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Cosmic American Music celebrate 20 Years of live music
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Thu 13 December 2018
The Maze 0 Adv


Cosmic American Music celebrate 20 Years of live music

Yes it is our 20th anniversary since the very first Cosmic American Music show with Neal Casal on 28th Oct 1998. We would like to mark that beginning for us by inviting our cosmic supporters, many of who have been supporting us through an amazing 20 years and more than 600 live shows.

Playing for us tonight are artists who typify what we set out to create back in 1998. A massive thank you goes out to them.

Most importantly to us are all the people who have attended our shows and often taken chances on act they have never heard about but put their trust in Cosmic American Music, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

Playing tonight will be:

PETER BRUNTNELL (played our very first Maze show), THE MOST UGLY CHILD, THE HARDY BAND, FARGO RAILWAY Co and other guest who will in true troubadour style arrive with guitar in hand and do what they do best.

HERE’S TO THE NEXT 20 YEARS.




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




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) + Support
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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.

www.theartisanals.net/



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/