plus Doug Levitt
Monday 10th July 2023
The Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street,
Oxford, OX1 2DH
Doors 7.30 pm
Tickets £22 in advance, £25 on the night
“… she sings in a sweet, clear, purposeful voice…” —The New York Times
“…impeccable…a strong, confident, articulate woman determined to plough her own furrow—all the while reminding the country music business where it came from.” —The Telegraph
Country singer Laura Cantrell has balanced different aspects of her music life over the course of a 20-plus years career, whether as a recording artist, radio host, writer, or working parent of a high-school aged musician. Well-known as a recording artist with a devoted following in the US and UK, and as the host of "Dark Horse Radio," a program devoted to George Harrison on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel, or as a performer curating "States of Country," her monthly live series exploring regional diversity in country music, Cantrell has expressed her passion for country music through various platforms. This June, she returns with "Just Like A Rose: The Anniversary Sessions, an album of original music celebrating her first 20 years of striking this balance. "Just Like A Rose" is a buoyant collection showcasing Cantrell's songcraft, sense of history, and conviction as a modern woman singing country music.
Since 2000, Cantrell has released "Not The Tremblin' Kind," "When The Roses Bloom Again," "Humming By The Flowered Vine," "Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music," "No Way There From Here," and "The BBC Sessions." She has toured extensively in the US, UK and Ireland, and was a favorite of pioneering British DJ John Peel, who called her first album, "Not The Tremblin' Kind," "my favorite record of the last ten years, and possibly my life. "Cantrell recorded several Peel Sessions for the BBC from 2000-2004 and appeared on the first Peel Day program on Radio One commemorating the first anniversary of Peel's death. Cantrell's music has been celebrated in the press, including features in the New York Times, "O" Magazine, Elle, the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times of London, and Maverick Magazine. Cantrell's music has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," "On Point" and :" Weekend Edition" and the BBC's "Women's Hour."