TOUR NEWS: James Leg/The Bonnevilles double headline dates May 2017


The double bill of James Leg from Texas and The Bonnevilles from Northern Ireland play:

TUE 9 MAY Manchester, Soup Kitchen
WED 10 MAY Leeds, The Brudenell Social Club
THU 11 MAY Newcastle, The Cluny
FRI 12 MAY Halifax, Arden Rd Social Club
SAT 13 MAY Brighton, Brighton Tattoo Convention
SUN 14 MAY Exeter, The Phoenix
TUE 16 MAY Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall
WED 17 MAY London, Borderline
THU 18 MAY Southend, Railway Hotel
FRI 19 MAY Aldershot, West End Centre
FRI 19 MAY Norwich, NAC

Both acts are signed to Alive Records (Black Keys, Left Lane Cruiser, Two Gallants ) and will be touring new albums. James Leg’s album ‘Blood On His Keys’ is acclaimed as career highlight including a 4 star review in Mojo Magazine and album of the week on Mojo editor Phil Alexander’s Planet Rock Radio show.

Back in his days with the Heavies, Leg laid the foundation for his solo work with his down- n- dirty keys, fervent l ive performances and trademark gruff black snake moan. Following the success of his acclaimed 2015 solo album, Below The Belt, Leg recorded once again at the Masonic Sounds located in a Masonic Lodge in Dayton, KY, and had the album mixed by renowned producer/engineer Jason Soda ( GospelbeacH, Everest) at SodaCuts in East LA.

Leg, the son of a Texas preacher, started playing piano when he was just six. Raised on southern gospel music, he began preaching at the church his father pastored at the age of 14. Two years later he became infected with the lure of rock- n- roll and eventually alcohol and drugs. It was this contrast of good & evil, heaven & hell that would affect not only his music -solo and otherwise – but also his impassioned l ive performances evoking some sort of fervid snake-handling Pentecostal preacher in the middle of a lung- busting, jugular- popping sermon ( just replace the slippery vermin with a fifth of whiskey and Leg pounding on his signature Fender Rhodes and you get the picture).

The Bonnevilles

The Bonnevilles are shaking Northern Ireland in a way it hasn’t felt since Van Morrison & Them obliterated Club Rado in 1964 and Stiff Little Fingers blew apart The Trident in 1977! The Bonnevilles don’t so much play punk blues as use it as a spring board to create a completely new genre. Their new album “Arrow Pierce My Heart” is evidence of a band at the top of their game. The Lurgan duo take Mississippi Hill Blues and Punk Rock and mix into their own unique dark Northern Irish Punk Blues stew.

Lead singer and guitarist Andrew McGibbon Jr had this to say to the Huffington Post when they exclusively previewed & streamed “Arrow Pierce My Heart”….

“We decided to write a love album, hence the title Arrow Pierce My Heart, but we aren’t balladeers so it ended up littered with our usual topics—death, rising from the dead, murders, drinking, drugs, sex, revenge and more revenge, but that’s ok.

Because we’re Irish, which isn’t so much a race of people as it is a death cult, we deal with this stuff so you don’t have to and our idea of love is a dark love not the sickly sweet kind. Not so much roses and kittens but whiskey and shame, and that too is ok. We take our responsibility as the conduits of the Gods very seriously. The human experience is about sinning and failing; that’s where the acid is and that’s what we try to write about.”

“Arrow Pierce My Heart” is out now released on Alive Natural Sounds

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