US songsmith returns to Newton Stewart

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Brooklyn-based troubadour Chris Mills is set to return to Newton Stewart this month with his new band as part of their international tour – over two years since he first came to town.

The UK leg of the tour sees them play several dates in England and Wales before returning to Scotland to play Newton Stewart on Thursday, February 27th. He last played a well-received solo gig in the town in September 2011. The Crown Hotel plays host to Mills and co this time around. Local support will kick off the night before the American headliners take to the floor.

The songwriter is currently promoting his new record ‘Alexandria’, his sixth studio album and his first for five years. It was largely conceived in Scandinavia, and recorded at Chicago’s Wall To Wall Studios with his newly expanded band, The Distant Stars. The project was completed with the help of funding from fans via a ‘Kickstarter’ campaign.

Mills’ 17 year career blossomed on the alternative scene in Chicago, rubbing shoulders with artists such as The Mekons, Steve Earle and Wilco. The development of his craft since then has resulted in critically acclaimed songwriting, more musical ornamentation, and tours with the likes of The Handsome Family and Califone, picking up a dedicated fanbase along the way.

Local independent DIY promoters ‘Sleepy Eyed’ are among his long-time followers and are very pleased that the songsmith has agreed to come back and play for them a second time. They receive no community funding and their gigs are run on a not-for-profit basis, with all funds going directly to the bands. ‘Sleepy Eyed’ are hoping for the support of locals and travelling fans to make the night a success.

‘This is independent music of high quality on the doorstep - comparable with others that music fans would otherwise have to travel far to attend. We feel that this event is truly too good to miss and hope that as many music fans as possible will turn out to give Chris and his band the reception they deserve.’

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