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SAM MORROW BAND (USA) + Support
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Fri 25 January 2019
The Maze 12 Adv


Since kicking off his career with 2014's Ephemeral, Sam Morrow has seen plenty of both. His latest, Concrete and Mud is his career-defining third record.

Morrow should cement his place as a member of Los Angeles' country elite. Concrete and Mud is a confident album, rooted in Texas twang, southern stomp, and old-school funky-tonk. Recorded largely live in the studio on a vintage Neve 8068 console this record shines a light on Morrow's strength as a songwriter, front-man, and bandleader. At 27 years old, Morrow's found his footing as an artist and appears poised to join the ranks of West Coast heavyweights like Sam Outlaw, Jade Jackson, and Morrow's friend and label mate, Jaime Wyatt, whose vocals can be heard on three songs here.

Musically, this is Sam Morrow at his electrified, energetic peak. The sad-eyed sounds of Ephemeral and its 2015 follow-up, There Is No Map — both written during the early years of Morrow's sobriety — have been replaced by something more representative of Morrow's live show, in which he fronts a band of plugged-in roots-rockers. Accordingly, Concrete and Mud doubles down on a blend of countrified funk and guitar-fueled southern rock, shot through with train beats, Telecaster twang, bluesy slide guitar, swirling organ, with Morrow's big, booming voice front and center. Concrete and Mud boldly explores a wide range of styles and sounds.

www.sammorrowmusic.com/



ANDREW COMBS (USA) and CHARLIE WHITTEN (USA)
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Wed 30 January 2019
The Maze 12 Adv


“One of Nashville’s most poetically gifted young singer-songwriters.” NPR Music.

Andrew is one of Cosmic American Music favourites and with him tonight is another exciting new Nashville musician.

Andrew has a new EP, 5 Covers & A Song (New West Records), which showcases songs that have had an impact on him at different points in his life. Songs by The Strokes and Radiohead are a nostalgic look back at teenage self discovery, while Loudon Wainwright III’s “4 x 10” represents a more current perspective, reflecting on his life now as a husband and father.

The idea for the EP evolved as a setting to recognize some of his favorite songwriters. “We all know that Blake Mills is a tremendous guitar player, but it’s his knack for songwriting and arranging that keeps me coming back to his records. Lucinda is the queen of songwriting in my book. No one else can portray a picture like her. She’s up there with Tom Waits, Townes and Guy Clark when it comes to words. I wanted a love song on the EP — something that came from a feeling of adoration. It’s a simple bed of music that her words dance on, but the build of the tune helps portray the yearning for someone. I couldn’t be happier with this version. I’d like to think Lucinda would enjoy it as well.”

A Dallas native now living near the same Nashville airport immortalized in the opening sequence of Robert Altman’s country music odyssey, Andrew Combs is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and heir to that 1975 film’s idea of the Nashville troubadour as a kind of musical monk. As a songwriter, Combs relies on meditative restraint rather than showy insistence to paint his canvases, a technique commensurate with his idea of nature as an overflowing spiritual wellspring. Combs refines the vulnerable vagabond persona he mastered on All These Dreams while pushing it beyond those boundaries, into a more pastoral realm aligned with artists like Nick Drake and Tim Buckley. The idea of the artist’s creative life as an ecosystem - one just as in need of cultivation and care as our own imperiled world - informs much of Canyons Of My Mind.

CHARLIE WHITTEN (USA)

Nashville-based songwriter and musician Charlie Whitten has spent his fair share of time in the role of sideman, playing with artists like Andrew Combs, Becca Mancari, and Molly Parden. He’s a solo artist, too, though, having released his solo debut album Dreaming in 2012 and a follow-up, Hey Love, in 2014.

Whitten is currently preparing to release a new EP, Playwright. The EP’s title track is a fitting introduction to the four-song collection, showcasing Whitten’s guitar chops, velvety vocals, and ruminative songwriting.

https://www.andrewcombsmisic.com



ARKANSAS DAVE BAND (USA) + Support
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Sun 3 February 2019
The Maze 12 Adv


MUSIC-NEWS (5/5) Building Our Own Nashville (5/5), POWER PLAY (10/10) This album is timeless and has so much talent in all aspects from music, lyrics, vocals to production and beyond and is one I intend to be playing for years to come. Building Our Own Nashville

Arkansas Dave was born and raised in the piney swamps of South Arkansas. Bred on blues and rock n roll, Dave cut his teeth playing in dive bars and the best honky tonks Arkansas and Texas has to offer. A self taught musician, Dave's songs are interestingly original, blended with the humble sounds of the South. From the blues to gospel to rock n roll, his work comes full circle showcasing his raw talent.

While it may be an oft-repeated romantic cliché, finding an escape into music is far from an easy alternative. Ask Dave about growing up in a broken home, with fundamental Christianity on one side, and crippling drug addiction on the other, and you can see in his eyes that this is no easy ride, and that at times music really was his only friend. Determined to clean himself up, and sort his life, Arkansas Dave enrolled on an audio engineering course at Media Tech in Austin Texas, driving into town with a trailer loaded with all his possessions, ‘like something out of the Beverly Hillbillies’. And that’s where everything changed – the college was housed at that time in the famous Arlyn Studios, home to sessions from Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Ray Charles. Dave with his musical co-horts took the night shift at the studios – laying down tracks and learning the ropes.

A succession of bands followed, picking up a strong local following around Austin. The final part of his musical education saw Dave touring North America as a member of old bluesman Guitar Shorty’s band, where he learned ‘what it took to be a professional musician’

On the cusp on 2018, having spent the past couple of years writing, recording and touring, Dave is ready to share the insightful album he has written and ready. But before he shares his own tumultuous journey through the art of song, he is releasing a truly captivating and innovative cover of the Tom Waits classic, Chocolate Jesus.

www.arkansasdave.com/



THE ARTISANALS (USA) + The Fargo Railway Co
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Wed 13 February 2019
The Maze 12 Adv


Somewhere on a dusty road or a well traveled interstate, right at this very moment, a rock n’ roll band is pounding the rock. They’re probably wearing the same clothes they had on yesterday, and reminiscing about last night’s gig. Inspired by a guitar lick that cuts to the bone or a melody that lingers on refrain, this band is following a path forged by countless other musicians who’ve lived and died in dive bars or ‘made it’ with their posters taped to bedroom walls. What makes this band of brothers any different? This band is The Artisanals.

Johnny Delaware grew up in a small South Dakota town surrounded by cornfields and dirt roads. For 19 years, he lived in a wide-eyed perspective baptized in the setting of a John Mellencamp song. In order to personally evolve and carry out his musical destiny, Delaware knew that the heartland wind would have to blow him around the country. Eventually, Delaware would move to Charleston, SC and team up with guitarist Clay Houle, and bassist Eric Mixon to form The Artisanals in late 2016. Within a year of forming,The Artisanals dropped their four-track debut EP, Literally, Anywhere , and promptly received critical acclaim from Huffington Post, Paste Magazine.

Now, with drummer Nick Recio, and keyboardist Ian Klin rounding out the group, The Artisanals are dropping their debut self-titled full length album. With sonic influences ranging from the heartland rock of Bruce Springsteen (“Angel 42”), and neo-psychedelia anthems of My Morning Jacket (“Pound The Rock”), to the dream-pop work of The Cars and The War On Drugs (“Drag”), The Artisanals 10-track LP showcases Delaware and Houle’s knack for writing hooks as well as their ear for quality production. The album utilizes everything from a gong, organ, piano, sitar, french horn, trombone, and koto, to a string section sourced from the nearby University of Iowa. Mastered by Howie Weinberg, (Spoon, Ryan Adams, Nirvana), there’s no filler on The Artisanals . From start to finish, this record is a straight banger.

THE FARGO RAILWAY Co.

The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / americana inspired 4 piece band from Sheffield, UK. Established in 2013 they have already gathered a loyal fan base and continue to add to their numbers playing shows roughout the UK. What is clear is that these boys enjoy being on stage and love playing the music they are producing.

They share a distinct and united love of music with a breadth of appreciation that is truly eclectic - all of this has come together to form their current sound, which has settled in the broad and deep ocean of Southern Rock. Looking at the mighty works of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, '38 Special etc, doffing a cap to the sweet 70’s sound of Cash, Young, Dylan whilst bringing in more contemporary vibes of Blackberry Smoke and Jason Isbell.

www.theartisanals.net/
www.fargorailroad.co/



An Evening With TOM RUSSELL (USA)
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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

www.tomrussell.com/



EMILY DUFF (USA) + Support
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Wed 10 April 2019
10 Adv


This show is at the RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG 07770 226926.

Sweet & Sour Rock and Roll with a great big hit of Country Soul! Recorded down in Muscle Shoals, AL at FAME, "MAYBE IN THE MORNING" is anything but a Maybe.

Raised in Queens and Long Island, Duff wrote her first song at age seven or eight, after her mother taught her to play four chords on the guitar. It was about trading baseball cards, and, with its chorus of “Got it! Get it! Need it!” had a Ramones feel to it, although it was only 1973. Fans of the Emily Duff Band, which is rooted in country soul, may not be aware of her wide range of abilities and her early influences, but will be unsurprised by the threads that tie it all together.

Listeners of the Emily Duff Band’s newest album, “Maybe in the Morning,” agree. Singer, songwriter, and author Rosanne Cash wrote, “This is Emily’s strongest work yet. She’s found a confident, slinky feel and a gritty groove that serves her uniquely original lyrics and gritty voice well. Her stellar band is more than supportive — they’re soulful stars in their own right.”

It was a deeply spiritual experience for Duff to record the album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, at the FAME Studios. “Going to the place where my favorite music was recorded was like going to church,” she said. “It gave me chills walking through the door.” Duff has hundreds of unpublished songs and is also working on a gospel blues album. “Put down the iPhone, say goodbye to the DJ, and remember that great songs and guitars save lives. Go see live music!”

www.emilyduff.bandcamp.com/



HANNAH ALDRIDGE (USA) + GOAT ROPER RODEO
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Wed 24 April 2019
The Maze 12 Adv


Hannah Aldridge is an Americana/ Folk artist originally from Muscle Shoals, Al. She is the daughter of the #1 hit songwriter and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee, Walt Aldridge, who has written and produced for such artist as Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, and Conway Twitty and has been named songwriter of the year twice by illboard.

When Hannah Aldridge released her first album Razor Wire« in 2014, she was described as Muscle Shoals' own Americana Princess. With the new, much anticipated album she's definitely claiming the throne as the Americana Queen of Muscle Shoals! The follow up, Gold Rush has a distinct rock edge making the 10 tracks explode with energy, sweat and pride. A uncompromising and confident attitude shines throughout the whole album. In literature and in songwriting, the American South is where writers go to face their fears. Hannah Aldridge doesn’t just dip her pen into the well of the South, the Muscle Shoals native embodies it. Mixing her personal life and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah Aldridge’s new album also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling.

GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND

The boys from Wales will be opening for Hannah as well as backing her for her set. The Goat Roper Rodeo Band play vivid, compelling and soulful cosmic country blues; and when they let rip on songs such as Don't Believe You, they are just dazzling.

"Like the Everlys fronted by Gram Parsons" (Fatea) / "Amazing" (Bob Harris)




AN EVENING WITH SIMONE FELICE (USA) (Birmingham Show)
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Thu 25 April 2019
18 Adv


This show will be at THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 High St Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7JZ Tel: 0121 444 2081

“Each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance.” - Laura Barton | THE GUARDIAN

Simone Felice is a founding member of internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain based artists The Felice Brothers, whose seminal albums remain some of the most influential works of this century's folk-rock revival.

Simone has been hailed as one of the great songwriter-poets of his generation, bringing these gifts and history to his work as a prolific record producer.

Recent projects include The Lumineers #1 worldwide hit, Cleopatra, Bat For Lashes stunning Mercury Prize shortlisted concept album, The Bride, and new releases by Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, The Felice Brothers, Ian Felice, Jade Bird, Vance Joy, Noah Kahan and Peace.

Simone’s powerful new single “Puppet” is out now.

“A lyricist to rival Dylan, Cohen and Cave. An album crackling with menace yet infused with tenderness, The Projector conjures magic with fragile rays of light in the darkness.” — The Telegraph

www.simonefelice.com/