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No music tells a story in quite the same way as country. Hearts break to the sound of plucked guitar strings and a distinctive vocal twang. In 2022, country, rock and blues promoters Jumpin’ Hot Club are proud to present Santa Barbara born alternative country star Tommy Alexander and the North East’s own country music representative, Tony Bengtsson, at The Globe, Newcastle.

The pair will perform on Friday 14th January at a songwriter special, sharing what both the USA and UK have to offer in musical story telling brilliance.

Both musicians write songs that analyse society and the nature of human relationships. Asking questions about our place in the world and provoking us to think while we listen rather than zone out. Tony Bengtsson describes his own music is “socially conscious modern country folk”; from the beautiful violin of Sometimes A Man to the raw and gruff vocals of The River, it’s easy to understand why he uses that description.

Tommy Alexander released his own album independently in 2020. Using a range of unexpected metaphors, Tommy’s lyrics take his observations of the world and turn them into a narrative that is easy listening, yet hard hitting. Just one man and his guitar, the composition is simple and the impact is heartfelt. No one else could make a song that starts with two chickens pecking at the ground a tear-jerker.

Join these skilled songwriters in Newcastle for a night of authentic folk and Americana, because who says the North East can’t be a home for Country music?

USA meets UK: Songwriter Special takes place at The Globe, Newcastle on Friday 14th January


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