Amelia White / Jess Klein & Mike June
WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY 2019
Fantastic double bill of U.S singer-songwriters featuring Amelia White from East Nashville and Jess Klein from New York City
AMELIA WHITE – The East Nashville standard-setting songwriter brings a sharp edge of truth and gritty poetry to her seventh album, Rhythm of the Rain, released in the US in January 2019. e American release adds four new tracks to the nine-song version of the album previously released in the UK, including a stunning duet with Will Kimbrough
‘If there were an East Nashville Music Hall of Fame, Amelia White would already be in it. The now-famous scene was in its formative days when White arrived from Boston in the early 2000s and became a fixture at the Family Wash. She’s been a leading light in America’s most musical zip code ever since, while developing a reputation in the rest of the US and Europe as a first-rate songwriter. She helped define and refine the core folk-rock sound of Americana, yet her band’s energetic pulse never outshines her carefully wrought lyrics. She’s a poet who’s been compared to more famous songwriters for years – now it would be more appropriate to use her as the benchmark. - Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots
‘A gifted songwriter, White is kind of like Anthony Bourdain with a guitar instead of food.’ - Fallout Shelter Magazine / Extended Play Theatre (Norwood, Mass)
‘It’s not going out on a limb to say that what Amelia White is creating is atypical to what women in Americana are doing in general these days. is is much darker and grittier, which renders it a welcome relief.’ - Americana Highways
Rhythm of the Rain named among the top 40 Americana CDs of 2018 alongside the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Jim Lauderdale, John Hiatt and Courtney Marie Andrews. - Viola Krouse, Making a Scene magazine, January 2019
Amelia’s last album, Home Sweet Hotel, was included among the Best Country Albums of 2016, along with releases by Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Miller and John Moreland. - Daily Telegraph, UK
JESS KLEIN - The New York Times calls Jess Klein “A songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity.” Over two decades and 11 albums, Klein has built a powerfully personal body of work that reflects an instinctive emotional insight, an organic sense of introspection and an unshakable social conscience. Her newest release, Back to My Green explores what it means to maintain hopefulness in America in 2019. It also reflects a bevy of changes in Klein’s personal life, including a new marriage to fellow songwriter Mike June and a cross-country move from the “Live Music Capital” of Austin, TX to rural North Carolina.
Back to My Green is a deeply felt set of original tunes that embodies the same intensity that made Klein’s prior releases so powerful, while adding a playful sensibility that reflects the inspiration of her new surroundings. Such new compositions as "In Dreams," "Tougher Than I Seem" and "Mammal" pulse with 60’s era MoTown grooves and Atlantic records-style orchestration while "Blair Mountain" and "New Thanksgiving Feast" (a tribute to Native American pipeline protestors) reflect Klein’s folk-rock roots. Co-produced by Klein and North Carolina native Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony, Weems/Gerrard Band, film scores: Elephant Sighs, Radiation Veterans and Rareified) and Engineer Thom Canova (Amy Ray, 4 Non-Blondes, Oranj Symphonette), these ten new tracks resonate with feeling, painting a dynamic backdrop for Klein’s singular mezzo-soprano and incisive lyrics.