Fred Eaglesmith - October 17 - The Victorian Bar, Tron Theatre. 9pm. Tickets
£8 from The Tron Box Office on 0141 552 4267.
Few musicians since Woody Guthrie have written so honestly and memorably of the struggles of working people. For most, Fred Eaglesmith's career began with his Juno award-winning "Drive-In Movie " released in 1995, his first Stateside release to get any attention. But 20 years earlier, he had already released three albums that drew on memories and ongoing experiences of the devastated farming communities in Ontario, where he grew up.
In 1997. he released "Lipstick Lies & Gasoline" to win him further recognition and in 1999, the retro-futuristic brand of rock 'n' roll continued with "50 Odd Dollars".
The plaudits continued last year with "Ralph's Last Show - Live in Santa Cruz" - as real as it gets. Unvarnished, tough, and raw songs of heartbreak, fast cars, hard times and hard truths sung and played as if the whole world depends on it.
Nickel Creek - October 19 - The City Halls Glasgow 8pm.
Tickets £13.50 available from Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office (0141- 353 8000).
"Bluegrass revivalists", "acoustic innovators" and "newgrass" are just some of the phrases penned to describe Nickel Creek over the past year. But Alison Krauss who produced their brand new album 'This Side' maintains what they play is "just Nickel Creek music."
Regardless of classification, they and their gold, self-titled debut album have been creating the kind of buzz normally reserved for musicians that bring something new and fresh to the table.
In the past two years the band has received two Grammy nominations, held a Top 20 spot on Billboard's Country Album chart and been profiled in the prestigious New York Times with the headline, "Bluegrass That Can Twang And Be Cool Too..." Most recently, the trio were honored with two CMA nominations - Horizon Award and Vocal Group of the Year.
The Flatlanders (featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmour, Butch Hancock) -
November 21 - The Arches 253 Argyle St. Glasgow 9.00pm. Tickets (£19) from The Glasgow
Royal Concert Hall box office on 0141 353 8000.
They might better be known as The Three Amigos. For, as all best buddies do, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock keep gravitating back to each other.The threesome first hooked up in Lubbock, Texas back in 1971 to start performing together and the chemistry was so hot that "it just took on a life of its own".
Gradually, though, the tidal forces of the local music scene, fuelled by a mid-70s combustion of country, rock and blues, and their own individual musical tastes, pulled them apart to lauch their respective solo careers. "We never made a penny but we had a lot of fun," said Ely. "We played more porches than stages but we all lived in the same house together and every day, we'd get up and play music together. It was about all we did."
Gilmore embarked on a series of musical and spiritual quests which culminated in a trio of highly regarded albums; Butch Hancock pursued his own idiosyncratic path, churning out albums on his own label and Emmylou Harris covered his "If You Were A Bluebird" and Ely went on to perform with everyone from The Clash and Bruce Springsteen to The Rolling Stones with a ferocious energy akin to a West Texas tornado.
Every now and again they'd come together and their first official collaboration in close on a quarter of a century produced a new song for Robert Redford's movie, The Horse Whisperer. Ely proudly announced that the veteran songwriters had finally rediscovered how much they enjoyed working together. "It was like, let's do this more often," he said...And that's exactly what they did. Now, the threesome are touring again and promoting a brand new album - "Now Again" which has been picking up five-star reviews.