In another major coup for Martin Raitt of the city’s Almost Blue Promotions, Americana giant Mark Olson will grace The Blue Lamp stage on Sunday 26 April.
Olson is the founding member of pioneering country rock legends The Jayhawks, who are universally cited as being among the most influential bands from the 1990s with their albums Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass high on the must-have lists of Americana fans.
Olson’s new album, Goodbye Lizelle, is his first solo project for five years and features his Norwegian wife, Ingunn Ringvold on vocals.
It has been attracting hugely favourable reviews, and Mark’s visit to the city displays Alost Blue’s determination to bring the highest-quality acts to the NE, reflected in online interest and impressive ticket sales.
Opening the show is Stonehaven loon Colin Clyne, now back in the NE after a 10 year stay in Southern California where he built a sizeable following. Clyne combines Scottish influences with his love of American music, and has been recorded and produced by Grammy award winning Engineer Alan Sanderson, best known for his work with The Rolling Stones and Burt Bacharach.
Almost Blue’s May gig will feature Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, no strangers to the NE, but who seem to love coming here and putting on ever more skilful and uplifting shows.
Simply put, they are two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians touring and recording today.
Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive.
Cahalen Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel, simple, beautifully-crafted, and giving the impression that they’ve been formed from raw natural elements.
Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens. Like Ansel Adams’ photography, their music is instantly accessible and built from the simplest materials, but at the same time seems to transcend its base fundamentals.
Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Cahalen’s vocals reflect the warm glow of Eli’s voice, it’s clear that this duo was made to sing together.
Almost Blue gig listing 2015
Mark Olson supported by Colin Clyne
The Blue Lamp, Sunday 26 April
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
The Blue Lamp, Wednesday 6 May
JP Harris & The Tough Choices
The Tunnels, Saturday 23 May
The Red Dirt Skinners
The Blue Lamp, Friday 7 August
The Blue Lamp, Tuesday 22 September
The Blue Lamp, Friday 23 October
Tickets for all shows are available from See Tickets, Aberdeen Box Office or www.almostbluepromotions.com
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