The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Saturday, November 18th
Singer-songwriter Joe Hicks is embarking on his inaugural UK tour with his full band, including a Birmingham performance at The Sunflower Lounge.
To commemorate the first anniversary of his debut album, “The Best I Could Do at the Time,” Joe Hicks is releasing a deluxe version on November 3rd, coinciding with his very first full-band tour across the UK. This extended edition features acoustic reinterpretations and brand-new live renditions of songs from the album, recorded exclusively for this reissue. These live versions will also be presented as videos, with “One More Step” already available and more to come in the following weeks.
Joe Hicks seamlessly combines pop, blues, and folk influences, intertwining intricate guitar craftsmanship with timeless pop song writing. First released in September 2022, “The Best I Could Do at the Time,” showcases his exceptional song writing skills, influenced by artists like John Mayer and Paul Simon. It’s a display of pop sensibilities with a fearless, heartfelt approach.
With the release of the deluxe edition of the album, you can anticipate acoustic re-imaginings and fresh live interpretations of album tracks, recorded exclusively for this reissue. These acoustic renditions go beyond the standard vocal-and-guitar reinterpretation, incorporating elements like slide guitar, multiple harmonies, and diverse guitar arrangements, offering a refreshing perspective on these songs. As for the live performances, Joe played to a sold-out crowd at Arlington Arts Centre in his hometown of Newbury in late 2022. He decided to capture this full-circle moment for the deluxe album by recording these performances at the same venue, offering an exciting glimpse of what to expect during his UK tour in November 2023. These live renditions will also be shared in video form, with “One More Step” already available and more to follow in the coming weeks. Following the album’s release, Joe’s music received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Introducing, where he was named “Artist of the Week.” He garnered press support from publications such as CLASH Magazine, Manchester Evening News, and Blues Matters Magazine, among others. Joe’s online following has steadily grown, amassing over 4 million Spotify streams. He has also performed at notable festivals like CarFest, the Big Feastival, Are You Listening? Festival, and Pub in the Park. Furthermore, Joe has had the privilege of supporting esteemed artists like Sam Fender, Seafret, James Walsh, Starsailor, and Sari Schorr, in addition to performing at over 30 Sofar Sounds shows.