Mississippi Bends

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Date(s) - Saturday, July 14, 2018
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Moonshine Cafe


Mississippi Bends Returns to the Moonshine Cafe in Oakville!! With Special Guest Gillian Nicola! It’s advised to call ahead and make a reservation – seating is limited! $10 Mississippi Bends is Hamilton Based Alt Country/North Americana band with a dark, swampy organic brew that will buckle your knees faster than a triple whiskey sour. Mixing the multi-grit ambient textures of Andrew Aldridge’s (Sarah Slean, Danny Michel and more) guitar sounds and the dark country croons of Mary Simon’s voice comes the unique sound of this duo. In 2015 Mississippi Bends was nominated for New Artist/Group of the Year and Alt/Country Recording of the Year with the Hamilton Music Awards for their self-titled EP. “I was never a big fan of the name Mississippi Bends” says Andrew… ” I’ve always liked it, and I came up with the name, but I was a little unsure about it. Now, however, I realize it fits what we’re doing perfectly. It’s not about the State of Mississippi or the Delta Blues Sound or something specifically Southern/Country. It’s about travelling throughout the country along the entire length of the Mississippi River and being witness to a true American, or rather North Americana sound – Everything from Swampy Delta Blues to Alt Country to Mid Western Rock to Folk to Chicago Electric Blues and Experimentation to Classic Rock and Pop Sounds of the North. Willie Neslon to Ryan Adams, Tom Petty to Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams to Neil Young, Sonic Youth to Dan Lanois. A true North American Experience.” *** The first thing that strikes listeners about Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola is the strength of her vocals. This rising singer/songwriter ranges from acoustic folk singer-songwriter to textured and electric Americana, and reflects a layering of influences and sounds. Her songwriting captures both autobiographical and outwardly inspired stories surrounded by a rich, folk-Americana musical landscape that is anchored on authenticity and honesty. After multiple tours supporting her 2016 EP, “No Place to Call,” Nicola spent early 2018 at the Alberta’s Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity composing her full-length debut, set for release later this year. A classically trained vocalist, Nicola’s 2013 EP “Chasing the Wind” was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards and a Toronto Independent Music Award. In 2017, her single “Oh Marie” was nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. Nicola is also a community organizer, hosting Open Mic Nights and Songwriters Circles, and lends her talents to various non-profit organizations, such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto.