Rocky Road Touring presents Evan Williams // Kelley Swindall // Jack Valero
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Evan Williams is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who switches effortlessly between performing intimate vulnerable acoustic shows and the raucous rock and roll shows he plays with the backing of his band. Having grown up in Thanet, on the East Kent coast, Evan’s songs are spiked with the highs and lows of life in a seaside town. Like his voice, Evan’s lyrics have a maturity beyond his years, poetically spitting out warnings and cries for help. Along with a sharp eye for hypocrisy and injustice, Evan has an ear for a catchy melody, as well as a gentle appreciation of more popular themes. So sing along with Evan to the cheerful tune of lost loves, wasted lives, and tragic deaths.
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Influenced by essential songwriters stretching from Tom Petty to Sam Fender, Jack Valero was raised by parents who have contributed to the UK indie music scene for many years. Although influenced by growing up around the festival circuit and live music, Jack was actually originally inspired to take up music in school through his obsession with the video game ‘Guitar Hero’. It sparked a real passion for guitar music which then led him to pursue learning the real thing and forming his first band in his teens before heading to Brighton to study music.
The call of the road triumphed over his studies, however, and he instead focused on his band The RPMs, with their journey taking them to the BBC Music Intro stage at Glastonbury, SXSW and beyond. They had come to a natural conclusion just before the pandemic, so Jack spent his lockdown writing new songs inspired by upheaval in his personal life as well as the one playing out around the world, live streaming acoustic sets from home, and working in his local Covid testing centre.
Soon enough, he had written a catalogue of songs which would prompt him to launch his solo career and record his debut ep recorded at Echo Zoo Studios, and produced by Dave Izumi. The third song of the three track EP will be out very soon along with the final chapter of the video trilogy.
For Fans of: The Lathums, Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi, Rodriguez, DMAs, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beautiful South
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Party Patsy & Part Dolly, w/ original songs in the story-telling tradition of WIlliams, Cash, and Dylan, Kelley Swindall is equally at home in a biker bar or under a proscenium arch. Taking the stage with w/ just her moxie and an acoustic guitar, she sings about the stuff classic country and folk music is made of: heartache, heartbreak, redemption, and revenge , filtered through a sassily southern perspective, w/ equal parts humor and pathos.
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