Ze komen uit Russel County, Virginia en klinken héél erg country met een vleug rock erdoor. Wanneer ik met de ogen toe luister, zie ik een super gemotiveerde band in één of andere ruige bar ergens in de midwest vol met dronken en onguur gespuis, gaas voor het podium gespannen om de vele beer bottles - die hun richting uit vliegen - tegen te houden. Maar de mannen gaan onverstoorbaar verder en uiteindelijk wordt er toch geluisterd en waagt het tot haar zinnen gekomen publiek zich aan een moshpit ... sorry ... linedancing! Recht van de bar naar de Europese podia!
Lees 49 Winchester have announced their first ever European live dates as direct support for Luke Combs’ 2023 World Tour. Kicking off on September 30 in Oslo, Norway, the 14 date run will include stops at Amsterdam’s AFAS Live on October 7, Brussels' Ancienne Belgique On October 11 and will conclude with a 2-Night Stand at London’s iconic O2 Arena.
“Luke is someone whose music and approach we’ve admired for years” said 49 Winchester’s Isaac Gibson. “We are beyond grateful and excited to hit the road with him in Europe this fall, and take the 49 show worldwide on the biggest stages of our career. See y'all out there!”
49 Winchester have been on the road for the past year in support of their critically acclaimed New West Records debut Fortune Favors The Bold. The new album has quickly generated over 85 million global streams and over 32 million global streams for the single 'Russell County Line'. The band has also been selected as a Spotify “Hot Country Artist to Watch in 2023” and an Apple Music “Country Riser in 2022.” Fortune Favors the Bold debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top New Artist Chart, #7 on the Billboard Current Country Chart, and #10 on the Billboard Folk Americana Chart as well.
Met with critical acclaim, Rolling Stone called them “Country Music’s Buzziest of Buzz Bands,” and also named the album one of the “25 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2022.” Bandcamp named Fortune Favors the Bold one of the “Best Country Records of 2022,” as did No Depression, Holler, PopMatters, Whiskey Riff, WMOT, and more.
Formed on Winchester Street in the small mountain town of Castlewood, Virginia (population: 2,045), 49 Winchester started as a group of neighbourhood teenage friends set on a calculated DIY path. In 2014 they independently released their eponymous debut, followed by 2018’s The Wind, and 2020’s celebrated III. Reflecting on his early days as a jack-of-all-trades stone mason, where it was about trying to make ends meet in an effort to keep the band rolling along, frontman Isaac Gibson can’t help but be grateful for a well-earned notion at the core of the band’s ethos — anything worthwhile in life is built brick-by-brick. “Everything has to be built. And very few people are going to achieve success overnight,” says Gibson. “We didn’t start out as a bunch of hot shot pickers out of Nashville. We started out on the ground floor — very basic songwriting and instrumentation. But we kept working at it, always progressing in what we wanted to do and how we wanted to sound — each song better than the previous one, the show this evening better than last night.”