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that some people don’t grow up to be boxers, and instead take to writing songs about welding and the like. Thanks to everybody that joined us for another fantastic night in the company of Mr Rod Picott at The Greystones last night, and for a fine opening set from Matt of Walton Hesse.

We return to The Backroom on Sunday October 2nd when we welcome another Nashville resident, Otis Gibbs. Support for this show comes from Franc Cinelli. Tickets are on sale here.

Before then though WagonWheel Presents… resumes our last Saturday of the month show at Shakespeares on September 24th. Joining us this month will be Mat Wale & Friends, Idiot Son and Far From Franca. You can find the full preview for this show here. See you then maybe?

WWP 04.09.16

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it was all going off on Friday night as Richard Kitson launched his brand new album In Your Own Time with us at The Greystones. The night began with King Quentin opening the show before Richard and an array of guests entertained a near full house. A wonderful time indeed, the record is on sale now.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones on Sunday September 4th when we’re looking forward to the highly anticipated return of Rod Picott. Support comes from Walton Hesse (Matt plays a solo set). Full details for this show can be found here, we hope you can join us then.

WWP 19.08.16

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a bad way to spend a Sunday, was it? Thanks to everybody that came out to our Tramlines show at Shakespeares yesterday. Was nice to see lots of faces around for most (and some for all) of the day. We’re pretty sure you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Big thanks of course as well to The Fargo Railroad Co., Stoney, The Payroll Union, Paul McClure, Walton Hesse, Tom Baxendale, Coma Girls, Boss Caine, The Ragged Edge, David Venn, The Clench, Bob Collum, The Sea Whores and Roaming Son for the fine entertainment. 2017 would have a lot to follow…

WagonWheel Presents… regular shows are here all year round though and we return to The Greystones on Wednesday August 3rd in the company of Curtis Eller’s American Circus. Those lovely Silver Darlings will be along to open the show too. You can find full details here. Maybe we’ll see you then too?

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On Sunday September 4th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US singer/songwriter Rod Picott back to The Greystones. Returning to The Backroom after a stellar performance at our WagonWheel Weekend earlier this year, Rod undertakes a second UK tour in support of his latest critically acclaimed album Fortune. Support comes from Walton Hesse frontman Matt Grayson who plays a solo set. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/363514 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***ROD PICOTT***

Rod Picott

It’s been 15 years since Rod Picott laid down his work belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and put a permanent end to his gig as a sheet rock hanger. He’d been writing music in private for years, but it was 2001’s Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues — a debut album that bridged the gap between between folk and Americana — that officially introduced him as a singer/songwriter, kick starting one of the more acclaimed careers in modern-day roots music. Since then, he’s focused on a different kind of construction: building a catalog of songs that spin stories of hard work, heartache and the human condition.

On Fortune, he turns his focus inward, using himself — not the people around him — as the album’s main character. It’s his seventh solo release, written and recorded after years of heavy touring. Looking to make a record that could serve as a raw, authentic document of his live show, Picott recorded Fortune quickly, cutting six songs during his first day in the studio and finishing the entire album within a week and a half.

“I wanted to make a record where we captured performances, as opposed to imitating performances,” says Picott, who grew up in rural New England before relocating to Nashville. “Technology makes it so easy to do an imitation of what your best performance would sound like, but that’s not a real performance. That’s just what you would want yourself to sound like. I didn’t want to do that. For better or worse, Fortune is what I actually sound like.”

Musicians like Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Fred Eaglesmith would claim it’s for the better. All three have recorded Picott’s songs, showing their support for a self-sufficient songwriter who plays most of his shows alone, relying on his voice and acoustic guitar to pack a punch. Fortune gave him a chance to put together a small band, though, with Will Kimbrough (Steve Earle, Guy Clark) handling the electric guitar parts and producer Neilson Hubbard (The Apache Relay, Matthew Ryan) doubling as the group’s drummer. With Lex Price joining in on bass, the group kept things as real and raw as possible. They just plugged in and played.

“A lot of these songs explore a sense of chance, of what might happen with your life,” Picott says. “Jeremiah” is the story of a soldier who doesn’t home from Iraq, “Uncle John” is a wry look at family dysfunction, and “Alicia” is a naked telling of a romantic break. The songs come from his life, and the details tell a vivid story. “There’s a sense of luck, and how things might unfold for someone. I thought that calling it Fortune would put a positive spin on that idea of chance and circumstance. It helps wrap up the feeling that runs through the record.”

Decades ago, during his sheet rock days, Picott promised himself that he wouldn’t release an album until he figured out who he was as a writer. Having a good voice wasn’t enough; he needed an opinion, a perspective, an ability to turn the world around him into music. With Fortune, he shines a light on himself, strips bare what he found rattling around in his heart and invites the listener to follow a deeper and more intimate journey.

mesmerizing” – Rolling Stone.com
seriously gifted” – No Depression
songs like Raymond Carver short stories” – Houston Chronicle
proves once again he’s a ringmaster at turning misery into art” – Boston Globe

http://rodpicott.com

 

***WALTON HESSE***

Walton Hesse

Walton Hesse are usually a six-piece band based around the ideas and DIY ethics of songwriter Matt Grayson, pulling on influences from Steve Malkmus to Steve Reich. The result is a blend of country-tinged guitar pop and experimental noise; a nod to the likes of Beechwood Sparks or Ghost is Born-era Wilco. Their debut LP was recorded in studios and living rooms over a period of two years using borrowed gear with trusted engineers on speed dial. Whilst working on the follow up to that record, Matt is playing a run of solo shows including tonight’s.

http://www.facebook.com/waltonhesse

 

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http://www.facebook.com/events/1656543491331193

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plenty of rain, a slight change of plan, but our Tramlines show at Shakespeares yesterday still delivered 14 great acts over 2 stages that all added up to 1 pretty damned fine day. Big thanks to Neil McSweeney, Ash Gray & Couch Fire, Mat Wale & Friends, Walton Hesse, Joe Solo, Anytown, The Janskys, Pete David (The Payroll Union), Robert Chaney, Pete Gow (Case Hardin), Richard Kitson, E.R. Thorpe, William Barstow, Blue Rooster and everybody that came along throughout a very busy day and made it a special one.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to action in our regular monthly Saturday slot at Shakespeares on August 29th when we’lll be in the company of King Quentin, The Sea Whores and The Ragged Edge. More details can be found on the Gigs page. We hope you can join us then.

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest gig news on our Facebook page where you’ll also find a few more photos from yesterday.

WWP 26.07.15

 

 

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There is no tractor day in Sheffield. Instead we have an annual Otis Gibbs day. It works a little something like this. You bring your favourite Otis Gibbs to town. He’ll sing a few songs. Tell a few stories. Everybody has a mighty fine time. That’s pretty much how things went down at The Greystones last night. Thanks to all the nice folks that came along, Otis, and Adrian Bates for opening the show. Keep your eyes peeled for Otis Gibbs day 2016.

WagonWheel Presents… has got plenty more of the good stuff to come before then though. Not least the small matter of a 14 act Tramlines special at Shakespeares on Sunday July 26th. If you like the sound of hearing Neil McSweeney, Ash Gray & Couch Fire, Mat Wale & Friends, Walton Hesse, Joe Solo, Anytown, The Janskys, Pete David (The Payroll Union), Robert Chaney, Pete Gow (Case Hardin), Richard Kitson, E.R. Thorpe, William Barstow and Blue Rooster all for absolutely free, then take a look here for full details. The show will start at 3pm and you don’t need any fancy wristband, just bring your ears and enjoy. We’ll see you then?

WWP 15.07.15

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On Sunday July 24th, WagonWheel Presents… hosts our 4th annual Tramlines show at Shakespeares. Once again we’ll have live music across two stages starting from 3pm. Joining us in the Bard’s Bar will be The Fargo Railroad Co., The Payroll Union, Walton Hesse, Coma Girls, The Ragged Edge, The Clench and The Sea Whores, whilst the Stable Yard will see performances from Stoney, Paul McClure, Tom Baxendale, Boss Caine, David Venn, Bob Collum and Roaming Son who get the day under way with a rare acoustic set. Entry is free all day, no wristband required.

 

***THE FARGO RAILROAD CO.*** : 10.15pm Bard’s Bar

Fargo

One of Sheffield’s hottest live acts with a glorious mix of Americana & Southern Rock.

http://www.facebook.com/FargoRailroadCompany

 

***THE PAYROLL UNION*** : 8.55pm Bard’s Bar

Payroll

Sheffield based Americana band with an obsession for American history, inspired by country, rock ‘n’ roll and southern gothic.

http://www.thepayrollunion.com

 

***WALTON HESSE*** : 7.50pm Bard’s Bar

Walton Hesse

Psychedelic Cosmic Alt-Country from Manchester, following last year’s duo show the full six piece band return to our Tramlines stage.

http://www.facebook.com/waltonhesse

 

***COMA GIRLS*** : 6.45pm Bard’s Bar

Coma Girls

Like all good stories, Coma Girls history is a healthy mixture of fact, half-truths and almost fiction. Think Springsteen, Tom Petty, Baseball.

http://www.facebook.com/ComaGirls

 

***THE RAGGED EDGE*** : 5.40pm Bard’s Bar

Ragged Edge

The Ragged Edge are singer/songwriter Tim Fletcher’s country/folk ensemble, adding lead guitar, cello and fiddle in to the mix of his solo/acoustic material.

http://soundcloud.com/the-ragged-edge

 

***THE CLENCH*** : 4.35pm Bard’s Bar

The Clench

Cowboy tinged rock ‘n’ roll from Sheffield whiskey fuelled six piece.

http://www.facebook.com/TheClench

 

***THE SEA WHORES*** : 3.30pm Bard’s Bar

Sea Whores

Cinematic musical landscape of old world folk and modern mysteries of love, lust and obsession.

http://www.facebook.com/tswleeds

 

***STONEY*** : 9.30pm Stable Yard

Stoney

Alternative singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, usually found somewhere between Austin, Texas and Sheffield.

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

***PAUL McCLURE*** : 8.25pm Stable Yard

Paul McClure

The Rutland Troubadour, supreme story teller with songs full of brutally honest lyrics and wit.

http://www.facebook.com/paulmccluremusic

 

***TOM BAXENDALE*** : 7.20pm Stable Yard

Tom Baxendale

Singer/songwriter with combined elements of alt-country, new wave, rockabilly, pre-Beatles pop and post-Dylan Americana.

http://tombaxendale.com

 

***BOSS CAINE*** : 6.15pm Stable Yard

Boss Caine

‘Yorkshire Cowboy’ – Daniel Lucas, a man whose ‘voice makes Louis Armstrong sound kinda girly’.

http://www.facebook.com/bosscaine

 

***DAVID VENN*** : 5.10pm Stable Yard

David Venn

Electric singer/songwriter with a great Paul Westerberg/The Replacements vibe.

http://www.facebook.com/david.venn.98

 

***BOB COLLUM*** : 4.05pm Stable Yard

Bob Collum

An American in London(ish) offering power pop influenceD Alt-Country.

http://www.bobcollum.com

 

***ROAMING SON*** : 3pm Stable Yard

Roaming Son

Sheffield’s 100% rock ‘n’ rollers offer something a little different with a rare acoustic set.

http://www.facebook.com/roamingsonuk

 

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