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Steve Gunn (USA) NZ Solo Tour

Steve Gunn (USA) NZ Solo Tour

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When:

  • Sat 15 Jul ’17, 8:00pm – 12:00am

Where:

Blue Smoke, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

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On his first musical journey to New Zealand New York-based guitarist and songwriter, Steve Gunn will play four solo shows across the country. He will be joined by Grawlixes and Candice Milner at his Blue Smoke show.

Former guitarist in Kurt Vile's The Violators as well as collaborator with Vile, Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper, Gunn will be bringing the personal and evocative new album Eyes On The Lines to New Zealand this July, as well as drawing from his significant and prolific catalogue of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings.

Gunn’s roots in the underground run deep, from his days in GHQ to his collaborations with Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper. He’s toured and recorded with Michael Chapman and released two remarkable duo albums with drummer John Truscinski. His solo ventures, emerging over the past decade and culminating most recently the highly-acclaimed Way Out Weather, have been pastoral, evocative affairs.

Here he embraces his urban surroundings through a series of songs that fully showcase his extraordinary ability to match hooks to deftly constructed melodies. Gunn is a consummate guitarist, that rare finger picker who can harness the enigma of the American Primitive vernacular without lazily regurgitating it. His playing is inventive and full of personality. His instrumental virtuosity calls upon a vast library of technical skills at will, but he’s never showy - his riffs and runs are always in the service of the song at hand

"The guitar playing, which is superb throughout, feels inextricably bound to the structure and shape of the melodies." - Mojo

"He's the hipster-friendly guitar slinger of the moment, in the spirit of John Fahey or Robbie Basho, with a lovely sun-glazed lilt to his fluid fingersmithery." - The Guardian

"By embracing the expanse, his music has gotten bigger, and more universal." - Pitchfork

"So intimate and so mysteriously distant all at once." - Washington Post

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