Like his Auckland gig at the Wine Cellar, Steve Abel’s appearance at Meow was short and very sweet. He starts, as any good host should, by thanking the opener Reb Fountain for her own very sweet 10 cent mixture of deprecating banter and whiskey soaked, forlorn cowgirl tunes culminating in surprisingly upbeat singalong version of desperate times Hope and Hopeful. Continue reading
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Drop the needle on your freshly opened copy of Luck / Hope And Best Thing opens the album with a languid countrified guitar picking ramble not a million miles from Bonnie Prince Billie, topped with lovely close harmonies that could be The Band, Gillian Welch or Fleet Foxes. Continue reading
It was a weekend full of album release shows in Auckland. Steve Abel celebrated the release of his latest, Luck/Hope with a show at The Wine Cellar on Saturday. When that sold out, he added another one on Sunday night. Continue reading
Alt-folk balladeer and singer-songwriter of the truth, Steve Abel is proud to announce the release of his long-awaited third album: Luck/Hope to be released August 5th 2016 on his own Kin’sland Records via Arcade Records and Rhythmethod and DRM distribution.
Accompanying the news, Abel is set to deliver the video off Luck/Hope for single titled Best Thing, which follows the earlier single Sidewalk Doves. The video for “Best Thing” has been created by acclaimed New Zealand film maker, Florian Habicht and will go public on Friday July 15th along with the single becoming an instant grat track on iTunes ore-orders of the album.
The full video goes public on Friday July 15th, 2016 – subscribe to Steve Abel’s channel to see!
Steve Abel – Luck / Hope Release Shows
Saturday 6TH August at Wine Cellar
Tickets are available now from Undertheradar: LINK HERE
Thursday 18TH August at Meow
Tickets are available now from Undertheradar: LINK HERE
– more dates to be announced –
Following a hiatus from releasing musical material to the world, Abel steps out from behind the curtains with this emphatic and moving return. It is Abel’s third album, following his universally acclaimed sophomore release, FLAX HAPPY and his unshakeable debut, Little Death described as “a melancholic masterpiece” by Pavement Magazine.
The early sketches of Luck/Hope took place long ago, coming to shape sporadically between the first recording sessions in New York City in November 2009 and the final mastering touches that took place in New Zealand through the winter of 2015.
It has been a long time coming, but now it is here. “Birth, death, debt, day-job, despondency are my poor excuses,” says Abel. “I am exceedingly happy with this album Luck/Hope, it’s got that magic you strive for, thanks to the great players and technicians, and I’m over the moon that it’s finally going out into the world.”
Making the record, Abel worked with an array of fine musicians locally and abroad including previous collaborator Jolie Holland, multi-instrumentalist and engineer Shahzad Ismaily (Bonnie Prince Billie, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson), and local musician and engineer Milan Borich. Also featured are Grey Gersten, Geoff Maddock (Goldenhorse), Gareth Thomas (goodshirt), Buzz Moller, Ed McWilliams, Cole Goodly and Mike Hall.
Steve Abel – Luck/Hope
1. Best Thing
2. First Part
5. Not Going Anywhere
6. Sidewalk Doves
7. Good Arm
8. Luck Hope
Luck/Hope is out August 5th on Kin’sland Records / Arcade Records
via Rhythmethod & DRM
On the eve of the release of his third album titled Luck/Hope set for release early 2016, songwriter Steve Abel releases a new single called “Sidewalk Doves”. The song was inspired by an early cut of Florian Habicht’s New York-set film Love Story which won the Best Film award at the New Zealand Film Awards in 2011. The video for “Sidewalk Doves” was cut from footage of Florian’s film.
Hey folks, make sure to head on down to The Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar on Auckland’s K Road on Saturday, July 20th. Local musician Dave Khan has assembled an awesome lineup to help raise awareness to an important cause. The acts include: Tiny Ruins, The Bads, Voom, Nightchoir, Steve Abel, Rod Fisher, Reb Fountain, the Broadsides, Bernie Griffen, Tami Neilson and The Situations. The cause is: Objection to foreign oil giant, Anadarko’s plans to drill deep in to the heart of Aotearoa’s pristine oceans next summer.
Over the past two years the Gunslinger’s Ball has grown from the occasional evening of country-fried revelry to what the NZ Herald has described as a full blown ‘wild musical feast [of] alt-country, cowboy, punk, folk and country blues bands.” Sell-out shows and rave reviews are now the order of the day, and it seems the usual Auckland venues can no longer contain such a musical behemoth. Therefore, October sees the Ball taking it to the towns and provinces of this proud island we call North. On board are some of the bands that have become synonymous with all things Gunslingers…The Broadsides, Bernie Griffen & The Grifters, Steve Abel.
Several of the Gunslingers came up to The 13th Floor and recorded exclusive performances. Here is the first of them…Bernie Griffen & The Grifters performing Sometimes I Feel So Sad, recorded live at The 13th Floor…watch it here:
More exclusive Gunslingers videos will be posted soon.
Thursday 18th October – Napier @ The Cabana – tickets through Ticketmaster & Music Machine
Friday 19th October – Wellington @ Bodega – tickets through Ticketmaster & Rough Peel Music
Saturday 20th October – New Plymouth @ The Mayfair – tickets through Ticketmaster & Vinyl Countdown
Sunday 21st October – Hamilton @ Gravity – tickets through Ticketmaster, Texas Radio, & The Big Beat
Friday 26th October – Auckland @ The Powerstation – tickets Ticketmaster & Real Groovy
Saturday 27th October – Leigh @ The Sawmill – tickets from Ticketmaster & the venue