02/12/2014

'SONGS & WHISPERS'' - CIRCUIT 12/2014 (28.11. - 21.12.2014)

„SONGS & WHISPERS“ - CIRCUIT 12/2014


Jed Rowe (Melbourne, AUS)
england-fahneAustralian singer/songwriter and guitarist Jed Rowe unites the raw emotion of blues music with the subtleties of folk and americana. Combining evocative storytelling lyrics with sublime acoustic guitar, slide guitar and vocal abilities, Rowe’s music has a depth and diversity that makes him at home anywhere from major festival stages to small intimate venues. He has released two albums and toured extensively in his native Australia, and will tour Europe for the first time in November and December 2014.
Growing up in a small house in the Australian rainforest with his musician parents, Rowe was surrounded by music from an early age. He absorbed the work of the master songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Simon, and was captivated by the sound of his father’s acoustic guitar. Also a lover of great literature, Rowe briefly studied creative writing at university before embarking on a musical career. 
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Aufgewachsen in einem kleinen Haus im Australischen Regenwald, war Jed Rowe durch seine Eltern – beide Musiker – schon von Kindesbeinen an von Musik umgeben. Große Songwriter wie Bob Dylan, Neil Young und Paul Simon beeinflussten ihn genauso wie der Klang der akustischen Gitarre seines Vaters. Als Liebhaber von Literatur studierte Rowe Creative Writing, bevor er sich für eine musikalische Karriere entschied. Diese Laufbahn spiegelt sich in seinen bewegenden Texten wider. Das Produkt ist eine Kombination aus rauem Blues mit den Feinheiten des Folk und Americana, das in seiner Vielfältigkeit und Tiefe sowohl auf Festival-Bühnen als auch intimen Spielstätten ein Zuhause findet.
Rowe hat bisher zwei Alben veröffentlicht und ausgiebig in seinem Heimatland getourt.
Im Dezember 2014 wird man Rowe zum ersten Mal in Europa zu sehen sein.

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Influences: Influences: Neil Young, Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne.
"This record clearly announces the arrival of a new star." Rhythms Magazine.

"Combines musicianship to die for with beautifully crafted songs. It’s roots music magic!” BMA Magazine.

“Taking in country, blues, folk, rock and other influences, these songs are musical delights... The Ember and the Afterglow is now one of my favourite albums of all time.” Joelene: The Country Music Blog.

"The storytelling talents of Jed Rowe reach out and grab you, making you want to listen and hear every word that he sings.” Country HQ
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MERRYGOLD (California, USA)
england-fahne2015 looks to be an exciting year for MerryGold. After recording their latest album at Grateful Dead member Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in late 2014, the band is heading to Europe for a winter tour. 
MerryGold began as the songwriting duo of Jillian Secor (guitar, vocals) and Alex Stephens (guitar, mandolin, vocals). Lead singer and songwriter Jillian Secor is a descendant of Bob Wills, the father of country swing. The 4-piece lineup currently includes bass, and accordion as well. Based in the small northern California town of Placerville, themes of the Gold Country are abundant in their music. Their whiskey-soaked folk/bluegrass songs take listeners back to simpler times and portray a rawness that embodies the pioneer spirit of the Wild West. While traditional folk and bluegrass themes are apparent in their music, MerryGold incorporates a wide variety of influences to create their own sound.

A recent highlight for MerryGold was winning the Race to TRI Studios contest. The studio - owned and operated by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead - selected MerryGold as top-10 finalists out of over 500 entries. The public then voted MerryGold and their song “Sweet Lilly” as the winner. In December of 2014, the band recorded audio and video at TRI Studios.
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MerryGold - das ist whiskeygetränkter Folk und Bluegrass, der den Hörer in unbeschwertere Zeiten trägt und den Pioniergeist des Wilden Westens verkörpert.
Die goldene Landschaft ihrer Heimat ist ein vielbesungenes Thema der aus Kalifornien stammenden Band.
MerryGold finden ihren Ursprung in dem Songwriter-Duo „Trout and Parrot“ bestehend aus Jilian Secor, einer direkten Nachfahrin des „Vater des Western Swing“ Bob Wills und Alex Stephens. Um einen breiteren Sound und mehr instrumentelle Möglichkeiten zu schaffen, fügten sie zu Secors Stimme und den beiden Gitarren einen Bass und ein Akkordeon hinzu. Die mittlerweile 4-köpfige Band hat bisher ein Album veröffentlicht („Good and Gone“, 2012) und arbeitet nun an einem zweiten, das gegen Ende des Anfang 2015 in den TRI Studios von Bob Weir (The Greatful Dead) aufgenommen wird. 
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Influences: Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Motörhead, The Doors, The Pogues, The Grateful Dead
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