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The Small Glories

Whitney Rose , Salvador Duran, Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin

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Hotel Congress Plaza

311 E. Congress St.

Tucson, AZ 85701

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Don't miss this Opry style variety show featuring The Small Glories, Whitney Rose, Salvador Duran, and more!

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The Tucson Opry

Hosted by Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin

The Small Glories

Whitney Rose

Salvador Duran

Plus: Hot Club of Tucson, cowboy poet Richard Tavenner, Matt Nelson of AZ Trails

Live on the Hotel Congress Plaza

Monday, May 30th

7pm

$25 adv / $30 day of show

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The Small Glories

Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories could almost make you believe in fate.

With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as they are right there on the stage with the band — writing the songs, living the songs, performing the songs. It’s not uncommon for listeners to find themselves laughing, dancing, crying, or caught up in a good ol’ fashioned sing-along. “We’re folk singers, we try to write stuff that people can relate to,” says Edwards, whose looming stage presence and penetrating eyes find him the yin to Luft’s petite, snort-laughing yang. The material of a Small Glories concert is welcoming in terms of subject, folk-pop melody and instrumentation — songs of love, loss, and environment, delivered with soaring, interwoven vocals on various combinations of stomping clawhammer banjo, guitar and harmonica. However, a Small Glories performance is really about what happens in-between the songs. “The feedback we get from a lot of audiences is that it’s not just about the music for them,” Luft says. “It’s the whole package.”

On record, The Small Glories take the musical synergy honed from hundreds of shows together, and expand it into a new soundscape amplified by pounding drums and other textural embellishments which only reinforce the magic of Luft and Edwards’ innate chemistry — a chemistry labeled the “Lennon-McCartney syndrome,” by Americana UK, writing, “Some things just work together… to witness a performance by The Small Glories is a rare opportunity to experience that indefinable quality that creates perfection.” But don’t just take a European reviewer’s word for it — the band’s debut album, 2016’s Wondrous Traveler was also praised in Pitchfork by legendary American rock critic Greil Marcus, who wrote, “…in moments (The Small Glories) find the darkening chord change the best bluegrass — from the Stanley Brothers to Be Good Tanyas — has always hidden in the sweet slide of the rhythm, the tiny shift where the person telling the story suddenly understands it.”

It’s this yearning for understanding which finds the band often taking more time to introduce a song than it actually takes to play it. Luft, an original member of harmony sweethearts The Wailin' Jennys and whose parents were folksingers influenced by the great activist Pete Seeger, knows that sometimes a song is all you need to bring people together. But often, it is more. “(Seeger) was the king of uniting people through singing,” Luft says. “There’s so much animosity and divisiveness in our world these days… as artists, part of our job is to somehow create unity.”

The Small Glories duplicate and reinforce each others’ many strengths and yet allow their distinct personalities to shine through, resulting in a live show that is as heartwarming as it is hilarious, as finger-picking proficient as it is relatable, and as Canadian as, well… it’s very Canadian. But that hasn’t stopped them from winning over audiences from Nashville to the Australian outback. Their highly anticipated sophomore album “Assiniboine & the Red” was released the summer of 2019 on Compass/Red House Records.

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Whitney Rose

Rose is an award winning internationally lauded and critically acclaimed vocalist and songwriter whose music bends genres and transcends international boundaries. Since 2016 Rose has performed over 600 shows and gained international recognition for her music and live performances. In 2016 Rose won the ECMA Award for Country Album of the Year. In 2019 she won Honky Tonk Female of the Year at The Ameripolitan Awards. She has performed on stages or recorded with artists such as The Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, Jason Isbell, Midland, and many more.

She doesn’t do it alone — her current band includes storied players: drummer Lisa Pankratz (Dave Alvin, Billy Joe Shaver, Hayes Carll), bassist Brad Fordham (Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Alvin, Kelly Willis), and guitarist Dave Leroy Biller (Texas Playboys, Deke Dickerson, Hunt Sales).

Whitney Rose is making country music gold.— T he Fader

Rose has acquired a deft talent for penning timeless material...she’s firmly etched her identity in a genre that begs for singularity simply to stand out.—Paste

Her new record takes her efforts to a completely new level as she beautifully succeeds in creating a new collection of songs that will live on as one her absolute best. —No Depression

Rose has a distinctive independence that shines through no matter what role she assigns herself. We Still Go to Rodeos stands out as among the best of contemporary albums. —Pop Matters

Everything about this Whitney Rose set feels more confident, self-assured and assertive than even her impressive earlier releases ... Her finest overall album; one that should raise her visibility as one of the most talented rootsy singer/songwriters, of any gender, on the crowded Americana scene. —American Songwriter

Rose may tend to nod at the past but she’s not a revivalist, she blends these familiar sounds in slyly idiosyncratic, personal ways that give We Still Go to Rodeos a handsome, modern feel that’s distinct from other retro-minded Americana records, her previous albums included. —AllMusic

When looking to assemble a draft class of strong and talented country music women to return some balance to the genre, you better not let your gaze shoot over the head of Canadian-born and Austin-forged singer/songwriter Whitney Rose. —Saving Country Music

A sultry country classicist with a tremble in her voice, Whitney Rose is partial to the magisterial gestures of the 1950s and 1960s.—New York Times

"Playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang." —Rolling Stone

This new batch of songs has a genre-defying edginess and definitive style, propelled by Rose’s passionate vocals. —The Boot

What hasn’t changed with Rose’s expanding musical genres — countrypolitan, Americana, country-rock — is the songwriting at the heart of her work. —CBC Music

Whitney Rose has released one of the best Americana albums of the year so far, full of brilliant songs, real heart and personality to boot.—Highway Queens

Her voice and phrasing may have you reminiscing of classic singers like Bobbie Gentry and Dusty Springfield. That’s mixed with a swagger, self-confidence, and a willingness to rock out. True to her word, she’s doing it her way.—Glide Magazine

"Rose does not limit herself, or want to be pigeonholed. She's doing it her way."—No Depression

"boot-stomping rhythms and take-no-guff lyrics rich with sly wisdom"—Rolling Stone

“A casual, assured Americana tour de force.”—Allmusic

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Performers

The Small Glories

Whitney Rose , Salvador Duran, Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin

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Hotel Congress Plaza

311 E. Congress St.

Tucson, AZ 85701

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No Refunds

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