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Hard Feelings when a band “pulls something out of the back catalogue” for a run of tour dates. So good to hear Oil & Rain in a fine, fine set from Case Hardin at Shakespeares on Thursday night, which rounded off a great night of music following Paul McClure and A Prayer Away. Thanks to them and those that made it out to support live music.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares on Saturday October 28th for another special show. We’ll be joined by Jody Davies, Richard Kitson, Andy P. Davison and Ryan Farmer who’ll be playing “in the round”. Full details can be found here. Maybe we’ll see you there too?

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a better night than one M&J duo? Two M&J duos of course. Amazing show as always from Josh Harty at The Greystones last night, complete with some guest guitar from Sheffield slinger Mark Lyall, a really special “i was there” one off. Superb opening from M&J Blues once again too. Thanks to them and Josh and you if you were there.

We’ll be back at The Greystones on October 30th with Wild Ponies and Mat Wale (details here), but next for WagonWheel Presents… we return to Shakespeares tomorrow night in the company of Case Hardin, Paul McClure and A Prayer Away. More good times await, a full preview can be found here, we hope you can join us then.

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saw Whitney Rose and her band make their Sheffield debut on their first UK tour, whilst A Prayer Away played their very first show. The one thing that wasn’t new at The Greystones yesterday was a fine evening of music from two great bands. Thanks to everybody that was there to enjoy it with us.

WagonWheel Presents… will be doing it all again on Saturday June 3rd in the company of The Clench, Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers and Andy P. Davison. Full details for this show can be found here. Good times guaranteed, we hope you can join us again.

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a sprinkling of new songs, but still the fine show we’ve come to expect from Rachel Ries, who returned to The Greystones last night in her new guise of Her Crooked Heart (complete with Sarah Smout on cello once again). Thanks to Rachel, Sarah, the Torn Sail two for a spellbinding opening set, and those who made it out to support live music on a warm Wednesday night.

It will be Wednesday once again when WagonWheel Presents… is back at The Greystones on May 24th. It’ll be a first visit to Sheffield for Canadian songstress Whitney Rose and her band, with support coming from A Prayer Away (new project from Jody Davies of The Fargo Railroad Co. & King Quentin). You can find a full preview for this show here. Maybe we’ll see you then?

 

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On Thursday October 12th, WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares where we’re joined by Case Hardin and Paul McClure. And if two artists in one night from the Clubhouse Records stable wasn’t enough, we’ve also got A Prayer Away who open the show too. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/403008 or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 8pm.

 

***CASE HARDIN***

‘Colours Simple’ is Case Hardin’s fourth long playing record, but it’s really a record of three’s…  it’s the third made by the core band of Tim Emery, Jim Maving, Andy Bastow & Pete Gow and their third as recording artists for Clubhouse Records.

It is also – more prosaically – the third Case Hardin record with the word ‘three ‘ in a song title.. ‘Three For The Road’ (Some Tunes For Charlie Spencer – 2007), ‘Three Beautiful Daughters’ (PM – 2013) and now ‘These Three Cities’…. a casual recounting of a bar-stool conversation with a Dubai prostitute over the merits of Phil Spector as a record producer… we’ve all been there?

Case Hardin take their name from Boston Teran’s noir thriller ‘God Is A Bullet’ (Pan 2000). In the finest tradition of naming groups, it came about by virtue of being little more than a character name in the book songwriter Pete Gow was reading when the call came through that they had secured their first gig; necessity was, as is so often the way, the mother of invention on that day.

But can the name and the naming be written off so casually? To ‘case harden’ means to toughen by experience…. and the ‘Gow, Emery, Bastow, Maving’ nucleus of Case Hardin has toughened its look, toughened its direction, its sound and toughed it out through various musicians who came and went over the years.

2012’s ‘PM’ album stood, in the critics eyes, as a high point. A benchmark for a band firmly ‘in the pocket’, providing perfectly poised musical vehicles for the work of a  songwriter who unmistakably ‘arrived’….

It seems Case Hardin is all about the story and the telling of that story. In concert Gow’s songs are carried by the power of that band, unswervingly dedicated to being in the service of those songs.

A Case Hardin live show is a multi- faceted beast. Gow solo? A duo? Acoustic or a full tilt four piece, sometimes augmented by regulars and pick-up musicians alike. Each night the songs are different, they have to be… framed for the audience… or the band… or the mood… often all three.

No biography on Case Hardin can be completed without a mention in dispatches for those who served… Hana Piranha, Adam Kotz, Del Skinner, Paul ‘Billy Bob’ Thornton, Ian Cadge.

Without whom etc, etc

a band that does subtle every bit as well as it does full-on, the results are mighty, mighty indeed R2 Magazine

Incredible… Case Hardin rock harder than mostMaverick Festival 2015

Pete Gow is a songwriter like no otherQ (Roots Album of the Month)

http://www.casehardin.com/

 

***PAUL McCLURE***

Paul McClure is a singer and songwriter from Rutland, England where he lives with his wife and daughters. The passing world is the fodder for Paul’s characters and story lines in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way.

Prior to his current releases, McClure has recorded 2 solo albums of original songs – ‘No Place Like Home’ in 2003 “fresh, vibrant and bounds with enthusiasm for his craft4**** Fatea, and ‘Desire Lines’ in 2008 before spending the best part of the next four and a half years playing with The Hi And Lo, described as “Superior roots music from Leicester” by Americana UK. The Hi And Lo put out an album in 2010 called ‘Ten Tracks’. Two further solo albums have followed on Clubhouse Records, followed by the newly released EP Paul McClure & The Local Heroes.

These songs are a perfect showcase for his considerable songwriting talentsR2 Magazine

http://www.paulmccluremusic.com

 

***A PRAYER AWAY***

A Prayer Away are the latest outlet for the songs of Jody Davies (The Fargo Railroad Co. & King Quentin). Joined by vocalist Bess Popplewell, the duo made their live debut earlier this year opening for Whitney Rose where they proved to be quite a hit (not least with Whitney who wanted to take them home and mange them). Stripped down country, raw and soulful.

 

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On Wednesday May 24th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Whitney Rose and her band to The Greystones. Whitney Rose is a Canadian singer and songwriter who describes her sound as “vintage-pop-infused neo-traditional country.” She grew up on Prince Edward Island and was exposed to country music from a very young age: as a child she spent most of her time at her grandparents’ bar, where the jukebox constantly played hits by Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, and Dolly Parton. Having now relocated to Austin, Texas, Whitney is touring Europe in support of her brand new record South Texas Suite. Support comes from A Prayer Away. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/384848 and the venue (12-6pm). Entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***WHITNEY ROSE***

The past two years have been massive for Whitney Rose, who is rapidly becoming an international sensation. The vintage country pop specialist’s sophomore offering, Heartbreaker of the Year, converted critics’ double takes into palpable buzz with its beguiling blend of then and now.

Her 2015 release Heartbreaker of the Year was produced by The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, who also performs on multiple tracks. Rose’s vocals convey both vulnerability and sharpness – a contrast that permeates her music as a whole – to enthralling results. The album’s success has impelled those in the know to include Rose’s name in any conversation about the future faces of Americana and Country music.

“Whitney Rose has been lighting up the touring venues ever since her breakout album, Heartbreaker of the Year, and standout performance at last year’s AMA. She’s been praised everywhere from ND to The New York Times. And like any serious heartbreaker, she’s got a killer band” – No Depression

Before moving to Austin, Whitney Rose had never danced the two-step. Now, the country-pop singer’s infatuation with Texas’ rich musical culture, from stage to studio to dance floor, informs an enthralling new project, a love letter to the Lone Star State. Her new EP, South Texas Suite, is a touch nostalgic, deeply romantic and defiantly personal — it’s Texas, through Whitney Rose’s eyes and ears.

South Texas Suite is a meticulous study of sound and place, but also a product of unexpected circumstance. Last October, shortly after the release of her album Heartbreaker of the Year, Rose packed up her boot collection and headed south to play a two-month residency at Austin’s famed Americana bastion, the Continental Club. But that November-December engagement went so well, she wound up staying. Since then, she’s toured extensively throughout North America, made her European debut and signed with Thirty Tigers-distributed Six Shooter Records.

South Texas Suite was released on January 27th 2017 and is being supported by a month long North American tour, and following that, over two months of performances in Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.

“A sultry country classicist with a tremble in her voice, Whitney Rose is partial to the magisterial gestures of the 1950s and 1960s.” – New York Times

Playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang.” – Rolling Stone

Rose nailed this concoction of joining the purer sides of pop and country. The most exciting part is seeing where she goes next.” – American Songwriter

Whitney Rose’s voice sounds like it’s comin’ on out of a time machine in RCA’s Studio B in Nashville circa 1960. Her songwriting blends vintage R&B and retro country.” — Magnet

Sultry, dynamic, spicy in the way it slides between styles yet continues forward cohesively, Heartbreaker of the Year is quite the exhibition of Whitney’s talents.” – Saving Country Music

Stark and sultry, here Rose hits heartache right between the eyes. With a croon that wraps dances perfectly between plaintive guitar riffs, Rose skillfully delivers classic country magic.” — Guitar World

http://whitneyrosemusic.com

 

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