Live Webcast: Nels Andrews & Ian Thomas Parks
- Events begin promptly at the posted time - doors open half an hour beforehand, so come early to have your choice of seats.
Tickets: $15 advance, $18 at the door
Critically, he’s struck a nerve, earning songwriting awards from prestigious US festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. BBC 2′s legendary DJ Bob Harris (The Old Grey Whistle Test) has recognized his work as an album of the year. He has been in the top 5 of the year Americana UK charts, as well as KRO Dutch National Radio, Alt-country NL, Ctrl Alt Country (Belgium), and the European Radio Americana Chart . Nels’ premiere album Sunday Shoes continued to find itself in Top Ten albums of the year lists, almost always as the only independent release.
His second album, Off Track Betting, received similar critical acclaim, leading to headlining shows at the Paradiso in
Amsterdam, and national television broadcast from the legendary Bim Huis in The Netherlands. Nels has shared stages across the US and Europe with the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Dick Gaughan, Slaid Cleaves, and The Tallest Man on Earth, main stage performances at Kerrville, Telluride, and twice on the main stage at Holland’s TakeRoot festival, The Big Big Country festival in Glasgow, Scotland, and The Orange/Vodaphone Evolution festival in Newcastle.
His new record Scrimshaw is the second collaboration with producer Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell, Ani Difranco,
Andrew Bird). Scrimshaw was released in April in Europe, debuted at #1 on the Euro-Americana charts and is already gathering rave reviews:
“Dramatic tension songs of America, you really should check out Nels!” – Peter Case
“Nels Andrews proves that he deserves a spot in the ranks of today’s Americana heroes.” – American Songwriter
“A true wellspring of 21st century music.” album of the week, – Iain Anderson, BBC Scotland
Ian Thomas Parks:
Former Seattleite and rock troubadour Ian Parks is best known as the front man of the band An American Starlet, of which No Depression claimed “combine the heartache of classic country with the minor key flare of Northwest Indie rock”. The band’s two records “Sweet Country Melodies” and “The Dutchess of Hazard” caught critical attention and a warm reception in Americana radio which led to playing shows with BR-549, John Doe, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, Jesse Sykes, and the Greencards. Parks’ songs of longing and redemption are welded together with melodies that stay with you long after they leave the room. Parks is currently in the process of recording a new album, tracked live at The Wallflowers’ LA studio.