Nick Lowe: Solo acoustic with Esther Rose will be May 18 at Songbirds on the North Stage May 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available here.
Review for Nick Lowe and Esther Rose:
Nick Lowe has made his mark as a producer (Elvis Costello-Graham Parker-Pretenders-The Damned), songwriter of at least three songs you know by heart, short-lived career as a pop star, and a lengthy term as a musicians’ musician. But in his current ‘second act’ as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal.
Starting with 1995's ‘The Impossible Bird’ through to 2011's ‘The Old Magic,’ Nick has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his West London home, and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteran savvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance, leading Ben Ratliff of the New York Times to describe his live show as “elegant and nearly devastating.”
Esther Rose is traveling with Nick Lowe in support of her upcoming debut album You Made It This Far, which will be coming out in August on Father/Daughter Records.
Stereogum recently shared the lead single "Handyman" from the record. The New Orleans-by-way-of-Detroit artist first picked up a guitar at the age of 27, marking her transition from a singer to a songwriter. While writing the songs that would become You Made It This Far, Rose found herself working through a period of tumultuous change, grappling with a breakup, a move, and a family illness all at once. Perhaps all this adversity is what gave Esther the tools to write what James Rettig of Stereogum calls "small folk songs with grand implications."