GILL LANDRY (Old Crow Medicine Show) + guests
Thursday 13 February, doors 8pm @ Esquires, Bedford
Tickets £11 in advance + booking fee
Two-time Grammy winner Gill Landry is heading to the UK at the start of 2020 in support of his new album ‘Skeleton at the Banquet’. Landry was originally from Louisiana and started out as a busker on the streets of New Orleans before becoming a contributing member of the band Old Crow Medicine Show with whom he recorded 4 albums and toured from 2004 to 2014. He’s released 4 solo albums to critical acclaim, featuring such artists as Laura Marling, Brandi Carlile, Klara Söderberg (First Aid Kit), The Felice Brothers and Karen Elson among many others. Landry has toured extensively internationally in his own right, and has also supported Mumford & Sons, Brandi Carlile, Ben Harper, Laura Marling, Ben Howard and Bruce Hornsby.
The album is Landry’s fifth solo studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Love Rides A Dark Horse’ (Loose/ATO). The first single from the album, ‘I Love You Too’ comes across like a new genre… haunted cowboy music – maybe? “This album is a series of reflections and thoughts on the collective hallucination that is America,” he tells us. “With a love song or two thrown in for good measure. I wrote it from within the refuge of a small flat in a small village in western France where I spent last summer. I found it to be a good place for seeing the forest through the trees, so to speak.”
Thursday 27 February, doors 8pm @ Esquires, Bedford
Tickets £8 in advance + booking fee
“With her electrifying unpredictability, the sci-fi-loving singer-songwriter could be the future of Liverpool pop.” The Observer.
“Imbued with both the rock and roll swagger of fellow Liverpudlians The La’s And The Coral, and the powerful melodies of contemporaries Haim and Courtney Barnett.” The Line of Best Fit. “Ginormous indie-pop belters ideal for fans of Courtney Barnett.” NME. Computer games and relationships take centre stage in Zuzu’s video for her new single ‘What You Want’, another guitar-driven pop anthem for 2019’s Liverpudlian breakout indie starlet, and follow-up to the huge ‘Get Off’ and her joint release with DIY Magazine ‘Money Back’ earlier this year. With her unique style and direction Zuzu is unlike any other, rocking her space-inspired outfits and Courtney Barnett humour she’s becoming one of the most exciting artists for 2020. In Zuzu’s world, comic books, strong female icons and massive power-pop riffs are the only things that matter – and she’s out to zap anyone who says otherwise with her own special power: sharp, self-aware indie-pop bangers. Zuzu has established herself as one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Liverpool over the past year and her highly charged live shows, powered by enormous indie-pop hooks and driving riffs, are set to conquer indie discos.
THE PETE WYLIE SHOW
Friday 28 February, doors 8pm @ Esquires, Bedford
Tickets £16.50 in advance + booking fee
Part time rock star - full time legend! Pete Wylie is a seminal Scouse maverick who, along with Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope, pioneered the Eighties art-indie scene. His debut gig was at the legendary Eric's in Liverpool - the night it was raided and closed for ever. He bounced back with a series of bands - Wah! Heat, Wah! and The Mighty Wah! - and had a string of hits including ‘The Story Of The Blues’ (Single of the Year – John Peel), ‘Come Back', ‘Sinful’, ‘7 Minutes to Midnight’ and ‘Heart As Big As Liverpool’ (an anthem forever linked with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign). Pete has written scores for Hurricane Films, Alex Cox and Radio 4. Staggeringly articulate, funny and wise, his TV and radio appearances include The Culture Show, BBC 4’s Pop On Trial, and any number of BBC Radio documentaries. This year ‘Pete Sounds’ was released as his first album in 17 years.
JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday 14 March, doors 8pm @ Esquires, Bedford
Tickets £20 in advance + booking fee
James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25 years. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British live musical history today.
JTQ has evolved into one of the most exciting and well respected touring bands in the UK. With numerous albums to its name, the band’s recorded output is not to be scoffed at. Prolific is an understatement, with albums touching genres as diverse as jazz, funk, soul, rock, and even rap, not to mention a handful of library albums in between. Each album is an absolute must for any Hammond fan: James’ playing providing a solid and accomplished lead as always.
JTQ’s fired-up signature tune, ‘The Theme from Starsky and Hutch’, cemented its reputation as master of the jazz-funk-r’n’b workout; 60s spy themes, psychedelic and free-form jazz all added something to the band’s distinctive sound. Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, James Taylor formed his own quartet, and began playing music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk then in vogue around London. By the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid jazz, and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene. The first single, ‘Blow-Up', was released on the Re Elect The President label, a precursor to Acid Jazz. The band’s debut album, ‘Mission Impossible’, was released the following year, predominantly consisting of covers of 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs Robinson and Goldfinger. In the early 1990s, the single ‘Love The Life’ reached the Top 40, and the accompanying album, ‘Supernatural Feeling’, settled in the Top 30 UK charts. After releases on Polydor and Big Life Records, JTQ returned to Acid Jazz, and ‘In The Hand of The Inevitable’ remains the label’s biggest selling album to date.
SUPPORT THE BEDFORD LIVE SCENE - UPCOMING GIGS FOR YOUR DIARY ALL AT ESQUIRES
Thursday 6 February - Sorry + guests
Friday 7 February - JOHN + guests
Thursday 13 February - Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Friday 14 February - Ho99o9
Saturday 22 February - Club Momacoca ft Seb Fontaine
Wednesday 26 February - Bar Stool Preachers/Riskee & the Ridicule
Thursday 27 February - Zuzu + guests
Friday 28 February - The Pete Wylie Show
Saturday 29 February - Reggae Matters: Channel ONE
Saturday 14 March - James Taylor Quartet
Saturday 21 March - Special Kinda Madness
Thursday 26 March - Squid + guests
Friday 27 March - The King Blues
Saturday 28 March - Skinnyman + TrueMendous
Saturday 4 April - Lee Scratch Perry
Tickets from: wegottickets.com / seetickets.com / Esquires Bar / Slide Records / Mario’s Hair Design