(St. Paul, Minn.) September 29, 2014— The Current today announced the United States of Americana Fifth Birthday show at Turf Club on November 6. The line-up features local alt-country crooner Frankie Lee and singer -songwriter Israel Nash, fresh off his recent release “Rain Plans,” headlines the show. Tickets for the 21+ event are $8 in advance and available at thecurrent.org.
Hosted by The Current’s Bill DeVille every Sunday at 8 a.m., United States of Americana features the best in folk, roots, bluegrass and alt-country. With the station since its inception in 2005, Deville has hosted several in-studio sessions on the show with such luminaries as Rosanne Cash and Justin Townes Earle, as well as with newcomers like J.D. McPherson.
“I can’t wait to celebrate with some great music from a couple of artists our listeners have heard a lot on the show,” said DeVille. “Israel Nash’s new album is epic and Frankie has been tearing it up around the Twin Cities for the last few years.”
Rain Plans, the new album from Israel Nash was released in the U.K. and Europe earlier this year. The record received immediate critical acclaim—Uncut hails it as “music soaked in rural American lore,” and in its glowing 4 ½ star review Rolling Stone Germany describes it as “the most phenomenal Americana record of the year.” Rain Plans was produced by Nash, recorded & mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Ted Young (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) and inspired by Nash’s new home of Dripping Springs, Texas, which helped evolve the tone of his songwriting.
Every good songwriter must be honest with themselves — or be a master of complete self-deception. Whether Frankie Lee writes his world-weary alt-country songs because he knows how to sing ’em, or the other way around, he’s found a calling. On Middle West, Lee fills his mouth with the perfect words to fill out portraits of sorrow, loneliness, blurry memories, and on “Country,” the country. “City life just brings me down, all I do is drive around,” he argues, with an ache that is palpable for anyone who’s felt their life dripping out of them while waiting for an I-94 ramp to start moving. On “East Side Blues,” he wrestles with the distances we create for ourselves or have created for us. Lee’s songs are about almost nothing. And yet, at the same time, they’re also about almost everything.