KELLY WILLIS BAND (USA) + Kerry Fearon Plus Support Kerry Fearon Wed 25 July 2018 The Maze £16 Adv
Possessed with a killer voice that exudes honky-tonk heartache‚ÄĒand can also rock out‚ÄĒ Willis has a few decades-worth of material to pull from, all of it worth hearing.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď RollingStone Country.
Back Being Blue is Willis‚Äô seventh full-length studio album and her first solo project since her 2007 LP Translated from Love. Willis‚Äô husband, Bruce Robison produced the new album analogue style in his rural recording studio in their home state of Texas. Willis wrote six of the 10 tracks herself, with help from the likes of Rodney Crowell on the additional four. Notable guests on the record include Eleanor Whitmore (of The Mastersons and Steve Earle and the Dukes), Mark Spencer (of Son Volt) and Trevor Nealon (of Band of Heathens).
Willis explains, ‚ÄúI attempted to make music that could fit in any era but leans on the simplicity of the music that first inspired me. Roots rockabilly country blues, to narrow it down for you! Kind of a Nick Lowe meets Skeeter Davis meets Crystal Gayle. Sounds that were in full blaze when I first moved Austin.‚ÄĚ
Willis is herself a longtime feature in the city, having moved to Austin to pursue music shortly after graduating from high school. Not long after, famed singer/songwriter Nancy Griffith took a shine to her voice and recommended Willis to producer Tony Brown, one of the titans of Nashville country, who signed her to a deal with MCA. Willis found herself in the spotlight of country music world in Nashville, with three albums released to widespread critical acclaim.
MATTHEW RYAN (USA) + Support Plus Support Fri 3 August 2018 The Maze £12 Adv
‚ÄúAlways count on Matthew Ryan to come in quietly and leave you knocked out on the floor.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Paste
Matthew Ryan and The Northern Wires are on tour in the UK with The Gaslight Anthem and then performing just a handful of intimate duo shows as well.
Matthew Ryan is experiencing a kind of noisy renaissance. It began in 2014 with the release of Boxers, a fevered and smart rock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll record about the working class, produced by Kevin Salem. May 2017 will see the follow-through with Hustle Up Starlings, a heart-on-the-sleeve collection of silvery anthems that further illustrate Ryan‚Äôs reinvigorated love of language, noise and cinema produced by Brian Fallon.
To celebrate this tour. Matthew Ryan is also releasing ‚ÄėStarlings Unadorned‚Äô. This is a 12 track collection of some stripped down and cinematic acoustic versions of selected songs from Hustle Up Starlings, along with some previously unreleased songs and demos.
"...Hustle Up Starlings proves that Matthew Ryan‚Äôs music can hang with those of the heroes he mentioned, even as he‚Äôs doing his fans a favor by combining career longevity with musical integrity." - American Songwriter
I SEE HAWKS IN L. A. (USA) + Support Plus Support Thu 9 August 2018 The Maze £12 Adv
‚ÄúThe finest country rock band on the planet‚ÄĚ ‚Äď MOJO
‚ÄúOne of California‚Äôs unique treasures‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Dave Alvin
2018 will bring two new releases from Southern California‚Äôs leading country-folk-rock band I See Hawks In L.A.: their 8th CD, with new twists on their cosmic roots sound; and also a very old timey acoustic collaboration with UK's Good Intentions, sharing songwriting and vocals with the award winning duo.
The Hawks are noted for their lyrical celebrations and lamentations of earth and ecosphere, odes to the endless highway, and withering social commentary‚ÄĒnot exactly the trucks and tight jeans fare of mainstream country. They've built a loyal following around the globe from many U.S. and Europe/UK tours, consistently rave reviews from critics, and a serious presence in the top 10 of the Freeform American Roots chart (#1 three times) and the Euro Americana chart.
Formed in 1999 by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony Lacques during a philosophical discussion and rock throwing session on an East Mojave desert trek, I See Hawks In L.A. first gathered on the front porch in Echo Park, Los Angeles, drank whiskey and wrote their first batch of songs. They then sought advice from local country rock guru
David Jackson, bassist with John Denver, Dillard and Clark, and EmmyLou Harris. Jackson promptly joined the Hawks for their eponymous recording, featuring legendary fiddler Brantley Kearns (Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Hazel Dickens). The CD established the Hawks signature sound: high lonesome three part harmonies, innovative telecaster and steel or unadorned acoustic arrangements, with lyrics musing on mortality, whales, and the geography of pre-apocalyptic L.A.
"To say that I See Hawks in L.A. traipse down a going-their-own-way path through that old folky Americana and classic California country rock thing doesn‚Äôt quite begin to describe the sheer scope of this band‚Äôs wide-open vision.
‚Äď John Payne, L.A. Weekly
SONS OF BILL (USA) + Carl Anderson Plus Support Carl Anderson Sun 19 August 2018 The Rescue Rooms £11 Adv
Oh God Ma‚Äôam is a coming-of-age record for an over-stimulated age-- equal parts post-adolescent anxiety and old-soul humility-- literate, gorgeous, and darkly contemplative.
Oh God Ma‚Äôam, the latest LP from central Virginia‚Äôs band of brothers, Sons of Bill, is the band‚Äôs most coherent artistic statement to date-- subtle, risky, and sonically ambitious. Recorded both in Seattle with west coast indie legend Phil Ek (Shins, Fleet Foxes) and in Nashville with Sean Sullivan (Sturgill Simpson) and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) the album shows the Wilson brothers moving beyond the galvanic americana-rock comfort zone of previous efforts, for a more elegant and restrained sound-- a darker, and more complexly layered rock record that manages to be the band‚Äôs most emotionally intimate and sonically expansive. Insistent, dancey rhythms and dreamy, hook-filled, pyrotechnics abound, creating a deceptively anthemic mood around songs that are in and of themselves intensely introverted.
Sons of Bill essentially make roots music in the best sense of the term. For a modern genre that is often more sartorial than musical, Oh God Ma‚Äôam is the timely antidote-- excavating the vast annals of traditional and popular music to craft a rare and refreshing album of nuance and depth in a confusing and overstimulated age. it‚Äôs a soundtrack of love and survival-- in a time when it is a triumph to simply survive.
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS (USA) + Support Plus Support Mon 20 August 2018 The Rescue Rooms £15 Adv
‚ÄúMay Your Kindness Remain confirms Andrews rise. It‚Äôs a brilliant record, prove that old forms can still be timeless‚ÄĚ - 5 stars ‚Äď The Guardian
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Courtney Marie Andrews is a singer/songwriter known for an eclectic style that incorporates elements of folk, country, and indie pop. Andrews began penning her own lyrics in her early teens. Her creative endeavors quickly took hold, and her music went from a hobby to a career choice as she grew older. After having amassed ample material by the time she was 16, she embarked on her first tour. Subsequent activity saw the young creative land work as a backing singer and session guitarist for many established artists, including Damien Jurado and Jimmy Eat World.
She released her first album, Urban Myths, in 2008. The record generated some attention for the young singer/songwriter and she put out a number of releases in the following years, including 2010's No One's Slate Is Clean and 2013's On My Page. Both efforts exemplified the innovative, genre-bending approach she brought to her songwriting, as well as a bittersweet sonic palette that traversed styles of country, pop, and alternative folk. She received acclaim from accomplished songwriters such as Jurado and Ryan Adams
Session players and her band joined Andrews to record her 2014 EP, Leuven Letters, which was captured in one live take. However, most of the material that she had written on the road would go on her 2016 full-length effort, Honest Life. A coming-of-age record, the album paid tribute to many of her sonic inspirations, including Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash, and Carole King, as well as storytellers such as John Steinbeck and the late, great Leonard Cohen.. Honest Life received widespread acclaim from critics.
Courtney has just released May Your Kindness Remain, her follow up record thanks to Loose Records here in the UK. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan). it addressed the theme of empathy within the sociopolitical climate of the day with soulful vocal performances.
‚ÄúAndrews may be the finest Singer Song-writer in America‚ÄĚ The Telegraph
DAN BAIRD & HOMEMADE SIN (USA) + Support Plus Support Mon 3 September 2018 The Maze £15 Adv
Three Chords And A Cloud Of Dust‚Ä¶
The Georgia Satellites were one of the most ferocious bands of the 80‚Äôs. What set them apart from the other 100,000 bands who cranked their amps up to eleven was that their wild riffs and tanked up cries came from a band who, from the start, understood it‚Äôs place in the rock tradition and fought hard to solidify it with each recording. The Georgia Satellites and the composer of, ‚ÄúKeep Your Hands To Yourself‚ÄĚ. Every night in America, it is estimated that at least eight bands will be covering that number. Not bad for a song that has just celebrated its thirtieth birthday.
Joining Dan in Homemade Sin is fellow ex Satellite, drummer Mauro Magellan and founder member of Americana Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement winners Jason And The Scorchers, guitarist Warner E. Hodges. The lineup is completed by new boy, Sean Savacool on bass.
The band has a reputation for being one of the best live acts on the circuit. They have also established an annual series of concerts in London that attract fans from all around the world.
March 2017 saw the release of their fourth and most successful studio album to date, ‚ÄúRollercoaster‚ÄĚ. And then, mid tour, Dan was diagnosed with CLL, an aggressive form of leukemia and was hospitalised. Forced to take the second half of 2017 off to address his condition, Dan and Homemade Sin return in May 2018, with a new studio album and an extensive tour taking in the UK, USA, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
DYLAN LEBLANC (USA) + NICOLE ATKINS (USA) Plus Support Nicole Atkins Thu 13 September 2018 The Maze £14 Adv
Shreveport, Louisiana native Dylan LeBlanc spent his formative years surrounded by some of the region's finest musicians (his father, singer/songwriter/guitarist James LeBlanc, is a longtime Muscle Shoals session player). Dylan began writing his own songs at eleven, and by his late teens, had developed a soulful, bluesy voice and guitar style that resonated with the sights and sounds of his musical youth. He released Paupers Field, his smoky, languid Townes Van Zandt- and Fleet Foxes-inspired debut, on Rough Trade in 2010 at the ripe old age of nineteen, followed by the likeminded Cast the Same Old Shadow in 2012.
Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee‚Äôs server to ‚Äúthe new Neil Young‚ÄĚ in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself.
In between the moments of clarity and a few familiar falls, he also wrote a new album, Cautionary Tale, released in 2016. A collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity.
Cautionary Tale ‚Äď ‚ÄúLove this album ! Great catchy songs that stay in your head, easily his best work to date‚ÄĚ
NICOLE ATKINS (USA)
Atkins made her recording debut in 2007 with the release of her now classic album Nepture City. Since that she has appeared on numerous late night TV shows including Later with Jools Holland and featured in media outlets ranging from the New York Times to Time magazine. Her fourth studio album Goodnight Rhonda Lee was released last year.
She reconnected with her old friend Chris Isaak who encouraged her, in the midst of all the soul-searching and soul-baring, to write songs that emphasized the one trait that most sets her apart from the mere mortals of the industry, telling her, ‚ÄúAtkins, you have a very special thing in your voice that a lot of people can‚Äôt or don‚Äôt do. You need to stop shying away from that thing and let people hear it.‚ÄĚ To that end, the two of them collaborated on Goodnight Rhonda Lee's standout track, the instant classic, "A Little Crazy.‚ÄĚ
CHUCK PROPHET & STEPHANIE FINCH + JESSE MALIN Plus Support Sun 23 September 2018 The Glee Club £16 Adv
Californian alt-rock hero Chuck Prophet has just announced his first fill UK, Belgium and Holland duo tour with his wife and co-conspirator, Stephanie Finch this September. The tour features Chuck and Stephanie playing songs on acoustic and with keyboard with tracks from each others albums spanning over twenty years digging deep into some tunes you haven‚Äôt heard for awhile. They will be joined by friend and native New Yorker Jesse Malin whom will also be playing a full set with his keyboardist. Jesse has toured the UK for the last 20 + years too with a rich musical history. Chuck and Jesse will be closing out the night together on stage.
Chuck Prophet has been on the scene since his days with Americana pioneers Green on Red from 1984 to 1992 whom he recorded seven albums with. Chuck has gone on to have a successful solo career with over twelve albums under his belt and writing songs for the likes of Solomon Burke, Heart and Alejandro Escovedo and as a sideman with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon and Cake. In addition to Chuck‚Äôs strong catalogue and visceral live shows, Chuck's music has recently been heard in hit television series True Blood and Sons of Anarchy. His live shows are some of the best on the circuit both with his band and solo. This will be a rare time to catch him as a duo setting. ‚Äúthe swagger and innocence of early Springsteen and the demi-monde storytelling of early Lou Reed.‚ÄĚ MOJO
Jesse Malin has been on the scene almost as long, revered by iconic figures from Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer to Joey Ramone and Jim Jarmusch, "His songs are so good they hurt my feelings," Ryan Adams once said, and it's little wonder considering Malin's ability to bridge the reckless abandon of The Replacements with the sensitive introspection of Neil Young.
Born in NYC, Malin formed D Generation, the influential punk band described by Rolling Stone as "the best thing to happen to New York noise in the Nineties." Before going solo in 2002. Releasing over 7 solo albums and collaborating with Bruce Springsteen, Green Day and Ryan Adams his live shows are a force to be rekoned with and he has appeared on the Tonight show, Conan and Letterman over the years, a true NY legend.
BENNETT WILSON POOLE + Support Plus Support Thu 27 September 2018 The Maze £12 Adv
Danny Wilson (Danny And The Champions Of The World), and Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires, Saint Etienne) join forces with Tony Poole, producer extraordinaire, and King of the electric twelve-string Rickenbacker and combine their voices, guitars, and song-writing to marvellous effect in a collection of songs that began as uplifting acoustic music and just grew into something far more wide-ranging and transcendent, providing balm, inspiration and succour for these troubled times.
The young Danny Wilson formed bands with his brother Julian ‚Äď Soulgreen and then Grand Drive while Robin Bennett and his brother Joe, out in Oxfordshire, were founding the Truck Festival and performing as Whispering Bob and then Goldrush, basing their two-part harmony style on that of Julian and Danny with Grand Drive. Following Grand Drive Danny connected with the Bennett brothers who formed a major part of the floating first incarnation of Danny And The Champions of The World, and when they left to concentrate on The Dreaming Spires he saw it as the perfect time to work with Tony.
Through Danny, Tony would soon meet, and later work with, the Bennett brothers. Around the same time Danny and Robin were trying to make good on a long-held intention to write together with three songs coming from the hook-up. They realised there would be enough to make something of this and over a handful of weekends the three would gather at Tony‚Äôs home studio.
CHASTITY BROWN (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 7 October 2018 £12 Adv
THIS SHOW IS AT THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel: 07770 226926
Now based in Minnesota but with roots in the Deep South, Chastity has the ‚Äúability to distill Southern blues and plaintive North Country prairie influences into expansive, alluring folk songs‚ÄĚ (The Current). She is a powerful new voice with the ability to warm, comfort and challenge. She‚Äôs been hailed by NPR, CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, and Paste Magazine as a songwriter to watch and has appeared on UK television on Later‚Ä¶ with Jools Holland.
Chastity, whose mother grew up in a large Irish family in Boston and whose father was an African-American jazz/blues musician, was born in the north-easterly state of New Hampshire, and moved down to Union City in Tennessee when she was seven years old. Growing up near Memphis, she became transfixed by roots music from an early age. When she first began writing music, she struggled with this influence as she was not exposed to many soul musicians writing ‚Äúfolk‚ÄĚ music.
Growing up in a full Gospel church was where Chastity found her voice and passion, but after being kicked out of seminary college for having a same-sex relationship ‚ÄĒ she was studying to be a worship leader ‚ÄĒ she found her voice as a songwriter. As a woman of colour, she‚Äôs as influenced by authors as musicians. she says, ‚ÄúI have always memorialized the civil rights movement, the heroines and heroes that arose to sing the songs, write the rousing speeches, sit at the counters, mobilize in the streets. That with their actions and simply just the way they lived they would declare that black lives are sacred, are beautiful, that they matter.‚ÄĚ
OTIS GIBBS + Support Plus Support Sun 4 November 2018 £12 Adv
THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel 07770 226926
‚ÄúGibbs‚Äô songwriting is deeply personal and profound. It‚Äôs plain to see Otis Gibbs is a man you should give a damn about. ‚ÄĚ ‚ÄďRolling Stone
Otis Gibbs is a Songwriter, storyteller, painter, /photographer and planter of 7,176 trees. He once wrestled a bear, and lost. He has been described as ‚ÄúThe best unknown songwriter in music today.‚ÄĚ If you ask him, he‚Äôll simply say he‚Äôs a Folk Singer.
He also hosts a podcast called Thanks For Giving Damn which features your favorite musicians, journalists and historians sharing memories, backstage stories and history lessons. His podcast quickly became a cult favorite and lead to him hosting Country Built on Pandora (USA) where Otis tells stories about the history of country music to his 2 million+ subscribers. He grew up in Wanamaker, Indiana, but now lives in East Nashville with his long time partner, Amy Lashley.
Otis‚Äô thoughts on Mount Renraw.
‚ÄúThis album was recorded in my living room on my 50th birthday. My friends kept saying I should throw myself a big party for my birthday, but I‚Äôm not a big party guy. Instead, I wanted to do something creative that fits into how I try to live my life. That‚Äôs when I decided to record this album. This is who I am and this is what I do. It‚Äôs the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of creativity.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe live on top of a big hill in East Nashville surrounded by musicians, artists, writers and other creative misfits. In the 1800s, this land was owned by Percy Warner. He is somewhat famous for bringing electricity to the rural South. He called his home Renraw, which is Warner spelled backwards. I‚Äôve called our home Mount Renraw for the last 9 years. Since I recorded the record at home, I figured Mount Renraw would be a fitting title.‚Äú
LYNNE HANSON & THE GOOD INTENTIONS (USA) + Amy Andrews Plus Support Wed 14 November 2018 £12 Adv
THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel 07770 226926
Lynne's last visit to Nottingham was sensational so we decided she needed to return!
Roots music, rough-around-the-edges folk. Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers ‚Äúporch music with a little red dirt.‚ÄĚ Lynne's songs are like a favourite pair of jeans. They're faded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired grit ground into the seams. Lynne is a winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, has been been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and has toured Canada, the US, Europe and the UK. Lynne has toured in support of Grammy nominated songwriters (Gretchen Peters, Steve Forbert) as well as guitar legend Albert Lee.
Amy Andrews was born and raised in Baltimore, Amy grew up on the sounds of Sinatra, Ella, the American Songbook, Motown, Showtunes, Stevie Nicks, Melissa Etheridge, the Judds, ...
Amy began performing at the age of 6, but not until after college did she pick up a guitar or begin writing her own music. Since then, Amy has toured and performed her original music (with an occasional beloved-to-her "cover" of folks from Sam Cooke to Sondheim) for audiences all over North America.
Known for brilliant performances, stunning vocals, and unassuming wit, charm, and candor on stage, Amy has played music halls, bars, opera houses, living rooms, sanctuaries, and theatres all across North America, with festivals from Florida's 30A Songwriters Festival to Alaska's Folk Fest.
DAN STUART With TOM HEYMAN (USA) Plus Support Wed 21 November 2018 £12 Adv
THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel 07770 226926
Dan Stuart is a songwriter, author and habitual expat currently residing in Mexico City. He was a founding member of Green on Red and Danny & Dusty in the 80's before leaving the music business in 1995 for a decade and a half. His comeback solo record in 2012 has the same title as his 2014 false memoir: The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings, both available through Cadiz Music, London. That was followed by Marlowe's Revenge recorded with Mexico City's Twin Tones and released in 2016 through Cadiz Music in UK & Europe and on Fluff & Gravy Records in the Americas. The last of the trilogy, The Unfortunate Demise of Marlowe Billings, will be out in July of 2018 along with a novel of the same name.
An Evening With TOM RUSSELL (USA) Plus Support Wed 3 April 2019 The Glee Club £22 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