the van for an eight year ride and the recording of as many albums. Green on Red were seminal purveyors of American Roots-Rock and broke up in 1992 just before an entire movement followed in their wake, call it alt-country or Americana, they alongside the Long Ryders were the first. Since then Chuck has recorded thirteen amazing solo albums and toured and recorded with Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Cake and Jonathan Richman. In addition to that Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Solomon Burke, Alejandro Escovedo and Heart have recorded his songs, along with a host of others. Expect to hear some of the best guitar work you have ever heard in the tradition of such players as Keith Richards while Prophet vocal styles have been compared to Dylan and Tom Petty. Chuck’s never been one to rest on his laurels and ride it out and his last five records have been his best yet. Chuck’s live shows are second to none and has sold out gigs across the UK.

www.chuckprophet.com



DIANA JONES (USA) + Support
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Thu 28 May 2020
12 Adv


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

I’ve been lucky enough to write songs and sing them for a long time now, and to make records with a community of amazingly talented producers and musicians. In the spring of 2018 I landed back in NYC after a tour with no new songs. The 2016 USA election had left myself and many of my artist friends unable to respond creatively. Then came news and more news of the deplorable treatment of asylum seekers at the US Mexican border and around the world. I'm known for writing story songs about people from the past who didn't have a voice at the time they lived. In an attempt to make sense of what was happening last summer I began to write the stories I was hearing about people living in the present day -- one voice at a time. My own need to “re-humanize” the people who were being dehumanized by our government and the press resulted in a flood of songs. By September I had twelve new songs and I decided to make a record.

The new album came together as easily as the songs had flowed. Grammy Award winning producer and musician David Mansfield’s film scores and music (Songcatcher, Heaven's Gate, The Apostle, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez etc…) had inspired me for years and I was thrilled to work with him. David produced and played multiple instruments on the tracks. My old friend Richard Thompson, who happened to be nearby the studio, added harmony and played guitar on two of the songs. I had recently met and performed with the wonderful Chapin Sisters who joined me on a song, and the other amazing players - Jason Sypher on bass, Glenn Patscha on piano and Will Holshouser on accordion, added their talents to create Song To A Refugee; a song cycle based on the stories of asylum seekers around the world.

Song To A Refugee speaks to the challenging issues of our current time. I’m excited, grateful and humbled to be able to tell these stories to audiences - stories about people who are simply trying to survive as we all would. Recently I played The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. After the show a man came up to me and said, "Thank you for not being angry about politics and for telling the stories. I needed to hear them." I look forward to travelling with these story songs, to begin and continue the conversation.

www.dianajonesmusic.com/



WARNER E. HODGES BAND (USA) + DRIVIN N CRYIN (USA)
Plus Support Drivin 'N' Cryin
Sun 31 May 2020
16 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT THE OLD COLD STORE. 12 Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB www.en-gb.facebook.com/

World-renowned six-string pioneer, Warner E. Hodges, continues to blaze trails with his signature brand of guitar driven rock.

Born in Wurtzburg, Germany, Warner cut his teeth on the music of his father, Edger, a serving U.S. Army officer, and his mom, Blanche, who both fronted a USO country music outfit on base. The Hodges family settled in Nashville TN upon returning to the states and Warner soon found himself playing drums in his parents’ band. The bolt of lightning that compelled him to switch to guitar hit at an AC/DC concert in 1973. By the end of the 70’s, the punk movement had invaded Music City U.S.A. and Hodges’ high octane approach to life and the guitar were a perfect match for the burgeoning DIY scene. These early sparks were about to catch and Warner’s legacy was about to begin. Fast forward to 1981.

“Help Me Warner Go!” Both words of warning and a battle cry, all in one. Signaling the spinning, smoking, spur-wearing Hodges to action in front of rabid fans of Jason & The Scorchers, the mold-breaking, original wild child of rock n roll aggression and country music roots. The WEH sound is the perfect volatile mixture of these juxtaposed musical brothers. Part Jimmy Page, part Don Rich, Warner blends the two like no other player in history, period! With 10 albums to their credit, The Scorchers are still turning on and inspiring a new generation of alt-country fans and artists. (p)Warner E. Hodges is a busy man these days. In 2009, he joined Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, has recorded six studio albums, including 2017’s Rollercoaster, and has relentlessly toured internationally with the former Georgia Satellite. Always searching for new creative roads to explore, Warner formed The Bluefields in 2011, an American rock group from Nashville, where he can stretch his imagination on instruments ranging from Les Paul’s to ukuleles! The band has recorded 3 well-received studio albums, including 2014’s Under High Cotton.

When Hodges hits the road in 2020, it’ll be a while before the dust clears. Warner will be bringing his latest albums Right Back Where I Started and Gunslinger to life for European fans with the Warner E. Hodges Band.

DIVIN ‘N’ CRYIN

Atlanta, Georgia based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of their career on tour. In October 1985 Drivin N Cryin played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. The band quickly gained attention for their blistering live shows, and amassed a rabid fan base in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene.

With a gold record, 10 full-length albums, and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest. In 2012, a documentary about the band, entitled Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin' N’ Cryin’, was reduced. In 2015, a collection of 10 choice cuts from the band’s 4-EP “Songs” series, entitled Best of Songs, was released on Nashville’s Plowboy Records. Additionally, the band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame that same year. The band’s new full-length album, produced by Nashville’s Aaron Lee Tasjan and featuring Laur Joamets (former Sturgill Simpson band member)

www.warnerehodges.com/
www.drivncrin.com/



FRAZEY FORD (CANADA) + Support
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Thu 4 June 2020
The Glee Club 17 Adv


“It’s hard to think of another singer who suggests Dolly Parton, Ann Peebles and Feist. She phrases intuitively, waiting on a word and then drawing it out, and turns good lyrics to oatmeal, adding strange new colours to vowels, making whole syllables vanish.” - The New York Times

Vancouver artist Frazey Ford is revered for her soulful voice, captivating live show, and immersive lyrical storytelling and is returning with her first new original music in five years with her new album U Kin B the Sun due out Feb 2020.

Frazey first became known to UK audiences within her role as a founding member of the beloved Canadian alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas. The Be Good Tanyas have graced the stages of all the key Folk Festivals in Canada, the UK and many in Europe and as touring artists worked their way up to headlining at The Royal Albert Hall in London in 2006.

In 2010, Frazey Ford launched her solo career with her debut album Obadiah on Nettwerk Records. Obadiah garnered reviews in publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian. In October 2014 Frazey returned with her second Nettwerk released solo album, Indian Ocean - a lush album filled with songs about love, contrition and being bold. Frazey recorded this album in Memphis TN at the famed Royal Studios and as well in Vancouver at Afterlife Studios with producer John Raham taking on the role of co-producer alongside Frazey.

Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental Memphis soul sound. Critics deemed Indian Ocean one of the top releases of 2014 calling it an acclaimed country soul gem inviting comparisons to Cat Powers The Greatest. Indian Ocean took Frazey and her band members, dubbed The Quiet Revolution, on repeated headlining tours in the UK, Europe, Australia and throughout the USA and Canada. Indian Ocean made the Polaris Prize long list, was voted #6 out of the top 100 albums of 2014 by The Sunday Times, London, UK and was nominated for a Juno Award. Frazey’s video for her song Done has over 1.5 million views on YouTube and was premiered on NPR’s First Look platform.

Frazey has been receiving rave reviews for her first single and video from this new album for her soulful activism anthem The Kids Are Having None of It.

“….the way Frazey Ford works as a singer and songwriter who can pack a wealth of heartbreak, forbearance and rapture into the smallest intimations, and even into the spaces in between them.” John Mulvey, UNCUT UK

www.frazeyford.com



CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS (USA)+ Support
Plus Support
Fri 12 June 2020
20 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE METRONOME, Marco Island, Huntingdon St, Nottingham NG1 1AP www.metronome.uk.com/

Chuck Prophet - singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer extraordinaire returns with his band The Mission Express for the first time in over three years. Chuck is currently getting ready to release his 14th studio album this Spring on Yeproc Records. Chuck started his wild ride as a kid back in 1984 when Green on Red plucked him out of Berkeley, CA and threw him in the van for an eight year ride and the recording of as many albums. Green on Red were seminal purveyors of American Roots-Rock and broke up in 1992 just before an entire movement followed in their wake, call it alt-country or Americana, they alongside the Long Ryders were the first. Since then Chuck has recorded thirteen amazing solo albums and toured and recorded with Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Cake and Jonathan Richman. In addition to that Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Solomon Burke, Alejandro Escovedo and Heart have recorded his songs, along with a host of others. Expect to hear some of the best guitar work you have ever heard in the tradition of such players as Keith Richards while Prophet vocal styles have been compared to Dylan and Tom Petty. Chuck’s never been one to rest on his laurels and ride it out and his last five records have been his best yet. Chuck’s live shows are second to none and has sold out gigs across the UK.

www.chuckprophet.com/



COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS (USA) + Support
Plus Support
Sun 21 June 2020
18.5 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE METRONOME, Marco Island, Huntingdon St, Nottingham NG1 1AP www.metronome.uk.com/

Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers A Note on Old Flowers

You can’t water old flowers. Yes, you fall in love, you make mistakes, and so do they. You run through blackberry fields in the summer of your youth, dream in passenger seats gazing past towns and fields, imagining a future life where everything works out. I fell head over heels in love at nineteen. The kind of love where you call up your best friend and say, “I think I’ve found my soulmate.” The pull towards that first true love is strong. It consumes you, makes you question your own dreams.

On New Year’s Day, 2018, a great horned owl dropped dead at my exes’ feet in my mother’s yard. It felt like a daunting omen, ushering on change for the both of us. We were distraught. We couldn’t afford the taxidermy, so we placed it in a big blue plastic garbage bin. Now it felt so cheap, that mystic creature in a plastic coffin. That’s how love feels sometimes – like we don’t serve it the ending it deserves.

The omen was true. That year, I started to see the woman I could be, the woman I wasn’t yet. Anytime I felt like myself, I was alone and wandering, and I knew that was a sign that it was time for change. New Year’s Day 2019, I said goodbye to my first true love and moved across the country. Losing someone you spend every day for nearly a decade with is intense. We talked in our dreams. I knew where he was, even before I entered a place. He’d always be there if I had a feeling. Humans are connected in unexplainable ways.

I was writing a lot after we broke up as a healing technique, preserving each memory like an emotional archaeologist. Late one night, I woke up from a dream where I was searching for him, my ex, at a carnival. It was so vivid. I woke myself up to write a song on my piano. The next morning, he reached out to me for the first time in months. We went out, had a drink, caught up, and he told me that the hardest part about our separation was a reoccurring nightmare where he searched for me at a carnival. In that moment, I knew, humans have ways of connecting beyond words and touch. I truly believe that. We had the same dream, without seeing each other for months.

Even with all the mystic symbolism that year presented, this is an age-old story I can’t make up. We fall in love, we grow up, we change, and they don’t change with us. ‘Old Flowers’ is about heartbreak. There are a million records and songs about that, but I did not lie when writing these songs. This album is about loving and caring for the person you know you can’t be with. It’s about being afraid to be vulnerable after you’ve been hurt. It’s about a woman who is alone, but okay with that, if it means truth.

This was my truth this year – my nine year relationship ended, and I’m a woman alone in the world, but happy to know herself.

These songs came to me alone, late nights in Bisbee, Lisbon, Nashville, and London. Sometimes I’d just cry and sing, and a song would come out. I drank too much wine while writing this record, lit too many candles. You could say this was my attempt to summon the muse, but that’s bullshit, because she was just standing there naked looking me in the eyes. So I told her the truth.

This is my story of the most heartbreaking, but soul-revealing, year of my life. I drove myself mad. I drove to the smoky mountains just to drive back. I danced with a Portuguese boxer and cried on his shoulder in a Fado cafe. I did everything an artist is “supposed to do.” But at the end of the day, beyond all the romance, these songs are my truth. I think they might be yours too.

www.courtneymarieandrews.com/



WALLED GARDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL (EarlyBird ends 29th Feb)
Plus Support
Fri 10 July 2020
0 Adv


Cosmic American Music has teamed up with the historic Thoresby Park Estate to create a brand new music festival in North Nottinghamshire, a stone’s throw from Robin Hood's famous Major Oak.

The festival will be held in the fabulous 5 acre Walled Garden over the weekend of 10th 11th and 12th July summer 2020. With 35 acts performing on 2 stages bringing an eclectic mix of music from Americana, Roots, Rock, Blues and even some New Orleans Jazz. Featuring Cosmic American’s long standing acts as well as many new and upcoming artists.

Thoresby Park offers plenty of “ between the acts” entertainment, stalls, food vendors and refreshments provided by several local breweries all on site.

Visit our festival website at www.walledgardenmusicfestival.co.uk. Earlybird prices starting from £59 for full weekends ticket including 3 nights camping.

CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS (USA) - WRECKLESS ERIC - MARTIN STEPHENSON & THE DAINTEES - VANDOLIERS (USA) - JESSE DAYTON (USA) - PETER BRUNTNELL BAND - OTIS GIBBS (USA) TREETOP FLYERS - CURSE OF LONO - DANNI NICHOLLS - AMY RIGBY (USA) - STEEL BLOSSOMS (USA) - MATT MCCLOSKEY (USA) - LACHLAN BRYAN AND THE WILDES (AUSTRALIA) - MARY ELAINE JENKINS (USA) - BRITT GULLY (USA) - THE WEEPING WILLOWS (AUSTRALIA) - PIERCE PETIS (USA) - JULIE LEE (USA) – DOLLY VARDEN (USA) - KAREN JONAS (USA) - RACHEL LAVEN With SWEET ‘SHINE (USA) - RYAN HAMILTON & THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS (USA) - THE MOST UGLY CHILD - FARGO RAILROAD CO. PAUL McClURE - SEAN TAYLOR - OUR MAN IN THE FIELD - JERSEY BUDD - THE ROGUE EMBERS BAND - OLD SCHOOL'S DOGHOUSE - JIMI MAC BAND - THE OUTRIDERS - BANJO JEN - SHIPCOTE & FRIENDS - THE AMBER HERD - PHIL ASHMORE BAND - LAWRENCE COUNTY

www.walledgardenmusicfestival.co.uk/



WILLY TEA TAYLOR (USA) + Support
Plus Support
Tue 8 September 2020
11 Adv


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

This will be a new singer songwriter to a lot of people but trust me he is amazing! Someone I have been wanting to book for sometime now and it is a real pleasure to present such an exceptionally talented artist.

Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.

Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs. Despite coming from a long line of cattlemen – his grandfather Walt was one of the most respected of his generation – Willy’s first love was baseball. As a catcher, he had a gift for the nuances of calling a game from behind the plate. When a knee injury ended his ability to catch, Willy turned his attention to music.

He made his main stage debut with his band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit at the 2009 festival. In 2015, Willy made his solo debut on the main stage. Willy has charmed fans at some of the best festivals in the US. He and Tom VandenAvond have travelled together on a series of tours they call “Searchin’ for Guy Clark’s Kitchen” where each evening’s show is just a precursor to an endless quest for the kind of serene late night scene depicted in the cult classic documentary Heartworn Highways.

On his new release Knuckleball Prime, Willy received support from greats like Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), and Gabe Witcher and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. Of the album’s title, Taylor says “most baseball players peak in their twenties, but knuckleball pitchers tend to blossom in their late thirties and early forties. I’m staring down my knuckleball prime.”

www.willyteataylor.com/