Canadian songwriter Billy the Kid will release her fourth album 'Horseshoes & Hand Grenades' on 8th September 2014 through Xtra Mile Recordings on a worldwide release. It was produced by Frank Turner, who also plays on the record alongside The Sleeping Souls drummer Nigel Powell. With recent single 'Back To You' already receiving plays on Radio 1, 6Music and Amazing Radio, Billy will follow this up with a double A-side single featuring 'Phone Bills' and The Quarry' - set for release on 8th September. Billy will also be playing a few shows in the UK in September before heading back for a support run with the one and only Billy Bragg across America and Canada. Full dates are:
29 Bristol Birdcage, UK
31 Leeds Brudenell, UK
01 Manchester The Castle, UK
03 London Black Heart, UK
SUPPORTING BILLY BRAGG
12 Chicago City Winery, USA
15 Cleveland Music Box Supper Club, USA
17 New York City Winery, USA
18 New York City Winery, USA
19 Riverhead, NY Suffolk Theatre, USA
20 Bellow Falls, VT Bellow Falls Opera House, USA
22 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall, USA
23 Fredericton, NB The Playhouse, Canada
24 Charlottetown, PE PEI Brewing Company, Canada
25 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Canada
27 St John's, ND Cochrane United Church, Canada
Billy says of 'Horseshoes & Hand Grenades', "I definitely took Frank's lead as far as how to approach the recording process. Eventually it became apparent that we were a pretty good team but he came up with the concept of recording 'live off the floor' which I think contributed a lot to the finished product. I just think it sounds badass." It is badass. Billy's voice is immediately introduced on album opener 'Phone Bills', while Nigel's ricocheting drums hesitate, roll and jump ahead of her, then everything collides in synchronicity. 'The Quarry''s sublime picking leads into evocative lines about fleeing an unnamed town, the stumbling drums playing the part of unknown pursuers' rapidly gaining footsteps.
All of Billy's previous DIY-driven projects were crafted with the aid of money garnered from crowd sourcing campaigns. Fans have also helped her tour Europe, become her penpal for a year in exchange for album funding, and even helped her get home when stranded in London with no money. With no flight back home and no way of working she decided to launch a pre-order campaign for a children's book and with all of the interest she garnered from this, Billy managed to save enough money for the flight required. It's this innovative thinking and dedication to her talents that have not only kept fans on board, but enabled her to keep everything on track, even during the toughest times. A recent month-long European tour with Chuck Ragan and Northcote was almost entirely paid for with 10 days' worth of incredible, unique paintings which were sold to the highest bidders - all whilst Billy was convalescing from a serious ankle injury. Billy says of all these fan-fuelled experiences, that she "made some very important friendships that will stay with me for the rest of my life."
1. Phone Bills
3. The Satellites + I
5. The Quarry
6. This Sure As Hell Ain't My Life
7. Chelsea Rose
8. Back To You
10. Lord Let Me
12. Walkin' Around Hotel Blues
13. Young + On Fire
The album is the first in history to chart without selling a single copy.
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