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The Americans
plus Kashena Sampson

Tuesday 30th January 2018

The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE

Doors 7.30 pm
Tickets £12 in advance, £14 on the night
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Due to sound check restriction the door time indicates the earliest opportunity we can give access to the venue. Live music will start 20-30 minutes after the door open time.

"From the first rolling guitar notes, carrying sadness and defiance like dust, this sweeps me up: I want to know everything about where that feeling came from, and where it's going." Greil Marcus - Pitchfork


"Genius twenty-first century musicians that are reinventing American heritage music for this century. And it sounds even better this century." T Bone Burnett 

“Absolutely brilliant” Anthony Wall – BBC 6

“Some of the best songwriting I have heard in years”.

Ryan Bingham - No Depression

The Americans perform original rock & roll with deep roots in traditional American music. They have performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, twice joined Grammy and Oscar winner Ryan Bingham on national tours, and played the first dance at Reese Witherspoon’s wedding. They have backed up Nick Cave, Tim Robbins, and Lucinda Williams.

The Americans appear throughout American Epic, a four hour primetime PBS / BBC special produced by Jack White, Robert Redford, and T Bone Burnett, featuring Nas, Elton John, Alabama Shakes, and Willie Nelson.

The Americans recorded an original song for Hal Willner’s Son of Rogue's Gallery (ANTI- Records), an album of sea shanties and pirate songs featuring Tom Waits, Keith Richards, and Iggy Pop, executive produced by Johnny Depp. Reviewing the album in Believer magazine, critic Greil Marcus wrote, “The Americans [are] led by Patrick Ferris, whose deep voice doesn't sound like Richard Manuel's but feels like it.”

The Americans’ music is featured in the Michael Mann produced film Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington and Chloë Grace Moretz. The soundtrack includes two original songs, “Kiss Your Eyes” and “When The Blaze Is Blue.”

Kashena Sampson Sounds Like: An East Nashville salute to the glory days of California country-rock, shot through with Seventies swoon and swagger For Fans of: Bobbie Gentry's string arrangements, Steve Nicks' vibrato, Erin Rae's crooning calm

Why You Should Pay Attention: Before heading to Nashville, Sampson logged three years aboard a luxury cruise ship, singing her way through nightly sets of Sixties and Seventies folk covers. "You're pulled out of real life," she says of the gig, which took her across much of the globe. "I got home and I didn't know any new music or movies." That out-of-time feeling resurfaces with this summer's Wild Heart, a debut album filled with vintage strings, B3 organ, Telecaster twang and big-voiced ballads worthy of Linda Ronstadt. Joined by several members of Steelism, Sampson recorded the album in two days, carving out a sound that smooth’s and softens the neon-bright polish of Top 40 country to a warm, analogue glow. 

She Says: "You've got to really live before you can write songs," says the songwriter, who spent her childhood moving between Hong Kong, Connecticut and Las Vegas. "I've travelled a lot, and I've done a lot of self-work along the way. The songs on Wild Heart are about knowing who you are, and knowing your own self-worth, no matter what life throws at you."