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Kelly Joe Phelps, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms NZ Tour 2013 - Wellington

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When
Sunday, 24 November 2013

7:30pm – 10:00pm

Where
San Francisco Bath House

Cost
$40

Age Restrictions
R18

Gerry Paul & Warren Maxwell are delighted to present An Evening of Americana with Kelly Joe Phelps and Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms who are taking blues, folk, old-time country and bluegrass across New Zealand in November.

"Kelly Joe Phelps is a great example of what the modern blues is all about. His music has all the authority of the great blues without any hint of re-hash or re-tread."
The Edge, U2

Exploring the heart and soul of American music, Kelly Joe Phelps has been recording and playing around the world for close to 20 years. A virtuoso slide guitar player and accomplished singer-songwriter, he has toured alongside B.B. King, Lucinda Williams and Madeline Peyroux, recorded with Townes Van Zandt, jazz musician Bill Frisell and been signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.

Phelps’ timeless approach lies at the crossroads of great American music: blues, folk, country and gospel. Hailing from Washington State, Phelps started out in the world of jazz as a bass player, but then embraced roots music and developed his own distinctive sound: “It’s a reflection of all the music I loved and steeped myself in. There’s a space and openness in rural music that makes sense to me.”

It is Kelly Joe’s first time playing in New Zealand, though this year has seen him tour the United States, Canada, UK and Australia. With his slide guitar on his lap, Kelly Joe combines an extraordinary ability to improvise, while playing a set of both his own songs and Delta blues classics. On his most recent album, Brother Sinner & the Whale, he explores elements of gospel.

Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms explore another side of Americana with their harmonious take on early country and bluegrass songs, from the Carter Family to the Louvin Brothers. Also making their New Zealand debut, the pair have been performing together since 2008 and have played at the Newport Folk Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival amongst others, plus they teach at traditional music camps across North America.

Caleb Klauder plays mandolin and guitar and the evening will feature a selection of mandolin and fiddle tunes from regional traditions across the United States, from Appalachian to Cajun. Both Caleb and Reeb also perform in the internationally acclaimed Foghorn Stringband, a group that has helped propel the current old-time revival, alongside the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show.

Singer and guitarist Reeb Willms hails from a tradition of music that dates back to her great grandparents who were German wheat farmers on the high plateau of central Washington State. Reeb’s voice blends beautifully with Caleb’s for harmonies that create an authentic American roots experience.

"Caleb and Reeb deliver a pure and classic sound that makes you want to cry out in joy and tears both at the same time."
Marc Savoy, The Savoy Family Band

“Kelly Joe Phelps plays, sings, and writes the blues. HOLD UP before you lock that in - forget about songs in a twelve bar three chord progression with a two line repeat and answer rhyme structure - though he can certainly do that when he wants to. I'm talking about a feeling, a smoky, lonesome, painful - yet somehow comforting groove that lets you know that you are not alone - even when you're blue. Play on brother.”
Steve Earle

“Kelly Joe Phelps knows how to create that elusive quality best described as ‘magic’.”
Blues Review

“If you have ever seen blues-folk troubadour Kelly Joe Phelps play live, you will know how mesmerising his guitar playing can be. Those mercurial fingers conjure the mystifying illusion of two or three sidemen.”
The Sunday Times, UK

 

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