Country Music Night with Jack Grelle & Ags Connolly

Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £8.00

Jack Grelle (pronounced Grell-ee) is a proud Missouri boy who sings his personal stories of the road and the people he has met along the way. A country, folk and honky tonk songwriter and performer, Jack joins a new wave of young transient musicians who play America's music in bar rooms and living rooms across the globe. Whether with his band or solo, an authentic honky tonk performance is delivered every night that will captivate both the dancing and listening crowds.
Over the past 5 years Jack has travelled across the US by way of thumb, trains and vans. He has earned his title as a Missouri troubadour by writing song after song performing in over 35 states. Grelle has had the honor to sit in with the great Dale Watson in Texas, and the privilege to open for the legends Billy Joe Shaver and Joe Ely.
The new album, “Steering Me Away” out now on Big Muddy Records, features ten original songs reminiscent to the sounds of Bakersfield and 70's Texas Outlaw. The progression from his previous two records is noted as Grelle's strengths shine through with his clever wit in his words and the catchy hooks thru instrumentation with the support of a full band. This roots country release will satisfy the longing for any true American music fan.

Ags Connolly is a traditional country (or 'Ameripolitan') singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire. His debut album 'How About Now' was released on Drumfire Records in 2014 to critical acclaim:

"The closest we've ever come to an English Willie Nelson" - Country Music People (Album of the Month)

"A masterpiece" - Maverick

"A compelling debut" - Independent on Sunday

"One of the most promising new talents on the Brit country scene" - Record Collector

As a live performer, Ags has appeared at events such as the 2013 Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 Arena and the 2014 Southern Fried Festival in Perth. He has also opened for various international artists such as Jimmy LaFave and Fred Eaglesmith. Ags has recorded songs for Bob Harris's 'Under The Apple Tree' sessions, while being championed from various quarters including The Guardian and BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz.

Ags' influences come essentially from hardcore country songwriters like David Allan Coe, Johnny Paycheck and Dale Watson. However, he also takes major singer-songwriter influences from the likes of Guy Clark, Loudon Wainwright III and Chris Knight.

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