European Tour Dates and New Single from Grayson Capps

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Hailing from South Alabama and spending over a decade in New Orleans, revered singer-songwriter Grayson Capps has found listeners the world over enthralled by his stinging tales of the Southern Gothic. In his own words, he explains: “I write songs which have the voice of dead prophets masquerading as town drunks screaming ‘look at us we’re pretty, too!'”

Over the course of four critically acclaimed studio albums and cameo appearance in the Golden Globe Award-nominated film A Love Song For Bobby Long, one will find a stunning depth to his discography, authenticating Grayson Capps as a rare American gem, equal parts country singer, bluesman, rock star, philosopher and poet. As Jambase recently declared, “New Orleans’ marvel Grayson Capps is alive and well and slowly building one of the most phenomenal songbooks in America today. If ever there were a cat primed to pick up where Lowell George and John Prine have left off, it’s Capps.”

Capps has announced the release of a new album, ‘Scarlett Roses,’ due December 1 via Royal Potato Family. The nine-track effort is the acclaimed Alabama-based songwriter’s sixth studio recording and his first new solo release in six years.

Below is the first single:  Hold Me Darlin

Throughout the collection, Capps showcases the kind of understated brilliance that can blossom when creativity is detached from expectation, when songs are truly given the space and time to find their writer.

“A lot of these songs came to me the way dreams do, where all these different bits and pieces from all these different parts of life come together,” Capps explains. “I would pick up the guitar and things would come to me naturally because I wasn’t actually trying to make a record.”

Capps wrote the album slowly and steadily after moving back to his home state with his partner, the Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Trina Shoemaker. Recorded over the course of two whirlwind sessions and abetted by his longtime guitarist Corky Hughes, songs like “Taos,” “Bag Of Weed” and “Thankful” don’t shy away from tackling the heavy burdens of growing older: separation from loved ones, the weight of fatherhood, the mortality of our parents, self-medication. As serious as it may sound, Capps manages to write with an eye towards beauty and humor, extracting hard-won catharsis and even genuine joy from pain and loss.

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“The songs on ‘Scarlett Roses’ really chronicle me discovering my position in the world,” says Capps. “It was a process that felt like gaining something and losing something at the same time.”

 

Tour Dates

October 30 – Lauchhammer, Germany – Real Music Club
November 1 – Worms, Germany – Die Fünzel
November 2 – Eppstein, Germany – Wunderbar Weite Welt
November 3 – Nieuw- en St. Joosland, Netherlands – Theater de Wegwijzer
November 4 – Leusden, Netherlands – In The Woods
November 5 – Liempde, Netherlands – House concert/private event
November 7 – Westwoud, Netherlands – De Schalm
November 8 – The Hague, Netherlands – Musemix @ Engels
November 9 – Maassluis, Netherlands – De Waker
November 10 – Bakkeveen, Netherlands – Muziekpodium Bakkeveen
November 11 – Amen, Netherlands – Café de Amer
November 12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
November 13 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Meneer Frits
November 14 – Leiden, Netherlands – Q-bus
November 16 – Cantu, Italy – All’Una E Trentacinque Circa
November 17 – Milano, Italy – Spazio Teatro 89
November 18 – Ravenna, Italy – Marlin
November 19 – Verona, Italy – Le Cantine dell’Arena
November 22 – Correzzola, Italy – Cockney London Pub
November 24 – Dozza, Italy – Teatro Comunale
November 26 – Fiorenzuola, Italy – Teatro Verdi

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AngloFiles: Meet Derbyshire’s The Natterjacks

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The Natterjacks are an indie folk duo hailing from the historic market town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. They set out with their guitar and banjo, accompanied by the forceful thud of a kick drum and smatter of tambourine to create an energetic live atmosphere continually noted for having a huge presence, despite there being just the two of them.  The duo consists of Freddie Bingham & Mark Evans, who began playing together in 2010.

Following their debut album, “Highlands” and their following EP, “In The Bark”, which led to slots on some top festivals including a set for BBC Introducing at Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival, Freddie & Mark are now working on their second full length record whilst continuing to broaden their horizons across the UK’s folk music scene.

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Their latest White Peak is now available.   Check out “Spiralling Down” off the new release.

 

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West Coast Beats: New Soulful Music From Klez

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Klez is the new Cali-Soul/R&B musical project of the young Bay Area-bred musician, John Klezmer. John was raised playing multiple instruments and listening closely to his family’s music collection, which included the likes of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Smokey Robinson. In his early teens, Klez took his immense love of soul music and began developing his own original sound. Over time, Klez has honed his skills as a true lyricist, composer, and performer. While Klez was still in college at Chico State, he was discovered by Los Angeles based label, Sound x3 Records, in the music industry program’s bi-annual singer songwriter competition, Chico Unplugged.

Old Soul New World‘, out October 20, 2017, is the explosive and aptly titled second EP of Klez, whose music lies somewhere in the nebulous middle of the soul spectrum. Take the purity and resonance of Hozier and pair it with the soulful grit of Son Little, and you get Klez.

Old Soul New World is a refreshing throwback to the glory days of Motown. It is Klez unchained and ready to steal the anthems of summer. The EP was recorded in the Bay Area; mixed in Northern California and mastered by audio guru, Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, and Cage the Elephant) at Magic Gardens Mastering in Los Angeles.

Klez’s debut EP, Here Right Now, was released in May 2016. The title track from the EP was featured in a promo for the finale of the ABC primetime show, “Castle,” in May 2016. The waves from the release of this EP quickly led Klez to well-known venues throughout Los Angeles. Over this last year, Klez has gained momentum in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. His consistent dynamic performances have earned him headlining spots at respected venues across the city, including. Klez is set for an upcoming explosive European tour.

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Amy Helm Announces SKYLARK Concert Series

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Amy Helm Announces SKYLARK Concert Series Featuring Nicki Bluhm,
Rachael Yamagata, Carolyn Wonderland and more.

The All-Female Concert Tour Making Stops in Woodstock, New York City, and Norfolk

This November, Amy Helm and some of her closest friends and collaborators will hit the road for three very special SKYLARK shows. The evening will feature an all-female lineup of musicians, singers and songwriters from Helm’s hometown of Woodstock, NY and beyond. The tour begins on November 3 at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY and will make stops at City Winery in New York for two shows on Saturday, November 4 and Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT on Sunday, November 5.

From the rhythm section to the vocalists, these woman play and sing with grace and fire. The evening will first both long term musical partnerships and first-time collaborations. SKYLARK will feature performances by Nicki Bluhm, Cindy Cashdollar, Jennifer Condos, Emily Gimble, Amy Helm, Shelley King, Allison Miller, Simi Stone, Carolyn Wonderland, and Rachael Yamagata.

“I can’t wait to dig into the collaborations with these fine musicians and singers,” said Helm of the upcoming SKYLARK shows. “The songs, voices, and musicians cover all the ground we need, from kick-ass boot stomping funk, to heart breaking melodies and quiet, masterful playing. This group of ladies is surely a force to be reckoned with!”

Amy Helm’s most recent release, her critically-acclaimed solo debut Didn’t It Rain, was released in 2015 via eOne Music. The album was embraced by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Relix, Rolling Stone and firmly established her as a solo artist.

While Didn’t It Rain was her first official album as a solo artist, Helm has been making music most of her life. She’s already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated alt-country/ collective Ollabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.

Tour Dates:

11/3: Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios – SKYLARK

11/4: New York, NY – City Winery – SKYLARK (Two Shows)

11/5: Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall – SKYLARK

11/18: Jay, VT – Foeger Ballroom, Jay Peak Resort

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Jade Bird debuts with “Something American”

 

Rising British artist Jade Bird made her U.S. television debut last night, performing her single “Cathedral” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

The song appears on Jade’s debut EP Something American, released over the summer via Glassnote Records.

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Jade will tour throughout the U.S. this fall with Son Little, as well as a stop in Austin opening for First Aid Kit. See below for complete details.

Born in Hexham, U.K., Jade’s early life was spent mainly in flight as an “army brat,” with time spent in South Wales, Germany and Chesterfield. One of life’s few constants proved to be the influence of strong working women. At first via her mother and grandmother, who largely raised her, but later the female role models within the musical subcultures Jade become obsessed with: from troubled but empowering country heroines like Loretta Lynn to iconic alternative songwriters like Patti Smith, and following a thread through folk and Americana to incorporating such confessional, undiluted songwriting into pop music (Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill was a similarly early touchstone).

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Something American twists those genres’ themes—disillusionment, divorce, cheating, sorrow—into the realities of an independent-minded, modern British teenager in 2017. Produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes, Conor Oberst) with co-production and mixing by David Baron (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes), the 5-song EP was recorded at Clubhouse Studio in Rhinebeck, NY and features Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St Vincent) on drums and Sara Lee (B-52s) on bass.

Track list

  1. Something American
  2. Good Woman
  3. Cathedral
  4. Grinnin’ In Your Face
  5. What Am I Here For

JADE BIRD LIVE DATES

October 14—Austin, TX—Stubb’s*

October 31—Austin, TX—Antone’s†

November 1—Dallas, TX—Dada†

November 3—Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar†

November 4—San Diego, CA—Soda Bar†

November 5—Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room†

November 7—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour†

November 8—San Francisco, CA—The Chapel†

November 10—Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge†

November 11—Vancouver, BC—Biltmore Cabaret†

November 12—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern†

November 14—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room†

November 15—Denver, CO—The Globe Hall†

November 17—Omaha, NE—Reverb Lounge†

November 18—Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club†

November 19—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall†

November 21—Toronto, ON—Horseshoe Tavern†

*with First Aid Kit

†with Son Little

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Iron and Wine Hit the Road to Celebrate Beast Epic

 

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This month, Iron & Wine will embark on a nationwide tour in support of Beast Epic, their first record of new material in over four years. Kicking off the trek with two sold-out shows at Chicago’s Thalia Hall, Iron & Wine’s sixth studio album has been hailed as a “return to form” harking back to the intimate and acoustic material of principal singer songwriter Sam Beam’s earlier work.
The band appeared on CBS Saturday Morning performing “Call It Dreaming” and “Thomas County Law” and did a session for Pitchfork Live upon the album’s release. A series of shows in the mid-Atlantic followed including a headlining slot at Fayetteville Roots Festival and culminating with a live recorded show at Third Man Records. Beam also made his first appearance at Americana Festival during an intimate solo acoustic set at the historic landmark venue Station Inn, followed later in the month by an appearance at the Clio Awards where he was nominated for his version of the classic “Time After Time.”
This new incarnation of Iron & Wine’s band features Eliza Hardy Jones (keys), Sebastian Steinberg (bass), Beth Goodfellow (drums/percussion) and Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello). The US Tour will be supported by powerhouse singer songwriter John Moreland, except on select shows which include openers, new avant-guard rock duo, Ohmme (full dates listed below).

IRON & WINE’S BEAST EPIC TOUR DATES

Oct 12 – Thalia Hall. Chicago, IL SOLD OUT (#)
Oct 13 – Thalia Hall. Chicago, IL SOLD OUT
Oct 14 – Palace Theatre . St Paul,MN
Oct 15 – Rococo Theatre . Lincoln,NE
Oct 17 – Wilma Theater . Missoula, MT
Oct 18 – Moore Theater . Seattle, WA SOLD OUT
Oct 19 – McDonald Theater . Eugene, OR
Oct 20 – Aladdin Theater . Portland, OR SOLD OUT
Oct 21 – Warfield Theatre . San Francisco, CA
Oct 26 – The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian . Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT
Oct 27 – Pappy & Harriet’s . Pioneertown, CA SOLD OUT
Oct 28 – Balboa . San Diego, CA
Oct 29 – Van Buren . Phoenix, AZ
Oct 30 – El Rey . Albuquerque, NM
Nov 1 – The Kessler . Dallas, TX SOLD OUT
Nov 2 – The Aztec Theater . San Antonio, TX
Nov 3 – The Heights . Houston, TX SOLD OUT
Nov 4 – Joy Theater . New Orleans, LA
Nov 6 – Culture Room . Ft Lauderdale, FL SOLD OUT
Nov 7 – The Beacham . Orlando, FL
Nov 9 – Lincoln Theatre . Washington DC SOLD OUT
Nov 10 – College Street Music Hall . New Haven, CT
Nov 11 – Berklee Performance Center . Boston, MA SOLD OUT
Nov 12 – Calvin Theatre . Northampton, MA
Nov 13 – Town Hall . NYC
Nov 14 – Brooklyn Steel . Brooklyn, NY (#)
-All shows with John Moreland except where noted with (#) which feature Ohmme

BEAST EPIC EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Jan 16 – Elborg. Reykjavic, Iceland
Jan 18 – House of Culture. Helsinki, Finland
Jan 19 – Nalen. Stockholm, Sweden
Jan 20 – Pustervik. Gothenburg, Sweden
Jan 22 – Vega. Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan 23 – Voxhall. Aarhus, Denmark
Jan 25 – Huxleys. Berlin, Germany
Jan 26 – Uebel & Gefährlich. Hamburg, Germany
Jan 27 – Paradiso. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 29 – Ancienne Belgique. Brussels, Belgium
Jan 30 – Gloria. Cologne, Germany
Feb 1 – Muffathalle. Munich, Germany
Feb 2 – X-Tra. Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 5 – Santeria Social Club. Milan, Italy
Feb 6 – WUK. Vienna, Austria
Feb 8 – Hybernia. Prague, Czech Republic
Feb 10 – Sclachthof. Wiesbaden, Germany
Feb 11 – Cafe De La Danse. Paris, France
Feb 13 – Symphony Hall. Birmingham, UK
Feb 14 – The Helix. Dublin, Ireland
Feb 15 – Bridgewater Hall. Manchester, UK
Feb 16 – Eventim Apollo. London, UK

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A Sound Recommendation: India Ramey Makes National Debut

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Blasting twin barrels of Americana noire and southern-gothic songwriting, India Ramey fires on all cylinders with her national debut, Snake Handler.

Pentecostal churches, broken households, crooked family trees, forgotten pockets of the Deep South, and domestic violence all fill the album’s 10 songs, whose autobiographical lyrics pull from Ramey’s experience as a young girl in rural Georgia. Intensely personal and sharply written, Snake Handler shines a light on the darkness of Ramey’s past, driving out any lingering demons — or snakes, if you will — along the way.

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Inspired by the warm sonics of Jason Isbell‘s Southeastern and the big-voiced bombast of Neko Case‘s Furnace Room Lullabies, Snake Handler was recorded in six days with producer Mark Petaccia — Southeastern‘s sound engineer, coincidentally — and members of Ramey’s road band. Ringing guitars, violin, atmospheric organ, and percussive train beats all swirl together, leaving room for Ramey’s voice — an instrument punctuated by the light drawl of her hometown and the quick tremolo of her vibrato — to swoon, swagger, and sparkle. It’s a voice she began developing as a child in Rome, Georgia, singing made-up songs into her electric hair curler while her parents fought just outside her bedroom door. The family home was a violent one, the product of an addicted father who flew into an abusive rage whenever his vices took control.

Despite being the youngest of three children, Ramey grew up quickly, robbed of a typical childhood by her unpredictable home life. She recollects those early years in “The Baby,” skewers her no-good dad in “Devil’s Blood ,” tells her mother’s story in “Rome to Paris,” and paints a less-than-inviting picture of her hometown in “Devil’s Den.”

Although her childhood lacked peace, it was filled with music, thanks to a charismatic grandfather who, in his younger years, sang in an Alabama-based gospel quartet. Well-known throughout the state, he turned down an offer to become a permanent performer on The Lawrence Welk Show when his wife refused to move to the big city. Instead, he remained in his hometown of Sand Mountain, Alabama — notorious for its number of snake-handling churches — and worked as piano tuner, decorating his own home with cast-off pianos and other instruments. It was during trips to that house, with her mother playing autoharp and her grandaddy playing acoustic guitar, that Ramey grew up singing.

 

“He lived to be 98,” she says of her grandfather, “and when he was in the nursing home, I bought my first guitar at Wal-Mart. I took it to him so he could teach me a couple chords, and he told me, ‘I don’t regret anything about my life, but I still wonder what might have happened if I would’ve done something with my music. I’m proud of you for getting your education, but I want you to take this guitar and do something with your music.’ So that’s what I’m doing.”

Before launching her music career, though, Ramey worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Montgomery, Alabama. The goal? To help women who, like her own mother, found themselves in abusive situations.

“When I was younger,” she remembers, “I competed in beauty pageants to earn scholarship money for college. I wanted to become a prosecutor and save battered women. It worked. I went to law school, worked as a special prosecutor, and got to make a difference in a lot of victims’ lives.”

There, between daytime hours spent in the law office and nighttime gigs alongside her Birmingham-based band, Ramey realized that music — her true calling — could help people, too. She began making honest, heartfelt music, filled with lyrics that spoke openly of her past. A pair of early releases, Junkyard Angel and Blood Crescent Moon, helped sharpen her songwriting chops. Those albums also paved the way for her move to Nashville, where she turned her back on the legal world and, instead, threw herself into songwriting. Once settled in Tennessee, she found a kindred spirit in Mark Petaccia.

 

Working together, Ramey and Petaccia fill Snake Handler‘s songs with vivid musical and visual imagery. In “Drowned Town,” a song inspired by the cities in northeastern Alabama that were forever submerged by the TVA’s hydroelectric damming projects, Anna Harris’ violin floats far beneath Ramey’s melody, as through it’s being recorded underwater. Similarly, the distorted guitar lines in the album’s closing number, “Saying Goodbye,” parallel the jumble of feelings that pushed Ramey to write the song.

 

“I wrote that song about going to see my father when he was dying,” she says of “Saying Goodbye,” which ends the album on a note of acceptance and weary optimism. “It was weird to see him on his deathbed, because I’d spent my whole life hating him. Still, I was heartbroken to see him dying. I didn’t know how to assimilate those feelings. Joey Fletcher plays guitar in my band, and Mark put on a baritone guitar that was being run through a distortion pedal. When I heard it, I thought, ‘That guitar sound is exactly the way my head felt when I walked into the nursing home. All the cognitive dissonance I was feeling is in that instrument.’”

Melodic and mighty, Snake Handler is a battle cry from a songwriter who’s unafraid to dive back into her past — no matter how dark it may be — to find closure. It’s an album about final chapters and new beginnings. About violence, resolution, and next steps. It’s India Ramey: unfiltered, unrestrained, and wholly engaging.

 

Upcoming Shows:

October 8 – Nashville, TN at The Basement

October 21 – Nashville, TN at Drifters

November 9 – Asheville, NC at Upcountry Brewing

 

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