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JESSE DAYTON (USA) +Josh Harty
Plus Support Josh Harty (usa)
Mon 23 October 2017
The Maze 13 Adv


First show from Jesse in Nottingham with his stellar Austin band!

Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following around the globe playing festivals in North America and Europe for years with his guitar shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. As a critic’s darling for his first record on Justice Records, Raisin’ Cain (1995), and a number one Americana radio ranking, Jesse was hired at a young age to play lead guitar on some of the last recordings, and play live, by country legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson & Glen Campbell and he’s been featured in many guitar magazines. Sensing a shift in the music business climate, Jesse formed his own label in 2002, Stag Records, and began his most prolific recording period. While recording five solo records, one duet record, one live record, all on Stag, as well as two soundtrack recordings (Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2) for rocker/director Rob Zombie, Jesse managed to act in movies and music videos, produce several records for other artists (the latest being Supersuckers front man Eddie Spaghetti’s “The Value Of Nothing” on Bloodshot Records), write two screenplays, and most recently wrote and directed a new horror movie, “Zombex,” starring Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, John Doe, and Lew Temple (“Walking Dead). All while still performing 150 shows per year.

Jesse landed the part of Kinky Friedman in Ted Swindley’s stage production of “Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman,” which ran for a few weeks and also led him to releasing a record of Kinky Friedman original songs called “Jesse Sings Kinky” which has opened up a whole new chapter for him with more radio airplay than ever in his career. As his film “Zombex” just got back from Cannes Film Festival, Jesse will be releasing the Zombex soundtrack which is steeped heavy in the Louisiana/Texas music of his youth. Before JD starts on his next film, he’ll be on tour “brangin’ it” with his all-star band of hotdog Austin musicians, playing to his faithful fans called “Hardchargers” around the globe. Don’t miss this show!!!



www.jessedayton.com



n Evening With WILLIE NILE (USA)
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Mon 30 October 2017
14 Adv


This show will be at: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel 07770 226926

“The epitome of real, true American rock ’n’ roll!” – Pop Matters

Willie returns to Nottingham following the release of his latest album Positively Bob, an album endorsed by the man himself!

The New York Times called Buffalo, NY born Willie Nile "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." Uncut Magazine called him “A one-man Clash.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by Uncut. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.” His single from that album, “One Guitar,” was the “Top Pick of the Week” in USA Today.

Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises.

His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on dozens of year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and was voted “Album Of The Year” at Twangville Magazine. Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.”

Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary.” He is currently touring in North America with his just released, critically acclaimed new album “Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan.” He lives in New York City.

“Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” Lucinda Williams

www.willienile.com/



MARK EITZEL BAND (USA)
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Thu 9 November 2017
The Glee Club 16.5 Adv


“If Leonard Cohen’s voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helm’s is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzel’s is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves.” Pitchfork

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) tours his biggest selling record in over 20 years in November. In addition to classics from American Music Club and solo albums, Mark will be featuring material from Hey Mr Ferryman. It was made with Mercury Prize winner Bernard Butler (ex-Suede, McAlmont & Butler), who has produced or recorded albums with Ben Watt, Edwyn Collins and more. Butler produced Hey Mr Ferryman and played all of the electric guitar, bass, and keyboard parts. Uncut said “Eitzel at his unflinching best” and Q “Eitzel’s best album in years”.

Hey Mr Ferryman features the vivid melodies long associated American Music Club, as well as Butler’s distinctive guitar that serves to complement Eitzel’s expressive vocals. “The songs on this record are about celebrating musicians and music, about misogyny, the long shadow of history, getting one’s head out of one’s ass,” quips Eitzel on the themes of Ferryman. “Also oceans, blood, skies, hearts, gay pioneers, carpenters, weeping women, and how death waits for you even in the happiest place on earth: Las Vegas.”

Rolling Stone awarded Mark and AMC their ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for their album Everclear, which remains a true and soul-stirring classic to this day.

“America’s greatest living lyricist” The Guardian

https://www.mergerecords.com/mark-eitzel



EILEN JEWELL (USA) + Support
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Sun 12 November 2017
The Maze 15 Adv


Eilen Jewell and her fabulous band, featuring the incredible Jerry Miller (ex Johnny Cash etc), return to Nottingham for what promises to be another sell-out show!

After releasing five albums of critically acclaimed original songs, the reigning queen of the minor key is taking a moment to shake hands with the blues. Eilen Jewell’s new collection of twelve rare and bold blues and R&B covers adds to her potent mix of classic country, folk, and early rock ’n roll inspired original music. From the barrelhouse power of 1920’s Bessie Smith to the electrified sounds of 1960’s Betty James, blues music has always been a strong influence on the Boise, Idaho native.

On Down Hearted Blues (September, 2017 Signature Sounds Recordings) Eilen and her long-time road band (Jerry Miller, Shawn Supra, Jason Beek) rip through greasy versions of dark blues like Charles Sheffield’s “It’s Your Voodoo Working”, Willie Dixon’s “You Know My Love”, and Albert Washington’s “One of These Days”. The band also strips down the sound, trading in drums and electric instruments for washboards, mandolins, and banjos to cover songs like Memphis Minnie’s “Nothing in Rambling”, Bessie Smith’s “Down Hearted Blues”, and Moonshine Kate’s “Poor Girl’s Story”.

For over a decade Eilen Jewell has taken her brand of sultry surf-noir and dynamic Americana music to cities from Melbourne to Madrid to Manhattan. Her subtle but powerful musical approach, combined with her warm stage presence and evocative original lyrics, continue to gain her the loyalty of fans worldwide.

www.eilenjewell.com



IAN FELICE (USA) + GILL LANDRY (USA)
Plus Support Gill Landry
Sun 26 November 2017
The Maze 14.5 Adv


In The Kingdom Of Dreams is the debut solo album from Ian Felice of The Felice Brothers. The album was recorded in his childhood home of Palenville NY, with his brother Simone Felice on production duties. Simone produced and co-wrote recent hit albums from The Lumineers and Bat For Lashes. On the album, Ian was joined by the original Felice Brothers line-up of James Felice on keys, Simone Felice on drums and Josh Rawson on bass.

Ian has been the lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers for over a decade. The band has put out nine records and toured ceaselessly throughout the world. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains he moved to New York when he was 18 to study art and soon after began writing songs and performing with his brothers Simone and James. The Felice Brothers was conceived in 2006 after the recording of Iantown, a 10 song album of Ian’s first songs recorded in one night in January of 2006. In the weeks and months that followed, The Felice Brothers began playing bars, restaurants and busking street corners and subways, joined by their friends Josh Rawson on bass and Greg Farley on the fiddle. They continue to play and work as a band after 12 years of prolific song writing and performance and the creation of some 9 albums of original material.

In The Kingdom of Dreams is a collection of songs Ian wrote in 2016 and recorded over the course of 4 days in February of 2017, with his brother Simone at the helm. As Ian explains :-

“When I began writing the songs that would become In The Kingdom Of My Dreams many were based on memories of my past but not necessarily all literal or in a logical sequence. I became interested in the pull between reality and unreality and also in how time affects memory. By the end of 2016 I was run down from touring America, riding out the storm of political mania and juggling a few personal dilemmas (including the revelation that I would soon be a father). The Kingdom Of Dreams became a place where I could escape from the numbing flood of data that permeates modern life and try to unravel pieces of my past, rearrange memories with dreams or lines from my imagination and construct something that functioned outside the limits of reality. Many of the songs deal with childhood memories of Palenville and its people, like the song “In Memoriam” which is partly about the death of my stepfather when I was 8, “Water Street” that confronts my fears of becoming a father, or “21st Century” that deals with mental illness and politics on a more universal level. It only seemed right that I should make the album there, along the green banks of the Katterskill Creek and with my brother Simone as producer. The result is a pretty reflective record that hopefully blows some cobwebs from the window of my psyche. Many of the things that I was writing at the time didn't work as songs and so I published a companion book of poetry, Hotel Swampland.”



www.thefelicebrothers.com/tag/ian-felice/



IAN FELICE (USA) + Paul McClure
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Wed 29 November 2017
14.5 Adv


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

www.loosemusic.com/


DESLONDES (USA) + Support
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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 “energized, elegant and new,” and Pitchfork awarded a 7.9 rated review stating that it “introduces 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.

http://www.thedeslondes.com



SAM BAKER (USA) + Support
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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 Baker’s fifth studio record is aptly called, Land of Doubt. Produced by Nashville’s Neilson Hubbard, the record offers a change in Baker’s 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.) Baker’s 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, “I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of scarcity and tension… And beauty…I always come back to beauty on my records. That’s shorthand for something that's bigger than me.”

www.sambakermusic.com/



ROD PICOTT (USA) + Support
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Sun 25 March 2018
The Maze 12 Adv


“Songs like Raymond Carver short stories” – Houston Chronicle

Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon’s 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 Picott’s 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.

Picott’s 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 – 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 Picott’s 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 Hubbard’s steady hand to guide the ambitious project.

www.rodpicott.com/