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Thursday 20 June 2024

On Their New Album Brighton-Bound Adeem The Artist Has Delivered A Statement Of Empathy, Humour, & Deep Introspection

Tapping into the sound of Piedmont Blues, culminating in a tribute to the soul of the South, country music's Adeem The Artist releases new album Anniversary - prior to a late summer date in Brighton.
Credit Hannah Bingham

Growing up, Adeem the Artist quickly realised that with the right delivery, dark jokes could offer a socially acceptable way to open up about the tough stuff. 

Of course, since before 2021's Cast-Iron Pansexual—the album that earned Adeem the Artist praise for its examination of faith, sexual identity, and self-acceptance; Adeem the Artist has continued to build a dedicated following by blending Appalachian musical influences and poetic flair with their healthy dose of comedic instinct.

Recorded live to tape over five days at The Butcher Shop (Nashville, TN) and produced by Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Frank Turner) with the musicianship of Megan Coleman, Nelson Williams, Ellen Angelico, Jessye DeSilva, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Katie Pruitt, the twelve-song collection is a statement of empathy, humour, and deep introspection.

"It's wild to listen to some of the early Country versus Piedmont Blues stuff and how much race is used to draw red lines around genre access," says Adeem The Artist, the East Tennessee-based songwriter whose family settled in the lower Piedmont region way back when. 

Initially, Adeem was unsure about exploring the genre for that reason alone, but a growing obsession with Piedmont Blues led to them plugging into some sense of their ancestry in the region and drawing influence directly from greats like Blind Boy Fuller and Brownie McGhee for  string of songs from an artist who uses their platform to spotlight some of the unsung voices of Country music's past and present.

Producer Butch Walker's ability to blend sounds from classic to contemporary, commercial to experimental, gives Adeem license to play with a range of musical styles on Anniversary, while still remaining tethered to country and roots music. 

Fittingly, Anniversary also arrives on the date of Adeem's marriage to their spouse Hannah, bringing with it a heightened sense of intimacy and urgency from a songwriter whose work is characterised by fearless, incisive lyric writing. 

Adeem The Artist  plays the Hope & Ruin, Brighton, on 25th August 2024. For tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


Ravi Adelekan & Poundland Foundation

Ravi Adelekan, a nine-year-old boy from Brighton, was one of twelve children and their families who had their wish granted to visit the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone over the weekend. This was thanks to a £30,000 donation from the Poundland Foundation to Make-A-Wish UK.

Memory Walk is back and locals can join thousands taking part in Brighton Memory Walk - at Hove Lawns No.1, on 29th September 2024.

FareShare Sussex & Surrey has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help charities and community groups increase their capacity for frozen food, to feed more people experiencing hunger and food poverty.

A Brighton teacher who helps struggling local families with clothes and food, raises money in charity fun runs and regularly dons fancy dress to read to children at local events has been nominated in a national Teacher of the Year competition.
Credit: Dean Koopman

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is bringing a new collection of ocean-themed films to Brighton Dome, this autumn. 
Credit Shervin Lainez

Alt-pop duo Cults will play Concorde 2, Brighton, later this year in support of the band's fifth studio album, To The Ghosts.

Heads On, the official charity for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is announcing the launch of Living Histories - an oral history project capturing the life stories of service users and staff with experience of NHS mental health services in Sussex. The charity is seeking volunteers to be trained as oral historians to collect stories across the county.

The first-ever Brighton & Hove performance by one of the most listened-to living pianists in the world today will take place at The Old Market this November.

Immortal Apples, Eternal Eggs  - at Hastings Contemporary -  is a meeting of two of the UK's most significant collections – The Ingram Collection and the David and Indrė Roberts Collection.

Carl Cox is one of the most in demand DJs, multi award winning, with countless club dates and festival appearances every year. 

Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Brighton-bound Beatrice Laus, known as Beabadoobee, has emerged as a British indie icon.

Lighthouse Project Space - Brighton's first ever public, youth-led artspace – opens this month with a programme of public events and activities.

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