27 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017
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28 Jul 2017
with Sam Outlaw and Doug Seegers plus Sean Taylor and more artists tbc in The Songwriter Sessions.
Sam Outlaw (12.15am)
Doug Seegers (10.45pm)
The Songwriter Sessions:
Sean Taylor (10.45pm)
Rachel Harrington (11.45pm)
Rick Redbeard (12.45am)
hosted by Dean Owens
One of our themes this year is bringing back some favourite artists who've played previous festivals and made a big impression.
Doug Seegers certainly falls into that category, having blown people away on his debut appearance two years ago.
A brilliant 62 year-old singer who struggled with homelessness for 15 years, Seegers found acclaim when Swedish music star Jill Johnson discovered him in a Nashville food pantry and recorded a duet that hit number one in Sweden. His debut album Going Down To The River followed suit and is raw and emotionally charged with strong echoes of Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons.
'when I first heard Doug Seegers' voice, so full of soul and raw emotion, I was stunned. This man has lived these songs, not in his imagination but every long day over many hard years. He stands before you now - ready to testify. Listen and believe' Emmylou Harris
LA artist Sam Outlaw's debut album Angeleno was hugely acclaimed and marked him out as an artist to watch. His forthcoming record, Tenderheart looks set to confirm his arrival as a major act on the Americana scene. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw's "SoCal Country" sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country's neo-traditionalists and LA's legendary singer-songwriters. Cynicism comes easy, but having a soft heart takes real guts and on Tenderheart, Outlaw dares to tread gently and look inward, with unapologetic sentiment and un-ironic nods to country music's greatest neon rainbow chasers.
'a polished and cosmopolitan west coast take on traditional country music with songs that are moody and wry all at once' The Guardian
'for anyone who feels similarly disenchanted about country music, Outlaw's songs - closely bound to tradition, endlessly romantic - are the perfect remedy' American Songwriter
'a wonderfully rich and mournful country voice' The Telegraph
Sean Taylor is a phenomenally gifted and heartfelt songwriter and lyricist with a wonderfully smoky voice and a very fine guitar player to boot. His latest album Flood and Burn sees him move from his blues roots further into the Americana mainstream and confirms his arrival as a major talent ready for a much wider audience.
'effortlessly beguiling... quite superb... this classy and understated work assuredly evokes the ghost of John Martyn' Blues Matters
'articulate, compelling... brilliant' Mojo
A huge audience favourite in the early years of Southern fried, we're delighted to welcome Rachel Harrington back to Perth. Returning to the UK after a five-year hiatus from touring, she was reared among the Pentecostal pines in the farthest corner of the great American West and has new songs and fresh stories to share.
Three years after his glorious SAY award-nominated debut, No Selfish Heart, Rick Redbeard (aka Rick Anthony of The Phantom Band) returned with Awake Unto, a collection quarried from similar stone to that of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan, earning a rightly rapturous reception.
Individual tickets £19.50; concessions £17.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)
Part of Southern Fried Festival 2017
Venue: Salutation Hotel
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Registered office: Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ