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WILLY TEA TAYLOR (USA)
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Wed 8 September 2021
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One of the most important American singer/songwriters of our time. No Depression,

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.

Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favorite contemporary songwriters which include Tom VandenAvond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud.

www.willyteataylor.com



WILLY TEA TAYLOR (USA)
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Thu 9 September 2021
The Running Horse £13 Adv


One of the most important American singer/songwriters of our time. No Depression

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.

Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favorite contemporary songwriters which include Tom VandenAvond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud.

www.willyteataylor.com



JERRY JOSEPH (USA) + Our Man In The Field
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Thu 30 September 2021
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JESSE MALIN (USA) + Kris Gruen (USA)
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Thu 7 October 2021
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New York legend Jesse Malin has been part of the city's music scene since he was 14, earning the admiration and support of the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams, who produced his most recent studio album, Sunset Kids. ‘Sunset Kids’ explores the bittersweet as well as topics more upbeat, with Jesse’s street-smart writing style acting as the thread weaving indie rock, folk and heartland Americana together. The genres and influences gel and Jesse Malin steps assuredly into the role of street-savvy, roots-minded songster. According to Rolling Stone Jesse's regular livestream series The Fine Art of Self Distancing has been “A high-motion standout in a sea of mostly cement-shoed virtual concerts. While there’s no actual fans present, the gigs find the New York songwriter playing with his full band in a real live rock club — the Bowery Electric in the East Village — and the energy is palpable.” “Malin writes vivid songs with killer tunes and sings them with scary conviction”- The Times “At once timeless & immediate.” - Uncut

www.jessemalin.com/
www.krisgruen.com/


DIANA JONES (USA) + Support
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Thu 7 October 2021
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PLEASE NOTE: UNFORTUNATELY THIS SHOW HAS NOW MOVED TO 7TH OCTOBER 2021 DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID SITUATION. Tickets that have already been purchased will still be valid for this changed date however if you do require a refund please contact your ticket supplier who will organise this request.

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/



PETER BRUNTNELL BAND + Support
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Thu 14 October 2021
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Chances are you either have or you haven’t already heard of Peter Bruntnell. The Devon/London-based (delete as preferred) singer, songwriter, musician, producer, plastic bag specialist, has been around for a while now, releasing albums since 1995. On 11th June 2021 Peter will release his 12th album, Journey To The Sun, through Domestico Records.

This would not be a Peter Bruntnell press release without a second paragraph containing a reminder that Rolling Stone once declared Pete to be, “one of England's best kept musical secrets”. England has successfully managed to keep Peter Bruntnell a secret for all this time, even from itself. “Maybe this will be the album to finally give him the worldwide superstar recognition he deserves!”, enthused every other Peter Bruntnell album review from the last 20+ years, with an admirably unwavering optimism. “If we lived in a just world, Peter Bruntnell would by now be in the middle of his third or fourth global arena tour, his biggest worry working out how to courier his latest armful of Grammy awards back to the UK so his butler could have them installed in the west wing of mansion by the time he got home,” said a feature in The Guardian in 2016, intent on letting the cat out of the bag, but failing miserably.

Pete’s new album, Journey To The Sun, will do little to dispel this fantasy of world domination, but it remains unlikely to become in any way a reality. He will remain the secret singer-songwriter, lauded by the likes of Kathleen Edwards, The Delines, Rumer, various members of R.E.M., Son Volt and whatever the collective noun is for several large real ale festivals full of mainly manly middle-aged music geeks. But don’t let that put you off. Chances are you’re either going to listen to the record or you’re not. But Peter’s getting on a bit now. Better stowaway on this covert bandwagon before it’s too late

www.peterbruntnell.net



COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS (USA)
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Fri 29 October 2021
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“bracingly and courageously unfiltered”, Album of the Week—The Sunday Times

Acclaimed US singer, songwriter, poet and musician Courtney Marie Andrews is excited to announce a run of US, UK and European shows for this year in support of her GRAMMY nominated album Old Flowers. Produced by Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief), Andrews’ album Old Flowers was released to widespread critical acclaim in August 2020.

Old Flowers recently received a well-deserved nomination for Best Americana Album at the 2021 GRAMMYs. It also received International Album Of The Year at this year’s Americana UK Awards, alongside Andrews being crowned International Artist Of The Year. Furthermore, Andrews recently announced her debut book of poetry - titled ‘Old Monarch’, the collection will be released on 13th May 2021.

Of the album, Andrews shares, “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.”

The release of Old Flowers continues a series of breakout years for Andrews following her critically acclaimed 2018 album, May Your Kindness Remain.

Since the release, Andrews has performed at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and on CBS This Morning, earned an Emerging Artist of the Year nomination at the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards and has continued to tour extensively including shows with Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, The Head and the Heart, John Prine, Shakey Graves and The Tallest Man on Earth.

“With the voice of Linda Ronstadt and the songwriting gifts of Joni Mitchell, there simply isn’t anything to dislike about Old Flowers” ★★★★ — MOJO

www.courtneymarieandrews.com/



FRAZEY FORD (CANADA) + Support
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Tue 30 November 2021
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PLEASE NOTE DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID 19 SITUATION THIS SHOW IS POSTPONED FROM 30 / 11/ 2020 TO 3Oth NOVEMBER 2021. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED ARE STILL VALID

“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, released in 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



NATIVE HARROW (USA) + Support
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Thu 2 December 2021
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“I dug myself out from the well to make Closeness a record about love”, professes Devin Tuel, from the Eastern Pennsylvania home she shares with her partner, Stephen Harms. Together the two make up the folk rock outfit, Native Harrow. “When I sat down to begin what would become Closeness I felt that above all, I wanted to make it clear that, while the clock is moving, we can hold onto one another and maybe there will be tears but there will also be laughter.”

Closeness, the fourth LP from Native Harrow, exists at the intersection of two winding roads; time and motion.

Today, the band are reflecting on not only this new record but how now, months after its recording wrapped, it feels ever prescient. Tuel takes us back to when she was writing the album and the early days of Closeness’ conception, “For this record I really wanted to tell stories. Our stories from the last two years, from the weeks leading up to recording, tales from other lifetimes, and stories from where I fear this world is heading.”

When it came time to record the songs, the band decamped to Reliable Recorders in Chicago, IL to once again work with drummer and engineer, Alex Hall. The 10 tracks of Closeness were recorded over two sessions; three December days in the dying light of 2019 and the first three new days of January 2020. Similar to the process of making Happier Now, the sessions were firstly focused on documenting trio performances that captured Tuel’s master vocal takes live in the room, guitar in hand, with Harms on bass and Hall on drums.

Closeness elaborates on the group’s radiant warmth and timeless nostalgia with the inclusion of new sounds and experiences. The combustible fuzz-driven opener “Shake” gives way to slices of 70s FM groove (“The Dying of Ages” and the desert funk of “If I Could”), 60s art pop (“Even Peace” and the expansive orchestral “Sun Queen”), and the kind of graceful folk (“Smoke Burns”) and folk soul (the compassionate conviction of “Carry On”) the band is best known for. The intricate polyrhythms and grinding Moog synthesizer (“Same Every Time”), the fully realized vintage jazz combo (“Turn Turn”), and the exquisite piano ballad (the penultimate “Feeling Blue”) provide glimpses down previously unexplored streets and find the band stretching out and confidently illuminating their expansive aspiration.

www.nativeharrow.com



THE DELINES (USA) + Jerry Joseph (USA)
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Fri 18 February 2022
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Country-soul outfit, The Delines, return to Nottingham as part of a European tour this coming February with Jerry Joseph support. The Delines sold out their last Nottingham show and will be returning with new material for this special date with the full line up. The band hails from Portland, Oregon where they have working on new material over the past months before the lockdown which is set to be finished shortly. Look for to new songs and older classics from their previous albums.

JERRY JOSEPH (USA) will be supporting and has just recorded his new album with the Drive-By Truckers featuring Jason Isbell which will be out this August 21st on decor.

www.thedelines.com
www.jerryjoseph.com/



WARNER E. HODGES BAND (USA) + Support
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Thu 31 March 2022
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PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS NOW MOVED FROM 26th MAY 2021 AS A RESULT OF COVID-19. ALL PURCHASED TICKETS ARE STILL VALID.

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.

www.warnerehodges.com/



CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS (USA)+ Our Man In The Fi
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Fri 27 May 2022
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PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW HAS BEEN MOVED FROM 12th JUNE 2020 TO 22nd JAN 2021 TO 6 JUNE 2021 AS A RESULT OF COVID-19. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED ARE STILL VALID.

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/
https://www.ourmaninthefieldmusic.com/



CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS (USA) + Our Man In The F
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Wed 1 June 2022
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PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW HAS BEEN MOVED FROM 25th MAY 2020 TO 20th JAN 2021 TO 7 JUNE 2021 AS A RESULT OF COVID-19. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED ARE STILL VALID.

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
https://www.ourmaninthefieldmusic.com/



JOSHUA RAY WALKER (USA) + Support
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Wed 22 June 2022
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PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW HAS BEEN MOVED FROM 23rd JUNE 2021. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED ARE STILL VALID.

Eschewing the hipness of east Nashville and Austin to instead walk the culture hungry streets of Dallas, Texas, Joshua Ray Walker is a big man with a high lonesome voice and heartfelt songs who is quickly rising up the independent country music depth charts. A songwriter and honky-tonker with a head full of words and a heart full of blues, his musings, yodels, and moans are featured on his second record called Glad You Made It that just might mark the breakout point for his young career.

His debut release, W’ish You Were Here’ was received by an ever-growing chorus of praise from critics and listeners alike. It stayed on the Americana Music Association Top 40 Albums chart for 13 weeks. Walker hit the road with Country and American favourites such as Colter Wall, American Aquarium, Christ Knight, Old 97’s, Shooter Jennings and many more.

Raised on the music of the Smokey Mountains, Joshua Ray Walker took a precarious path back to traditional country music. One forged by musical exploration and life experiences that most his age have not yet endured. He has played his songs on stages all across Texas and beyond, enthralling listeners with his brand of melodic, character-driven writing which puts a new spin on traditional story-telling country. Joshua is a hard working musician who started out at the tender age of 13. Playing over 200 nights a year. Dallas’ classic country torchbearer shares pieces of himself, with an effortless sincerity that has brought his audience to both tears and laughter – often at the same time.

www.joshuaraywalker.com/



VANDOLIERS (USA)
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Fri 8 July 2022
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First ever Uk tour for “Bloodshot records” recording artists>

…As if Calexico and Dropkick Murphys got together for a fiesta.”—DALLAS OBSERVER.

Vandoliers are the next wave of Texas music. With bands like Old 97’s, Jason and the Scorchers, and this six piece Dallas-Fort Worth group, they channel all that makes this vast state unique: tradition, modernity, audacity, grit, and—of course—size. The self-proclaimed “Converse cowboys.” mix youthful and defiant punk, rugged Red Dirt country, and vibrant Tejano. It’s a blend of emblematic rock ‘n’ roll with bold horns, violin, and a slather of twang to match.

“A six-piece cow’punk band that took Fleming’s punk and ska roots and dressed them up with acoustic guitar, brass, and fiddle for a jet-fuelled take on the Texas two-step.” —ROLLING STONE

www.vandoliers.com/