April 27, 2019
“Comparisons with Lucinda Williams are somewhat inevitable given the tired, road-travelled, texture in the vocal delivery, but there is also the sweet refrain of Eliza Gilkyson and if you wrap it all up in a pretty bow – guess what: you get the unique talent of Amelia White!” (Lonesome Highway).
The Tea Tray,
31 Osborne Road,
Hants, PO5 3LR.
Tickets £12 for each show in advance. £14 on the door (if not sold out).
Doors Open 7.15pm. Show Starts 7.45pm.
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/459646
Another of our popular up close and personal shows in the beautiful Tea Tray – and we’re delighted that we’ve managed to persuade the massive songwriting talent that is Amelia White to come and play for us in our favourite small venue. Remember, the capacity for these shows is only 45, and they tend to sell out well in advance so as always we’d recommend you grabbing your tickets as soon as possible.
“The real deal. Her last album Home Sweet Home was a real tour de force, and Rhythm Of The Rain is no exception. White is in a rich vein of form, her art is prospering and making the world richer!” (Americana UK)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — 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, even as she’s developed a reputation in the rest of the U.S. 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 a benchmark.
“Outstanding songs accompany a fantastically soulful, wearily hopeful East Nashville voice” (Americana UK).
White’s seventh album, Rhythm of the Rain, due out January 25, 2019, is a volume of ruminations and short stories written largely during a tour in the U.K. in 2016. There, at a distance and with a sense of helplessness, she watched America’s political system and her values attacked from within. Then the project was recorded by East Nashville sonic maestro Dave Coleman (The Coal Men) in an emotionally wrenching four days between White losing her mother and marrying her partner.
Roots music is a journal of love and loss, and Rhythm of the Rain couldn’t be a more potent dispatch.
“As a songwriter, I feel obliged to tell the stories that are coming through in the air to me in my world whether it’s personal or political or both. That can be hard,” White says. “The antenna is always on. Man, you’ve got to feel a lot. It’s a heavy load sometimes.”
She’s shared shows with the likes of Brandy Clark, Asleep at the Wheel, John Prine, and Justin Townes Earle, as well as performed for a handful of folks in unknown cafes. “There was a point in my career where I realised you have to go out and knock on doors with your songs,” she allows. “They need to be sung for people and that means a relentless tour schedule. If I were a trucker I’d be rich.”
Amelia White doesn’t chase opportunities. She chases songs and gives her entire focus to the listeners and fans who show up, year after year, to commune with her music.
Her songs and co-writes have been recorded by some of the great names of Americana music; Anne McCue, Julie Christensen, Wild Ponies, and Tony Furtado.
“When faced with whether to go out in Nashville and schmooze, or take a walk and start a song in my head I’d always choose the SONG,” she says. “And sometimes I feel that I pay for that.”
Yet we listeners are the ones getting something of value.
“Not to be missed – a chance to see East Nashville’s finest at the top of her game – take it!” (Americana UK)
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