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Billy Bragg 'Tooth and Nail' Album Showcase

Set aside what you think you know about the Bard of Barking. The Voice of the People. Political Folkie. Punk Rock Poet. Woody Guthrie Revivalist. The reborn BILLY BRAGG will perform one very special, intimate show in Sydney this September to showcase his universally acclaimed new album, Tooth & Nail.

BRAGG’s first album in five years, Tooth & Nail emerged from a period of introspection – his live shows are consistently jam-packed, drawing on his catalogue of hits Could he justify the time and expense to record new songs? Eventually, he found a way to do it – “Under the radar”.

“I didn’t tell anyone I was in the studio,” says BRAGG, who took up the casual offer of Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry to record in his Pasadena basement. “Don’t even bring your guitar,” Henry told BRAGG, “just some songs and a change of underwear.” A basement stocked with a stellar crew of musicians – including Greg Leisz (Bon Iver), Patrick Warren (Lana Del Rey), Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack Eliott) – Henry took BRAGG out of his comfort zone and helped him put his heart back on his sleeve. As BRAGG told Rolling Stone: “Not to say I'm not writing political songs, but sometimes it gets overlooked that I do write songs about relationships.”

“Far from solving the country's ills, Tooth & Nail reflects the uncertain times in which we live on a personal level.” (Clashmusic, January 2013)

BRAGG considers Tooth & Nail “the follow-up to Mermaid Avenue that I never made”. It draws on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time. I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result.”

While in Australia as keynote speaker at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND music conference, this will be BRAGG’s only live performance – the man, his guitar and his most personal set of songs yet. Very limited tickets available. Don’t miss out! 

Tooth & Nail album showcase
Sydney 

Friday 13th September
Factory Theatre
www.ticketek.com.au
On sale 11am Monday August 26

billybragg.co.uk   

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