SAM OUTLAW BAND (USA) Michaela Anne + Worry Dolls Plus Support Worry Dolls Wed 30 August 2017 Ł15 Adv
THIS SHOW IS AT THE HARE & HOUNDS, 106 HIGH ST. KINGS HEATH, BIRMINGHAM.B14 7JZ www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk
âAngeleno made him a legitimate contender to be the biggest country star L.A. has produced since Dwight Yoakam.â â LA Weekly
Cynicism comes easy, but having a soft heart takes real guts. Sam Outlaw's new album Tenderheart dares to tread gently and look inward, with unapologetic sentiment and un-ironic nods to country music's greatest neon rainbow chasers.
Since the release of his 2015 debut Angeleno, Outlaw remains one of LA's only modern country singers to earn international acclaim. And with his follow-up Tenderheart he shows an impressive refinement of his artistic identity. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw's "SoCal Country" sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country's neo-traditionalists and LA's legendary singer-songwriters. Thematically Tenderheart is a thesis on self-discovery and the power of love. Alt-country pioneer Ryan Adams just recently praised Outlaw, calling his work "beyond great songwriting"
Angeleno's critical acclaim also led to 18 months of international touring. He entertained thousands of festival-goers with a prime slot at Stagecoach, made four trips to Europe, toured Australia twice and played several hundred gigs in the USA. After all those miles it's fitting that Tenderheart bottles the energy of the songs that have become mainstays of his live show. Fan-favorites like "Diamond Ring" and honky-tonk sing-along "All My Life" finally get proper studio treatment, along with "Look At You Now," a regular highlight of his acoustic tours overseas - where Outlaw is nominated for AmericanaUK's International Album of the Year alongside Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price.
Not one to mess with a winning combination, Sam called on many of the same musicians that made Angeleno such a success: harmony singer Molly Jenson, pedal steel pro Jeremy Long and guitarist Danny Garcia, along with Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket). Produced by Martin Pradler and Outlaw and recorded in the San Fernando Valley, Tenderheart also features Erwin Vasquez and Mariachi Teocuitatlan, a local mariachi group who appeared in the video for Angeleno's title track.
Now two years into his new life, Outlaw has learned that great dreams can only be achieved at great cost. And at its core, Tenderheart is the outcome of another lesson learned: if your heart stays true, the sacrifice is worth it.
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD + William The Conqueror Plus Support William The Conqueror Wed 13 September 2017 The Maze Ł12.5 Adv
Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World writing themselves large, giving themselves the space, and taking the time, to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass - a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. Heâs allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and theyâve grabbed it with both hands. Hidden away somewhere in this diverse collection youâll find the question âcan we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?â. For Danny the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that itâs collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and then serendipity, has been to maximise the creative potential of all The Champs.
The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were recorded in intensive ten day stints. The songs written and rehearsed, the musicians gathered in North London at bassist Chris Clarkeâs Reservoir Studios and tracked everything at one fell swoop. This time around Danny wanted something different allowing an all-encompassing view of what the band was capable of.
The Champs are understandably proud of what theyâve achieved. Chris Clarke says outright itâs the best record this line-up has come up with so far, while for Danny itâs âa bit like taking a peek into somebodyâs house; thereâs great stuff that immediately grabs your attention, and then thereâs other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautifulâ. Thatâs typical Danny Wilson, a brave stab at modesty but far too honest to sell himself short. He and his band are already much loved; for their whole-hearted openness, their democracy, and their sheer joy in what they do. Theyâre going to be loved too for this record. Very soon Brilliant Light will be the soundtrack to an awful lot of peopleâs lives, and that is no small achievement.
An Evening With SLAID CLEAVES (USA) Plus Support Wed 27 September 2017 Ł15 Adv
THIS SHOW WILL BE AT THE POPPY & PINT, Pierrepont Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5DX. Tel: 0115 981 9995. DOORS OPEN AT 7.30.
Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes records. Travels around. Tries to be good.
Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelistâs eye and a poetâs heart. Twenty four years into his career and with a new record due for this tour it is time to dust off your boots and get along to see a genuinely great country singer still touring these shores. Heâs been compared to Guy Clark and John Prine, and thatâs spot-on, with the resignation of the former and the ability to cut right to the quick of the latter. Like those songwriting giants, Cleaves is able to be direct and heartfelt, without irony, and never come close to cloying or corny. His is the voice of your conscience, focusing so well on those little details that matter and never engaging in hyperbole or easy generalizations.
CHRIS PUREKA (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 1 October 2017 The Maze Ł12 Adv
"âŚsummoning the spirits of Gillian Welch's 'Revelator' or Ryan Adams' 'Heartbreakerâ. -Billboard.com
Itâs rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Now, five years coming, she shares with us another powerful entry in her lifeâs work, her sixth release, the aptly titled, Back in the Ring.
âMy music is the outward expression of the work Iâm doing internally. What I do comes from my experiences, and I strive to express these experiences authentically. Speaking my truth, and being myself, is the way that I connect with people,â
SHANNON McNALLY (USA) +STEPHEN KELLOGG (USA) Plus Support Stephen Kellogg Sun 15 October 2017 Ł10 Adv
PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS AT THE RUNNING HORSE VENUE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel: 07770 226926
We caught up with Shannon McNally at SXSW this year and promised to bring her to Nottingham at the first opportunity!
In Irish folklore itâs said that the darker Celts have special powers; it must be true because Shannon McNallyâs blues-Americana return, BLACK IRISH, will make you dance, break your heart, and save your soul.
Black Irish is McNallyâs most personal project yet, which is saying a lot, given the Americana singer-songwriterâs deep catalog. But it speaks to the power of connection, and the power of music to create it and to reflect it. The kick off track âYou Made Me Feel For Youâ, was written by her producer, Americana icon, Rodney Crowell, and serves as a metaphor for their collaboration - how his particular understanding of her unique gifts pulled out the career-defining album many have been waiting for since she came on the scene.
The album concept began in 2013, as she was going through what she calls âa miserable divorce,â raising her daughter Maeve, and nursing her terminally ill mother Maureen. Her parents had relocated to Holly Springs, Mississippi, and McNally moved in, caring for her mom until her death in 2015.
She co-wrote three of the albumâs 12 songs â one with producer Crowell, who also penned two more for her; the rest include personal favorites by Stevie Wonder (âI Ainât Gonna Stand For Itâ), Robbie Robertson (âIt Makes No Differenceâ), and J.J. Cale (âLow Riderâ). The result is an album that stands with the best of classic vocal interpreters like Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Maria Muldaur.
JESSE DAYTON (USA) +Support Plus Support Mon 23 October 2017 The Maze Ł13 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 criticâs darling for his first record on Justice Records, Raisinâ 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 heâs 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 (Devilâs 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 Spaghettiâs âThe Value Of Nothingâ on Bloodshot Records), write two screenplays, and most recently wrote and directed a new horror movie, âZombex,â starring Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, John Doe, and Lew Temple (âWalking Dead). All while still performing 150 shows per year.
Jesse landed the part of Kinky Friedman in Ted Swindleyâs stage production of âBecoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman,â which ran for a few weeks and also led him to releasing a record of Kinky Friedman original songs called âJesse Sings Kinkyâ which has opened up a whole new chapter for him with more radio airplay than ever in his career. As his film âZombexâ 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, heâll be on tour âbranginâ itâ with his all-star band of hotdog Austin musicians, playing to his faithful fans called âHardchargersâ around the globe. Donât miss this show!!!
n Evening With WILLIE NILE (USA) Plus Support Mon 30 October 2017 Ł14 Adv
This show will be at: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel 07770 226926
âThe epitome of real, true American rock ânâ roll!â â 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 âA one-man Clash.â His album Streets Of New York was hailed as âa platter for the agesâ by Uncut. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the âTop Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011â and BBC Radio called it âTHE rock ânâ roll album of the year.â His single from that album, âOne Guitar,â was the âTop Pick of the Weekâ 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 âBest Rock Album of the Yearâ at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on dozens of year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and was voted âAlbum Of The Yearâ at Twangville Magazine. Bono called it, âOne of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.â
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: âHis live performances are legendary.â He is currently touring in North America with his just released, critically acclaimed new album âPositively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan.â He lives in New York City.
âWillie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, Iâd be opening up for him instead of him for me.â Lucinda Williams
MARK EITZEL BAND (USA) Plus Support Thu 9 November 2017 The Glee Club Ł16.5 Adv
âIf Leonard Cohenâs voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helmâs is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzelâs is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves.â 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 âEitzel at his unflinching bestâ and Q âEitzelâs best album in yearsâ.
Hey Mr Ferryman features the vivid melodies long associated American Music Club, as well as Butlerâs distinctive guitar that serves to complement Eitzelâs expressive vocals. âThe songs on this record are about celebrating musicians and music, about misogyny, the long shadow of history, getting oneâs head out of oneâs ass,â quips Eitzel on the themes of Ferryman. âAlso oceans, blood, skies, hearts, gay pioneers, carpenters, weeping women, and how death waits for you even in the happiest place on earth: Las Vegas.â
Rolling Stone awarded Mark and AMC their âSongwriter of the Yearâ and âAlbum of the Yearâ for their album Everclear, which remains a true and soul-stirring classic to this day.
âAmericaâs greatest living lyricistâ The Guardian
EILEN JEWELL (USA) + Support Plus Support Sun 12 November 2017 The Maze Ł15 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 Jewellâs new collection of twelve rare and bold blues and R&B covers adds to her potent mix of classic country, folk, and early rock ân roll inspired original music. From the barrelhouse power of 1920âs Bessie Smith to the electrified sounds of 1960âs 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 Sheffieldâs âItâs Your Voodoo Workingâ, Willie Dixonâs âYou Know My Loveâ, and Albert Washingtonâs âOne of These Daysâ. The band also strips down the sound, trading in drums and electric instruments for washboards, mandolins, and banjos to cover songs like Memphis Minnieâs âNothing in Ramblingâ, Bessie Smithâs âDown Hearted Bluesâ, and Moonshine Kateâs âPoor Girlâs Storyâ.
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.
IAN FELICE (USA) + GILL LANDRY (USA) Plus Support Gill Landry Sun 26 November 2017 The Maze Ł14.5 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 Ianâs 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 :-
âWhen 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 âIn Memoriamâ which is partly about the death of my stepfather when I was 8, âWater Streetâ that confronts my fears of becoming a father, or â21st Centuryâ 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.â