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An Evening With SAM BAKER (USA) - No support
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Sun 2 February 2020
16 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT:THE OLD COLD STORE / ( entrance through the Vat and Fiddle pub). 12 Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB

An Evening With Sam Baker celebrating the 15th Anniversary of 'Mercy'

“With a sound both soaring and sad, the Texas-based Baker sings in a raspy talk-whisper that makes you stop what you're doing, sit down and listen”.

Sam Baker makes people happy. The characters in his songs face many challenges - alcoholism, car wrecks, racism, drug addiction, a mother's abandonment - but they persevere. Much like Sam himself.

In 1986 Sam got in the middle of someone else's war. When a terrorist bomb exploded in his train compartment, he went from being a young, healthy, tourist enjoying Peru with friends to a broken man surrounded by death and dying. Given his injuries, he too should have died. But through a series of miracles and coincidences he survived. There were lots of surgeries, and the requisite pain pills. His leg was saved by a successful femoral arterial graft. When the cranial bleed in his brain healed, he had to relearn nouns, and after his right eardrum was replaced, he regained some hearing. With the top of his left hand gone, it seemed that his formerly skilful hands had been transformed into blocks of wood, but eventually those hands learned how to play an upside-down guitar.

Physically, Sam was recovering, but his life was filled with pills, booze,and rage. Then came the voices and messengers that helped him see that the greatest gift is life itself. He learned about forgiveness. He needed to tell his story. Songs started to come from that upside-down guitar. Before he knew it, there were CDs, tours around the world, an interview with Terry Gross, and awards in Rolling Stone. Sam feels compelled to tell his story - through his music, art, or any means possible - to one person at a time, or to thousands from a festival stage.

A Sam Baker show is a celebration. Some songs tell of everyday people who survive life's daily challenges; others are stories of growing up in a small Texas prairie town. All his shows are an acknowledgement and appreciation of the pure joy that comes with people gathering to listen to live music. Sam's fans travel to see him, often driving hours to experience the powerful performance. After the show, they tell Sam their stories. At the end of the day, we all go in peace.

“In some ways, more a poet than a musician, Baker paints vivid pictures with often simple phrases. Baker somehow simultaneously sounds both tough as nails and fragile as glass”… Peter Blackstock,

https://www.sambakermusic.com/



Amy LaVere (Featuring Will Sexton) + Izaak Opatz
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Wed 5 February 2020
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Doors open at 7.30pm www.runinghorsenottingham.co.uk

"Her sultry, beguiling pop songs fuse Fifties’ proms innocence with Twin Peaks/Angelo Badalamenti noir and the dustiest roadhouse honky tonk".

There’s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when she’s breaking you r heart. She is well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPR’s Robert Siegel says she “specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” Her growing catalogue of material and steady critical acclaim suggest a first-tier presence on the Americana and indie-folk/punk circuits. Her latest album Painting Blue’ comes out August 16th on Nine Mile Records (Glorietta, David Wax Museum, Carson McHone, Patrick Sweany, Greyhounds).

Amy’s live performances are anything but predictable. She might appear on stage with a full band, sporting a mask and pink wig, or simply be a natural in blue jeans and sandals, but her upright bass and clever song delivery are constants. Her voice is at once the bully and the victim. There’s no room she can’t find an audience in and charm it to pieces.

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, this future bard moved continuously throughout childhood due to her father’s job. Amy formed her first band and began writing and performing. Despite a burgeoning acting career that saw her land a cameo role in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line and Black Snake Moan, music remains LaVere’s first love. Music fans first discovered this “sweet soprano” on This World is Not My Home in 2005, but it was her Jim Dickinson-produced breakout album Anchors & Anvils two years later that put Amy LaVere on the map. Stranger Me, the 2011 release on Archer Records, was called “the break-up album of the year” by Spin. Paste said it was “among the year’s best,” and it earned a first listen feature from NPR’s All Things Considered. She followed it in 2014 with another critical smash: Runaway’s Diary, a concept album based on her own experience as a teenage runaway, produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars).

IZAAK OPATZ

Opatz is a mountain man (from Montana)! His songs teeter on the edge of sentimental-songwriter’y-sad-n-lonely crap. He’s got his own agenda and it’s frustrating but also so admirable. My advice is to catch him whenever and however you can, and celebrate this sensitive mountain man while he’s around. - Jonny Fritz

www.amylavere.com



JESSE MALIN (USA) + DON DILEGO
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Sun 1 March 2020
16 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT:THE OLD COLD STORE / ( entrance through the Vat and Fiddle pub). 12 Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB

Jesse Malin — whom the London Times says “writes vivid songs with killer tunes and sings them with scary conviction” — and Lucinda Williams — the southern troubadour once named “America’s best songwriter” by Time magazine — first met in the early 2000s at a jazz club in NYC’s West Village. In a joint 2017 Rolling Stone interview, the two discussed their “shared love of miscreants, misfits, the misunderstood and the mysteries of everyday lives binds them across the Mason-Dixon line.”

"From the early frontier days of hardcore in New York to all the punk rock and singer/songwriter touring, it's all been about survival and reinvention, about finding a way to get through. I wanted to make an open sounding record with the space to tell these stories. I like to write about characters and people I meet along the way. The dreamers, schemers, hustlers, romantics, lovers, leavers and believers."

Sunset Kids first took shape at The Hollywood Bowl when Jesse accepted Lucinda Williams' invite to see her open what turned out to be the final concert by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. During that same L.A. visit, the idea of Lucinda taking the producer's chair on Jesse's next record came about. After reflecting on his life while walking the streets of London, jamming riffs in an East Side basement, and writing songs in Florida hotel rooms while visiting his ailing father, the ambitious 14-song album was recorded on both coasts between the artists' touring schedules. "playing music is something I need to do. Singing under those hot lights every night is true exorcism. We get to put together this pirate ship of characters and go around the world making trouble."

DON DILEGO

Spending three years writing, recording, and touring after the release of his first two albums to successful reviews, Don released “Photographs of 1971” this past year. An ode to both his family and the grand themes of the role family plays in life, he was inspired by a box of old tattered photographs from the 70’s that had been packed deep in a closet for years. Yellowing and bordered and date-stamped, these photos sparked a creative streak that Don had been looking for after the road-themes and wanderlust of “The Lonestar Hitchhiker” and “Lonestar Companion.”

www.jessemalin.com
https://www.dondilego.com



CARSON MCHONE (USA)
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Thu 30 April 2020
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Doors open at 7.30pm www.runinghorsenottingham.co.uk

Years before Rolling Stone was praising Carson McHone's rule-breaking roots music, the Austin, Texas native played weeknights in local bars like The White Horse, keeping dancers dancing and drinkers drinking. With her 21st birthday still in the distance, McHone entertained late-night crowds bearing witness to the good times and bad decisions that fill a busy bar. It was a rare, raw education. In 2015, McHone released Goodluck Man which earned her a cover story in The Austin Chronicle as well as the support of local icons like Ray Wylie Hubbard, who said she "writes songs like her life depends on it." Then she hit the road, touring the U.S. (and beyond) with acts like Shakey Graves, Gary Clark, Jr., and Joe Pug. Her writing style widened and her music evolved.

Dark, driving and evocative, 2018's Carousel captures this period of remarkable growth, shining a light not only on McHone's honky-tonk roots, but on her development as a modern, alt-country storyteller. It features newly written songs and updated versions of tracks that first appeared on Goodluck Man, pushing traditional sounds and themes into a modern context.

Playing an instrumental role in the process was Mike McCarthy, the now Nashville based, award-winning producer behind albums for Spoon, Patty Griffin, and Heartless Bastards. McCarthy is well versed in country music but his work is definitely not defined by the genre, which made him the perfect candidate for McHone’s latest record.

McHone explains that Carousel embraces where she's come from and establishes where her musical interests are leading. “The art I’m making would be lacking if I were to stick to a specific genre. Carousel is more modern, which is where my interests lie these days, and where my writing is taking me. At the end of the day, it has to be the song that dictates.”

www.carsonmchonemusic.com



FRAZEY FORD (USA) + Support
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Thu 4 June 2020
The Glee Club 17 Adv


“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 due out Feb 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