Vibrant Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams (pronounced Grams) announce extensive February-March 2018 UK tour previewing material from two eagerly anticipated projects due later this year – their new studio album produced by Richard Swift (Black Keys, Arcs, Shins), and continuing their adventurous exploration of the USA – this time around on two wheels – the soundtrack to their new feature-length documentary Love & Distortion. So while we wait for the opportunity to hear The Grahams play live in the U.K. – here are two new numbers enjoy!!!!
On the first taster from the soundtrack, which will only be available as a limited edition 7” single at UK shows, until the full soundtrack’s official release later this year, The Grahams interpret The Pretenders’ ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1986, and Mazzy Star’s 1994 cult classic ‘Fade Into You’.
In the Fall of 2016, while the country reels from a seemingly unstoppable vortex of disorientation, musicians & lifelong soul mates The Grahams, set out on a spectacular motorcycle expedition across America’s time-warped Route 66. Amidst the neon, the romance, the heat, the music and the sheer power of nostalgia, The Grahams explore the concept of “real” America with the eccentric and notorious characters who live and work in the strange and mysterious world that is Route 66.
Featuring a surreal soundtrack with contributions from Nashville’s finest; Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dylan LeBlanc, Chuck Mead, Lilly Hiatt, The Grahams and many more, Love & Distortion is not a travel guide or a musical biopic. This feature-length documentary, which follows The Grahams down the Mother Road, is an unconventional narrative weaving in and out of moments and realities that can be found in the various sub-cultures of America’s Main Street.
Bluesdoodles reviewed Glory Bound the tour will give everyone the opportunity to hear the new music as The Grahams share the sound the duo create live for our enjoyment
Get to know the Grahams before you hear them live in the U.K.
Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who’ve married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi’s Great River Road, became their 2013 debut, Riverman’s Daughter. For its follow-up, Glory Bound, they rode the rails – and wound up recording not only a studio album but Rattle The Hocks, a documentary and live album recorded on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train.
Wed 14 Taddington, nr. Buxton Village Institute
Thu 15 Swayfield, nr. Grantham Village Hall
Fri 16 Caunton Dean Hole, nr. Newark Community Centre
Sat 17 Crich, nr. Matlock Crich Glebe Field Centre
Sun 18 Yoxall, nr. Burton-on-Trent Parish Hall
Thu 22 Drimpton, nr. Beaminster Village Hall
Fri 23 Ashmore, nr. Shaftesbury Village Hall
Sat 24 Hinton Martell, nr. Wimborne Village Hall
Sun 25 Milborne St. Andrew, nr. Blandford Village Hall
Tue 27 Liverpool Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Music Room
Wed 28 Sheffield The Greystones
Thu 1 Bristol The Tunnels
Fri 2 Poole Lighthouse
Sat 3 Lichfield Lichfield Arts
Sun 4 Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Mon 5 Cardiff The Moon
Thu 8 Newbury Arlington Arts Centre
Fri 9 London C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage
Sat 10 London C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage
Praise for The Grahams
“full of warmth and a generosity of spirit that ensured the audience was happy to join in making its music in the round.” Bluesdoodles
“Americana doesn’t come much better.” Acoustic magazine
“The Grahams are never far away from waving the banner of the road though they change the mood of their songs like the scenery flying by outside a southbound boxcar.” Alternate Root
“Doug’s mastery of the resonator guitar is matched by Alyssa’s spectacularly dexterous vocal chords ensuring their blend is beautifully matched to the breadth and scope of their music” American Roots UK
“This is mighty fine modern cowboy, ride those rails music, strong on evocative lyricism and driving, piston-pushing instrumental ability.” Cashbox magazine
“Alyssa and Doug deliver songs alive with wit, detail, interesting asides and hooks” Country Music magazine
“…really impressive…diverse articulate songs…expertly performed” Country Music People
“Highly recommended” Folking.com
“The Grahams guarantee a good time that captures the rhythms of the past with some cracking vocals and a healthy head of contemporary steam.” Get Ready To Rock!