Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Shires to join Little Big Town on their USA/Canada tour

UK country music stars The Shires have been announced as the support act for US country stars Little Big Town on their USA/Canada tour this November. Safe to say The Shires have had a triumphant 2015 and there is no stopping them - 

The Shires stated: "We can't believe how fast things are progressing. In November last year, we were supporting Little Big Town at Shepherd's Bush Empire. Within a year, we are now headlining Shepherd's Bush Empire and supporting Little Big Town in the United States!" 

Here are their USA/Canada dates - 

Nov 12th - Adams Center, Missoula, Montana
Nov 13th - Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho
Nov 14th - Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
Nov 19th - Abbottsford Centre, Abbotsford, Canada
Nov 20th - Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington
Nov 21st - INB Performing Arts Center - Spokane, Washington

The Shires are signed to Decca records and also Universal Music Nashville - they are the first English country act to be signed to a major label in Nashville!

 BBC Radio 2 have been strong supporters of The Shires - Their first single Nashville Grey Skies received it's first airplay on the Bob Harris Country show. 

Check out The Shires playing All Over Again acoustic here -  

As well as touring with Little Big Town, they have their own headline tour this October. See them playing in a town near you!

Thursday 1st October - Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford
Friday 2nd October - The Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen
Sunday 4th October - Glee Club, Cardiff
Monday 5th October - Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Tuesday 6th October - Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth
Thursday 8th October - Leas Cliff Hall Theatre, Folkestone
Saturday 10th October – Ironworks, Inverness
Sunday 11th October - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Monday 12th October - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Wednesday 14th October – Empire, Middlesbrough
Thursday 15th October - The Leadmill, Sheffield
Friday 16th October – Roadmender, Northampton
Sunday 18th October – The Institute, Birmingham
Monday 19th October - O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool
Tuesday 20th October - Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Thursday 22nd October - Bath Pavilion, Bath
Saturday 24th October - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Livvy x 

Monday, 10 August 2015

The Swapsies - Piglet and Pooh/The Trouble With Lee

My dear friends The Swapsies have released their first double a-side vinyl on Lovelypool recordings - Piglet and Pooh / The Trouble With Lee.

The Swapsies are pro's at writing and performing fun, catchy pop songs and they have been a prominent feature on the Liverpool music scene for a few years now.

Piglet and Pooh is a gorgeous love song with some of my favourite lyrics in a song ever -

"I need you, like airfix needs glue, and like piglet needs pooh and a little like sooty needs sue" 

Listen to them playing the song live at last years indietracks festival here -

The Trouble With Lee is written about The La's singer Lee Mavers. Singer, guitarist, songwriter and glockenspiel player Andy cites The La's as one of his favourite bands.

The Swapsies deserve all the success in the world, and more. I really admire their work ethic, as well as their sound! Their uplifting sound is infectious, I can't help but smile and sing along when I hear their music.

You can buy the record and other recordings from the Swapsies here.

Check out an interview I did with The Swapsies last year here

Livvy x

WHISKY STAIN - The Lord's Revolver

WHISKY STAIN are a two piece rock band from Nottingham and London. Their sound has been described as Royal Blood having an existential crisis.

I think they're fantastic, the beginning and end of the record echoes the anthemic quality of Bastille's Pompeii - Though Whisky Stain use lyrics rather than eh oh eh oh!

Check them out here performing live at The Zoo Lounge.

The Lord's Revolver is released on August 28th through I'm Not From London records.

Livvy x