CHERRY LEE MEWIS | HANNAH ALDRIDGEFULL | Doors 19:00 | Live 19:30
Cherry's is a rising star on the UK music scene both performing her original songs with her A team band and as a live and session vocalist.
She has sang both backing and lead vocals on albums by Del Bromham of Stray (Nine Yards), The Quireboys (Homewreckers & Heartbreakers), 100% Frankie Miller (alongside Ronnie Wood & Bonnie Tyler), and most recently Bernie Marsden of Whitesnake (Shine). Cherry also accompanied Bernie Marsden on his UK tours in 2012 and 2013 at sold out shows including London's Jazz Cafe and Silverstone's British Grand Prix in front of a 10,000 plus strong crowd. Cherry's vocals for Bernie's new album were actually recorded at none other than Abbey Road Studios in May 2013.
Cherry performs with Del Bromham of Stray in his Blues Devils outfit from time to time, including a date opening up for Mott The Hoople at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.
You may also catch Cherry from time to time guesting with Think Floyd where she belts out Great Gig In The Sky too!
She has shared the stage with diverse artists such as Bernie 'Whitesnake' Marsden, Walter Trout and Robin Trower to Ronan Keating, Aled Jones and The Quireboys. Taking her music from the tiny clubs of Bedford, to festivals in the UK, Europe and the USA such as Italy's Tropea Blues Festival, Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in Mississippi and BluesFest at The Royal Albert Hall, to venues in Nashville, Memphis and Mississippi, naming just a few.
Not only a creative force in the studio but an ignitable and charismatic stage performer too, Cherry is best experienced live and together with her band accompanying Max on acoustic guitar and mandolin are, Nick Slater (dobro),Robbie Stewart-Mathews (double bass, banjo, blues harp & backing vox) and Brian Greene (drums), Cherry feels a real drive behind her at the live shows. "They sure as hell fuel my fire! They are with me on this crazy ride because they know I'm a little edgy and different. And I’ve played so many shows and been on the road so much, I feel like people are starting to get me now. Or else they think, ‘She’s not going away, so we might as well just start liking it!',” she laughs.
Other highlights so far have included Cherry being the 'Artist in Session' on Paul Jones' BBC Radio 2 show where she was invited with her band to record 4 tracks at the legendary Maida Vale Studios. Opening up for Robin Trower and Albert Lee, returning to the Mississippi with band member Nick Slater to perform at the Market St Festival in downtown Columbus alongside US blues legend, Super Chikan, following on from Cherry's successful performance at 2010's Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi. Being special guest of Blind Mississippi Morris in the legendary BB King's on the one and only Beale Street in Memphis, and being personally asked by Paul Jones to perform three songs at his annual charity concert at Cranleigh Arts Centre in Surrey which saw Paul and his harmonica joining Cherry onstage for a song.
Cherry spent the summer of 2014 back out in Mississippi, Memphis, Nashville and Austin where she was touring with her Mississippi band including a date at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale where the man himself came down to see them. Cherry also was chosen to sing at the weekly Songwriter's Night at none other than the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as guesting on stage with Paul Oscher in Austin who played harmonica for Muddy Waters for 5 years.
In the summer of 2015, Cherry spent four months overseas touring with a jazz outfit successfully resulting in her being asked to tour for a further 12 months spread out over the remainder of 2015 through to April 2017. Cherry has visited over 70 countries in this time.
2018 sees the release of Cherry's 6th studio release; Voyage.
"I recognise that in the fickle world of the hustlin' music game, an artist's strongest asset is their music - songs that will move people long after the image fades. That's what I keep coming back to," she says with a knowing smile, "that's all that matters...."
Delighted to announce after several years our stars have finally aligned with HANNAH ALDRIDGE
In literature and in songwriting, the American South is where writers go to face their fears. Hannah Aldridge doesn’t just dip her pen into the well of the South, the Muscle Shoals native embodies it. With every song, she’s facing down demons of a life once lived from substance abuse to failed relationships and scars from the lashes of the bible belt.
“Gold Rush” is Hannah Aldridge’s second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut “Razor Wire.” While that album launched her career, drew the attention of music writers and sent her touring across the world, “Gold Rush” shows a more mature and introspective artist with more life experience — and music experience — under her belt.
The honesty Hannah Aldridge crafts into each track is off-set by her stubborn, maybe defiant, nature, which gives her music a hopeful silver lining.
“I start writing with ‘this is how I’m feeling and I need to talk about it.’ Doing that helps me sort out my own thoughts on it. My music is an introspective look at the things that happened in my life. It’s me trying to sort through and put feelings into words,” she said.
Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Muscle Shoals legend Walt Aldridge. An Alabama Music Hall of Famer, Walt Aldridge is a prolific and decorated songwriter of countless Number One and Top Ten hits recorded by the likes of Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Earl Thomas Conley, Ricky Van Shelton, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty.
Mixing her personal life and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah Aldridge’s new album also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling.
Recorded at Creative Workshop in Nashville, Hannah Aldridge worked with Muscle Shoals writers such as Mark Narramore, Tosha Hill, Matt Johnson and Brad Crisler and artists such as Andrew Combs, Ashley McBryde, Don Gallardo, Ryan Beaver, and Sadler Vaden on “Gold Rush.” She teamed up with Jordan Dean and M. Allen Parker, who were instrumental in working on her new album, and finally finishing by calling on her Dad, Walt Aldridge, to master the record. In total, Hannah Aldridge compiled a team of distinct talents to work with her. With their help, Hannah Aldridge has put together a progressive, creative and memorable body of work.
“It’s about being self destructive,” Aldridge said of her new album. “That is the underlying tone. The album goes back to when I was younger, and after touching on that, to now. In ‘Aftermath,’ the very first line is: ‘I was born in a crossfire.’ It starts from day one.”
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