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Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, State of the Union create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere, their performances consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining.
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“For over 20 years, Slaid Cleaves, out of Austin, TX, has spun stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart.
On his latest release “”Ghost on the Car Radio”” Cleaves crafts 12 stories with care and compassion; some might describe his characters as losers but he gives them dignity and voice and a bunch of great folk-rock tunes to boot.”
WM is, in essence, a dynamic duo, composing and producing their own material as well as making acoustic versions of songs they feel strongly for. Chilled out blues tunes or sing-a-long party classics – WM has got it all.
The duo’s grounded, intimate and acoustic style topped off with lush harmonies quickly earned them recognition on the local scene which later turned into a long distance cooperation between Norrköping and Melbourne, Australia. Their ambition was, and continues to be, to compose, perform, record and release tight and well-rounded music – respected by the public and their peers..
Founded in Sweden in 2012, WM made the move to Australia and Melbourne in 2014 where they crafted their product further for the Australian audience – gaining a lot of exposure and playing a range of venues and residencies. A four-month roadtrip during the early months of 2015 took them to venues from Albury to Broken Hill, Sydney, Coffs Harbour and everywhere inbetween. Presently they reside in Manchester where they are enjoying the rich heritage of live music.
Westerburgh & Micaela spent a couple of years gigging around Australia. Photo taken by Erica Wheadon by Brisbane River, May 2016.
The duo came to be after Dennis had heard Micaela perform a version of Woody Guthrie’s – ‘Hard ain’t it Hard’ at a local bar in Norrköping, Sweden. He quietly enquired if she would be interested in sparking up an acoustic collaboration. They quickly found that their voices worked well together and decided to embark on a short-term project, playing at venues in Norrköping as well as recording a handful of cover songs.
After receiving great initial feedback, short-term became long term and they decided to write a few songs of their own, which later turned into the exceptional album Good Sad Days (now available on Spotify, iTunes and other digital platforms) made through an overseas collaboration. They have also worked with Scottish music producers Blind Digital & MOxico in order to try their hands on different genres such as rap, digital and dubstep.
In mid 2014, the duo reunited in Melbourne, Australia where they spent the year playing different venues and shaping their product. In 2015 they moved north to break into the Brisbane music scene. After gigging throughout south-east Queensland they moved back to Europe and spent a few months in Sweden before relocating to Manchester, UK.
Staffordshire, England, born singer songwriter Lissy Taylor has spent the last two and a half years living in Lexington Kentucky USA, this Southern US influence combined with her smooth vocals and lyrics will captivate and transcend you into a unique blend of americana, pop and blues.
This last year, whilst in the United States, she was nominated for 3 music awards, and made live performances on both TV and radio.
Lissy released her debut EP ‘Reminds Me of You’ in 2017, produced by Broken Crow Studios and features Nashville’s musicians; Mark Prentice on bass & piano and Michael Severs on lead guitar. Her music is now receiving airplay on radio in the US and us available to listen to on Spotify or download on iTunes.
Lissy is now back in England and continuing her pursuit of music.