Kirby Brown announces April/May tour supporting David Ramirez10-12-2021
Kirby Brown was born in East Texas. He was raised in the Ozark foothills of Arkansas. He lived in Dallas. He lived in New York City. He lives in Nashville. And in April/May he hits the road supporting David Ramirez across Europe:
21/04: Bristol, UK - Thekla
22/04: London, UK - Oslo Hackney
23/04: Dinton, UK - Parish Church
24/04: Winchester, UK - The Railway Inn
25/04: Brighton, UK - Komedia
26/04: Nottingham, UK - Bodega
27/04: Manchester, UK - Night & Day Café
28/04: Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
30/04: Newcastle, UK - Gosforth Civic Centre
01/05: Sheffield, UK - The Greystones
02/05: Derby, UK - The Flowerpot
03/05: Guildford, UK - Boileroom
04/05: Birmingham, UK - Asylum
06/05: Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
07/05: Groningen, NL - Der Aa Theater
08/05: Cologne, DE - Helios
09/05: Berlin, DE - Prachtwerk
10/05: Odense, DK - Posten
11/05: Esbjerg, DK - Tobakken
12/05: Fredericia, DK - Tøjhuset
13/05: Helsingborg, SWE - The Tivoli
15/05: Oslo, NO - Parkteatret Scene
The meaning of his first name is “fenced hilltop settlement” and his middle name means “settlement next to a church”.
For Kirby, the process of writing is a liturgical one — repeatedly walking around the fences of his own life, looking in to see what's hidden, and trying to make heads or tails of what’s going on in there. In a sense, though, he often feels blocked out... on the wrong side of those barricades. The practice of songwriting, when it’s working, is the shortest way across that he has found.
His new record, Break into Blossom, finds him revisiting this process — searching for the universal within the personal, peeling back the layers of himself and the world around him.
As with his own life, the songs are often a synthesis of many varied influences and inspirations in juxtaposition with one another — marriages of both the quotidian and the sacred, the conversational and the poetic, the serious and the playful. Ultimately, they are all roundabout meditations on what’s behind the veil of our seemingly plain human experiences. Sometimes it feels like chaos, and sometimes a bigger picture comes together.
"I know that, like a stained-glass window, it’s possible to be many things and one thing simultaneously — what you see depends on where you’re standing."
So, what do you see?