After ten years Memphis soul legend Ann Peebles is back with a new sound, a
new band, a brand new tour dubbed The Acoustic Soul Tour, and a brand new
retrospective collection from Track Records. This will mark Ann's first and
most extensive US and European Tour in nearly a decade, and promises to be an
absolutely unforgettable experience.
Ann will be previewing tracks from the upcoming Acoustic Soul Tour at South
Parade Pier, Southsea, on Monday 25th April. She will be joined by her very
special guest Deborah Bonham and her band.
"I'm looking so forward to this tour and what the near future will bring"
says Peebles. "I really need to re-connect with the fans and the music and my
voice you know and I want this Acoustic Soul Tour to bring the vibes of some of
my Hi records' sessions to the stage. The pre-production sessions you know...
I really need to let you in on the experience. Just me and a small band of
brilliant musicians called The Dream Team - creating you know, discovering each
other through the music, through the songs."
The Dream Team consists of a band of seven extraordinary musicians, two of
which, keyboardist Paul Brown and guitarist Harold Smith, will join Ann at the
Southsea performance. "These guys are so different and when you hear them
play together you can feel these mates are spiritually connected to their
instruments in a way that is just too rarely seen these days" claims Ann. "Every
note they play seems to wrap around everything I sing like a warm blanket you
know. It challenges me you know, to reach down vocally deeper inside myself,
more so than I have in my entire live career".
Ann Peebles brings The Acoustic Soul Tour to the UK in April for just
three special promotional performances prior to the main tour,.
The first will be at The Barbican in London on April 22nd, and reunites
Ann with three of her mates from the Hi Records years; guitarist Mabon `Teenie'
Hodges, bassist Leroy `Flick' Hodges and pianist Archie `Hubby' Turner.
These are of course the legendary musicians who helped make up Willie Mitchell's
backing band The Hi Rhythm Section, who were responsible for most of the
Peebles' classic tracks during her career on Hi Records. This will be followed by
an intimate acoustic performance with keyboardist Paul Brown and guitarist
Harold Smith, giving us a glimpse into what's in store for the Acoustic Soul
Following The Barbican show, next stop is The Bullfrg Blues Club on South
Parade Pier, Southsea, where on Monday 25th April, Ann will be joined for the
first time by her new musical soul sister and special guest Deborah Bonham,
together with Bonham's band, which includes Humble Pie founder member and
drummer Jerry Shirley, along with some surprise guests sitting in with Ann.
"Paul, Harold and I will let you in on a taste of The Acoustic Soul Tour
experience before we bring the rest of the Dream Team over. I'm looking really
forward to heating the place up with my new soul sister Deborah and her band
mates too, you know".
The last gig is at the legendary Borderline Club in London, also with Deborah
Bonham as special guest.
The music is a sound bed of brand new arrangements laid to many of her
classics including "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" and "I Can't Stand The
Rain", all of which are custom tailored around Peebles' brilliant vocal phrasing
and the sound is acoustically intimate, remarkably stunning and soulfully as
real as it gets.
Many of the cuts chosen for The Acoustic Soul Tour will also mark their first
live performances since Ann Peebles recorded them during her Hi Records
Career from 1969 - 1979. A few select brilliant covers will also be performed.
The main tour officially launches in the US at the beginning of June, with
further dates in the U.K following. However, Ann there will be a World Web
Premier of The Acoustic Soul Tour Live via XM Radio's studio (USA). The
performance will broadcast across North America but web-cast globally between late
April and early May on XM Radio's official site; www.xmradio.com
Deborah Bonham is the younger sister of the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin,
the world's greatest ever rock drummer. She assembled a band of hand-picked
musicians and achieved a major breakthrough in the USA on her debut tour with
Jason Bonham, John's son.
Deborah is no stranger to Southsea's Bullfrog Blues Club - she's played
there on a
number of occasions to great acclaim, and when she played the Titchfield
The Abbey" festival (organised by Bullfrog Blues Club), she stole the show
hearts of the 2,000 strong audience.
Deborah and her band have recently appeared as special guest on the Jools
Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Stadium and Arena tour in 2004, where they were
warmly received, and Deborah has just released a stunning new album 'The Old
on the legendary Track Records label.
In 2001 Deborah performed at The Steve Marriott Memorial Concert at The
London, with a host of guests including Humble Pie (the original line up),
Weller, Noel Gallagher and Ian Maclagen and Kenny Jones from the original
Faces. At the concert, Deborah performed a stunning version of Ann Peebles
hit "I Can't Stand The Rain". Ann Peebles saw the DVD of the show and was
reportedly knocked out by Deborah's version of her song.
As the ultimate accolade, while Ann is in the UK, she and Bonham plan on
recording a brand new version of "I Can't Stand The Rain" together, with
some very special guest musicians joining the session.
The Southsea show promises to be a night to remember.
Tickets (£8) are available from noon Friday 8th April from The Wedgewood
Rooms Box Office, Albert Rd., Southsea, (online bookings to
http://www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk) Reflex Records, Albert Rd., Southsea, (023) 9229 3571
(credit card bookings accepted) ; Reflex Records High St., Gosport, (023) 9251 1845
(credit card bookings accepted), South Parade Pier, General Office (023)
9273 2283 (credit card bookings accepted), any Thursday evening from The
Bullfrog Blues Club, South Parade Pier, Southsea or by post direct from Barking
Spider, 105, Landguard Rd., Southsea , PO4 9DR. (Cheques payable to to Barking
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