Fri, 02 Jun|
FortyFive Vinyl Café
LIVE: Brooksie Wells
[Americana] Flying the flag for over-50s musicians, American singer-songwriter Brooksie Wells was discovered at 19. Her early demos were with John Lennon's band Elephant's Memory and she was also a singer with Kid Creole and the Coconuts before restarting her music career in 2008 [£5 Adv]
Time & Date
02 Jun, 19:30
FortyFive Vinyl Café, 29 Micklegate, York, UK
Brooksie Wells was a child of the sixties whose father was a Civil Rights activist from the deep South. Discovered by Bobby Darin at 19, Brooksie wrote for years for Chappell Music, with several of her songs used in recordings and movie soundtracks. Her early demos were with John Lennon's band Elephant's Memory and she was also a singer with Kid Creole and the Coconuts. (Kid Creole's recording "Off The Coast Of Me" has been re-released).
She left New York to raise her kids in Virginia and performed for children for many years . Returning to her music career in 2008, with the help of Kari Estrin, she focused her songwriting toward folk and this proved to be the doorway to success.
Her new album, "Stops Time" was number #4 on the Folk Charts in the USA making it her third top ten album in a row! This set of songs reflects the humor and pathos of being present and observing our own joys and mistakes. Brooksie's songs, like her life are, at heart, about connection.
Ms. Wells' elegant fingerpicking and grounded vocals are supported by warm, acoustic arrangements and clean production. Bruce Brown, from The Charlie Daniels' Band adds mandolin and additional acoustic guitar to this album. Gary Gordon, Inside-Out Studios in Sparta, Illinois, mixed and mastered the album.
Her previous album, "In My Pocket" is a set of songs reflecting the humor and pathos of being present and observing our own joys and mistakes. Her interactions with friends and strangers along the way inform the stories sung on "In My Pocket". The opening track, "Love On," a protest song and love letter to America, was co-written by Louisa Branscomb and features Ronnie McCoury on mandolin.
Brooksie Wells' deep south roots and Dylan-era New York coming-of-age ignited and continue to inspire her music. Her 2015 release, "North East Rising Sun", took a top ten spot on Folk DJ charts; its title track lingered in the top ten most-played songs through year's end. Grammy nominated Frank Solivan added mandolin and violin to this thoughtful collection about being on the road. 2013's "Down Home Divas " rose to #2 on the Roots Americana Charts.
Doors at 7:30pm
Tickets £5 ADV / £6 OTD
LIVE: Brooksie Wells