William Crighton has announced a national tour for July/August 2018, giving this acclaimed singer songwriter an opportunity to showcase songs from his new album, EMPIRE.
A William Crighton live show is never a repetition of a previous one. “The essence of it is the live performance – it’s all moments captured,”William Crighton says of his new album Empire. “The shows will be a new experience. There’ll be songs from both ‘Empire’ and my first album and songs we only play live.”
Joining Crighton and his wife Julieanne will be Josh Jones from Dan Sultan’s band on bass and his good mate and collaborator Matt Sherrod (of Crowded House and Beck fame), who produced the album, and is travelling from Nashville to play drums.
EMPIRE sees Crighton expanding his powerful sound into sprawling new planes. “I wanted toexperiment further and create more sounds, create different soundscapes and explore that avenue further than I had previously,”Crighton explains.
In 2017, Crighton accompanied Dan Sultan and CW Stoneking on their respective national tours, and performed to massive crowds at WOMADelaide and Woodford Folk Festival. He showcased at Canadian Music Week, New York City’s Mondo Music Conference and the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.
Quickly building a reputation as a world-class live performer, Crighton recently completed his debut Canadian tour, alongside JUNO nominated Terra Lightfoot.
EMPIRE sees Crighton expand his study of the human psyche, hard close-ups meet a roving widescreen lens. It is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st Century Australia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward along which hope will always chime.
William received rave reviews from fans and critics when he unveiled a selection of new songs from EMPIRE at Byron Bay Blues Festival over the Easter.
Much lauded Canadian singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot has just released her album New Mistakes (ABC Music) and will visit our shores for the first time in November for an extensive national tour with William Crighton.
With New Mistakes, Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing.
From the ground-shaking stomp of “Paradise” and wild-eyed energy of “Pinball” that open the set to the psychedelic, gospel-tinged album closer “Lonesome Eyes,” the steeltown native’s third studio record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence.
She has some heavyweight friends along for the ride, too: Jake Clemons of the E Street Band brings a muscular sax solo to “Hold You,” while “Slick Back Kid” gets tangy slide guitar work from guest vocalist Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers. Produced by Gus van Go and Werner F, New Mistakes is a heady journey. As poignant as it is rollicking and vulnerable as it is rowdy, it cruises long and sometimes lonesome highways that lead everywhere from broke down dive bars and endless prairie skies to mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert.
Pop Matters wrote:“A roots rocker with a powerful voice and a bad-ass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease… she could be your new rock ‘n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul and blues, [Terra Lightfoot] is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time.”
The soulful rocker has created quite a buzz in her home territory of Canada, and has already found a strong following in countries such as France and the UK. Now all that remains is a warm embrace from Australian audiences!
TERRA LIGHTFOOT: ON TOUR IN NOVEMBER
STAND ON THE SIDE OF LOVE Australian tour with William Crighton
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THURS NOV 2 CRONULLA, NSW • AUSTRALIAN MUSIC WEEK
FRI NOV 3 NEWCASTLE, NSW • CENTRAL BAR
SAT NOV 4 BATHURST, NSW • INLAND SEA OF SOUND
SUN NOV 5 CANBERRA, ACT • SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE CABARET
MON NOV 6 FITZROY, VIC • YAH YAH’S
THURS NOV 9 SYDNEY, NSW • LEADBELLY
FRI NOV 10 MAJORS CREEK, NSW • MAJORS CREEK FESTIVAL
SAT NOV 11 MAJORS CREEK, NSW • MAJORS CREEK FESTIVAL
SUN NOV 12 MAJORS CREEK, NSW • MAJORS CREEK FESTIVAL
THURS NOV 16 BRISBANE, QLD • LEFTY’S OLD TIME MUSIC HALL