DESLONDES (USA) + The Buffalo Skinners Plus Support The Buffalo Skinners Sun 21 January 2018 The Maze £14 Adv
Named after the street in the Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans where the band first came together, The Deslondes have continued to tour relentlessly since Doores and Cutler departed their roles in Hurray For The Riff Raff to focus entirely on the band. The Deslondes are a five-piece band and in the time between the release of their self-titled debut and sophomore album, Hurry Home, The Deslondes have toured the world and drawn critical acclaim for their studied and inventive take on New Orleans country and R&B. Hurry Home represents a sonic shift from the country-folk of their debut to a psychedelic, electrified soul sound, with a stronger emphasis on organ and electric guitar.
Hurry Home is the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed 2014 eponymous debut that NPR Music called āenergized, elegant and new,ā and Pitchfork awarded a 7.9 rated review stating that it āintroduces a band that sounds confident and fully formed."
A must-see live act, The Deslondes have toured the country extensively and have supported the Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Lumineers, John Fullbright, Michael Kiwanuka and more.
HAYES CARLL (USA)+Support Plus Support Sun 28 January 2018 The Maze £14 Adv
Hayes Carll follows in the maverick Texas singer/songwriter country-folk style of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Iām a singer-songwriter. I think āLovers and Leaversā comes closer to reflecting that than any other record Iāve made. I didnāt worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio. I just took some much needed deep breaths and let them out on tape.
Itās been a while since my last album by some measurements of time. Not āhistory of the universe timeā, or āgetting a bill through congress timeā, but in the lives of dogs and recording artists, five years and fifty-three days is only a little less than an eternity. I went through a divorce. I fell in love.
Changes were made, realizations were realized, and life was lived. But, I kept on writing songs, on my own and with a cast of accomplished characters who combined their own stories and with these songs in hand, I needed a co-conspirator to help me get them to you. I called on Joe Henry, a gentleman poet and an elegant artist who seemed a trustworthy steward for my collection. We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel.
āLovers and Leaversā isnāt funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers.
But it is joyous, and it makes me smile.
An Evening With SAM BAKER (USA) Plus Support Tue 6 February 2018 £16 Adv
THIS SHOW IS AT THE POPPY & PINT Pierrepont Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5DX Tel: 0115 981 9995 www.poppy and pint facebook.com Doors open at 7.30pm.
In 1986 Sam Baker was on a train in Peru that was bombed by Shining Path Guerillas. Miraculously he survived and went on to become a great songwriter and is fast becoming one of the biggest underground Americana success stories of recent years. Imagine Steve Earle, Shane MacGowan and Johnny Cash jamming in a back street Texas bar when incomes Nick Cave and the spirit of Townes Van Zandt.
Sam Baker grew up in the Texas prairie town of Itasca. He is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words are placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. His website is stark: white, black, sepia, and shades of grey.
Sam Bakerās fifth studio record is aptly called, Land of Doubt. Produced by Nashvilleās Neilson Hubbard, the record offers a change in Bakerās usual instrumentation, as he lays down his acoustic guitar, and plays instead the electric. Yet still he does not depart from the haunting and melodic style that has mesmerized critics and fans of his previous records (mercy, pretty world, cotton, say grace.) Bakerās musical storytelling in Land of Doubt gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.
Perhaps Baker describes the record best, āI wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of scarcity and tensionā¦
And beautyā¦I always come back to beauty on my records. Thatās shorthand for something that's bigger than me.ā
JAIME WYATT BAND (USA) + BETH BOMBARA (USA) Plus Support BETH BOMBARA Wed 7 February 2018 The Maze £12 Adv
Jaime Wyattās newest release Felony Blues, whose title is a nod to records like David Allan Coeās Penitentiary Blue, is largely an autobiographical collection of convict love stories, prison songs, and honky-tonk laments.
Wyatt is a striking figure with an old soul and a voice like a force of nature. Regardless of genre, the Los Angeles-based Wyatt is a dynamic performer, who sails naturally between vintage ā60s and ā70s country/rock ānā soul anthems and heartfelt country ballads of love and corruption. Country radio station 95.3 The Bear recently named her, alongside Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price, as āone of the country artists you may not have heard of, but need to hear.ā
SPECIAL GUEST - BETH BOMBARA.
Magnet Magazine say āā¦the music has a definite Americana style, her older [punk rock] influences are clearly apparent as well.ā
With a folksingerās head and a rockerās heart, Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, sheās a musicianās musician ā a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband. With 2017ās āMap & No Direction,ā Bombaraās songs take aim at a larger audience with melodic hooks that showcase a love not only for roots-rock, but the irresistible punch of classic pop, too.
WILL HOGE BAND + Support Plus Support Wed 28 February 2018 The Maze £15 Adv
We are delighted to announce that Will Hoge will be returning to the UK for a Full Band Tour promoting his album āAnchorsā in February 2018.
ā Anchors is about that duality ā an anchor itself both weighs things down and keeps them grounded, and Hoge explores the comfort and crush of small towns, the freedom and limits of love. ā ā Rollin Stone.
Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge has released a slew of albums that actively straddle the borderland between heartland rock and Americana. Given the fact that country music's mainstream has embraced the former wholeheartedly in the 21st century, it's no surprise his songs have been hits for the Eli Young Band and Lady Antebellum, to mention just two. When the Eli Young Band hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart with their recording of his song "Even If It Breaks Your Heart." The single went Platinum, earning Hoge coveted nominations at the CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY Awards, where the track was up for Country Song of the Year. The wider world took notice of what those paying attention to Hoge had known for a decade, and soon he was performing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to The Late Show with David Letterman.
Will Hoge is an extremely prolific songwriter with 11 albums under his belt and countless songs written for others. Never fitting particularly neatly into a genre box, he's always just made the music that moved himā but it's safe to say that he feels more kinship with the country community than ever, particularly as a storyteller.
DIANA JONES (USA) + Support Plus Support Wed 14 March 2018 The Maze £12 Adv
āSongs come in a flurry of inspiration. I donāt understand it but Iām grateful.ā American singer-songwriter Diana Jones has been called the āEmily Dickinson of songā and āthe female Johnny Cashā in reviews and rightfully so.
With five original recordings to her name Diana Jones makes the kind of records that signaled popular breakthroughs of artists such as Joan Baez or a Judy Collins at the height of the folk or singer-songwriter movements of the 1960s and ā70s. Her 2006 debut My Remembrance of You, earned her a nomination as Best Emerging Artist at the Folk Alliance Awards, leading to tours with Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier, appearances at folk festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, and covers of her songs by Gretchen Peters (āIf I Had a Gunā) and Joan Baez (āHenry Russellās Last Wordsā). Diana has performed and toured with artists including Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Mary Gauthier, Ralph Stanley, and Janis Ian.
Joan Baez, in an interview for the New Your Times, said that writers of Ms. Jonesās caliber come along only every so often. āThereās some kind of channeling from some other lifetime going on, I donāt know the answer to these things, but all I can think of is that it must come from some mysterious part of her soul.ā
ROD PICOTT (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 25 March 2018 The Maze £12 Adv
āSongs like Raymond Carver short storiesā ā Houston Chronicle
Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixonās Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. With his new album, Out Past The Wires, that second career reveals itself in full flame.
The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Like much of Picottās catalogue, many of the songs on Out Past The Wires center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world.
Picottās eye for the revealing detail and sense of empathy has brought praise from music critics since his debut and those qualities, as well as a potent defiance is on full display across Out Past The Wires. Now 52 years old and nine albums into his music career Picott is more prolific than ever. The twenty-two songs were culled from a staggering number of seventy-eight. In the two years between Fortune and Out Past The Wires, Picott has also become a published poet (God In His Slippers ā Mezcalita Press) written a screenplay and is releasing a collection of short stories, also titled Out Past The Wires, that accompanies the release of the album. Many of the characters from the songs on the album find their stories expanded and even more finely detailed in the book.
For production duties, Picott turned again to Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Matthew Perryman Jones) who produced Picottās most recent album Fortune. The recording band consisted of Will Kimbrough/Electric Guitars (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell) Lex Price/Bass (K.D. Lang), Evan Hutchings/Drums (Brandi Carlisle) and Kris Donegan/Electric Guitars (Sara Evans). The band worked quickly in the studio, relying on the instincts of world-class players and Hubbardās steady hand to guide the ambitious project.
DEEP DARK WOODS (Canada) + SPECIAL GUESTS Plus Support Tue 1 May 2018 The Maze £13 Adv
The Deep Dark Woodsā new album Yarrow was borne in a fever ā scarlet fever, to be medically specific. A disease of the last century is a fitting backdrop for songs that dig bare handed into the loam to unearth the corpses of old English folk and country blues. Yarrow is Deep Dark Woods reimagined by leadman Ryan Boldt, and accompanied by the same band that crafted prairie psychedelics and a "loose grungy folk sound" (Paste).
Floods and plagues, ghosts and slaughter: woe to those who populate the songs of Yarrow. A gentle summer breeze swings the gallows ropes, flowers bloom callously on lovers' graves. These anthems are definitely not from Eden.
Since the last album their outlook is decidedly more macabre, tapping into a rich vein of gothic surrealism that aligns with some of the great murder balladeers of our time. With Appalachian soil under his fingernails, Boldt writes in a deep tradition of bleak and forlorn storytelling, drawing lines from Ireland to Tennessee, the Oxford Girl to Folsom Prison.
The Deep Dark Woods have developed an international following with particular success in the Americana realm, nominated alongside Alabama Shakes and Dawes for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards. Originally from Saskatchewan and now based on the west coast, The Deep Dark Woods fuse spooky prairie folk with Texas country blues and California psychedelia.
An Evening With BIRDS OF CHICAGO (USA) Plus Support Wed 9 May 2018 The Maze £13 Adv
Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Poā Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter, and her simmering restraint is deeply refreshing to a landscape scorched by post Voice/American Idol vocal gymnastics and over-emoting.
On Real Midnight, Birds of Chicago alternate moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes. Produced by Joe Henry, a man whoās expert blending of light and shadow is well known, the album is a melancholy - but never shoe gazing - suite, full of wayward, joyful, lonesome voices raised up against the night.
American Flowers (new EP), from acclaimed husband and wife led band, Birds of Chicago, will be released on Friday, November 17th, 2017. Known for their "near perfect Americana" (No Depression), JT Nero and Allison Russell had recently finished recording their sprawling rock and roll circus of an album, Love in Wartime, co-produced by Luther Dickinson ( North Mississippi All Stars), to be released next April on Signature Sounds. Nero had a suite of six songs that didnāt feel quite at home on Love in Wartime. Having recently relocated to Nashville, they decided to throw themselves their own welcome to town party by recording an acoustic E.P. at Steve Dawsonās Henhouse Studio. New friends like Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, and Maya de Vitry of The Stray Birds got in on the fun, and the Birds emerged after a couple days with the raw, spontaneous, and warm American Flowers. The E.P. is Love in Wartimeās cousin from the country, and it rounds out Birds of Chicagoās offering of healing, communion and celebration of life in a dark and troubled time.