JAMES MCCARTNEY

JAMES MCCARTNEY

ANNA ROSE, TOBIE MILFORD

Sun, April 30, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

JAMES MCCARTNEY
JAMES MCCARTNEY
Following the release of his second album The Blackberry Train in 2016, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter James McCartney is set to tour the US in 2017.

James has built a robust international profile through tirelessly touring the UK, Europe and the US, including a sold out three show residency at The Islington in London. Having gained critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Daily News, James toured the US in 2016 playing 44 shows in 25 states in just over 6 weeks.

James released his first full-length album Me in 2013, describing it as an, "Intimate, deeply personal, and honest" album that would say, "This is who I am… both musically and personally". Since then, James has remained fiercely dedicated to his musical vision of melding smart hooks and feral alt-rock with the grandeur and spiritually centeredness of psychedelic music.

The Blackberry Train, engineered by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies and PJ Harvey), is both a diverse and cohesive album with an eclectic mix of delicately crafted songs. It opens with the jangling rocker, 'Too Hard' which features Dhani Harrison on guitar and vocals and closes with the aptly named folk song 'Peace and Stillness'. The album blends indie-rock, alt-rock, feel-good music, great melodies and catchy hooks. Highlights include the rough-edged and urgently melodic 'Unicorn', the anthemic 'Peyote Coyote', and the soulful ballad 'Prayer'. One very personal song is the winsome and reflective 'Waterfall' which was inspired by memories of his mother.

"I like the music to have elements of the avant-garde, psychedelic, and be just a little against the grain," James reveals. "But in the end, it's about having as much emotion as possible for me, musically and lyrically. It's all about the music being cathartic, heartfelt and true."

Thinking ahead, James says: "I just want to keep on going, keep working, and improving as a songwriter. I'd love to feel that I realised my full potential both as a person, and as a songwriter. That feels like a great, fulfilling goal to shoot for. Making a lot of music, and striving for more depth artistically – those are my goals."

James shows no signs of slowing down and continues to hone his craft as a songwriter, musician and performer.
ANNA ROSE
ANNA ROSE
Anna Rose is walking, singing proof that big things most definitely come in small packages. The fiery singer, whose sound was defined as "bluesy rock-n-roll" by Paper Magazine, recently released her new EP Strays In The Cut. In support of the Noble Steed Music release, Rose will continue select tour dates across the U.S. Of the new EP, Elmore Magazine raved, "channeling'90s pop/rock voices, Rose delivers some hauntingly beautiful music." Anna Rose was also featured in Relix Magazine alongside Bonnie Raitt and Grace Potter in the September 2016 Women Who Rock issue.

Strays in the Cut is a collection of six mesmerizing tracks that find Rose at the top of her game, pushing musical boundaries in pure ass-kicking style.

Strays in the Cut is the much-anticipated follow-up to Rose's Behold a Pale Horse, which Flashwounds declared a "deep swirl of Blues and Rock and Roll" that "beautifully represents the many dark and beautiful corridors of the human heart." Behold a Pale Horse introduced us to Rose's dynamic voice and effortless command of the guitar; each song highlighted by attitude and pure grit. Undoubtedly, Behold a Pale Horse cemented Rose as a veritable force, with hard-driving Rock and dirty Blues coursing through her veins. When The Gramophone Rings called her, "something of a rare breed" and claimed she is, "a singer-songwriter with an ear to 90s pop-rock and a penchant for big hooks, her sound is straightforward, even earnest, with a focus on performance over production.
TOBIE MILFORD
TOBIE MILFORD
Tobie Milford is a Phoenix-based songwriter and composer who arranges chamber-pop songs for string quartet. Combined with keys, additional vocals and powerful percussion, his new live act takes what was already a unique solo experience and magnifies it tenfold. This new compositional approach and instrumentation will be reflected in his forthcoming album, Listen to the Trees Grow. Fans of Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond take note. Milford is joined by Mark Michaud (drums), Tina Estes (keyboard, vocals), Megyn Neff (violin), Kirk Johnson (viola) and Katie Buetow (cello).
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.valleybarphx.com/