Nicolas Johnson + Daniel Paul Baxter + Alex Starling + Martin Lloyd Chitty + Nick Ereaut
Sunday 27th October 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio: Where the south meets the Midwest. It’s also the best way to describe the music of Kentucky-born Singer/Songwriter Nicholas Johnson; Southern roots meets Midwest rust belt rock. His EP Shady Pines Vol. 1 puts all of that on display by crafting heartbreakingly genuine songs in the spirit of songwriting heroes like Tom Petty, Jason Isbell, or Jeff Tweedy.
His latest project, "This is Home" (Ammonia Records, 2019) is a high-spirited collaboration between Nicholas and Italian singer-songwriter and Virgin Radio personality, Andrea Rock. The split-album serves as a love letter to Johnson's adopted home of Milan, Italy and also a celebration of the winding roads and friendships that led him across the pond. The sound combines Johnson's Americana-based influences with Rock's background of traditional folk and lingering notes of punk peppered throughout.
His previous project release, Shady Pines Vol. 1 EP is the first release of the double EP project that had Johnson teaming up with acclaimed Producer and Engineer Patrick Himes (Ryan Adams, Rubyhorse, Lilly Hiatt) with the goal in mind to craft a recording that matched the intensity of his live shows. The result is a fiery brand of roots and rock that manages to sound both achingly familiar and fiercely original.
“A beautiful, energetic mixture of fuzz and twang from one of the next great voices in Americana music” - Cincymusic.com
“Extraordinary” - Don Thrasher, Dayton Daily News
“Must listen…such an energetic sound!” - Radio 6023 (Italy)
Daniel Paul Baxter
A musician and singer-songwriter based in Watford, Hertfordshire.
While serving an apprenticeship of Open Mic Nights in Watford and London he has began to grow a reputation for his rich warming melodies and intriguing word play.
He is currently developing material for his first album.
Alex Starling has circled the musical firmament for the last decade.
He was integral to the early successes of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, before the untimely death of their lead singer, Charlie Haddon in 2010. Then, with his course altered immeasurably, he undertook solo shows headlining in Germany and the U.S., before forming The Ghosts, spectres of ethereal synth pop. Architects of inspiration and melancholy.
His voice is a mirror to the hopeful and the macabre, as clear as crystal-cut glass, but with a remarkable softness, like memories of dreams and drunkenness, or the comforting words of a friend in a dark room.
Martin Lloyd Chitty
Martin Lloyd Chitty is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer, based in London and Lancaster, UK. His distinctive strain of atmospheric folk blends lyrical storytelling with impeccably crafted melodie
Nick Ereaut writes heartfelt, groovy songs. His inspirations include The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Donny Hathaway.