PREVIEW: Nell Bryden @ Hare & Hounds, Nov 27th


Having already travelled over ‘300,000miles to play 1,400 shows over the past seven years’, New York born Nell Bryden comes to the Hare & Hounds on Jan 27th, supported by Birmingham singer/songwriter Robert Lane.

The first gig of 2013 the Birmingham Review has gotten out of bed for, Bryden is on her debut headline tour of the UK – promoting her third studio album, ‘Shake the Tree’. Starting off in Edinburgh, tonight, Bryden is having one day off this week; before coming to Birmingham on Sunday.

Singing deep blues vocals over grass rooted Americana pop, Nell Bryden launched herself at the world in the millennium; cutting her teeth playing Folk and Rock clubs in Boston.

Then, after releasing her debut album, ‘Day for Night’ – through her own 157 Records, Bryden moved to New Orleans, where she embraced the city’s ‘musical melting pot’ of  “jazz, blues, folk, country, cajun, zydeco, everything except rock!”

Having “found my (her) voice” in The Big Easy, Bryden began a relentless touring schedule; taking her across America, Europe and even out to perform for American troops in Iraq. Then, after securing personal funding through the sale of a gifted Milton Avery painting, Bryden began to re-record her second studio album; re-releasing the newly titled ‘What Does It Take?’ on Cooking Vinyl Records in 2009.

Following a month long tour of Ireland, Scotland and Holland, ‘What Does It Take?’ caught the attention of BBC2; with station pundits such as Ken Bruce, Janice Long, Terry Wogan, Steve Wright and Bob Harris all inviting Bryden on air.

Several UK festival performances followed, before Bryden met Patrick Mascall, “a British guitarist and songwriter who “knew more about America and American music than most Americans,” and started workingon material for her third studio album

After recruiting British producer, Mark Taylor, Bryden and Mascall recorded ‘Shake the Tree’ at London’s State of the Ark Studios; releasing the 12 track album through both Warner & 157 Records in June 2013.

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