Monday, April 16, 2012

Win tickets to see Nick Lowe @ The Phoenix

Among the more anticipated concerts this spring is the Toronto return of Nick Lowe. Although the artist formerly known as "The Basher" has been through a couple of times on solo tours – performing the mature compositions from his quieter and gentler recent albums on acoustic guitar – he's at his best with the backing of a full band. His longtime sidemen Geraint Watkins (keyboards), Robert Trehern (drums), Johnny Scott (guitar) and Matt Radford (bass) are often too busy with other projects to hit the road so seeing them joining Lowe on stage at The Phoenix on Monday, April 23 will be a real event.

We're doubly delighted to offer a pair of tickets to Nick Lowe's Phoenix show to the first person who can correctly answer our skill testing question. Way back in 1996, while considering songs to record for Dig My Mood, Nick liked two Ivory Joe Hunter songs he'd heard on a mixtape and couldn't decide which to cover – so he cut a version of both. One of them, Cold Grey Light of Dawn appeared as the closing track on the album, however, the other was shelved. Just email the title of that Ivory Joe Hunter tune which didn't make it onto 1998's Dig My Mood album to with "Nick Lowe Contest" in the subject line and you could be going to see Nick Lowe on April 23. Note: The winner must be able to pick up the tickets at the venue in person on the show date and provide legal photo ID.

Stop the presses: we have our winner! Congratulations to Andrew Johnson of Toronto who correctly named the Ivory Joe Hunter mystery tune as being I'll Give You All Night To Stop which eventually appeared on Nick Lowe's excellent 4-disc outtakes and rarites collection The Doings issued by Demon in 1999.

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