March 7, 2011
Go See Withered Hand
Friends in America — my pal, Withered Hand, will be playing a handful of dates in the US to launch his spectacular début, ‘Good News’. The album is out from Absolutely Kosher Records — the same people who bring you The Mountain Goats. I’ve been lucky enough to tour around a bit with Withered Hand and have seen him play dozens of times and it always as revelatory as it is celebratory. You can check out the record on bandcamp if you don’t believe me but, trust me, if you like good lyrics and and anti-folky music you’ll massively enjoy his gig. Withered Hand is a writer of catchy, sometimes dirty, always thoughtful songs that speak directly to you. Go. Enjoy. Let me know what you think.
But don’t take my word for it:
* Mojo Magazine gave his record four stars.
* His fans include Jarvis Cocker, Frightened Rabbit, and McSweeny’s Magazine.
* The Herald writes: ‘Willson is a one-man Fleet Foxes with a voice that, one moment, sounds on the brink of collapse; the next, is filled with humour, emotion and self-knowledge. It is quite some time since a debut release has placed 10 such perfect songs back to back.”
You can find him in New York, Austin, San Francisco and LA.
USA solo dates
12 March LITTLEFIELD w/The Morgues, Brooklyn, NYC
14 March CAKESHOP NYC w/Simon Says No, Kid Canaveral, Rachel Sermani
14 March ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL NYC w/King Creosote
16 March SXSW, IODA SXSW OPENING DAY BASH @ EMO’S ANNEX 12pm
16 March SXSW – Official SXSW Showcase @ Maggie Mae’s 8pm
17 March SXSW – End of an Ear Records, 1pm, Instore, Austin Texas
17 March SXSW, Waterloo Cycles, 3pm, Austin, Texas
20 March HEMLOCK TAVERN, San Francisco
22 March HOTEL CAFE w/King Creosote, Los Angeles