Celebrating the release of his stunning new album, If I Should Go, recorded right here in Nashville, singer-songwriter City and Colour, the live moniker of Dallas Green, is set to perform at War Memorial Auditorium on Dec. 13 with Bahamas, his first Music City outing since helping kick off Live on the Green last year, and first proper headliner since playing The Ryman in 2013. Folky, earnest, and deeply personal, City and Colour’s music quickly found an audience beyond Green’s punk roots, and, over the years, has cemented his status as one of the best songwriters in the world. Tickets for the singer’s highly-anticipated Nashville return are still available here, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader! Find out more about the show and enter below!
CITY AND COLOUR
Dallas Green, better known by his performing alias City and Colour (Dallas = a city, Green = a color; clever, right?) has officially been releasing music as a solo artist for a decade, but has essentially been playing and writing since childhood. Green first gained prominence as a member of acclaimed Canadian post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire, and, even as City and Colour’s critical attention and commercial appeal rose with each release, Green remained a member of the band until 2010 (they subsequently split in 2011, with Green taking part in a farewell tour in 2012 and reunion earlier this year). A native Canadian, Dallas found pretty immediate success in his homeland, and has remained a chart-topping and award-winning artist there, while simultaneously breaking through to markets across the globe.
City and Colour’s first release, Sometimes, was a largely stripped down and minimalist record, with each subsequent album becoming more layered and involved, as well as employing the use of additional musicians. The common thread of Green’s solo output has always been the sad, personal, and melancholy subject matter, which is something Dallas admits to best connecting to. In his years of organic growth, City and Colour has shared the stage with the likes of Tegan and Sara, Pink, Butch Walker, Biffy Clyro, and more, has collaborated with a diverse array of prominent musicians on his records and in his touring band. Co-opting a punk rock mindset and ethos in his fan-driven, sincere approach to music, Dallas has quietly and prominently become one of the most beloved songwriters in modern folk and alternative rock, attracting fans from all walks of life and becoming a regular staple at music festivals.
For his latest effort If I Should Go, released last month, recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studios, and self-produced by Green, the singer/songwriter opted for the first time to feature the members of his longtime touring band in the studio; a natural progression given his drift towards a more layered, complex sound in recent years. Boasting the emotional earnestness, folky, alt-country, and blues informed alt rock sensibilities, and dynamic and melodic range we’ve come to expect from City and Colour, it could just be his best release yet, and we can’t wait to see this fantastic new batch of songs (as well as a plenty of old favorites) brought to life in person.
A fellow Canadian with a penchant for folk, who also performs live under an assumed moniker, singer-songwriter Bahamas was born Afie Jurvanen. The Juno nominated artist and former Feist collator has, in recent years, become a frequent performer in Music City as well as a festival favorite, and his third and best LP to date, Bahamas Is Afie, was easily one of our top releases of last year. Personal and introspective, Bahamas’ music perfectly compliments City and Colour, and has earned Jurvanen spots supporting the likes of Wilco, Robert Plant, and Jack Johnson. Needless to say, you don’t want to miss his opening set!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. CST, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
City and Colour and Bahamas will perform Sunday, Dec. 13 at War Memorial Auditorium. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $32.