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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:48 pm 
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On Friday April 26th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US songstress Jess Klein back to Sheffield when she joins us at Shakespeares. Following on from a wonderful show last September, Jess returns to the UK to promote the official release of her brand new album Behind A Veil. Support comes from local favourite Mat Wale. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/209374. Entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 8pm.



***JESS KLEIN***

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Jess Klein will tell you; she’s moved to Texas and she’s not going back. Indeed, since relocating to Austin in 2007, Jess Klein has been embraced by the quirky yet robust Texas music scene, and it shows in her latest release Behind A Veil a deep collection of americana-tinged musings on love, loss and redemption.

No stranger to culture shock, the Rochester, New York native first picked up the guitar and started writing songs while living as a student in Kingston, Jamaica in her late teens. After returning to the states, Klein moved to Boston and began performing locally, releasing her first album, Wishes Well Disguised independently. Soon after, in 2000 she was spotted and signed to Rykodisc. Her first release for the label, Draw Them Near, (3.5 stars, USA Today), launched Klein on a worldwide tour that saw her wow 70,000 attendees at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival with her relaxed confidence and rootsy soulfulness. After a move to NYC, Klein recorded her second solo effort for Ryko, Strawberry Lover (2005), which debuted as the No. 1 most added album at triple A radio a week before its release and garnered four stars from MOJO, as well as having the title track named one of the “Top Ten Sexiest Songs of the Moment” by the NY Daily News. Draw Them Near, Strawberry Lover and 2006’s City Garden would capture the attention of critics and fans worldwide.

Now a bonafide Austinite, Jess has shared the stage, recorded or collaborated with Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Alejandro Escovedo, Shawn Colvin, John Fullbright, Drew Womack, Josh Abbott, Stoney LaRue, Matt the Electrician, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmy LaFave, Jon Dee Graham, Band of Heathens, Shelley King, Will Sexton, Suzanna Choffel, Randy Weeks and Ray Bonneville among others.

Behind a Veil (2012) marks Klein’s 2nd album with Austin based producer Mark Addison, the first being 2009’s critically acclaimed Bound to Love. In Bound to Love, Klein keenly embraced the dusty roots of Texas songwriters while reveling in her new surroundings.Behind a Veil goes deeper, chronicling her feelings during a particularly hard year; the loss of her father after a 5 year battle with ALS, a split with a long-time lover, and the self-empowering decision to move forward with no record label.

Jess explains: “You never really know what the big picture is to a situation – sometimes the meaning is veiled. It can seem really bad, but then later you can look back at the same moment and feel so grateful it went that way; I love that about life. Sometimes things are just really hard and really painful, but also beautiful.”
On Behind a Veil, Jess writes honestly and courageously about the conflicting emotions of love, loss, joy and pain. But even in the most delicate passages you can hear the triumph in her voice.

“She has one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to.” Mojo Magazine

“An excellent album – a career-maker in fact” No Depression

http://www.jessklein.com



***MAT WALE***

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Mat Wale has been writing, producing and recording with various of his own band projects since 2004. As well as releasing a string of albums and EPs he also produced the ‘Medieval Death Folk’ EP for Mexican Kids At Home which remains to this day their definitive work. In 2008 he toured the US and UK with experimental indie band ‘avanGaad’. In 2009 he provided the soundtrack for Welsh indie film ‘Big Font, Large Spacing’.

Mat formed ‘The Rackets’ in late 2006. The band played neally 200 shows and recorded 4 EP’s together until their demise in late 2009. The band did later reform for occasional shows, and Mat found himself performing solo shows showcasing his country tinged songs of love and heartbreak. In 2012 Mat returned to band duties with new outfit Big Convoy.

http://www.myspace.com/matwale



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:08 pm 
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This is less than a fortnight away now and promises to be really rather good. Jess will have sideman Billy Masters playing 'lectric geetar with her.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:56 pm 
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John Batchelor, the opposite half of Mat Wale in the Big Convoy songwriting partnership now opens this show. Updated details can be found here: http://wagonwheelmedia.wordpress.com/20 ... -mat-wale/

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:17 am 
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This is tonight, live music from 8pm.

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