March 2, 2018
“Evoking the country quiver of Emmylou Harris circa Pieces Of The Sky, with her own unique, breathy breaks” (Rolling Stone Magazine)
Friday 2nd March 2018
The Tea Tray,
31 Osborne Road,
Hants, PO5 3LR.
Tickets £10 for each show in advance. £12 on the door (if not sold out).
Doors Open 7.30pm. Show Starts 8.00pm.
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/414992
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at The Tea Tray itself – so why not treat yourself to a cup of coffee and some delicious food in this beautiful and quirky cafe run by Fark & Nicky? You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address (which you’ll find here on the website!) If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
Once again, we’re so pleased that we’ve been able to announce another show in our favourite small venue, The Tea Tray, and doubly pleased of course to welcome the massive songwriting talents of Charlottesville, Virginia’s Caroline Spence – check out the the You Tube videos below and see why we’re so excited! Shivers down the back of the spine time! Remember though, there are only 43 tickets available and once they’re gone they’re gone!
“Caroline writes from the heart of it… Sings from the guts of it. We zeroed in and peeled back the all dressings and ended up with a record that feels just as honest. Every song feels lived in and true.” – Neilson Hubbard (Producer.)
Ever since the release of “Blood on the Tracks” in 1975, Dylan posed the challenge to every songwriter that came after him: Can life’s emotional complexities be rendered simply? Can a song be so intensely personal that it somehow manages to reach beyond itself towards something universal? With this record, Dylan turned the American Songwriter into a definite vocation, a job that’s core responsibility was the nearly impossible task of simply and honestly singing your own story, and somehow mysteriously manage to speak for all of us.
While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America’s past, with the release of Spades & Roses, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.
It’s a rare but unmistakable authenticity and emotional resonance that can’t be faked, all delivered from a voice that somehow manages to be both ethereally pristine and yet profoundly raw and human– a disarming union of self-assuredness and vulnerability that runs throughout the record. Under the guidance of Producer Neilson Hubbard, “Spades and Roses” strips away all of the sonic barriers that might stand between Caroline and her listener, allowing her fragile melodies and first person confessionals to do their work– reaching out and empathising, providing a soundtrack to our own hidden stories. Every song on the record–whether pop or meditative, glib or heartbreaking– asks the essential question of whether or not the listener can recognise himself.
“An album of stunning beauty and lasting impact!” (American Songwriter Magazine)
Whether it’s a song like “Southern Accident,” a strikingly personal and heartbreaking account of the lingering effects of her parents divorce on her own search for love and commitment, or “Softball,” an extended anthemic metaphor for the all-to-real injustices of the gender gap in modern life, Spades and Roses is Caroline’s unflinching testimony and reminder as to why songs are important: It’s about paying attention. It’s about whether you can take a handful of chords and find those still points of peace and clarity and joy amidst the basic confusion, struggles, and emotional wreckage of our everyday lives. Most importantly, it’s about finding a way to make it beautiful.
So who is “Spades and Roses” for? Songwriters who need a sympathetic shoulder? Song lovers who are tired of the latest gimmick? Modern ladies who still enjoy knitting? Older men who have seen enough to not find that intimidating? In the end, it’s for all of us that demand a lot of life and love, and yet still have the grace and hope to go on loving the world in spite of what it is sometimes. It’s for all of us that still like to hear our story told in song. In Caroline’s own words, which seem to summarise the record, “It’s all love, and it’s all pain. And after all, I can’t complain.”
“Spence has an angelic singing voice that is enchanting and devastating, elevating her diaristic writing to breathtaking heights!” (No Depression)
You Tube Videos