Aiken Promotions presents
& THE GUITAR HEELS
THE DEAD TONGUES
_ Main Room _
After impressing on his recent solo visit to Dublin opening up for The Tallest Man on Earth, Phil Cook returns with The Guitar Heels (his five piece band) to perform for one night only in Whelan’s.
Phil Cook is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and interpreter based in Durham, North Carolina. Cook has gained notoriety over the years releasing albums and touring the world with his own bands, Megafaun and The Shouting Matches, as well as collaborating on stage and in the studio with the likes of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Amy Ray (The Indigo Girls), Kathleen Edwards, The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, William Tyler, Glenn Kotche, Matthew E White, Charlie Parr, and more.
Having garnered praise and adoration from fans, critics and peers alike, Phil is ready to step into the spotlight and make his statement.
“…I was especially enamored of Cook’s sensitivity as an instrumentalist. On the piano, he had a gracefully leaping sense of melody, and on the banjo, he played clusters of sweet harmonics in places where a less humble musician might have soloed hard. This tasteful and generous temper suffuses Hungry Mother Blues…” – Pitchfork
“When it comes to defending folk, blues and other time-tested American forms, Cook can preach with the best of them. And he practices those principles in every project he takes on.” – Blurt
Listen to his debut LP Southland Mission –
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THE DEAD TONGUES
It’s been almost two years since Ryan Gustafson performed his own songs with a full band. At the time, he was rolling with the Drughorse Collective, a mostly defunct collection of Triangle artists with a knack for reinvigorating classic pop and rock styles, and supporting his Donkey LP, a colorful assemblage of old-school rock, soul and folk unified by Gustafson’s emotionally devastating songwriting. It was a style that seemed certain to make Gustafson one of the area’s newest stars.
But it didn’t turn out that way. Gustafson drifted from writing songs and playing with a band, instead opting to support others and dabble with electronic composition. Lucky for local music fans, the hiatus wasn’t permanent.
His latest album, Desert, is attributed to The Dead Tongues (the name of Gustafson’s current backing band), was self-released on Feb. 9, 2015. From the Blonde on Blonde-inspired splendor of opener “Call Out to Me” to the windswept heartbreak of the re-appropriated title track, it’s a powerful collection that reaffirms his potent songwriting gifts and fits them to refined textures and arrangements. The single displays the album’s extremes, pairing the cosmic country swagger of “No Intentions” with “Sleep Talking,” a blissful psychedelic experiment that appears near the album’s end.
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos