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Girls Guns and Glory / Sarah Borges – Tickets – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA – February 7th, 2014

Girls Guns and Glory / Sarah Borges

Duel Album Release Show

Girls Guns and Glory / Sarah Borges

Swinging Steaks, Very Special Guest Lyle Brewer

Fri, February 7, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12 advance / $15 day of show

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only.
Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

Girls Guns and Glory
Girls Guns and Glory
(BOSTON, Mass.) For the past eight years, Boston's rising stars Girls Guns and Glory have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring (about 200 gigs a year worldwide), the release of four critically acclaimed records, a slew of local awards, including being the Boston Music Awards first act of its genre to win Act of the Year, and international awards (Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards). And, now, the hard-working band is refining their focus to the roots of rock 'n' roll with a twist of country on their fifth album, "Good Luck," due on February 7, 2014 on Lonesome Day Records.

The foursome (Ward Hayden on vocals/guitar, Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass/piano, Josh Kiggans on drums/percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar/banjo) found inspiration for this record from early '50s rock 'n' roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

With "Good Luck," GGG is looking back to that era of music for a more rock 'n' roll-focused record with producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Nils Lofgren, Steve Earle, The Bottle Rockets) at the helm. The 10-track album kicks off with the heartfelt, feel-good rocker "All the Way Up To Heaven," which sets the tone for the album thematically. "It's about finally winning in love and feeling that thrill of getting something good and having a true appreciation of it," says Hayden.

The record was written over the past two years with the exception of two songs, "Shake Like Jello" and "UUU," which have been in the band's repertoire for about four years."We never really had a place for those songs because we were viewing ourselves more of a country band than a rock 'n' roll band and those two songs are definitely more rocking. They fit perfectly on this album," he notes.

Another song close to GGG's heart and the band's Northeast roots is the ballad "Centralia, PA." "Chris and Paul are originally from Eastern Pennsylvania and we tour a lot in that area. We found out about this coal-mining town there called Centralia that was destroyed by a coal fire over 50 years ago. It's a ghost town now because it's unfit to live in. I became fascinated by the tragic story of the town and we kind of wanted to put Centralia back on the map with this song," he says.

As for the album's title, each band member threw about 10 ideas into the hat and "Good Luck" was the only one that everyone could agree on. Hayden explains where it came from: "I collect antique and vintage good luck charms. I picked up this really cool token that featured all these different good luck icons like a four-leaf clover, a wishbone, a swami looking into a crystal ball, and the all-seeing eye. And that's exactly what we wish for this album - good luck. But there's also the sarcastic way to say good luck and with the state of the music industry today it's kind of like, 'yeah good luck.' The guys liked both the literal and sarcastic meaning of it, so it stuck."

"Good Luck," which was produced and mixed by Ambel and recorded by Mario Viele at Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will be available on CD, vinyl and iTunes on February 4, 2014 via Lonesome Day Records, an independent label that specialized in Americana and Bluegrass with previous releases including Fred Eaglesmith's critically acclaimed Tinderbox and Cha Cha Cha. Meanwhile, the band just took home Americana Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards and Ward Hayden won for Male Vocalist of the Year.

And, Girls Guns and Glory is currently on the road....as usual.
Sarah Borges
Sarah Borges
To watch Sarah Borges strut and howl onstage is to participate in rock ‘n’ roll communion, all glistening sweat and high kicks, soul-shaking and sassy antics. She's a modern-day retro spitfire, red lipstick curled in a smirk as she summons her six-string to conjure a host of fiery spirits, leaving a stunned and ecstatic audience in her wake.

This same raucous energy shoots through her fourth studio album, Radio Sweetheart, which is a statement of Borges’ future as much as it is a reflection of her past. Funded entirely by fans, the new album is a sea change marking a split from both Sugar Hill Records (the label that released her two most recent albums) and her longtime band the Broken Singles, all set in motion by a road weariness bred from six years of constant touring and the home-is-where-the-heart-is lure of brand new motherhood.

Nesting in with her husband and infant son, Borges wrote from a fresh perspective, composing in relative solitude in contrast to those years spent on the road. Alone with guitar and pen, Borges unearthed demos written in her teens and fell back under the sonic spell of the Boston-bred indie rock luminaries—Morphine, Juliana Hatfield—that marked her musical coming-of-age in the ‘90s.

To realize this musical shift, Borges turned to Steve Berlin, an admirer and longtime member of Los Lobos, to produce the new album. Recorded in a week at Boston’s Woolly Mammoth studio, Radio Sweetheart is nine originals (plus a cover of Lloyd Price’s “Heavy Dreams”) all imbued with lessons learned from a decade of rock and roll, countless miles spent on the road, and the range of emotions surrounding the dissolution of a band and the growth of a family.

In essence, the new album is just another step in the continual evolution of Sarah Borges. Like most kids, she grew up surrounded by her parents’ record collection, a mix of Bob Dylan and classic rock, Joni Mitchell and Gene Autry, which she supplemented with her self-proclaimed “drama geek” affectation for Rodgers and Hammerstein and the guitar- and fuzz-driven spoils of ‘90s alt rock.

Borges played in her own fledgling indie rock bands in her teens and early 20’s before taking a detour into the newly emerging genre of Americana. “I felt like I had spent all of this time trying to couch everything in metaphor, and when I started writing Americana songs I could finally say it plain.”

Those years spent playing in black box rock clubs and rented VFW halls informed Borges's style, and she soon found a believer in producer Paul Q. Kolderie (Hole, Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo), who offered to record some demos, which in turn drew the attention of Texas's Blue Corn Music at the annual South by Southwest music festival. The label released her debut full-length Silver City in 2005, which launched her onto the Americana world's radar, kicking off a whirlwind of touring where Borges and her band opened for greats like Dave Alvin and Alejandro Escovedo.

Borges' second outing, Diamonds in the Dark, was released on indie label Sugar Hill in 2007, yet another deal garnered on the merits of a South by Southwest performance. With Kolderie once again at the production helm and her touring band—the Broken Singles—jumping back into the fray, the resulting album again earned Borges a wide array of critical acclaim.

It was around this time that Borges began to resurrect those rock ‘n’ roll roots you hear on Radio Sweetheart—first in her live show, which more often than not found her straddling her guitar atop a table or surrounded by half the audience on stage, and then on her following album, The Stars Are Out, which was released in 2009 on Sugar Hill. While retaining the honesty of songwriting and sense of tradition that permeated her earlier releases, Borges bid adieu to the confines of Americana with free-spirited abandon and an almost punk-influenced grit and growl, a six-string salute from a woman who continues to defy classification and push musical boundaries at every turn.
Swinging Steaks
Swinging Steaks
A five-man band out of Boston,MA, Swinging Steaks are among the originators of the current roots rock/ alt.country movement. Fueled by singer/songwriters Jamie Walker, Tim Giovanniello, and Jim Gambino the group's material explores a rich diversity of musical Americana from full tilt rockers to mandolin-driven melodies and soulful ballads.

The Steaks' second album, "Southside of the Sky" introduced the band to a national audience with two top ten AAA radio singles and appearances on NBC-TV's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and NPR's "Mountain Stage". Their six self-released albums, "Suicide at the Wishing Well", "Shiner", the live, acoustic "Bare", ,"KickSnareHat", "Sunday Best", and "Live in '93' have continued to expose the group to new audiences and garner them appearances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon and Nashville Extravaganza.

The Steaks have appeared with John Fogerty, Hank Williams,Jr., the Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Poco, Los Lobos, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Paul Westerberg, The Band, Jason and the Scorchers among others and have toured extensively on their own.
Very Special Guest Lyle Brewer
Very Special Guest Lyle Brewer
LYLE BREWER currently plays guitar in the Ryan Montbleau Band, a well-oiled six-piece touring machine that has been on the road for nearly ten years. Since joining the band full-time in 2010, Brewer has shared stages with legends like Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band), Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), and jam-scene veterans such as Assembly of Dust and Max Creek.

In 2011 Lyle released his first EP under the Lyle Brewer Trio entitled Music To My Fears, which includes longtime Boston musicians Dean Casell on bass and Mike Piehl on drums. If nothing else, it's a testament to Brewer's wise-beyond-his-years musicianship that these stalwarts of the local music scene -- guys who have been playing for longer than Lyle has been alive -- don't flinch when asked to back him up on stage or on record. If you love the sound of no-frills, true-blue musicians doing what they were put on this green earth to do, you're sure to dig the trio's Music To My Fears.

Prior to joining Montbleau's band and starting his trio, Brewer spent two and a half years as the lead guitarist with Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. Brewer and Borges shared more than a musical bond -- the two were married in 2010 and in the summer of 2011 had their first child, Elliot.

Brewer is also a highly-regarded session musician and touring guitarist, having made records and performed with a huge range of artists including Miss Tess, Chris O'Brien, Dennis Brennan, Rachael Price, Tim Gearan, Anita Suhanin and Schwang, Christian McNeil and the Seamonsters, Jake Armerding, Jimmy Ryan, Jesse Dee, Eilen Jewell, Jerry Miller, Ghosts of Jupiter, and Grimis, of which he was a founding member.

Brewer attended the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston, studying jazz performance. During that time he made a name for himself as one of the youngest and hungriest guitarists on the Boston music scene, playing by his own estimate, 300 shows a year for one stretch of time. He's dug into it all -- John Scofield and Chet Atkins, Duane Allman and Brad Barr -- from the Conservatory to the Dive Bar, to the main stages of some of the country's finest outdoor music festivals, he's been there.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138

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