Nashville Communion November 2012
Communion returns to The Basement in Nashville, TN on Thursday, November 1st 2012 with yet another stellar lineup!
Liam Finn already knows plenty about what audiences respond to. He toured with his father’s band at the age of 14, and cut two e.p’s and two albums with his first band, Betchadupa while still in his teens. In the three years since his solo debut I’ll Be Lightning and Champagne in Seashells (his 2009 collaborative EP with tour-mate Eliza-Jane Barnes), Finn has crisscrossed the globe as a headline artist and support act with Pearl Jam, Black Keys, and Wilco and even cut a record with side project BARB he shares with fellow kiwi’s Connan Mockasin and Lawrence Arabia. He returned to New Zealand and his little beach cottage (or ‘Bach’ as they say in NZ) to write and polish the songs for his sophomore full-length, yet found himself a bit stymied by being out of the spotlight-where anyone who has seen him live will attest he’s quite comfortable-and back in the small pond from whence he sprang.
Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes
Though they now call Nashville their home, the members of Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes hail from across our great nation, bringing with them a unique mélange of stories and the diverse cultures of their respective hometowns. Their self-produced album, Civilized Man, recorded by Mark Nevers (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo) at Beech House in Nashville, TN and named one of the best of the year by Amazon MP3, is itself something of a departure from the singer / songwriter category of the rest of Ellsworth’s catalog. As the first official release from the band, it represents a fresh start musically- a whole new set of influences, from The Talking Heads to Wilco, is welcomed into the mix.
Oklahoma has proved fertile ground for songwriting over the years. From Albert Brumley and Woody Guthrie through Leon Russell and Jimmy Webb, Oklahoma has produced songwriters that pursued their singular vision and left the music world enriched, and often changed, by their contributions. Although it would be careless to suggest that an artist just releasing their debut album warrants a place in that group, John Fullbright’s From The Ground Up has some of the greats (see above) thinking that the 23-year-old might just have a place in that conversation someday soon.
Matthew and the Atlas (solo)
Matthew Hegarty aka MATTHEW AND THE ATLAS takes a dreamy, textured take on Americana and filters it through his extraordinarily bruised and affecting voice. As a key member of the new folk scene emerging from London in the early part of this decade, he is a revered – almost cult – figure among his fellow artists, while continuing to fly beneath the mainstream radar.
Supported by a five-piece band, 2010/11 saw him release two acclaimed EPs on Communion Records (the young and influential indie label that has been home to Ben Howard, Daughter, Gotye, Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster and others) and play to a steadily growing – and increasingly evangelical – live audience in the UK.
M&TA also toured the US twice in 2011 – once supporting Mumford & Sons and once on a headline run (including a sold out show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge), and in 2012 has toured the UK and Europe with Grammy winners The Civil Wars.
M&TA’s much anticipated debut album is due in 2013.
Doors: 7.30pm // Show: 8.00pm
Adv. tickets available at Grimey’s (1604 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN)
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