(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Nick Lowe brings his perfectly crafted, rootsy power-pop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 8pm. Folk/roots pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse warms up the crowd for Lowe.
Best known for his songs “Cruel to Be Kind” (a US Top 40 single) and “Breaking Glass” (a top 10 UK hit), Nick Lowe was an essential figure on the late-1970s/early-1980s power pop and New Wave scenes, as well as one of the most influential producers (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, The Damned) and songwriters (“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” for Elvis Costello; “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock ’n’ Roll)” for Dave Edmunds) of all time.
In his current “second act” as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal. Starting with 1995’s “The Impossible Bird” through to 2011’s “The Old Magic” and 2013’s Christmas album, “Quality Street,” Lowe has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his West London home and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteran savvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance, leading Ben Ratliff of the New York Times to describe his live show as “elegant and nearly devastating.”
Reviewing Lowe’s August 2013 performance at Helsinki Hudson, local music critic Seth Rogovoy wrote, “Lowe was victorious through his sheer songcraft, talent, confidence as a performer, and his remarkably sweet voice. [His] perfectly crafted gems of pop songs seemingly pour out of him with the greatest of ease. How incredibly lucky we were to hear him in the intimate confines of Club Helsinki Hudson, a place he clearly enjoyed – no, loved – playing.”
Nashville singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, who has called Spain home for the past decade, has been hailed for his “pop-folk introspection” and sharp wit. His latest album, “The Embers of Time,” released earlier this year, has drawn comparisons to the work of Neil Young, Paul Simon, Harry Nilsson, and Glen Campbell.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.