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Wed January 30

NICKI BLUHM

+ special guest MATTY JAMES CASSIDY + OLLY THORNTON

£12 // Doors 8:00pm

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NICKI BLUHM

After nearly a decade spent with the Gramblers, and recent high-profile collaborations (Phil Lesh, Infamous String Dusters, Ryan Adams), and a split from her husband and musical mentor, vocalist and songwriter Nicki Bluhm is stepping out on her own with her new album, TO RISE YOU GOTTA FALL. The songs were written over a two-year period in Bluhm’s life and chronicle her fundamental life changes, which found the West Coast native living in Nashville, TN. “These songs are the conversations I never got to have, the words I never had the chance to say, and the catharsis I wouldn’t have survived without,” she says. Recorded in Memphis, TN at legendary Sam Phillips Recording, Bluhm brought in producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell), for these live band, analog sessions. The studio band includes Will Sexton (guitar), Ross-Spang (guitars), Ken Coomer (drums and percussion), Al Gamble (Hammond B3), Rick Steff (piano), Dave Smith (bass), with Sam Shoup (string arrangements) and various special guests. TO RISE YOU GOTTA FALL tells the story of a woman searching for light among darkness and reveals her emergence as a powerful songwriter and vocalist of great depth and immediacy.

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MATTY JAMES CASSIDY

“Matty James has the soul of a vagabond poet and his huge talent as a singer-songwriter and storyteller is clear throughout this fantastic album.” ***** Black Velvet Magazine

“Whether you’re a fan of the great hell raising troubadours of the past like Hank Williams or more recent greats like Tom Waits, you’ll find plenty to love…” **** Pure M

“The record’s memorable choruses and knee-slapping breakdowns make for a rousing listen.” 7/10 Vive Le Rock

“‘The Road To No Town’ takes you on a vibrant rabble-rousing journey of feisty, yet unfeigned expression.” Louder Than War

“Equal parts uplifting, reflective, and just plain foot tapping fun! If anything, what music should be.” Rock Regeneration

“Should keep you hooked from start to finish.” ***** PlanetMosh

“Sounds like the work of someone twice Matty’s age who has many albums under their belt. Surely he has no right to be able to pen such epic songs.” Uber Rock

“Highly recommended if you like proper gritty scuffed-up dust ‘n’ bones country rock.” **** Pure Rawk

“A terrific album from an uber talented singer-songwriter.” Sinister Angels Realm

“The Road To No Town might lead you to unexpected territories!” Veglam

“This is pure, honest-to-goodness rawk ‘n’f’n’ roll delivered with passion, spirit and a genuine love for the music.” Uber Rock

“Interesting, surprising, and entertaining melodic rock. Recommended.” 4.5/5 Dangerdog Music Reviews

“Matty James sounds like he has already recorded 5 albums before; Sometimes you just have to admit that the best wines aren’t always the oldest ones!” Veglam

“This is definitely one to listen to, and one I found hard to put down. Matty has talent in abundance.” Rock Regeneration

“Honesty and passion lie at the heart of Last One To Die” Rushonrock

“Highly recommended…” Powerplay Magazine

“An absolute joy… an excellent album” Black Velvet Magazine

“It’s a fantastic album which in the current music scene is actually very unique.” Soul of a Clown

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OLLY THORNTON

Singer/Songwriter from a little village called Lymm.

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