-NEXT UPCOMING SHOW-



THE CLAY

STATES

A CD Release and

Sendoff Concert

featuring

HALLEY ANNA

with

SCOTT NOLAN

It's not uncommon for first-time audiences of THE CLAY STATES to glance around the venue, a song or two into a set, as if to reassure themselves that they're still in the same place--and same era--as they were just minutes before. The Alabama-based duo's stories come from the past so straight and undiluted that they can be unsettling at first, like scenes from a documentary made before cinema was invented.


Occasionally there's a vibe of the sheer vocal intensity of Buckingham Nicks, or a glimpse into the black-and-white Gothic rural fantasies of Gillian Welch, but the music of The Clay States is as far from "derivative" as it's possible to be. Lyrics are often sparse, laborious, fraught. Instrumentation alternates between cello, banjo, ukulele and traditional guitar to create layers of anachronism.


Their typical haunts for performance take place in buildings rich with turn-of-the-century industrial history--from the engine room of a steel mill to the antique pumping station of a former waterworks. "The idea is to get our sound to interact with the crumbling post-industrial South," Collins says. "The old brick, rusted pipe, and stairwells seem to sing back."


www.facebook.com/claystates


HALLEYANNA FINLEY simply sings like her songs were stamped on her heart at birth. Evidence: The Country ..... HalleyAnna’s superb debut collection swaggers (“So Heavy”) and sways (“Fast Train”) with effortless elegance. The album, which deftly spotlights her meeting point between Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, serves as a shining introduction to a skyward bound emerging talent.


For the last decade, HalleyAnna has honed her songwriting skills at Cheatham Street Warehouse, the legendary Central Texas listening room owned by her father, singer-songwriter Kent Finlay. She now leads the next generation of compelling writers who follow James McMurtry, Todd Snider, Bruce Robison and others who started out at Cheatham Street. “I grew up listening to people who play music in Texas,” says the youthful singer-songwriter. “I really love the traditional stuff that’s going on in East Nashville and here in Austin, I'm glad somebody out there is keeping it country."


www.halleyanna.com


Weaving between Telecaster’d twang and heavy-hearted dirges, Scott Nolan’s work offers up hopeful balladry alongside more muscular outflow. With five full-length recordings, two Western Canadian Music Award nominations and countless tours, “Bad Liver/Broken Heart” – a track from Nolan’s record Receiver/Reflector, recorded by Hayes Carll – won second prize in the International Songwriting Competition in 2008 in the Americana category.


www.scottnolan.ca/news.html


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