PAPER DRESS VINTAGE
Tuesday 21st November
JOHN SMITH – THE FRAY
Raised in the rural market town of Newbury; rapidly rising Singer-Songwriter Joe Hicks blends intricate guitar composition and soaring falsetto with classic pop song-craft. Having made a name for himself as a session guitarist, Hicks released his first solo single at the start of 2017 following a soul searching writing trip to a secluded Cornish Airbnb garage with no internet or phone signal. Since then, the Joe has built up a sizeable online following (+4 million Spotify Streams), was made ‘BBC Introducing Artist of the Week’ across the U.K Radio, had new single ‘Sail Away’ played on BBC Radio 2 and toured the UK and Europe, including appearances at CarFest, the Big Feastival, Are You Listening? Festival, Pub in the Park, over 30 Sofar Sounds shows and slots supporting Sam Fender, Seafret, James Walsh and Starsailor.
Joe’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Best I Could Do at the Time’ (23.09.22) was recorded at Studio 91, Newbury with producer Sam Winfield (Amber Run, Only Sun, Robin Trower).
“This guy is absolutely smashing it, we can’t wait to see what’s next for him!” – Linda Serck, BBC Introducing Berkshire
“A beautiful track” – Reverend Kate Bottley, BBC Radio 2
“A performer not to be missed” – Manchester Evening News
“A highly individual musical identity, fusing pop with R’n’B, gossamer melody with liquid guitar work” – CLASH Magazine
‘Relatable, earnest, and tinged with optimism’ – Music News
‘Unique blend of folk-infused pop’ – Fortitude Magazine
“Bluesy pop at its best” – Blues Matter Magazine
Apple Music: [https://apple.co/2DruNgQ ](https://apple.co/2DruNgQ)
Soundcloud: [https://soundcloud.com/joehicksmusic/ ](https://soundcloud.com/joehicksmusic/)