About Nashville Sounds in the Round: Gasoline & Matches, Jess & The Bandits, Fine Lines & Polly Paulusma
Birmingham's premier country songwriter night 'Nashville Sounds In The Round' returns to the iconic Symphony Hall in partnership with B:Music! Hosted by British Country Music Association ‘Duo of the Year’ Gasoline & Matches, artists are invited to tell the stories behind their songs in a Bluebird Café style ‘In The Round’ session, stripping the songs back to their origins and transporting the audience right back to the writing rooms.
Gasoline & Matches
Two-time British CMA ‘Duo of the Year’ and Birmingham Music Awards ‘Best Folk/Country Act’ Gasoline & Matches are a high energy, guitar driven duo, hailing from Birmingham. With cleverly constructed lyrics, close harmonies and melodic guitar licks, they are known for delivering sharp, energetic performances with playful humour and serious musicianship. Their debut single ‘Fool’s Gold’ reached No.1 in the UK iTunes Country Chart, gaining momentum when named amongst BBC Introducing's West Midlands Sounds of 2019. Touring the UK and transatlantic performances from LA to Nashville attracted international recognition landing several major global brand endorsements.
Jess & The Bandits
Jessica Clemmons’ family grew from 3 to 4 in 2021 with the birth of her second son River Matthews and, with perfect timing now lockdowns are lifted, she is looking forward to introducing both of her baby Bandits to the UK and the world of a touring artist!Jessica was delighted to spend time working on new music over the last couple of years and is excited to announce a brand-new Jess and The Bandits album set for release in 2022. She will be over in the UK in May for an exclusive collection of live shows.
Championed by Matt Spracklen on Absolute Radio Country “A brilliant mix of amazing, rootsy, Americana, country goodness!” and Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music “They play like they mean it!”, Fine Lines is a seven piece British band that plays exquisite roots-infused Americana. Started by singer-songwriter David Boardman in 2016, the band has build a deserved reputation with fans of authentic live music up and down the UK. Their new album ‘Deadbeat Lullabies’ has received universally glowing reviews since being released in October 2021 and over the last 5 years they have been performing to increasingly more appreciative audiences including festival appearances at The British Country Music Festival, Carfest, Pub in the Park and Cropredy .
Polly Paulusma follows up her critically-acclaimed 2021 album ‘Invisible Music’ later this with ‘The Pivot On Which The World Turns’ (Wild Sound/OLI 2022), affectionately shortened to ‘Pivot’. The album marks a return to her singular brand of insightful songs that, in their subject matter, roam around the badlands of love, sex and parenthood, death and grief, failure and success, violence and healing. ’Pivot’ will be the fifth studio album — and the ninth release — from this growing indie-folk legend, whose thought-provoking albums since 2004’s ’Scissors In My Pocket’ (OLI 2004) have earned her plaudits from international champions as far flung as Nic Harcourt at KCRW in LA and Michele Manzotti in Italy — as well as homegrown accolades from Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) and The Guardian.
Polly is also a producer and label founder — her own label Wild Sound released records from nine other artists before becoming a folk imprint at OLI in 2016. Her songs are marked by intelligent lyrics and surprising melodic turns, and this new album features cowrites with Kathryn Williams, David Ford and the novelist Laura Barnett.
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