Jaime Wyatt – Felony Blues – UK Tour Dates inc. AmericanaFest UK.
Jaime Wyatt’s 2017 release Felony Blues was one that slipped by me last year that would have certainly been a contender for my end-of-year favourites if I’d listened to it sooner, Jaime is in the UK at the end of January for AmericanaFest UK 2018 and will follow-up her appearance their with a series of dates in February.
There’s something somewhat frightening, yet utterly freeing when leaving the confines of a successful band to venture solo — especially a band whose latest record was called “effortlessly brilliant” by critics. But, such is the case with Erika Wennerstrom who is taking a brief vacation from her Cincinnati-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver her solo debut Sweet Unknown.
But fans of Heartless Bastards need not worry. The band has not broken up. “We’d been going for so long and everyone in the band was just ready for a little break. But I had songs in me that needed to come out. I didn’t think it was fair to push them to keep going and I didn’t want to do it without them under the band name,” explains Wennerstrom, who enlisted the help of HB’s Jesse Ebaugh to play bass on 8 of the 9 tracks on Sweet Unknown.
While Wennerstrom has always been honest in the Heartless Bastards songs she’s written, the 9 tracks that make up Sweet Unknown are even more personal and reflective, and for her, quite transformative as well. Erika bravely invites the listener in to experience her trials and tribulations of life amidst a lush soundscape of deeply emotive vocals and melodies to what is ultimately the soundtrack to her soul.
Available to pre-order now via Partisan in the UK, via the Bandcamp link below or with lots of optional extra at Pledge including a double-white vinyl option.