River Town 2019
A summer celebration of roots and Americana music
Tue 11 Jun 2019 – Sun 28 Jul 2019
Saddle up and ride into America’s musical heartland for River Town: six weeks of irresistible live roots and country music, born from deep in the American soul.
Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol present the fifth edition of their annual celebration of roots and Americana music, bringing the distinctive spirit of its rich tradition to the South West.
With an unparalleled programme of country, blues and roots music, performed by global icons and rising names, River Town delivers its biggest and most diverse iteration to date, spanning over 6 weeks in June and July, 20 gigs take place in 12 venues, and now across the two River Towns of Bristol and Bath.
So pull up a chair and settle in for some whiskey-drenched storytelling one night, and then dance the night away with barn-storming, foot-stomping live music the next: it’s all mined from this rich seam of American music, and it’s all found in River Town.
River Town at St George’s Bristol
Keb’ Mo’ + Martin Harley
Mon 1 Jul, 8pm
With 14 albums to his name Keb’ Mo’ is a modern master of roots music and one of the most respected bluesmen around, always performing with an understated excellence. With special guest, the virtuosic guitarist Martin Harley.
Tue 9 Jul, 8pm
Returning to Bristol with their new album ‘Accidentally on Purpose’, homegrown country duo The Shires offer superb songwriting with a newfound pop approach that will have you singing their toe-tapping songs for days.
The Hot Sardines
Tue 16 Jul, 8pm
Take a blustery brass front line, add a salty stride piano, and a frontwoman with the style of a cabaret diva and you’ve got The Hot Sardines. Mixing hot jazz with gypsy swing, let them transport you to the glory days of early jazz, from 1930s Paris via New Orleans, to New York speakeasies and swinging jazz bars.
To get a flavour of this year’s line-up, check out the River Town Spotify Playlist Here
River Town 2019: Highlights elsewhere
Robert Vincent + Ethan Johns with Black Eyed Dogs
Thu 13 Jun, 8pm, Fiddlers, £17.44 incl. bf
A double bill featuring “the real deal” (Bob Harris) of country rock Robert Vincent, who will take you to the planes of the Deep South with music rich in yearning, and Black Eyed Dogs fronted by one of the fathers of Americana, Ethan Johns.
Thu 20 Jun, 7.30pm, Bath Forum, £29.43 to £39.24 incl. bf
The Mavericks mix up a heady cocktail of calypso, rockabilly, throwback country, irresistible pop and “Latin-tinged party sound” (Rolling Stone), into a bumper anniversary show celebrating 30 years in the business. Get ready to Dance the Night Away!
Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton
Tue 25 Jun, 8pm, Winston Theatre, £17.44 incl. bf
Watching Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton is like going back in time to the birth of the blues. Paxton sings from the heart and plays his multiple instruments with the sort of ease you’d expect from old hands like Willie McTell and Lemon Jefferson. After a sell-out Bristol show last year, this is sure to be one hot ticket.
Mon 22 Jul, 8pm, SWX, £31.07 incl. bf
A talented storyteller and musician as much as a star of the screen, Kiefer Sutherland’s “edgy vocals are blended with passion” (Rolling Stone). Drawing from folk, rock, blues and a whole lot more, Sutherland’s “whiskey-sodden country music” (The Guardian) will bring the house down.
Sun 28 Jul, 8pm, O2 Academy, £29.98 incl. bf
Bonafide legend Lucinda Williams performs her seminal album ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’ in full, to mark its 20-year anniversary. Delivered in her trademark dark and gritty style, ‘Car Wheels’ sings of hard times and, despite everything, hope. This will be one sensational gig to round off River Town.
River Town Launch with Truckstop Honeymoon
Tue 11 Jun, 5pm, Tower Belle, sold out
Sam Morrow + William Crighton
Mon 24 Jun, 8pm, The Louisiana, £11.99 incl. bf
Tue 9 Jul, 8pm, The Wardrobe Theatre, £9.81 incl. bf
Wed 10 Jul, 8pm, The Crofters Rights, £11.99 incl. bf
An evening with Cowboy Junkies
Tue 16 Jul, 8pm, Trinity Centre, £27.25 incl. bf
Tue 16 Jul, Fiddlers, £17.99 incl. bf
Wed 17 Jul, 7.30pm, Bath Forum, sold out
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
Fri 19 Jul, 8pm, Bristol Folk House, £13.08 incl. bf
Sat 20 Jul, 8pm, Bristol Folk House, £16.35 incl. bf
The Long Ryders
Sun 21 Jul, 8pm, Fiddlers, £21.80 incl. bf
Tim Eriksen + Mama’s Broke
Mon 22 Jul, 8pm, The Wardrobe Theatre, £15.26 incl. bf
Daddy Long Legs
Thu 25 Jul, 8pm, The Crofters Rights, £10.90 incl. bf
Fri 26 Jul, 8pm, Bristol Folk House, £18.00 incl. bf