Scene News: ARLO McKINLEY REPLACES IAN NOE ON UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH EARLY JAMES

KENTUCKY’S IAN NOE HAS BEEN FORCED TO PULL OUT OF NEXT MONTH’S JOINT-HEADLINE AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH EARLY JAMES DUE TO HEALTH REASONS

IN A LIKE-FOR-LIKE SWAP, NOE’S PLACE ON THE TOUR WILL BE FILLED BY ANOTHER FAST-RISING YOUNG SINGER-SONGWRITER ARLO McKINLEY, WHO WAS THE LAST ARTIST SIGNED BY THE LATE JOHN PRINE TO HIS OH BOY RECORDS LABEL 

Arlo McKinley (above) and Early James (below). Download tour poster and photos here
Love Police has today announced that Kentucky’s IAN NOE has had to pull out of what was to be his first Australian tour, a co-headliner with fellow young Southern singer-songwriter, Alabama’s EARLY JAMES. In a like-for-like swap, Early James will now be joined on tour with another first-time Australian tourist and up and coming singer-writer, Cincinatti-based ARLO McKINLEY, who was the last artist signed by the late John Prine to his Oh Boy Records label.

Ian Noe’s management has issued the following statement:
Due to personal health issues, Ian unfortunately is unable to get to Australia for his March dates. These issues have forced him to cancel or reschedule significant shows in the USA also. Ian would dearly love to eventually get to Australia, but at this time, it makes the most sense to cancel his involvement in the tour. We’ll revisit this as soon as we can. The team and Ian appreciate patience and understanding.”

And Love Police’s BT has said, “Fortunately I was in Nashville when I was hit with the news about Ian Noe not being able to make the March shows. Fortunate as I was watching Arlo McKinley at about the exact time I got the news. Arlo is a similar intense, colourful and magical artist, and as luck would have it, he was free to head to Australia for the first time ever. It’s a bummer when acts cancel, particularly Ian as this is the second time now, but we wish him well with his personal issues. The great ones generally always have them…  We’re hoping you’ll take a chance and discover Arlo’s music if you haven’t heard him before. Managed by Tyler Childers people, signed to John Prine’s label, he’s gotta have something! If not, you can get a refund for 2 weeks. See you at the shows.” 

 While naturally saddened to hear of Ian’s health issues, Love Police remains extremely excited by the tour, which will still present two captivating young Americana outsiders in Australia for the first time. The pairing of ARLO McKINLEY and EARLY JAMES promises a night of grit, honesty, colour and vibration.

Refunds are available for 2 weeks until February 8, should you not like to spend the musical evening with Arlo and Early. Ticket buyers will also be contacted by the relevant ticket agencies.

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ARLO McKINLEY, who is coming to Australia on the back of his acclaimed third album This Mess We’re In, was something of a late starter, releasing his first album, the DIY Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound in 2014 at the age of 35. In 2019, at a show in Nashville, a fan came up and introduced himself. That fan was John Prine, and Arlo’s life was soon changed forever, as he became the last artist signed by the late songwriting legend to his pioneering Oh Boy label. Growing up in a music-loving family in Cincinnati, Arlo spent his early adulthood working in a record store and playing in a duo called The Great Depression before a job delivering tuxedos gave him time enough behind the wheel to develop his songwriting.  This Mess We’re In, like his first Oh Boy release Die Midwestern – which Rolling Stone praised for its “songs of heartbreak, restlessness and hard-won experience” – was recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with an ace band that includes drummer Ken Coomer (Wilco), guitarist Will Sexton and keyboardist Rick Steff (Lucero, Cat Power).  Producer Matt Ross-Spang, who’s worked with Jason Isbell and Margo Price, is back as well, and for the first time McKinley incorporated strings into some of songs, reflecting his love of artists like Nick Drake and Nick Cave. This Mess We’re In has been well received in Australia and featured in many writers’ Best of 2022 in Rhythms magazine.

  Alabama man, EARLY JAMES, will be coming to Australia following a recent second album, Strange Time to Be Alive. The 29-year-old was discovered by Dan Auerbach working in Birmingham, Alabama; impressed by what he heard, the Black Keys man signed him to his Easy Eye Sound label. Early’s first album Singing For My Supper received huge acclaim (it was as a “luminous debut” according to Mojo) for its cosmic and singular amalgamation Southern blues, country, folk, pop, and jazz; the new one features a guest appearance from Sierra Ferrell and a more electrified sound. Early James has been compared to Tom Waits and while there is something of the surreal and old industrial of late period Waits in his music – the new album’s title is suggestive of that, and more – he sings of life as a progressive Southern man in a world increasingly at odds with progressive notions.

What BT from Love Police said about this tour still stands, even though Arlo has replaced Ian: “These boys have the goods. We don’t tour people who don’t. This Americana, country, roots, whatever sound it is, is all about honesty and life experiences, and some hopeful good times too. These fellas have it spades.”
 
The pairing of ARLO McKINLEY and EARLY JAMES presents a rare opportunity for Australian audiences to experience together two relatively young and fresh American artists who are both rewriting the rules in Americana and associated fields by making music that is honest and idiosyncratic, and committed to finding genuine home truths.  Discover new heroes and get deep with Arlo and Early this March. 
Arlo McKinley – “Stealing Dark from the Night Sky” (Official Video)
Early James – “What A Strange Time To Be Alive” [Official Music Video]
ARLO McKINLEY & EARLY JAMES
Australian Tour March ’23

 Wed 8 – ELTHAM HOTEL, NSW 
General on sale 
Thu 9 – DOO BOP, BRISBANE, QLD 
General on sale
Sat 11, Sun 12 – PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL, VIC 

On sale now 
Tue 14 – BRUNSWICK BALLROOM, MELBOURNE, VIC 
General on sale
Thu 16 – THE GREAT CLUB, SYDNEY, NSW 
General on sale  
 Sat 18, Sun 19 – BLUE MOUNTAINS FOLK FESTIVAL, NSW 
On sale now 

   All info at https://www.lovepolice.com.au/tours2023/iannoeandearlyjames

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