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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:48 pm 
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On Wednesday May 2nd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes New York based songwriter Hans Chew to Sheffield for the first time when he appears at The Greystones. Hans is currently recording the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album, Tennessee & Other Stories… in the legendary music town of Woodstock in upstate New York. He will be releasing the new single Mercy to coincide with his UK tour which will feature virtuoso guitarist Dave Cavallo at his side. These duo-performances promise a howling night of piano-driven rock & roll history. Support comes from former Troubadors man Steve Chapman Smith who has just launched his new solo EP Rise. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/147871 or entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


***HANS CHEW***

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Hans Chew delivers powerful medicine, a resurrection of rock & roll as unique as it is traditional. It’s Jerry Lee Lewis on a Nick Cave trip, Floyd Cramer as the Night Tripper; it’s Leon Russell tickling James Booker in the backseat of Little Richard’s Cadillac. Chew probably says it best, “I’m a product of American culture circa 1975. The Grand Ole Opry was on TV, Ralph Emery was on the radio. My grandfather sang harmony in a gospel quartet and taught me ‘that high-lonesome sound’. My mother turned me on to Hendrix and the Stones, but my father only listened to classical music: I knew Beethoven’s Fifth before Led Zeppelin’s fourth.”

After many years adrift, Hans Chew took up residence at the Clermont Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia with nothing more than a typewriter, some New Orleans records, and a piano. Hans would check out two years later and move to New York City with a handful of songs.

Hans Chew’s 2010 debut album, Tennessee and Other Stories…, received four-stars from Rolling Stone Magazine who called it “fantastic… timeless…”. Uncut Magazine included the record in their Top 50 Albums of the Year and their list of the 20 Best Americana Albums, while also nominating Hans for their highest honour, The Uncut Music Award.

Hans Chew is alive and kicking in New York City. He is currently working on his next record from which the single Mercy is taken, a juggernaut slab of classic ’70′s Muscle Shoals piano and wailing Stax-esque Telecaster. With its addictive backbeat groove propelling the song into mythical musical realms and its Otis Redding-like bridge pleading you on its knees, Mercy is guaranteed to set the dance floor on fire. Free downloads of the song will be available to all concert-goers.

4 stars…fabulous…timeless…reminiscent of John Prine, then Steve Earle…Chew plays out a whole range of talents, of which the singing and songwriting are the most striking…Rolling Stone

4 stars…rollicking, lascivious, honky-tonking…a terrific full-blooded singer-songwriter…a lost classic from 2010…Uncut

Sounds like early Elton John playing with The FacesThe Wire

http://www.hanschew.com


***STEVE CHAPMAN SMITH***

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Steve Chapman Smith has had a wide and varied musical career to date. He has played on many recordings from bands including Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Fiat Lux, Ghostdance, Riprize, Ada Wilson, Stranger than Fiction and more recently The Troubadors. He has also had the pleasure of recording 4 sessions for the late great John Peel with Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Ghostdance at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. Steve has now launched a solo career showcasing his original material with a few much loved covers along the way. Passionate, uplifting, real songs about real people and real life. No rose tinted glasses here.

Steve has spent the last 5 years performing and recording his songs with The Troubadors who have been very busy on the acoustic scene in the North of England and playing many festivals such as The Acoustic Festival of Britain. In 2009 they released their heavily Americana influenced album Stolen Time. Steve has just released his new solo EP Rise.

http://www.stevechapmansmith.com


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:31 am 
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This is a week today. Uncut readers be sure to check out the cover CD on the new issue that comes out today as you'll be able to hear Hans' new single 'Mercy', a slice of howling piano driven rock 'n' roll.

Or if you can't wait for the magazine you can also grab the single for free download from his webstie http://www.hanschew.com/ :wink:

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:30 pm 
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Nice piece on Hans and his influences including his top 5 piano players:
http://notesfrommtpleasant.com/2012/04/ ... -business/

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 8:06 pm 
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Not quite a full band tomorrow (it'll be a duo show), but here's a taster...


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